Based on a true story, Joy Boy is a moving and fractured retelling of the defining moments in the life of a young gay man, Jonny, caught between his conservative family, an evangelical church and his emergent sexuality.
Writer/Director: Stef Smith
Co-Writer: Jonny Hawkins
Joy Boy is a GEFF (Generator Emerging Filmmakers Fund) film, made with the assistance of Create NSW in association with SBS. Joy Boy is available to Australian audiences on SBS On Demand.
WINNER: Best Australian Short - Melbourne Queer Film Festival 2019
WINNER: Best Film & Best LGBTQI Film - West End Film Festival 2019
WINNER: Best Director, Best Screenplay and Audience Choice Awards - Freshflix Film Festival Vivid 2019
Nominee: 2019 Iris Prize & LGBT+ Film Festival 2019, Cardiff Wales
Nominee: Best Short Film - Screen Producers Awards 2018
Nominee: Best Casting in a Short Film - Australian Casting Guild 2018
Additional screenings: Palm Springs Short Fest 2019, St Kilda Film Festival 2019, Cinefest Oz 2019, Vancouver Film Festival 2019, Fear No Film - Utah Arts Festival 2019, Edinburgh Film Festival 2019, Oldenburg Film Festival 2019, Queer Film Festival Esslingen 2019, Flicks for Change LA & SF 2019, Stellar Short Film Festival 2019,
The American Pavillion - Emerging Filmmaker LGBTQ Showcase 2020