Buzzfeed’s “Unhealthy Relationships,” and Award Runner-up “Raising Zay.” Short Film Review

Welcome to Queer Fudanshi! Today, I’m going to be reviewing several short films for you including Buzzfeed’s “Unhealthy Relationships,” “Raising Zay,” and more.

All of these short films are fairly short with the longest one being just under 15 minutes. This makes it easy for fans of LGBT media to quickly absorb these shows and then keep going with their day. I hope you enjoy.

My Thoughts Before Watching

I’ve been wanting to watch the Buzzfeed short for a while now, so I’m happy that I’ve finally gotten around to it. I hope that the story is interesting. In addition, I used to be an avid Buzzfeed fan, so I’m sure I’ll recognize the actors in the short film. Hopefully, their acting will be good enough to make me forget them as people and be immersed in the story. Then again, it’s Buzzfeed so I shouldn’t be expecting so much.

For “Raising Zay,” I already discussed this show on my latest Weekly Update. I know that his short has an impactful story to it. It’s done in a documentary style while the other two are creative, fiction stories. I hope this one is as compelling, perhaps even more so, than the other two.

Lastly, I really know next to nothing about “Confession (ll)” or the Queerblink Youtube Channel. For this one, I just hope to be entertained.

This is “Unhealthy Relationships,” “Raising Zay,” and “Confession (ll).”

  1. Buzzfeed’s “Unhealthy Relationships”

This short film is a story about two friend and their romantic relationships. One starts a new relationship with a guy while the other continues a harmful relationship with a woman. The couples spend a weekend at a beach house and things start to unravel.

My Review:

That was pretty solid. I of course was aware of the actors the entire time. “That’s Justin. That’s Britney. That’s Allison.” That said, that was on me. The actors themselves did a good job on this video. They seemed real in their conversations and situations.

Also, the cinematography seemed inspired to me. The director was really trying to make something artistic here. The shots he/she took  and the overall feel of the short shows that.

As for the story itself. I approve of it. While the ending was clearly unresolved, perhaps that was the point. That sometimes people get stuck in unhealthy relationships.

This short film got me thinking, and that’s good. I have all types of feelings about the characters and stories, but I’ll leave that aside for now. I’ve never been in an abusive relationship, so I feel my opinion would be more harmful than helpful. I will say that the show was very realistic in it’s portrayal of the relationships. All of them.

Buzzfeed’s “Unhealthy Relationships” gets 5 stars out of 5.

And a QF star.

  1. “Raising Zay”

This is a short documentary about the life of Zay Crawford and her family. Zay is a transwoman of about 13 or so (sorry if I’m wrong Zay). The documentary talks about her life growing up as trans and how her family found a solution to the growing problem of puberty.

My Review:

Well that was adorable. I’m happy that this video focused on the happy side of Zay’s life. When I talked about this film on Friday I thought it would be more a precautionary story about trans suicide. I’m happy to see that I was wrong.

This story is just in fact a story about a family that full-heartedly accepted their daughter. I also love that Zay just briefly menitoned suicide before quickly moving on to happier things. It was like, “Yeah, that happened, but that’s not the point of this video.”

Generally, this was just nice to watch. It was short, simple, and a breath of fresh air. Even the technical things like the music and the cinematography were good. The addition of the small clips to give us a glimpse of their daily lives was much appreciated.

“Raising Zay” gets 5 stars out of 5.

And a QF star.

  1. “Confession (ΙΙ)”

“Confession (ll)” is a short film created by the Queerbling Youtube Channel. Queerbling is a youtube channel from Germany that focuses on brightening the lives of LGBT teenagers. They create videos and series strickly for this purpose.

The official premise of “Confession (ll):”

What is it like to fall in love? How does the first kiss feel? And how to express all the thoughts in your mind about growing up? “Confessions” is silent film about the magic of falling in love – no matter who this person is.

My Review:

This was nice as well. While there was nothing too great about it, it pulled me in and had a great sense of payoff at the end.

I also like that the film was a silent film. While the falling in love aspect didn’t click with me, the confession scene held a lot of tension and suspense. That smile at the end was so beautiful with its simple yet heavy significance. A good job well done on the director for that.

Ultimately, this isn’t something that I’ll love or every come back to, but I’d definitely consider telling somebody else to check it out.

“Confession (ll)” gets 3 stars out of 5.


That is it for this set of reviews. I hope you guys liked these short films as much as I did. If you did, I’m glad to hear. Consider popping over here to my review of another set of shorts, this time with a more comedic tone.

As always, I hope you’re all doing well.