4 must see movies this Autumn
1985 A sensitive drama that slowly builds in power, "1985" feels like a missing minor classic from the decade that preceded the rise of the so-called New Queer Cinema, when independent filmmakers had to struggle to cobble together budgets that let them tell their stories in the form of modest art house movies.
1985 | OPENS 25 APRIL
Not too long ago, watching a queer film usually meant you could expect one of two narratives: the coming out experience or AIDS (sometimes both). And although set during the height of the AIDS crisis, and with a closeted protagonist, co-writer and director Yen Tan’s 1985 can’t easily be dismissed as regressive. Escaping tragedy in New York, Adrian (Cory Michael Smith) returns to his Texas home town in hope of reconnecting with his adolescent brother and to navigate his relationship with his religious parents (Virginia Madsen and Michael Chiklis) in an intimate and affecting drama.
TOP END WEDDING | OPENS 2 MAY
Romantic comedies aren’t necessarily the forte of Australian cinema, so how refreshing it is that not only do we get what looks like a fun piece of escapism (and an escape to the picturesque Top End no less) but one lead by an Indigenous woman. Miranda Tapsell (The Sapphires), who also co-wrote the screenplay, plays Lauren who, upon being proposed to by her British beau (Bohemian Rhapsody’s Gwilym Lee), makes a return home to the north for a rushed wedding only to discover her mother has gone AWOL. The Sapphires director Wayne Blair is in charge of proceedings which, like in any wedding comedy, don’t go according to plan.
THE HUSTLE | OPENS 9 MAY
Some three years ago, men of a certain age lost their collective minds when an all-female reboot of Ghostbusters was made; childhoods were ruined, or so they’d have you believe. It’s doubtful there will be any such hullaballoo this year when Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson fill the roles previously played by Michael Caine and Steve Martin in this remake of sorts of the 1980s comedy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. After displaying her comic chops in last year’s Ocean’s 8, Hathaway plays the ‘straight man’ sophisticate to Wilson’s rough-edged bumbling pupil, with the Cote d’Azur as their classroom and playground.
ROCKETMAN | OPENS 30 MAY
It remains debatable how much of the final version of Bohemian Rhapsody Dexter Fletcher was responsible for once Bryan Singer left the film during its troubled production, but the studio behind Rocketman will be hoping that Fletcher can bring whatever magic he can to this Elton John biopic of sorts. Let’s hope he’s not as stingy with the queer content as that other film. The trailer certainly suggests that Elton (played by Taron Egerton, Kingsman) will be captured in all his flamboyant, hedonistic 1970s and ‘80s glory in what has been billed as a ‘musical fantasy’. Richard Madden (Netflix’s Bodyguard) and Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot) also star.
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Movie reviewed for FUSE by Dwayne Lennox thelennoxfiles.blogspot.com.au
DID YOU KNOW?
The first ever gay-themed film was produced in Germany in 1919. ‘Different from the Others’ starred Conrad Veidt and was about two male musicians that fall in love.