"Trophy Boy" teaser clip.
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October 1, 2018 (New York, NY) – To be released October 22, “Trophy Boy,” written and directed by actor Emrhys Cooper, is the timely, juicy, short film (13:00) that, in pulling back the curtain on a social media star's #bestlife, reveals the pitfalls of living a social media lie–and in doing so, leaves viewers feeling a bit better about themselves.
As one post-Cannes Film Festival reviewer put it, “‘Trophy Boy’ is the film equivalent of accidentally opening the front-facing camera on your phone while lying down, revealing your double chin. It shows us the real lives of these immaculately groomed people and the extreme lengths they go to for social media attention.”
In "Trophy Boy" James (Emrhys Cooper), a sexy, youthful sought-after high society Instagram star and self-proclaimed “trophy boy,” is dumped by his wealthy live-in benefactor (Gerald McCullouch). Sputtering and floundering in the wake of his dismissal from the lifestyle that made his #fakelife possible, James must face the harsh reality of creating a life without a hashtag. (See the extended synopsis at the bottom of this press release.)
But much as we enjoy the lip-smacking taste of schadenfreude at James’ expense, who hasn’t wasted hours staging and post-producing a lucky selfie or curating a dubious, glasses-raised “aspirational” post? Aren’t we all guilty of a little unhealthy #bestlife fakery?
“Social media has created a generation of self-obsessed narcissists obsessed with self-obsessed narcissists,” says Cooper–himself with nearly 140K Facebook and 74K Instagram followers–on why he made the film. “My goal for ‘Trophy Boy’ is to say, look up from your phone, breathe, observe, and think about what really matters: a sense of responsibility, progress, and self-worth. Enjoying the people you love, doing meaningful work. When we do this, we put ourselves on a path toward achieving the dream of living a truly satisfying life in the real world, our #authenticlife, as it were. Zero “Likes” given. Or needed.”
Worldwide (US, CAN, UK, EU) release date Oct 22. "Trophy Boy" TV series forthcoming. 30-minute pilot has been written. Development deal is in place Details shortly.
The short has screened at numerous prestigious film festivals, including the Cannes Film Festival.
Forthcoming "Trophy Boy" screenings
Oct 12: VIFF The Vancouver International Film Festival*
Oct 13: San Antonio QFest-LGBT International Film Festival
Oct 20: The Chelsea Film Festival, NYC*
Oct 21: SoHo House (for cast and media, with afterparty at Highlands), NYC*
Nov 3: The Bureau of General Services Queer Division at the LGBT Center, NYC, open to the public
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“Trophy Boy” will be released worldwide via Vimeo on October 22 and on Dekkoo.com on October 24.
In addition to “Trophy Boy,” Emrhys Cooper can be seen next starring in “The Price For Silence” (also screening Oct 19 at the Chelsea Film Festival), “Frank & Ava” (Oct 26) a biopic in which he plays Montgomery Clift, and “Nosferatu” (early 2019) alongside Doug Jones from "The Shape of Water." •
"Trophy Boy" Full Synopsis
"Trophy Boy" is your classic “riches-to-rags” story. It depicts the downward spiral of James - a spoiled, influencer and narcissist, who, based on his social media accounts, appears to have it all. But, just before his 30th birthday, his much older boyfriend, on whom he was financially dependent, breaks up with him. James now must face reality with no work experience and no idea where to start. With his sex-addicted best buddy by his side, James takes a crash course in living and sets out to prove that he doesn’t need anyone to take care of him. He ultimately ends up alienating himself further from reality and comes face-to-face with the bitter fact that if he doesn’t learn to live as an adult in the real world, he’ll never be more than a washed-up, unwanted accessory.
Silver Winner Latitude Film Awards Narrative Short, September 2018
Winner New Visions Award, Sherman Oaks Film Festival, 2018
Best Ensemble Catskill International Film Festival 2018
"Trophy Boy" Film Festival Review Quotes
"But, it’s Cooper who steals the limelight. With impeccable dialogue delivery, amazing body language and performance, he consumes the screen every time he faces the camera…The climax is a pure masterpiece in terms of both, acting and story.” – Indie Shorts Mag, September 14, 2018
"Cooper & Johnston, who shoulder the responsibility as the director and co-writers, have woven such a compelling tale for the millennials that it’s hard not to be affected! The dialogues and characters are relatable, the storytelling is as effortless as the performances and the background score is complimentary. Without giving away much, the climax is a pure masterpiece in terms of both, acting and story. The dark, haunting depth attained in performance and narration makes ‘Trophy Boy’ worth a watch!" – Indie Shorts Magazine, September 14, 2018
“Actor Emrys Cooper’s performance in “Trophy Boy” (which also showed at Cannes) was a highlight at the Catskill International Film Festival held in Callicoon, NY, last weekend.” – River Reporter, September 13-19
“CANNES FILM FESTIVAL – Emrhys Cooper’s Trophy Boy is a must-see film that will make us look at ourselves! ★★★★★”– Film & Business Television, May 11, 2018
“Trophy Boy is an excellent film that addresses a subject that the whole world is currently involved in; Social Media. A definite ★★★★★” – JustCelebrityMag.com, May 11, 2018
““Trophy Boy is one of the best films I've seen this year, if not the best. About the excesses and downfalls of living a social media life.” – Author tweet regarding his review, Movies Over the Rainbow, April 30, 2018
“Trophy Boy is the film equivalent of accidentally opening the front-facing camera on your phone while lying down, revealing your double chin. It shows us the real lives of these immaculately groomed people and the extreme lengths they go to for social media attention.” – Review Avenue(UK), June 4, 2018
"Trophy" Boy stills
All photos by Andrew Werner.
Emrhys Cooper by Mikhail Kharlamov