Boyz Magazine 1300 - Page 38

Cinema, DVDs and TV Gay filmmakers fly the flag by Jack Cline Jayson Bend: Queen and Country A short feature by a first-time British filmmaker, Jayson Bend: Queen and Country is a lively, very queer Bond spoof proving that skill and imagination can make up for a micro-budget. Wonderkid Director Matt Carter takes an ambitious approach in this 48-minute action romp, packing each scene with witty visual gags that make the most of Andrew Faure’s snappy and very silly script. Here’s the story: Jayson (Davis Brooks) is the slutty and very gay top agent at Royal Intelligence Ministry, aka RIM. He’s sent to Geneva to investigate a suspicious new hair product invented by businessman Raymond Perdood (Paul Norton) and his assistant Dr Tu Yung (Chris Lew Kim Hoi). Working with local contact Alec DeCoque (Tom Read Wilson), Jayson takes on Raymond’s fiendish henchwoman Katya Khokov (Djalenga Scott). Yes, the character names are as pun-tensive as any 007 movie, and the dialogue explodes with a nonstop barrage of gleefully gay innuendo. It’s also remarkably well-made, with some terrific effects, a lusty title song and fights that feel more like sex games than violent battles. And everything is ridiculous, with a closing credits blooper reel to show how tricky it was for the actors to keep a straight face. Worth a look... Nerve Nerve (in cinemas) is a strikingly current thriller about a viral app game that sends its players into the city to cause mayhem. Emma Roberts and Dave Franco are terrific as gamers competing to perform a series increasingly outrageous dares around Manhattan. The film gets a bit preachy about the dangers of online bullying and gaming addictions, but it’s enjoyably whizzy and sexy. 38 Wiener-Dog (in cinemas) continues Todd Solondz’s remarkably grim but hilarious look at the world (see Happiness). It follows the adorable titular dachshund through a series of owners: the impatient Julie Delpy, the needy Greta Gerwig, an annoyed Danny DeVito and the cranky Ellen Burstyn. The intermission song The Ballad of WienerDog is worth the admission price alone. The opening film at last year’s Iris Prize Festival, this is a calling card for Carter, a talented young filmmaker who tenaciously got the movie made. “It was always going to be a challenge to make a project like ours,” he says, “as we had to self-fund and call in lots of favours to make it happen. It was also a challenge to try and produce something different that didn’t fall into the many done-to-death gay film cliches.” Jason Bend: Queen and Country is available on DVD/ VOD now, bundled with the sexy Mexican shorts Boys on the Roof and Impure Acts. And speaking of gay British filmmaking, crowdfunding is underway to complete the 20-minute short Wonderkid, about a rising-star footballer who is encouraged to hide his sexuality in a homophobic profession. Director Rhys Chapman has received the support of icons like Kevin Spacey and Ian McKellen, who said, “At the heart of this project is the desire to question what is and what isn’t acceptable behaviour to fellow human beings. This is an issue that should be talked about more.” Watch the excellent trailer and find out more at wonderkidfilm.co.uk. Sing Street (DVD/VOD), from the writer-director of Once, is a hugely engaging musical set in 1990s Dublin about a teen guy who uses a group of misfits to start a band to impress a girl. As they mimic their favourite artists (from Duran Duran to Spandau Ballet) in search of their own style, the film completely charms the audience. Don’t miss it. Eddie the Eagle (DVD/ VOD) is a shameless British c