A closeted policeman tries to diffuse an anti-gay protest in the tense thriller Poppy Field

Planning to spend a romantic weekend with his long-distance boyfriend, Christi (Conrad Mericoffer) finds their tender reunion cut short when he is called in to handle a crisis at work. He and his unit are sent to quell a protest at a local movie theater, where a far-right group has interrupted the screening of a queer film.

As tensions between the homophobic protesters and the audience mount, Christi, closeted to his fellow officers, begins to spiral out of control when he spots a former fling in the crowd. When the incident turns violent, it threatens to expose Christi’s secret and forces him to confront the contradictions between his personal and professional life.

Based on true events, Poppy Field creates a poignant portrait of a man reconciling his professional and private identities. Director Eugen Jebeleanu builds a pressure cooker of emotions and subverts the conventional thriller format to arrive at deeper truths.

Watch the trailer for Poppy Field below. The full film is now available on Dekkoo. And if you want to dive into the true story further, the film 5 Minutes Too Late, which is based around the same real-life incident, is also streaming now.

Soft Lad is a gay British drama about love, lust, sexuality and betrayal

22-year-old David (Jonny Labey) seems to have it all. He’s young, he’s hot and he’s just been accepted into the prestigious dance school of his dreams. But David has been harboring a big secret. For two years he’s been sleeping with his sister’s husband, Jules (Daniel Brocklebank).

After an argument between the two lovers, David throws himself into a one-night stand with Sam (Craig Stein), a casual encounter which quickly becomes something much stronger. Unable to express his feelings to anyone, Jules is slowly driven mad by his secret desire for David, and finds himself growing more and more jealous of his newfound, public relationship.

When David’s sister, Jane (Suzanne Collins), insists he brings his new boyfriend over for dinner, Jules snaps, revealing a secret which none of them can ignore.

The feature-length directorial debut of accomplished actor Leon Lopez, who has gone on to helm a wide variety of British TV shows, Soft Lad is critically-acclaimed drama which examined lust, jealousy, repression and all of their consequences in contemporary Liverpool.

Watch the trailer for Soft Lad below. The film is available now on Dekkoo.

Now Available: Steam Room Stories: The Movie

From J.C. Calciano, the director behind the hit gay rom-coms eCupid, The 10-Year Plan and Is It Just Me?, Steam Room Stories: The Movie is a wild comedy featuring wet skin, white towels and some truly gorgeous abs.

The film stars John Waters regular Traci Lords as failing cosmetics magnate Sally Fay, a self-described wicked woman who will stop at nothing to possess the magical waters of the Steam Room to help lift her sagging empire. What she doesn’t count on is the Steam Room Guys banding together to thwart her evil plans.

Lords stars alongside a whole bunch of ridiculously handsome hunks in various levels of undress. Based on the insanely popular web series – which boasts more than 100,000 subscribers 54 million views – this hilarious new comedy is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.

Be prepared to laugh, cry and possibly scream… just try to avoid getting towel-whipped.

Watch the trailer for Steam Room Stories: The Movie below. The film is now available on Dekkoo.

The Dekkoo Digest 029 – 11/18/22

The Dekkoo Digest is back with three new releases this week (of course!). Check out what Ross has to say about the Dekkoo-original series ‘Adam In Fragments’. It’s available to stream now exclusively on Dekkoo!

Now Available: Ekaj

From first-time filmmaker Cati Gonzalez, Ekaj is a gritty indie film that delves deep into the triumphs and torments of a gay teenage street hustler with an unflinching authenticity.

Ekaj, played by Jake Mestre, is a confused young teen living on the streets of New York City – trying to find his place personally, socially and sexually. His life begins to change when he meets Mecca, played by New York City-based artist Badd Idea.

A cynical hustler who is dying of AIDS, the older Mecca takes Ekaj under his wing. Ekaj starts taking on sex work, hoping to become the lover of a rich man and be taken care of for life. When he starts up a romance with an abusive painter named Johnny, his day-to-day existence goes from bad to worse.

Having earned acclaim at over 35 film festivals around the globe, Ekaj examines the turbulent lives of LGBTQ youth, specifically those who have been kicked out of their own homes. The film articulately depicts what it means to be gender-queer and struggling in the fast-paced landscape of New York.

Watch the trailer for Ekaj below. The film is now available on Dekkoo.

Now Available: Isaac

The debut film from veteran Spanish producers Angeles Hernandez and David Matamoros, Isaac stars Pepe Ocio and Ivan Sanchez as Nacho and Denis, two former childhood friends who meet again years after having had an intense relationship as teenagers.

Both men’s lives are now quite different. Nacho and his wife Marta seem to be the perfect bourgeois married couple, but they’re struggling to get pregnant. Denis and his wife Carmen lead a more laid-back lifestyle, living from hand to mouth as they try to save up enough money to open up the restaurant of their dreams.

When Denis offers his partner as a surrogate for Nacho and Marta, the two couples find themselves having to deal with deep secrets the two men buried long ago.

Based on an acclaimed Spanish stage play by Antonio Hernández, Isaac is an emotional and poignant drama about class, happiness, repressed desires and learning to be your true, authentic self.

Watch the trailer for Isaac below. The film is available now on Dekkoo.

Robin Lord Taylor and Tommy Beardmore star in the dramatic short film Skeletons

From award-winning writer, director and actor Adam DeCarlo, Skeletons is a dramatic and deeply emotional new 18-minute short.

Set on one rainy night, the film concerns a man who must confront the pain and trauma of a past relationship when a former lover unexpectedly arrives on his doorstep.

Packed with mood and atmosphere, the film also features bristling performances from the two lead actors, who may be familiar to some viewers. Tommy Beardmore has popped up recently on shows like Chicago PD, Shameless and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel while Robin Lord Taylor will be instantly recognizable to Batman fans from his long stint playing The Penguin on the beloved series Gotham.

Expertly acted and directed, Skeletons offers up an emotionally charged meditation on grief and asks whether or not we should be willing to forgive those who have hurt us.

Watch a short trailer for Skeletons below. The film is now available on Dekkoo.

A college freshman goes down a dark rabbit hole in the slick horror thriller Exploited

From director Jon Abrahams, an actor who you may know from films like Scary MovieHouse of Wax and Meet the Parents, comes Exploited, an unabashedly kinky cyber thriller that will have everyone slapping some tape over their webcam lenses.

Jordan Ver Hoeve stars in the film as Brian, a college freshman who checks into his dorm room and discovers a mysterious thumb drive. Included on the drive are files of an attractive male webcam model (Colin Bates) interacting with his clients. When the final session ends in what may be a murder, he becomes obsessed with unraveling the story.

Brian’s quest becomes complicated when he starts falling for his new jock roommate (Andrew Matthew Welch), who is already taken. The mysterious disappearance of the webcam model takes on a dangerous voyeuristic role when the three members of this college love triangle find themselves being manipulated and blackmailed.

Co-starring Sierra McCormick, an indie darling known for her work on American Horror Story and The Vast of NightExploited is a slick and scary thriller which goes off into taboo directions most mainstream films wouldn’t dare.

Watch the trailer for Exploited below. The film is now available on Dekkoo.