Every so often a documentary will come around, which is so important and so powerful that you forget for a moment that you are watching this on your screen and instead start to see the bigger picture and how its subject matter is affecting the greater world around you. Fire in the Blood is an example of when that happens and instead, the audience is progressively given all the facts about something, which is happening outside their very door and something, which can and must be changed.
Recently during the 56th BFI London Film Festival, I had the opportunity to sit down and discuss Keep The Lights On with Sachs and find out a little more about the film.
Ira Sachs' Keep The Lights On is the story of Erik (Thure Lindhardt) and Paul (Zachary Booth), and their decade long relationship whilst living and hurting together in New York City. At the core, this film demonstrates and explores the ways in which the couple live together and apart and how sex and drugs are used to devastate their relationship. Erik is a filmmaker who is intends to make a documentary about Avery Willard; an artist and gay pornographer whilst Paul is a respectable lawyer, who remains (for the first act) in the closet.