Director: Arthur J Bressan, Jr.
In anticipation of World AIDS Day.
Released in the early years of the AIDS epidemic, Buddies was the first feature film to address a crisis that many were reluctant to discuss. Directed by Arthur J Bressan, Jr., an audacious filmmaker whose work included gay pornography, documentary and fiction, the drama tells the story of a young man named David who becomes a voluntary ‘buddy’ for an AIDS patient named Robert. As the two men spend more time together, a profound friendship develops and the pair soon grow to depend on each other more than they would ever have anticipated. Bressan died two years after the film’s release from AIDS-related illnesses, but the impact of his film endures to this day.
Plus short film:
Director: Mike Hoolboom. 1994. Canada. 8 minutes.
Mike Hoolboom, one of Canada's most prolific experimental filmmakers, uses multiple screens as a backdrop to a man, facing the camera, telling the story of a relationship severed by AIDS. The visuals are hypnotic - here, the stark beauty of an individual, shot in black and white, is juxtaposed with a stream of impressionistic colour images. In a beautifully modulated performance, Callum Rennie plays a character whose lover, Frank, is dying. The emotional tenor of Rennie's monologue builds delicately but steadily, as the details of his relationship with Frank unfold
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Friday 30 November, 20187:00pm