elisa_rolle (elisa_rolle) wrote,

Get Real (1998) directed by Simon Shore

A tenderly romantic coming-of-age story as two boys in a British school fall in love.

Director: Simon Shore

Writers: Patrick Wilde (play), Patrick Wilde (screenplay)

Release Date: August 1998 (Edinburgh Film Festival, UK)
12 September 1998 (Toronto International Film Festival, Canada)
April 1999 (Turin International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Italy)
20 May 1999 (Boston Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, USA)

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Sport

Storyline: Get Real begins with a couple of hedgehogs having sex, and deals with a topic just as prickly: gay love in adolescence. Steve (Ben Silverstone) is a student at a British school where everyone wears classy uniforms, knows he's gay, and is pretty comfortable being so. John (Brad Gorton), a top athlete and all-around admired guy, is just getting an inkling and isn't sure how he feels about it. This, cleverly, is how the movie manages to explore coming-out issues and be over them at the same time. In fact, the whole movie is pretty clever--witty dialogue, deft direction, nimble pacing, and clean editing--in exploring the seriousness of adolescent life without taking it too seriously. The key is in Silverstone's performance; he's a completely convincing mixture of hesitation and recklessness, all the conflicts of high school in one sweet-faced package. As the movie follows Steve and John's relationship--their evasions at school, getting picked up by the police in a park, goofing around in a heated swimming pool, grappling with coming out to the world at large--it lays out a bit of contrast with Steve's best friend Linda (Charlotte Brittain), who's as unapologetically fat as Steve is gay, and who's having an affair with her driving instructor. Excellent performances all around, funny, sexy, charming--if only straight teen comedies were half this good. Get Real even demonstrates the proper etiquette when soliciting sex in public restrooms; what more can you ask for? --Bret Fetzer

Awards: 1999 British Independent Film Award Nomination as Best Achievement in Production, British Independent Film Awards
2000 Chlotrudis Award Nomination as Best Actor to Ben Silverstone, Chlotrudis Awards
1998 Audience Award to Simon Shore, Golden Hitchcock Award to Simon Shore, Dinard British Film Festival
1998 Audience Award to Simon Shore, Edinburgh International Film Festival
1999 Emden Film Award to Simon Shore, Emden International Film Festival
1999 Golden Trailer Nomination as Best Trailer - No Budget (Hammer Films), Golden Trailer Awards
1999 Audience Award to Simon Shore, Jury Prize Best European Film to Simon ShoreOurense Independent Film Festival

@Amazon: Get Real (1999)

Cast (in credits order)
Ben Silverstone ... Steven Carter
Brad Gorton ... John Dixon
Charlotte Brittain ... Linda
Stacy Hart ... Jessica (as Stacy A. Hart)
Kate McEnery ... Wendy
Patrick Nielsen ... Mark
Tim Harris ... Kevin
James D. White ... Dave
James Perkins ... Young Steve
Nicholas Hunter ... Young Mark
Jacquetta May ... Steven's Mother
David Lumsden ... Steven's Father
David Elliot ... Glen
Morgan Jones ... Linda's Brother
Richard Hawley ... English Teacher
Steven Mason ... Cruising Man
Charlotte Hanson ... Glen's Wife
Alina Hazeldine ... Crying Baby
Louise J. Taylor ... Christina Lindmann
Steven Elder ... Bob the Driving Instructor
Leonie Thomas ... Aunt at Wedding
David Paul West ... Bridegroom
Andy Rashleigh ... Policeman
Ian Brimble ... John's Father
Judy Buxton ... John's Mother
Dorothy Clark ... Woman Driving Instructor
Amy Redler ... Julie
Martin Milman ... Headmaster
Andy Tungate ... Roger McGregor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Peter Barnes ... Bearded wedding guest (uncredited)
Jack Hughes ... Boy in toilet (uncredited)

Steven & John

Tags: gay romance movie

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