Mates is a home made explicitly gay sex story about contemporary gay experience. It is a film about “real life,” anonymous bodies using online flirting, spontaneous random brief encounters, pornography, social media, hyperconnectivity, etc. We are a generation of people who will, for better or worse, probably have naked pictures on the Internet, or homemade sex videos on our smartphones at some point in our lives. –Queer Lisboa
Antonio da Silva (born 1977) is an award-winning Portuguese artist filmmaker based in London since 2005. With the objective of combining his interests in cinema, performance and visual arts, he undertook two master degrees in London, the first in Fine Arts at Central Saint Martins and the second in Dance for the Screen at The Place – London Contemporary Dance School. Experimenting is the core of his work, he is interested in exploring different artistic genres, both in terms of technique and content.
His practice is driven by daily routines and personal experiences. He has always been fascinated by male sex and sexuality. He became increasingly frustrated with how moving image explored this and has begun to make it the subject of his films over the last two years. He doesn’t consider himself a pornographer but a filmmaker who uses his background to choreograph short films with explicit sex themes. His films are regularly screened at festivals worldwide and he is a contributor… read more