The Real World
The entertaining LGBT short movie “Trophy Boy” was a huge hit at the Cannes Film Festival this year and it will soon be developed into a television series, “Trophy Boys” by Dynamic Television. The original short film is about a handsome superficial kept boy who devotes his hedonistic life to entertaining his Instagram followers but who suddenly discovers that his carefree life is about to end when his Sugar Daddy dumps him.
The short is produced by and stars Emrhys Cooper. The series will be entitled “Trophy Boys” and will follow the lives of a group of social media stars who are all connected as they struggle to maintain their carefully crafted personas.
In the original, James (Cooper), is a sexy, youthful sought-after Instagram star in high-society and a self-proclaimed ‘Trophy,’ who is dumped by his wealthy live-in benefactor. Now he must learn that the real world is not the facade he’s built for himself on social media. This is your classic “riches-to-rags” story. We see the downward spiral of James who is a spoiled, influencer and narcissist and who, according to his social media accounts, seems to have it all.
Just before his 30th birthday, his much older boyfriend, on whom he was financially dependent, breaks up with him and James now must face reality with no work experience and no idea where to start.
With his sex-addicted best friend, James takes a crash course in living and sets out to prove that he doesn’t need anyone to take care of him. He 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 toy for others to play with..
We see those beautiful, hunky men on social media who seem to have and do it all. They are constantly traveling to happening places, looking great in (or out of) the latest fashion and hanging around with the beautiful people. When all of that is taken away and the facade is shattered, the world suddenly gets ‘real.’