Relax, is the story of Steve, a young gay man who takes the test for HIV and what goes through his mind while he awaits the result, a time when the test took ten days.
'Featuring stunning black and white photography and a brilliant use of sound, the film compresses into 20 minutes many of the insecurities, emotions and rationalisations that surround a healthy gay mans decision to be tested for antibodies to HIV.
Newby, a Briton, manoeuvres confidently down the fine line between narrative and experimental film, with an impressionist style, found footage and creative editing. 'Relax' is both entertaining and hard-hitting, broaching countless recognisable feelings and issues in this time of plague without offering the comfort of judgement or resolution.'



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