In the history of cinema, it is proven that there are three things a film can do, in order to remain a talking point in the public psyche.

MaestraStill4Primarily, one should make a great film, with the likes of The Godfather, Casablanca, or The Good, The Bad and The Ugly immediately fitting that bill. The next thing to do is create a truly awful film. Who can ever forget Plan 9 From Outer Space, Jaws 4, or Back To The Future 3 (just kidding). And the final way to get your film made, to get it known and talked about by all, is to make it the most shocking piece of cinema since Irreversible’s rape scene, Hostel’s Achilles Heel scene, or any moment from A Serbian Film. And now, short film debutant David James Holloway has done that with his film Maestra, a story about hebephilia – the sexual attraction towards 11-14 year olds.

Now, it seems fair to say at this point that, if a filmmaker wants to talk about such a topic, they could just create a lot of false, overblown stories, that help the film’s notorious reputation rather than aim for honesty and poignancy. But on the contrary, the filmmakers here have taken the time to do an in-depth, getting first-hand accounts from sufferers of ‘teacher grooming’, taking in all of the encompassing actions, reactions and emotions, moulding them together to create as honest a story as is possible with such a risqué subject.

…this is a film that certainly has a lot to say…

MaestraStill7The film itself follows the story of an abused male, returning to his hometown after ten years of inner-torment, to confront his female teacher about the events they have shared together. She, however, is now married, with kids, and is in no mood to discuss her innermost secrets in front of her family.

With the film being made in the wake of Jimmy Savile’s sex-abuse enquiries, this is a film that certainly has a lot to say, and a lot of people in which to say it to. There is sharpness within the script that you will not find within over 90% of other short films, and there is a meaning behind the characters that rings true for more people than we care to talk about.

…You may not enjoy it, but it will be a long time before you forget it…

Maestra has already received full backing on its Kickstarter page…



…But this is not a pledge-drive. This is an article that looks at how some short films need to get made, and need the recognition from not just filmmakers, but any and all whom are affected by a topic. Please, when the film is released, watch it. You may not enjoy it, but it will be a long time before you forget it.

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