I really liked 2009’s Shank, as while it was a bit rough around the edges, it felt like a really different kind of coming out story, following young Cal (Wayne Virgo), who grew up in the most deprived areas of Bristol. Hanging around a group of rough friends and getting involved in muggings and other criminal activity, he also has to deal with the fact he’s gay. It’s an extremely homophobic environment, but a meeting with a young French man – who he’d help mug – offers the possibility of a very different life. [Read more…]
While not perfect, 2009’s Shank was a hard-hitting and incredibly involving look at being young and gay on the streets of a big city. Now a follow-up has been filmed, following the story of lead character Cal (Wayne Virgo). He’s back at home, facing his troubled past and seeing student Jason, while the city disintegrates around them, with law and order dissolving and the angry youth ready to riot. Cal also has to deal with the fact his mother is dying in hospital. Take a look at the trailer, and you can read our review of Shank here.
Bristol wouldn’t spring to most people’s minds as a hotspot of gay cinema, but it’s been getting that way in the last few years thanks to a bunch of dedicated guys who between them have brought us the likes of Shank, Release and now Buffering.
Seb (Alex Anthony) and Aaron (Conner McKenzy) are two young gay guys trying to live out a suburban idyll in their own house full of the domestic niceties. However the recession has hit and unbeknownst to Seb, Aaron has lost his job and they’re way behind on the mortgage. It’s gotten to the point where there’s only a short time to sort things out before the bank comes and takes their home. Things are compounded when Seb loses his job as well. [Read more…]