The Comedy The Drama The Tragedy
1. The Comedy: teen movies have usually been so straight. Not with "G.B.F."
Straight from the premiere of their gay teen comedy on DirecTV, the G.B.F. team, screenwriter George Northy, director Darren Stein, and star Michael J. Willett, spoke at the Outfest Legacy Awards.
“We’re all excited just for the world to finally see it,” said Stein, known for directing cult classics like Jawbreaker and Color Me Olsen.
“We want to take over the world,” said Willett. “It’s going to be a gay teen movie Thanksgiving… You can have your G.B.F. drinking games at your Thanksgiving parties. I hope that everyone sees G.B.F. and it’s the new teen film. That’s my Christmas wish.”
Michael J. Willett
"G.B.F." focuses on what happens when closeted teenager Tanner (Willett) is outed by nosy classmates and becomes the title's "gay best friend," the hot accessory over whom three high school queen bees (Sasha Pieterse, Andrea Bowen and Xosha Roquemore) vie for his friendship. References to "Mean Girls," "Heathers" and "Clueless" have cropped up in early reviews. Expect an "lol" comedy with an explicit acceptance and equality message.
G.B.F. will premiere in select cimemas in January but is now already available in the USA on DirecTV.
2. The Drama: “Kill Your Darlings."
Dane DeHaan and Daniel Radcliffe star in “Kill Your Darlings,” a film replete with subtle ambiguity. Photo: Clay Enos
'Kill Your Darlings' is a biographical story of a murder that takes place at Columbia University in 1944 and brings together beat poets Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and William Burroughs. The film stars Michael C. Hall, Elizabeth Olson, Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan.
The action centres on the murder investigation involving Burroughs, Ginsberg and his handsome classmate Lucien Carr, with whom Ginsberg is besotted and who becomes his charismatic guide to the literarily and sexually transgressive world of 1940s Manhattan, where the film is set.
Daniel Radcliffe hit the headlines recently, expressing surprise at the attention surrounding gay sex scenes in the film, comparing it to a sex scene with a horse in Equus. Speaking to The Sun, Radcliffe said: “I fucked a horse on stage when I was 17 but gay sex is more of a big deal! One of the reviews I saw very early on called the sex scene ‘graphic’. There’s nothing graphic about it. I mean, you see a bit of bum.”
Radcliffe added that the gay kiss with co-star Dane DeHaan was ”sincere, passionate and romantic”, and joked that he would like to win an MTV award for it.
Trailer: 'Kill Your Darlings':
3. The Tragedy: Don't Ever Wipe Tears Without Gloves. !980's love in Stockholm.
To coincide with World AIDS Day, the UK's BBC Four are to air a three part award-winning Swedish drama about a young gay couple in the 1980s, set in 1980s. Set in Stockholm, it explores young love under the shadow of the AIDS epidemic.
Written by Swedish author Jonas Gardell and based on his series of books of the same title, the mini-series focuses
on the romance between the 19-year-old Rasmus (Adam Pålsson) and the love of his life Benjamin (Adam Lundgren). the boys meet at a party, fall instantly and deeply in love. For a short time their happiness continues until suddenly young men start to get sick, fade away and die. AIDS has come to Stockholm and nothing will ever be the same again.
Beyond dealing simply with AIDS and its effect on the lovers, the series also tackles many of the issues that continue to be faced by thegay community around the world to this day, such as coming out and ostracism from the family.
After its first airing in Sweden last year, the series found with huge critical acclaim and picked up a Kristellan (Swedish Emmy) for BestTelevision Drama. It also won the Audience Award at the Series Mania Festival in Paris last April, in competition with American TV dramas such as Game Of Thrones and House Of Cards.
The episodes are titled Kärleken ("the love"), Sjukdomen ("the disease") and Döden ("the death"). Catch them in the UK on BBC Four from Monday 2 December.
The Trailer: Don't Ever Wipe Tears Without Gloves
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