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.
The 25th Anniversary Production of my play Boy with Beer,’ Britain’s first ever black gay drama, hits the Kings Head Theatre from 8-26 November 2016.
Slip under the covers of 90’s Brixton with upwardly mobile photographer Karl and swaggering homeboy Donovan as they explore their most intimate desires while squaring up to social expectations and their innermost fears.
A new edition of the critically acclaimed play “Boy with Beer” is live in the Kindle Store and is available for readers to purchase here. Twenty-five years after its London debut, “Boy with Beer remains a pertinent and articulate insight into contemporary Black male sexuality.”
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The sexually charged drama sees upwardly-mobile, gay photographer, Karl, having trouble uncovering the finer feelings of coarse, young raver, Donovan, who is initially only after a quick fumble under the sheets without his girlfriend finding out.
Karl is the older man, tired of one-night stands and searching for his ‘African prince.’ What he finds is Donovan, an inarticulate, confused and emotionally immature homeboy, trying to prove his masculinity by fathering a child.
What ensues is the story of a relationship taking its first steps on the rocky road to love. On the way, issues such as AIDS, male sexuality, and the problems of being both black and gay are raised.
Boakye unflinchingly puts gay men under the spotlight and shows you how it is. Although described as a tad optimistic at times, Boy with Beer is also unrelentingly candid. It is not every day that you get to read such a startlingly honest portrayal of gay love. With every twist in the tale, you’ll be praying that love really can conquer all.
The play was first published by Methuen Drama in Black Plays 3 edited by Yvonne Brewster (1995). Please feel free to post a review on the Amazon site, if you’ve downloaded and read a copy of the stageplay, or leave a comment here. Either way, we’re always happy to hear from you. Enjoy.