Get Real (film)

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Get Real
Get Real (movie poster).jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed bySimon Shore
Produced byStephen Taylor
Patricia Carr
Helena Spring
Anant Singh
Screenplay byPatrick Wilde
Based onWhat's Wrong With Angry? 
by Patrick Wilde
StarringBen Silverstone
Brad Gorton
Charlotte Brittain
Music byJohn Lunn
CinematographyAlan Almond
Editing byBarrie Vince
StudioDistant Horizons
Arts Council of England
British Screen Productions
Graphite Film Production
Distributed byAlliance Atlantis (UK)
Paramount Classics
Release datesApril 30, 1999 (US)
14 May 1999 (UK)
Running time110 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageEnglish
Budget$1.2 million
Box office$1,152,979
 
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Get Real
Get Real (movie poster).jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed bySimon Shore
Produced byStephen Taylor
Patricia Carr
Helena Spring
Anant Singh
Screenplay byPatrick Wilde
Based onWhat's Wrong With Angry? 
by Patrick Wilde
StarringBen Silverstone
Brad Gorton
Charlotte Brittain
Music byJohn Lunn
CinematographyAlan Almond
Editing byBarrie Vince
StudioDistant Horizons
Arts Council of England
British Screen Productions
Graphite Film Production
Distributed byAlliance Atlantis (UK)
Paramount Classics
Release datesApril 30, 1999 (US)
14 May 1999 (UK)
Running time110 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageEnglish
Budget$1.2 million
Box office$1,152,979

Get Real is a 1999 British drama film directed by Simon Shore, based on the play What's Wrong With Angry? by screenwriter Patrick Wilde. The plot is about gay teenager Steven Carter's coming out to the world. The film was shot in and around Basingstoke, England.

Synopsis[edit]

When homosexuality was still an absolute taboo in England, sensitive rural town model student Steven Carter hides his gay feelings, except for fat neighbor girl Linda. Suddenly his desperate search for partners in male public lavatories leads to a blind date with golden boy John Dixon, bound for an Oxbridge career. Steven finds the courage to approach John by volunteering for the school paper as sports photographer. A wonderful affair follows, but John is terrified of losing his social status. As the boys' love blossoms, so grows despair about secrecy or outing consequences

Plot[edit]

Steven Carter (Ben Silverstone) is a sixteen-year-old middle-class schoolboy: intelligent and good-looking, but unathletic and introverted. Bullied at school, misunderstood at home, his only confidant is his neighbor and best friend, Linda (Charlotte Brittain). Keeping his sexuality hidden from everyone else, he cruises in public toilets. He is surprised to find the school jock, John Dixon (Brad Gorton) also cruising, but John denies that he is gay.

At a school dance, Steven gains a friend after he comforts Jessica (Stacy Hart), after an argument with a boyfriend, who is also his bully, Kevin (Tim Harris). When he returns home, John follows him and confides about his own sexuality. They decide to start a relationship.

Word around the school spreads about someone being gay in the school, and John fears that Steven has been telling people. In order to maintain his status in the school, John beats up Steven in front of his friends. Steven announces in front of assembly that he is gay, and looks to John for support, but he does not. In the end, John apologizes for beating him up and says he loves him, but as he is too afraid to come out, Steven breaks up with him, wishing him happiness.

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

The film ranked number 34 on Entertainment Weekly's list of the 50 Best High School Movies.

The film was well received by many critics, and subsequently nominated for eight awards, and won six, including the British Independent Film Award 1998.

In the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Paula Nechak praised the film for allowing the characters to be themselves rather than change to fit in, and praises the treatment of the 'jock' character John as being just as bound by the school popularity game as Steven.[1]

In the Daily Record, Siobhan Synnot criticised the film as being like a "preachy episode of Grange Hill with cardboard cut-out characters" and also criticised the John character for being unbelievable, describing him as "simply a bland fantasy hunk. It's hard to see how this dim bulb is bright enough for Oxford, because all the smart lines go to his smart-alec boyfriend."[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nechak, Paula (11 June 1999). "Non-judgmental 'Get Real' gracefully allows its diverse characters to 'be'". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved 22 July 2012. 
  2. ^ Synnot, Siobhan (14 May 1999). "Gay stereotypes should stay firmly in the closet". Daily Record. Retrieved 22 July 2012. 

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