On this one day, fuelled by drungs, alcohol and sex, he goes out on a destructive bing, hurting the one man who has told him he loves him, gets arrested and nearly losese the only friends he has. He tells himself that he is living but wants to remain invisable and never remembered.
It is a wonderful tale, that is sexually explicit, and shows how within a family and community, hatred still exists. The scene at the police station filled me with anger and pain as it is a harrowing event.
All in all this is a gripping tale, wonderfully acted and brilliantly brought to the screen!
As a young gay male, I absolutely loved it. As usual of Austrailian films the movie is littered with amusing one-liners and coembacks. As in the spirit of Pricilla and Muriel's Wedding this film shines with the greats.
The personality of Ari is depicted clearly through the performance of Delimitri. You will probably recognise the star from 'Neighbours' of old. He has a fantastic performance and makes the most of his material.
Anyone who has thought about coming out, has come out or even knows someone who has come out, I would recommend this film to them. It will make you laugh and cry at the same time. "Give it a go, you may just like it."
The acting was first class. I had only ever seen Dimitriades in 'teen' soap dramas before which clearly never gave him the opportunity to show his full potential. As Ari he was simply brilliant.
Ari was an interesting character. One never really got the full picture of him but this is probably what makes the film a great watch from start to finish. He seemed to be lost and confused one minute and brutish and self-assured the next.
Backed up by an excellent cast and superb direction 'Head On' must surely become something of an Australian classic. Although the subject matter may not to be to everyone's liking (it is pretty graphic) the story is unique which in turn makes the film itself 100% original.
Gay/straight/bi/confused/whatever, this is a must see!
Compulsive viewing, highly recommended.
I would also recommend "To die for" less serious, but pretty good. This is not the Hollywood film of this title, but the British one with Tony Slattery as the "straight" social worker.
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