Based on a true story, we take a look at Elmer J. Howard’s Loving Martin, a short film that centres around a turbulent relationship between two men.
With the dinner prepared and the dining table all set, Erik (Scott Olsen) is ready to celebrate his fifth anniversary with his much younger boyfriend Martin (Allen Montes). Only, Martin doesn’t arrive on time and the dinner is cold by the time he does show up. This scene starts Elmer J. Howard’s new short film and it gives us an immediate look at how the two main characters live their lives. Erik is middle-aged and ready to settle down, even going so far as to ask his lover to move into his house. Yet, Martin being young and afraid of commitment, refuses the offer and even goes as far as to inform Erik that there may be another man in his life.
Martin, being the spontaneous character he is, goes missing and Erik resides to living the rest of his life without him until, months later, he once again shows up at his door and apologises for his past behaviour. He is ready for a serious relationship and he is ready to move into Erik’s, rather stunning, home.
Now you are likely wondering why such a true story has been adapted for a short film, after all, we have all gone through tough times in relationships, it’s what happens next to Martin and Erik that warrants it being committed to celluloid. I won’t delve deeper into the story so as not to give it away, but I will say it came as a shock.
Elmer J. Howard directs the story well, allowing us the audience to be a fly-on-the-wall and witness the ups-and-downs of an unusual relationship. There is a lovemaking scene that is non-gratuitous and handled professionally and he is also able to get two solid performances from Olsen and Montes.
Screenwriter David Vernon helps move the piece along with realistic dialogue and Brett Bays cinematography is crisp and to the point. There are no spectacular shots that make you watch in awe, barring the use of a drone for the opening credits, but the story doesn’t really need it.
With a runtime of just over twenty minutes, Loving Martin flies by and it’s such an interesting story and shocking ending, I wouldn’t mind watching the story in feature form.