Gay Essential Films To Watch, Dream On

The film Dream On tells the journey of Paul (Bradley Cross), a shy and awkward teenager, who meets and falls in love with assertive and independent George (Joe Gosling) while on holiday with his mother Denise (Janet Bamford) at a campsite in a remote Welsh countryside location. Paul and George’s love story is fraught with obstacles and compounded by Denise being a controlling mother and their own inner demons. The two teenagers promise to meet each other again the next summer, and escape England and their troubles and seek their futures in Australia. It is only Paul, though, who shows up at the agreed time. He then decides that he needs to find George and find out why he didn’t show up as promised.

He sets off with oversexed best friend Angharad (Emily Spowage) in pursuit of George. They are not alone on their quest as Denise follows closely at their heels.

For the characters it is an emotional journey. George teaches Paul to become his own person, out of Denise’s shadow; and Denise in turn has to learn to accept her son is gay. Even Angharad evolves quickly from loud-mouthed adversary to Paul’s best friend.

Dream On


“Magical moments of a delightfully relaxed approach to sexuality and the adult world, tremendous sub-plots that keep the film moving and together, and a soundtrack that helps blend the performances with the script”
   Simon Belt, Manchester Salon

“The core becomes shaped into this story of a person pursuing a dream and his idea of perseverance, of saying what you want and not giving up when going after it.”
   Marlon Wallace, WBOC16

We Say:
“I felt touched by how quickly a circle of support formed around the characters, especially from Angharad (Emily Spowage). I miss that natural nurturing from youth, before it becomes lost to narcissism. Dream On feels very realistic not forced, an excellent debut from Lloyd Eyre-Morgan.”
   Alexander Ryll, Gay Essential

Did You Know?

Dream On was originally a stage production developed for the big screen. The film reached and stayed at the number one spot on the LGBT Amazon chart for a few weeks.  The films takes viewers back in time by with its portrayal of 80’s culture complete with clothes, hair, head bands, boom boxes and Polaroid pictures. Review our Gay Themed Films Here

Read our interview with Lloyd Eyre-Morgan

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Alexander Ryll
When I couldn’t find a gay themed romantic film online via search engines or on any websites in early 2014, I created Gay Essential. launched in June 2014 we regularly promote rare and new gay-themed titles. Gay Essential is the first independent film website to categorize gay-themed films making it easier for visitors to learn about films based on their mood preference. Together with an incredible writing talent, we promote films and we make it easy for you to purchase them based on your location. Please add your support and purchase one of our incredible gay themed film T Shirts , unique and full of attitude.
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