Have We Met Before?

Fifty years of history in under 15 minutes

Have We Met Before? was commissioned by the BBC and BFI as part of their Born Digital emerging filmmaker scheme to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the World World Web.

Written and directed by Oliver Mason and produced by Syd Heather, the short film explores the history of sex in gay men’s communities over five decades from the 1970s to the present day, and how the internet has changed the way gay men meet forever.

Our title design used contrasting pastel colours, adding a humour and boldness to subjects which have often been kept secret or shameful. The accompanying poster, using photography by Brendan Walker, brought together the eras depicted in the film into one image.

Polari Design — Have We Met Before?
Polari Design — Have We Met Before?
Polari Design — Have We Met Before?
Polari Design — Have We Met Before?
Polari Design — Have We Met Before?
Polari Design — Have We Met Before?

The titles for the chapters of the film balanced the need for looking representative of the subject matter, whilst also hitting my bold, colourful stylistic intentions. We also tasked Polari with designing a poster that showcased the content of the film spanning multiple decades with the same pair of actors. I think they hit all of these challenges perfectly.

Oliver Mason, Director, Have We Met Before?

Polari Design — Have We Met Before?
Polari Design — Have We Met Before?
Polari Design — Have We Met Before?
Polari Design — Have We Met Before?
Polari Design — Have We Met Before?
Polari Design — Have We Met Before?
Polari Design — Have We Met Before?

When working together on Have We Met Before?, Peter was a joy to work with, especially considering how many ideas and notes we had when developing our poster! He knew what was needed to make an eye-catching film poster which perfectly sums up the film in a single piece of work. His attention to detail and little embellishments were wonderful to witness with each new draft.

Syd Heather, Producer, Have We Met Before?