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The Sum Of Us

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The Sum of Us was directed by Geoff Burton and Kevin Dowling. A screen adaptation of the play of the same name, it was released in 1994 and won several Australian Film Institute Awards, The film is both set and shot in Sydney Australia and stars Jack Thompson and Russell Crowe as father and son Harry and Jeff Mitchell.

In Order of Disappearance

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Directed by Hans Petter Moland, In Order of Disappearance (Kraftidioten) is a Norwegian crime thriller released in 2014. After his son is accidentally killed, honourable citizen Nils goes on a quest for revenge, and in doing so, ignites a war between two criminal enterprises. The film stars Stellan Skarsgård, Bruno Ganz and Pål Sverre Hagen.

Far From Heaven

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Released in 2002, Far From Heaven was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe. The film won a number of awards including the Black Reel Awards, Bodil Awards and Boston Society of Film Critics. Written and directed by Todd Haynes, Far From Heaven stars Julianne Moore, Dennis Quaid and Dennis Haysbert. The film was mainly shot in New Jersey and also in New York.

Loose Cannons

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Written and directed by Ferzan Özpetek, Loose Cannons (Mine Vaganti) is an Italian comedy, starring Riccardo Scamarcio, Alessandro Preziosi and Carmine Recano. Released in 2010, the youngest son of the conservative Cantone family wants to come out of the closet.

Rag Tag

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Released at the San Francisco International Film Festival, Rag Tag is a British-Nigerian motion picture that follows the lives of two childhood friends who are coercively separated by Social Services. The drama film premiered in 2006, was written and directed by Adaora Nwandu and stars Adedamola Adelaja and Daniel Parsons.

Plan B

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Released in 2009 and directed by Marco Berger, Plan B is about a plan for revenge as a man who has been dumped runs into doubts about his own sexuality. The film was nominated for a Golden Marc’Aurelio award at the Rome Film Fest. Shot in Buenos Aires, the film features actors Manuel Vignau, Lucas Ferraro and Mercedes Quinteros.

Eating Out: Drama Camp

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Part of the romantic comedy franchise, Eating Out: Drama Camp sees Zack and Casey’s relationship stalling, but things are about to get spicy at Dick Dickey’s Drama Camp. Released in 2011, the film was directed and written by Q. Allan Brocka and stars Chris Salvatore, Daniel Skelton and Drew Droege.

Guys Reading Poems

Essential Opinion: Guys Reading Poems

Life is a puzzle that’s not meant to be solved, just experienced. The same is true of Hunter Lee Hughes’ ingenious feature film, Guys Reading Poems – a majestic, all-embracing account of how a vulnerable young boy learns to glibly mold his childhood suffering into art, tenderness and creative literature.

The Last of Sheila

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Released in 1973, The Last of Sheila is a thriller film that follows the story of Clinton, a widower movie producer who engineers a real-life elaborate crime game. The motion picture stars James Coburn, Richard Benjamin, Raquel Welch, was co-written by Anthony Perkins and directed by Herbert Ross.

Sunday, Bloody Sunday

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Written by Penelope Gilliatt, Sunday, Bloody Sunday was released in 1971 and portrays the threefold relationship between a divorced woman, a Jewish doctor and a talented sculptor. Starring Peter Finch, Glenda Jackson and Murray Head, the British drama film was directed by John Schlesinger and also features Peggy Ashcroft and Bessie Love.

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