Matthew Mishory’s debut feature length film is a speculative biopic of one of Hollywood’s most iconic actors. Set during the years preceding his brief film career, it is an unconventional telling, concerning itself more with tone and poetry, rather than plot. Set primarily in the desert of Joshua Tree national park, the film presents James Dean as a young poet finding his voice; a man on the cusp of greatness, but in many ways innocent to all that surrounded him. Ali Gardiner talks to the director to find out the inspiration and motivation behind the movie.
Even if you've never seen a James Dean film, there is one thing you can say for sure: the man was, without a doubt, an icon. That as a stand-alone statement, however, leaves a question open: if we take the definition of icon as “a person or thing that is regarded as a representative symbol of something”, what, then, is James Dean an icon of?
The ninth in their series of collected short films is a fantastic example of why queer cinema is moving out of the closet and into the public eye – without exception, all the shorts featured on BOYS ON FILM 9 stay true to the spirit and purpose of the queer cinema movement, but without alienating heterosexual audiences. This is not only cinema for a minority, but also manages to be cinema that can educate the majority on what it means to be gay.