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'My Sweet Prince'

A film about MSN Messenger, alcopops, boys, Placebo and the search for connection.

To mark the 30th anniversary of the Internet this month, the BFI and the BBC have commissioned 11 short films through the 'Born Digital' scheme. Filmmakers were
challenged to reflect on, respond to and capture the experience of living in a digital environment, as well as show how they have been shaped by it or even resisted it.

My Sweet Prince, directed by Jason Bradbury, is one of the 11 commissioned films. Set in the early 00’s, fragments of the director’s teenage video diaries collide with the fictional story of Tommy about MSN Messenger, alcopops, boys, Placebo, cigarettes and the search for connection.

The director drew heavily on his own experience growing up on the Isle of Wight, as he began to explore his sexuality, and just how important the advent of the Internet was in this formative part of his life. In a time before the commercialisation of personal data,
online forums and instant messengers truly transformed the ways in which teenagers could find a sense of belonging.

'My Sweet Prince' is available to watch on the BBC iPlayer for everyone within the United Kingdom.

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Born Digital: First Cuts - 10. My Sweet Prince

Alcopops. Cigarettes. MSN Messenger. VHS tapes. Boys - sexuality in the online noughties.

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