Director: John Cameron Mitchell
Cast: Sook-Yin Lee, Paul Dawson, PJ DeBoy
Prd Info: Comedy/Drama/Romance, Australia, 2013
In tracing the physical and spiritual connections of this group in their 20s and 30s, Shortbus is a film full of sex – real people having actual sex – in various gender permutations. Mitchell’s aim was to make a thought-provoking, emotionally challenging and hopefully funny film that could also be sexually frank. As one character dryly notes in what must surely be thought of as the film’s signature line, “It’s just like the ’60s, only with less hope.”Shortbus is an engagingly funny, emotionally honest, joyfully romantic drama exploring the modern relationships of a group of New Yorkers.Written and directed by John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig and the Angry Inch), this controversial cult classic from 2006 centred on a diverse ensemble cast. Sofia, a sex therapist who loves her husband but has never had an orgasm; Jamie, a former child star who loves everybody, “especially cute people”; his boyfriend, James, a former hustler turned Jacuzzi lifeguard; and Severin, an acerbic dominatrix who, like most everyone else in the film, just wants to feel something. Together and separately, they converge on a weekly gathering called Shortbus, an underground salon “for the gifted and challenged”; a mad nexus of art, music, politics and carnal pleasure.
Queer Screen Film Fest 2013 screening
Date: Friday, 20 September 2013
Venue: The Newtown Hotel, 174 King Street, Newtown, NSW
Time: 9:00 pm