Time has been kind to the movie Beautiful Thing. Ten years after it was first released, this tale of an unrelenting same-sex teen love affair remains as fresh today as when it was made, and it’s often hailed as one of the greatest gay movies of the 1990s. Which is why Queer Screen is showing it next Wednesday in a one-off special presentation.
Beautiful Thing follows the tale of the unconventional Jamie, who lives in a London housing estate with his tough-as-nails mother Sandra. When Sandra rescues next-door neighbour Ste from yet another beating by his father, a gentle love blossoms between the two teenage boys.
Based on the play by Jonathan Harvey and featuring stellar performances from Glen Berry and Scott Neal as the two boys and Linda Henry as Sandra, Beautiful Thing also has a soundtrack featuring the brilliant Mama Cass.
The upbeat and defiantly proud finale was criticised by some but, as one critic commented, In 100 years of movies, we deserved a Hollywood ending!
Queer Screen is hosting Beautiful Thing on Wednesday 26 April at the Palace Academy Twin, Paddington. Bookings on 1300 306 776 or at the Queer Screen website.