'Epic in its ambition, this is a big scale idea executed perfectly on a small scale. Polished with a Gravity-esque veneer, the film’s small budget has been no barrier in producing an excellent slice of science fiction... The very best sci-fi finds the balance of humanity within the vastness of the universe, which is exactly what Mankind manages. An excellent short.'
The Pink Lens
'Swirling visual artistry... Beautifully assembled.'
Shadows on the Wall
'Seriously atmospheric... wildly thought-provoking.'
'An immaculate and compelling short... Kudos to Anderson for both the high production values of his micro budget short but also for giving such a positive air of authenticity to this wonderful slice of his imagination.'
'The film figures its couple’s divergent wishes, attitudes, and ideas about their futures as a literally cosmic schism, weaving their emotional journey through Malickian montage.'
'Enigmatic, kaleidoscopic... The brilliance is in how it keeps the details vague... There are no easy answers to be found, but there’s a lot to ponder.'
The Queer Review
'Opening with a hedonistic rave that looks like it’s shot by Gaspar Noé… Mankind tackles complex questions… keeping proceedings swift and effective.'
'An intense character study that doesn’t let go from the start, led by some really strong performances.'
'I loved the experimental form, the visual and aural sensibility and above all, the queering of science fiction into something tangible and emotional.'
'That Anderson can say so much, so subtly, in so short a space of time is proof, once again, that he is one of the most interesting film makers working today.'
Will is restless. He loves Evan, but it is not in his nature to settle, and when he has a shot at the adventure of a lifetime, he’s prepared to leave love and the Earth behind. Mankind is a short film that reflects on the idea of human beings as explorers by nature, and on the consequences of standing still for too long.
Running Time: 13 mins
Cast: Ricky Nixon and Alexis Gregory
Director, Editor: Layke Anderson
Writers: Layke Anderson, Ryan Child
Cinematographer: Alejandro Sesma
Camera Operators: Adrian Ardelean, Jean-Paul Berthoin
Sound: Iris Jenkins, Artur Strakhov, Olga Molchanova Reed
Music: Theo Bedoucha, Chris Weeks, David Bickley, Tom Green
Producer: Layke Anderson
Executive Producer: Stephen Fry
BFI Flare: London LGBTQ+ Film Festival [UK] - Official Selection
Raindance Film Festival [UK] - Official Selection
Oaxaca Film Festival [Mexico] - Official Selection (New Industry)
Roze Filmdagen LGBTQ+ Film Festival [Netherlands] - Official Selection
Philadelphia International LGBTQ+ Film Festival [USA] - Official Selection
Wicked Queer: Boston LGBTQ+ Film Festival [USA] - Official Selection
FilmOut San Diego [USA] - Winner: Best Short Film [Male]
Malmö LGBTQ+ Short Film Festival [Sweden] - Official Selection
Korea Queer Film Festival [Republic of Korea] - Official Selection
Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival [India] - Official Selection
OutWest Film Fest [USA] - Official Selection
Tel Aviv Film Club Pride Film Festival [Israel] - Winner: Best Director
Antwerp Queer Arts Festival [Belgium] - Official Selection
The Shortest Nights Film Festival [UK] - Official Selection
Reeling: Chicago LGBT Film Festival [USA] - Official Selection
Durban Gay and Lesbian Film Festival [South Africa] - Official Selection
KinoFilm: Manchester Short Film Festival [UK] - Official Selection
The Palace International Film Festival [UK] - Official Selection
Reelout Queer Film Festival [Canada] - Official Selection
All Genders, Lifestyles & Identities Film Festival [USA] - Official Selection
Vision Feast Film Festival [New Zealand] - Official Selection
Festival MIX Milano [Italy] - Official Selection
Lovers Film Festival - Torino LGBTQI Visions [Italy] - Official Selection
The film is now available on the Boys on Film Vol. 20 compilation, available on DVD and On Demand.