AKRON is a strong, real-life drama that just happens to impact two young gay men.  Quality performances, quality direction… quality all round.  Perfectly paced script that breathes with the characters.  All about letting go and moving on.

Charming, relaxed paced journey with a clear underlying tension.  All very mid-west USA.

Opening titles and credits over a black screen with guitar music was a dull way to start, could have at least been an image of a field around Akron.

9 Champagnes out of 10.










Victoria & Abdul


With a free ticket to the local cinema about to expire, I found the only currently showing title of any interest to me was VICTORIA & ABDUL.  I knew nothing about the movie other than the adds and my enjoyment of the TV series Victoria.  I am so thankful I chose this movie.

The story is so beautifully crafted, the script played my emotions like a symphony through many waves of laughter, anger and tears.  I was not alone with my tears as it seemed everyone in the cinema was moved by this gem of a movie … except for the old fool near me who was snoring during the most important part of the dialogue and his wife’s phone rang then as well … some people just have no dignity or consideration!

Dame Judi Dench and Ali Fazal were mesmerising.  Stephen Frears’ direction is faultless.  The other cast were amazing and included the final performance by the now late Tim Pigott-Smith who I first saw in the 1976 Doctor Who episodes The Masque Of Mandragora.   

I loved this movie and I loved how it moved me.

10 Champagnes out of 10!

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DOWNRIVER is a dark Aussie movie with a number of gay characters, but not what I would call a Gay movie otherwise.  Not a movie that I will ever watch again or recommend to others as an enjoyable night’s viewing.

The cast were exceptional in their performances, but the story was slow, depressing and had some obvious holes.  We need movies with some magic, some style instead of all this dark, brooding arty indulgence.

Sometimes writing and directing your own movie can be a risk because it can become self-indulgent and many of the checks and balances of bigger productions are not there, but then there are some crap Hollywood movies that should never have been funded as well.  This movie was funded by a number of big Australian film finance groups and I question why they would finance a gay movie that is so dark and adds nothing to the GLBTIQ legacy.  It must be about who you know.  Dare I say it, my partner and I have recently written stories that would make far more engaging Aussie Gay movies but how the hell do we get from here to where they did to get the financing and get our stories out there to uplift many, many in our community and beyond, rather than this movie that uplifted no-one?

4 Champagnes out of 10.

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Ice Blues


ICE BLUES is the fourth and final movie in the series of Donald Strachey Mysteries.

This one is about the consequences of a missing $3M.  An action packed mystery thriller kind of Gay thing with elegance, charm and humour.  Oh, and martinis are still essential to the setting.  Still has the same corny style of titles and music.

8 Martinis out of 10.

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