Why are so many gay men so obsessed with masculinity? And what influence does this have on those who do not comply with this ideal?

In the short documentary film Acting Straight, co-filmmaker Tofik Dibi and I take a close look at our own experiences of trying to fit into these masculine ideals and at those of other gay men. Where one consciously distances himself from the strict expectations, the others seem to suffer from the obsession. Most importantly, Acting Straight exposes an uncomfortable truth: Although 'Pride' may be their motto, it's the fear of not being masculine enough that has many gays in its grip.


27 minutes

My role

Director, screenwriter, researcher & cameraman


Film location

the Netherlands


Year of production

2018 - 2019





The film is currently only available in Dutch language on

© 2019 Willem Timmers