LGBT DVD Round-Up
- Paul Dale
- 18 September 2008
International interest in the sciences may have been piqued by the recent, less-exciting-than-it sounds Big Bang experiment but let’s face it – the most important question is: ‘If time and space are curved, where do all of the straight people come from?’
You won’t find the answer in this season’s miserable batch of queer cinema DVDs. What you will find is loner and nihilist gay clichés aplenty. Lost and Delirious (Peccadillo) • is a Canadian boarding school melodrama with added lesbian interest from 2001 which has finally been released for the sole reason that Mischa The OC Barton is in a supporting role. Liberally borrowing from better troubled youth flicks: The Lost Boys, Dead Poets Society and Girl, Interrupted, this film manages to waste the talents of all concerned particularly Jolie lookalike Piper Parabo in the crucial rebellious psycho role.
East Side Story (Peccadillo) •• starts promisingly with a bit of immigration officer porn before it is revealed that East LA couple Diego (René Alvarado) and closeted estate agent Pablo (David Berón) like nothing more than a bit of role playing. Then it settles in to tedious fusion of La Ronde, Echo Park, LA and Big Night with Diego trying to woo Pablo’s spoilt young Aunt Bianca (camp US TV star Gladys Jimenez). Essentially it’s a load of old cheeseball but at least Carlos Portugal’s film does raise a few interesting questions about the gay fetishisation of ethnic Americans.
German comedy Fashion Victims (Peccadillo) •• attempts to take on the fashion industry with a slight tale of well-heeled conservative clothes salesman Wolfgang (Edgar Selge), his gay son Karsten (Florian Bartholomäi) and predatory new salesman Steven (Roman Knizka). Every bit as pedestrian as it sounds, Fashion Victims lacks the titillating satirical edge that allows such suburban tales to thrive. The performances are decent enough though.
Holding Trevor (Peccadillo) ••• is a vast improvement. Written and starring Brent Gorski, it's a simple romantic portrait of the urban gay scene with its nefarious drug addictions, temptations and witty banter. Things are, however, greatly helped by a hilarious supporting turn from actor and musician Jay Shortbus Brannan. Ana Kokkinos’ feted and searing Australian Greek community drama Head On (Peccadillo) ••• also gets a re-release with a ton of extras.
If none of these appeal then documentary feature A Walk Into The Sea: Danny Williams and the Warhol Factory (Revolver) •••• just might. Esther Robinson's fascinating film details the heartbreaking story of her uncle – one time Warhol lover and the great forgotten film chronicler of New York's pop art scene.