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Dir-Scr Laura Marie Wayne. Prod Annette Clarke.
Canada 2018. 76min. Prod Co National Film Board
A sensitive and richly moving portrait of a young
man left paralysed after a homophobic attack.
One fateful night, after leaving a bar in his home
town of Nova Scotia, musician Scott Jones was
subjected to a vicious and targeted attack which
left him paralysed and in a wheelchair. Despite the
overwhelming evidence that this was a homophobic
hate crime, the assault was not treated as such in
the courts or by the media. As Scott rebuilds his life,
he is forced to make sense of the way the incident
was reported, whilst also struggling to make peace
with his attacker. Taking place across the year
following this life-changing ordeal, close friend and
filmmaker Laura Marie Wayne gracefully charts the
impact of the attack on Scott’s life, both physically
and mentally. The resulting documentary is a tender,
heartbreaking and inspiring testament to one man’s
strength and resilience. Michael Blyth
Dir-Scr Juliana Rojas, Marco Dutra. Prod Maria Ionescu,
Sara Silveira, Clément Duboin, Frédéric Corvez. With Isabél
Zuaa, Marjorie Estiano, Miguel Lobo. Brazil-France 2017.
135min. Sales Urban Distribution International
If you like surprises, then look no further.
This mind-bendingly subversive, grown-up fairy tale
is about as unclassifiable as it gets.
The more unexpected a film, the less one should
know in advance. So, for those who don’t wish
for this year’s great cinematic surprise to be
compromised, stop reading now. Should you choose
to keep going, I promise to tread carefully. Clara,
a care worker living on the outskirts of São Paulo,
accepts the position of live-in nanny to the as-yet
unborn child of a wealthy single woman named Ana.
The two women immediately develop a strong bond,
but Ana’s increasingly strange behaviour hints at a
deep, dark secret. Then, one night, the shocking
truth emerges. This is truly innovative, bracingly bold
filmmaking – unafraid of breaking rules and creating
new ones. There is, quite simply, nothing else like it.
See it now before everyone starts talking about it.
This film contain scenes of a graphic nature. Viewer discretion
Dir-Prod David Weissman. USA 2017. 69min.
Prod Co Weissman Projects LLC
A fascinating conversation with a gay older man
about his life before and after Stonewall.
David Weissman’s documentary focuses on Kerby
Lauderdale, a married man who came out later in life.
Both interviewer and subject are rigorous, honest
and thoughtful in exploring Kerby’s life as a pastor,
husband, father, lover and gay activist preacher.
Weissman (The Cockettes, We Were Here) carefully
unpicks the mindset of a previous era and how his
subject grew into his new life over decades. It’s a
conversation that has much to teach later generations
about the difficulties and joys of a complex life, but
it is equally relevant to contemporaries who may
have shared some of the trials of growing up gay
in a hostile world before Stonewall. Ultimately, this
film – part of a series by Weissman – is an important
project that aims to open a much-needed line of
communication between different generations of
the LGBTQ+ community. Brian Robinson
Dir Trudie Styler. Prod Jeffrey Coulter, Bryan Rabin, Trudie
Styler, Celine Rattray, Charlotte Ubben, Ember Truesdell,
Chris Miller. Scr Patrick J Clifton, Beth Rigazio. With Alex
J Lawther, Abigail Breslin, AnnaSophia Robb. USA 2016.
95min. Sales The Works International Sales Ltd
Alex Lawther is outstanding as a teenage rebel
in this tale of an unrepentant high school outsider.
Based on a popular novel by James St James,
this high school story centres on Lawther’s portrayal
of Billy Bloom, a campy teen with an addiction to
club-kid style cosplay. When his adoring mother
Muv (Bette Midler) enters rehab, Billy moves from
Connecticut to live with his father in a conservative
community where his stylish blend of Oscar Wilde
meets Boy George shocks and alienates most of his
peers. Viciously attacked by bullies from the football
team, he decides to challenge the entire system,
along with the hearts and minds of his peers, by
entering the Homecoming Queen contest. Boasting
a brilliant soundtrack, jaw-dropping outfits and a feel-good
story, this is a rousing fable for anyone who has
dared to be different. Brian Robinson
Special Screening sponsored by the Interbank LGBT Forum
Members: Bank of America Merrill Lynch, BNP Paribas,
Deloitte, EY, IG, Macquarie, Thomson Reuters
Dir-Prod-Scr Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken.
With Benjamin Helstad, Ingar Helge Gimle, Iben Akerlie.
Norway 2017. 80min. Sales LevelK Aps
An offbeat Scandi comedy that encompasses
cross-dressing, quilting and an epic family road trip.
Kasper is a hapless music teacher who recently
lost his mother to a terminal illness. He was also
fired from work. His father Georg is stuck in a rut,
hardly leaving the house since the loss of his wife
and quietly grappling with gender identity. Both at
a loose end, they decide to grab life by the horns
and embark on a road trip to honour the mother’s
memory and rebuild their own bonds. There is a
quilting competition on a remote island and they
intend to enter her last creation into it. Sending
them off on a clapped-out motorbike and sidecar,
and encountering various personalities en route,
Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken excels in teasing out
the humour, drama and warmth of this refreshingly
different road movie. Zorian Clayton
Dir Jenée LaMarque. Prod Steven Berger.
Scr Jenée LaMarque, Lauren Parks.
With Constance Wu, Angela Trimbur, Josh Fadem.
USA 2017. 90min. Sales The Film Collaborative
A surprise confession puts Andi and Lu’s wedding
plans in jeopardy in this excellent ensemble comedy.
As bachelorette weekends go, Andi and Lu’s is
shaping up nicely. Everyone’s turned up, the drinks
are flowing and even the late arrival of Nikki, Lu’s
emotionally demanding sister, can’t dampen the
celebratory spirit. But the party atmosphere is
soon derailed when Lu, a little high and more than
a little drunk, casually admits to never having had
an orgasm in her life. It makes Andi doubt their
entire relationship and paves the way for hilarious
interventions by their friends as the weekend turns
from rejoicing at their engagement to a mission
to save it. An easy-going chemistry amongst the
performers – including a scene-stealing turn from
stand-up comic Ever Mainard – accentuates the
sharply observed situations and hilarious script.
The Feels is guaranteed to make you smile.
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