Inside Out 2008: The Year Of The Gay Surfer
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Inside Out 2008: The Year Of The Gay Surfer

The long weekend may be over, but Inside Out is still going strong. Tonight the festival will be presenting its Centrepiece Gala: a screening of Australian gay surfer movie Newcastle. It seems worth noting that this is the second gay surfer movie of the festival, following the much-buzzed Shelter, which played last Friday. But despite obvious superficial similarities, the two films are actually quite different. Newcastle is about three brothers, for all of whom surfing has been a major presence in their lives. Oldest brother Victor is a never-was surf star, bitter about his life’s disappointments. Younger brother Jesse is an up-and-comer who might be surfing’s Next Big Thing. Fergus, on the other hand, is pasty, kind of emo, and never touched a surfboard until he laid eyes on Andy, one of Jesse’s dreamy surf buddies. As these things tend to do, the whole plot culminates in a tragic camping trip (what’s up with that trend?). Perhaps Newcastle doesn’t benefit from comparisons to Shelter, which is a better film. It’s also not quite so much a gay movie as a movie with gay characters. Although Fergus’s sexuality and attraction to Andy is important, it never becomes the focus of the film, which is definitely the relationship the brothers have with each other and with surfing. On the other hand, most of the film is crammed full of beautifully photographed nude and semi-nude Aussie hunks, which is hard to complain about.
Ciao, 5:15 p.m. at the Isabel Bader
The Amazing Truth About Queen Raquela, 5:15 p.m. at the ROM
Drifting Flowers, 7:30 p.m. at the Isabel Bader
Some of My Best Friends Are, 7:30 p.m. at the ROM
Newcastle, 9:45 p.m. at the Isabel Bader
Searching 4 Sandeep, 9:45 p.m. at the ROM