Male bonding in movies is still a relatively rare subject for the cinema to tackle. If it’s not one of the new crop of movies exploring gay relationships, cinema usually doesn’t know how to portray the love, admiration and affection between men.
Here are three very different films. They explore unique approaches to the subject of male bonding. It’s probably interesting to note that each is set in a predominantly all-male environment. Enjoy.
The Sergeant (1968)
This exceptional movie on male bonding caught my adolescent imagination on British TV late one night. I was about 14 years old at the time. As a keen film buff, I’ve tried to seek it out time and time again. Without remembering the actor, director or even the title of the film, it was hard to find. It’s taken years to discover a clip on YouTube, but the full movie is there in eleven parts, and that’s where I’ve just watched it again.
A random act of kindness has been the hallmark of my life for as long as I can recall. Like the random act of kindness when I was six years old, and Miss Ivy plucked me from the streets of Kingston, fed me, clothed me then sent me to school for nearly two years because I looked like her only son who had died in a road accident.
When I started a two-week placement at TfL in Victoria, I knew at best what most people know about Transport for London. TfL runs the tube and bus services in our capital. TfL hires thousands of bus drivers, London Underground staff and a network of engineers and other employees. What more was there to it? Weren’t they now part of our new Mayor’s empire at Greater London Authority?