Little Gay Boy
Films like Antony Hickling's Little Gay Boy aren't the sort you come across a lot these days. Technically an assembly of Hickling's short film trilogy (L’Annonciation or The Conception of a Little Gay Boy in 2011, Little Gay Boy, chrisT Is Dead in 2012 (which he directed with Amaury Grisel), and Holy Thursday (The Last Supper) in 2013), Little Gay Boy harkens back to a time when queer cinema was joyfully blasphemous, black as night, and playfully experimental in tone and look. In its own way, it continues the tradition of New Queer Cinema where filmmakers like Gregg Araki and Bruce LaBruce left off (as an aside, I was pleased to see on social media that LaBruce enjoyed the film as well). With an aptitude for defiling the sacred not unlike John Waters, the trilogy concerns a Christ-like figure named Jean-Christophe (Gaëtan Vettier), a pretty, wide-eyed young man—born from a raven-haired British hooker named Maria (Amanda Dawson)—who does for our sins and eventually meets his handsome, mustached heavenly father (played by Manuel Blanc, who winningly portrayed a similarly manipulated hustler in André Téchiné's J'embrasse pas).
With: Gaëtan Vettier, Manuel Blanc, Amanda Dawson, Gala Besson, Biño Sauitzvy, Sothean Nhieim, François Brunet, Alvaro Lombard, Stephen Shagov, Axel Sourisseau, Christine Mingo, Hervé Joseph Lebrun, Florian David, Rémi Lange, Stéphanie Michelini