A taut thriller with a brilliantly executed queer bent, Downriver will leave you breathless.
Eighteen-year old James (Reef Ireland) has just been released from juvenile detention after serving time for his involvement in the suspected drowning of a young boy in a river years earlier. Ravaged with uncertainty, dealing with an estranged family and forced to face the dead boy’s mother, James is set upon a journey of self discovery, shocking revelations and danger as questions surrounding the boy’s death brim to the surface.
Complicating matters further, James also becomes embroiled in a love triangle between himself, Anthony (Thom Green) and the vacationing Damien (Charles Grounds). Old friendships are questioned, family ties are tested and lives are put on the line as James struggles to find his path toward the truth, a path that will lead him… downriver.
Thom Green and lead actress Kerry Fox took home Best Actor and Best Actress awards at the 10th annual Iris Prize for their roles in this compelling and eerie murder mystery from first time feature filmmaker Grant Scicluna. Downriver was also an official selection at the Toronto International Film Festival, Melbourne International Film Festival, FilmOut San Diego and the The Tel Aviv International LGBT Film Festival.
Take a look at the trailer below and then skip on over to Dekkoo to watch the full film.
In this taut Australian crime thriller, 18-year-old James has been released from juvenile detention after serving time for a crime he may not have committed. His small town has not forgotten his past and reintegrating into polite society proves more difficult than he imagined. ‘Downriver’ is available to watch now on Dekkoo!
Dekkoo Films presents ‘Sign’, a story of a relationship between Ben, a hearing man, and Aaron, who is deaf is told through vignettes, music, and sign language.
During a lazy summer at a lakeside cottage with his parents, Adam’s (Jackson Martin) dull routine is shattered when he meets Riley (Reece Moffett) and Nate (Nick Serino), local trouble-making cousins who fight their boredom with debauchery and petty crime. What begins as a friendship will lead the boys to a powerful revelation that changes their lives forever.
Winner of the “Best Canadian First Feature Film” award at the Toronto Film Festival and an Official Selection of Cannes’ Critics Week, Sleeping Giant takes you on a majestic and haunting ride through the backwoods of a Canadian summer. With his feature-length debut, writer-director Andrew Cividino has crafted an exceptional coming-of-age pictures, an emotional journey of youthful liberation.
From Spanish filmmaker Alejandro Beltran, the new short film Lost Years tells the story of a young boy, Felix (Samuel Garcia), who after the death of his mother is sent to boarding school abroad. There, he meets Leo (Jack O’Neill), his roommate and a fellow student at the school.
The two soon begin a clandestine romantic relationship. The heartwarming love affair the film promises, however, is quickly shattered. A traumatic event soon occurs in which Felix is assaulted, and his relationship with Leo comes to an end.
This powerful 21-minute film examines the repercussions that sexual abuse can have in young people and the impact such violations have on their lives and the lives of those around them.
They have been trained to meet danger head-on, to execute vital strategic maneuvers while flying at breathtaking speeds. But after a series of fatal accidents, a close-knit squadron of male Navy pilots begins to splinter – and becomes the focus of a criminal investigation. As a government agent digs to uncover the cause of the accidents, two of the pilots engage in a secret, forbidden relationship. Their affair is exposed… and the squadron is engulfed by an incendiary scandal that will challenge each pilot’s notions of friendship, love, honor and courage.
Set during the 1990s, when “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” was the standard operating procedure, Burning Blue examines a gay romance that wasn’t permitted to blossom. Trent Ford and Morgan Spector are electrifying as Dan and Will, two men who can’t resist one another… until they ultimately must to protect their squadron and one another. Emotional and provocative, this debut film from director D.M.W. Greer does for the U.S. Navy what Brokeback Mountain did for the open range of Wyoming.
Seven years after the tragic death of his brother, Jack (David W. Ross) has been consumed with raising his young niece with his sister-in-law Mya (Alicia Witt). When the renewal of his work visa is denied, deportation to his native England seems imminent.
The quick solution is a duplicitous marriage to his best friend Ali (Jamie-Lynn Sigler) to secure his green card. Mindful of questioning from immigration, Ali moves into Jack’s apartment. When he falls head-over-heels in love with Mano (Maurice Compte), a sexy Latino-American architect, tensions bubble to the surface between Ali and Jack.
Prodded by her ex-girlfriend, Ali grows increasingly bitter about the arrangement she has entered into with Jack. She has every right to be mindful of the discriminatory laws when ICE officials storm into their apartment and Jack is nowhere to be found. Tough grilling by federal authorities settles it for Ali. She’s had enough and soon files for divorce from Jack.
As Jack searches for a new wife, the situation becomes even more challenging when Mano must return to Spain for a family crisis and Jack is to make a heart-breaking choice in order to live his life.
As it was released originally in 2012, it’s interesting to watch I Do today, only six years later, and see how much has changed and what remains the same. This brilliantly structured family drama from director Glenn Gaylord cleverly dramatizes the choices same-sex bi-national couples are forced to make.