03/03/2012 01:33 pm ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

Director Elliot London: The Traumatic Teenage Experience Behind My New Movie 'FRIEND'

At first glance, filmmaker Elliot London appears to be a strikingly handsome, charismatic young man living his dream of living and working in Hollywood -- and he is.

But when you look closer, you'll find a deeply committed, 31-year-old native Aussie who, as a teenager, grew up frightened and ashamed in Rockford, Illinois because, like so many young people, he was hiding a secret -- he was gay.

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