BBFC Rating1985

DirectorYen Tan
Running Time1HR 26MINS
SeasonLGBT History Month

In 1985, President Ronald Reagan publicly acknowledged AIDS for the first time, after more than 5,000 people in the United States, mostly gay men, had already been killed by the disease. It is during this milestone year that director Yen Tan sets his fifth feature film, assembling an outstanding cast to bring his critically-observed period piece to life.

Adrian (Cory Michael Smith) returns to his small Texan hometown to spend the Christmas holidays with his working-class Christian family. His homecoming is marked by a silent anguish with his father (Michael Chiklis), a wounded attachment to his mother (Virginia Madsen), and a broken relationship with his high school best friend (Jamie Chung). Under Tan’s poignant direction, 1985’s characters bring tension and a strained tenderness into each and every scene. Tan’s choice to shoot in black-and-white 16mm film furthers the atmosphere of strained intimacy.

His acclaimed and growing body-of-work – including Pit Stop (2013) and Ciao (2009) – reaffirms and celebrates the power and purpose of queer coming-out and identity narratives.

Screening as part of QFT’s LGBT History Month season, 1985 will be introduced by John O’Doherty, Director of The Rainbow Project.


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