Hollow Reed is the story of a gay father's battle to win custody of his nine year old son. A complex character study is packaged as a psychological thriller. Nine-year-old Oliver lies about his scars when questioned by his doctor/father, Martyn (Martin Donovan). Suspecting that Oliver's mother's boyfriend, beats the boy, Martyn seeks custody. Oliver's mother, Hannah (Joely Richardson), doesn't believe it - until she walks in on a beating but then she uses Martyn's homosexuality against him in court. The sharply drawn characters make this an unsettling tale.