My Love for The True Love Tale Of Boyfriend And Girlfriend
I arrived fairly late to Southern Gothic Productions, so my first exposure to The True Love Tale Of Boyfriend And Girlfriend (TLTOBAG) was when I looked up Hilarie Burton on IMDB and saw she had done a short film in which her character’s name was Boyfriend.
‘Hmmm’ I thought to myself, ‘sounds a bit strange’…
A few months later when I finally found my way to the Southern Gothic website one of the first things I found was the link to buy TLTOBAG, so I bought it and downloaded it.
My first impression of the film was that yes it was a bit strange, but it was charmingly so.
I had no idea at first that there was no dialogue, so on my first viewing I was surprised, but pleasantly so. It was refreshing to find something different.
After viewing the film the first time I thought to myself ‘I’m not sure if I’ll watch that again.’ While I enjoyed it a lot, I wasn’t sure if I’d want to see it again.
Two days later I watched it again. The second time round I completely fell in love with it. I think I then watched it at least twice a day for a solid two or three weeks… I was having a difficult time at work and I found that watching it really cheered me up!
Things that keep bringing me back to watch Boyfriend and girlfriend over and over again include the performances by Hilarie Burton and Austin Nichols (and Cullen Moss), in particular when Boyfriend raises her eyebrow at Girlfriend (‘hey Girlfriend’) and the way Girlfriend looks at Boyfriend when they first meet (‘So?’)
I love the way Boyfriend dances and spins before fixing her hair in the car window, I love the way Girlfriend hops over graves, and puts lipstick on Boyfriend. I love the way the voiceover doesn’t quite make total sense, but yet works perfectly anyway. I love Love LOVE the musical score by Andy Bilinski, and how having it stuck in my head is a blessing not an annoyance.
‘He was her cowboy. She was his never mind.’
‘He preyed on clay pigeons, and he prayed to no god’
‘Never wore an apron cause her dresses were too damn pretty’
‘She chased after his storms. But his mispronounced words always found their way back into her melt away heart’.
‘They were in love. The irises’ of their eyes were in love, the hammers in their ears were in love, their kneecaps were in love, their elbows were in love, and certainly their genitals were in love.’ (I think that line may be a favourite of everyone’s!)
And last but not least my personal favourite,
‘Everyone minded their own business with Boyfriend, and she minded hers, dreaming of modern conveniences, and love.’
Can’t tell you why that quote’s my favourite, perhaps it’s the way Cullen Moss says it, or perhaps because I too often dream about modern conveniences and love!
I would love it if you could all share your favourite quotes with me as well, and to all those who have not yet seen The True Love Tale Of Boyfriend And Girlfriend, you’re missing out. It’s a wonderful story, which will always put a smile on your face.
Thank you Southern Gothic Productions for The True Love Tale Of Boyfriend And Girlfriend.
Purchase the short film here!