Capital Celluloid 2020 – Day 59: Fri Feb 28

Head On (Kokkinos, 1998): Barbican Cinema, 6.20pm

This presentation is part of the ‘Her Lens, His Story’ season. Full details here.
Based on the novel Loaded by Christos Tsiolkas (The Slap), the story follows Ari (Dimitriades): a hot-blooded teenager, who keeps his homosexuality secret from his Greek-Australian family. Exploring his sexuality, a drug-fuelled 24 hours of sex, drugs and partying culminates in an unexpected opportunity for romance. Director Ana Kokkinos explores the protagonist’s complex attitudes towards masculinity, rooted in his family's cultural customs and traditional views, with tact and precision. Excellent support is provided by Paul Capsis as his genderqueer friend, who forces Ari to confront his own identity.
Here (and above) is the trailer.

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