This is the second in a mini season of films about men falling in love with each other, the other being Call Me By Your Name. We had to postpone the showing because of the closing of the William Loveless Hall, due to snow in February. It was placed 14th in the Guardian’s top 20 for 2017. It won Best Film at the Edinburgh and Berlin Film Festivals and was nominated for a BAFTA as Outstanding British Film. It won Best Film, Best Debut Screenwriter and Best Actor for Josh O’ Connor at the British Independent Film Awards.
Johnny Saxby (Josh O’Connor) works long hours in brutal isolation on his family’s remote farm in the north of England. He numbs the daily frustration of his lonely existence with nightly binge-drinking at the local pub and casual sex. When a handsome Romanian migrant worker Gheorghe (Alec Secareanu) arrives to take up temporary work on the family farm, Johnny suddenly finds himself having to deal with emotions he has never felt before. An intense relationship forms between the two which could change Johnny’s life forever. The performances are superb and include two by Ian Hart as Johny’s increasingly frustrated father, Martin, and Gemma Jones as his taciturn grandmother.
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Venue: William Loveless Hall