Watch Now

From $1.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

The story of a young painter from the Bahamas, Jonny Roberts, who travels to an exotic island to find inspiration but finds unexpected love and adventure in a complex and tortured Romeo.

Director:

(as Kareem J. Mortimer)

Writer:

Reviews
1 win. See more awards »

Videos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The story of two young Bahamian men who fall in love with each other and portrays the homophobia of the Bahamian society.

Director: Kareem Mortimer
Stars: Johnny Ferro, Stephen Tyrone Williams, Margaret Laurena Kemp
Not Gay (TV Series 2008)
Short | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Gay-straight friendships are put under the microscope in this collection of four short films that delve into their complexities. The quartet includes films from France, the United States ... See full summary »

Stars: Michael Ellison, Jones Carlos Fialho de Araújo, Christopher Herrod
Hidden Away (2014)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Ibrahim, a 14 years old Moroccan boy, walks down a road in the outskirts of a big city alone anddisoriented. Recently informed that he will be deported in two days, he packed his belongings andran away. He is now alone with no place to go.

Director: Mikel Rueda
Stars: Germán Alcarazu, Adil Koukouh, Joseba Ugalde
Comedy | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  

Dr. Hess Green becomes cursed by a mysterious ancient African artifact and is overwhelmed with a newfound thirst for blood. He however is not a vampire. Soon after his transformation he ... See full summary »

Director: Spike Lee
Stars: Stephen Tyrone Williams, Zaraah Abrahams, Rami Malek
Biography | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Tim and John fell in love while teenagers at their all-boys high school. John was captain of the football team, Tim an aspiring actor playing a minor part in Romeo and Juliet. Their romance... See full summary »

Director: Neil Armfield
Stars: Ryan Corr, Sarah Snook, Francesco Ferdinandi
Martyrs (2008)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A young woman's quest for revenge against the people who kidnapped and tormented her as a child leads her and a friend, who is also a victim of child abuse, on a terrifying journey into a living hell of depravity.

Director: Pascal Laugier
Stars: Morjana Alaoui, Mylène Jampanoï, Catherine Bégin
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
Jonathan Murray ...
Jonny
...
Romeo
Rukenka Demeritte ...
Lonette
...
Father (as Chris Herrod)
Jason Evans ...
P.
Christine Wilson ...
Teacher
Daria Delancey ...
Gang Member
Eric Williams III ...
Gang Member (as Eric Sawyer III)
Sania Johnson ...
Gang Member
Paul Cowderoy ...
Gang Member
Bernard Petit ...
Artist
Jackson Petit ...
Artist
Allan Wallace ...
Artist
Edit

Storyline

The story of a young painter from the Bahamas, Jonny Roberts, who travels to an exotic island to find inspiration but finds unexpected love and adventure in a complex and tortured Romeo.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Where is home when home doesn't want you

Genres:

Short | Drama | Romance

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

30 April 2007 (USA)  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$50,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Soundtracks

Sailboats in Nassau Harbour
Written and Performed by Eric Minns
21 Bahamian Calypso Classics
Baniff Music
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A Story of Greater Depth Than the Script and Runtime Allow
20 July 2010 | by (South Korea) – See all my reviews

'Float' tells the story of Jonny, a nervous young artist trapped in a world where his homosexuality is condemned and his talents and timidity are unappreciated by his father. Only his art teacher seems to recognise the aptitude trapped inside and she sends him to Eleuthera to find himself. There, Jonny finds his identity through the help of Romeo, a young man confident of all but his sexuality, and discovers that he may have more courage than he realises.

Coming in at just under 35 minutes, 'Float' does not have a good deal of time to explore its chosen themes and in consequence, the human voyage of discovery and transition seem to happen just a little too quickly and easily to ring true. That aside however, the characterisation is handled with understanding and warmth. The awkward, introverted and timid Jonny, as played believably by Jonathan Murray is someone you ultimately want to see triumph when that first spark of defiance becomes evident. Similarly, the carefree and affable Romeo, as played by Stephen Tyrone Williams, elicits appropriate feelings of betrayal when he is unable to live up to the very philosophy he seemingly preaches. They may not be Oscar-winning performances, but there is an honesty and a resonance to them.

While a culture of homosexual persecution is the film's main theme, it is only really in the opening sequences where this is made manifest, through footage of anti-gay rights protesters. Although punctuated slightly further by a couple of scenes with some street kids, the real persecution, it is emphasised, is that which we inflict upon ourselves through fear. While these external and internal battles are worthwhile and form a strong basis for a tale of the struggle for personal freedom fought every day by many across the world, they are very tall pillars for such a short film to support - at least in the way the script was conceived. I'm fairly sure that many who are dealing with these very issues would argue that they are not overcome quite so easily. Doubtless budget was a constraining factor here, though it should have led writer/director Kareem Mortimer to consider what is achievable within the constraints imposed - yes, you can tell the story in half an hour, but will it have the same impact?

Nonetheless, while this leaves 'Float' feeling at times like the edited highlights of much longer story, it is still an entertaining gallop through a moving and very personal struggle. Mortimer could certainly not be accused of slow pacing - indeed, we are missing none of the story's crucial elements and each is constructed with the skill of a genuine film-maker. The dialogue is feels real enough and generates real emotion. This being the Bahamas, Mortimer is also blessed with a natural set that paints its own rich colours and only adds wonderfully to the human battle for freedom. You are almost left wondering how some people have time for such pointless persecution in the face of so much natural beauty - the human tragedy in a nutshell.

Thus, while 'Float' suffer from a lack of depth and development borne of obvious budget limitations, the parts still hold together well enough to deliver its underlying message intact and in an engaging way.


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Float (2007) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?