A first-time model, a webcam sex worker, and a power-hungry homophobe journey through their insecurities and vulnerabilities. This hedonistic and seductive British feature film challenges toxic hyper-masculinity and the abuse of power through three vignettes. Produced by independent, young creatives from England who volunteered their time, Wretched Things had its World Premiere in London’s Leicester Square in January to critical acclaim.
This provocative and challenging film has its US Premiere at Downtown Independent alongside a Q&A with writer/director Gage Oxley and the films’ talent, Bruce Herbelin-Earle and Jack Parr (other cast TBC). After-party to follow!!!
Wretched Things: Chapter One (Rated 15 by the BBFC, Recommended R)
Ben is a young, inexperienced model who receives the opportunity of a lifetime: a front cover on one of the largest magazines in the world. However, his insecurities and vulnerabilities soon lead him into the arms of an exploitative photographer.
Wretched Things: Chapter Two (Rated 18 by the BBFC, Recommended R)
After months of isolation and financial pressures, a young man plunges into a world of online sex-work, and soon finds a new sense of confidence in his image and exploration of his sexuality. Yet, in a world of technology, can he keep safe what matters?
Wretched Things: Chapter Three (Rated 18 by the BBFC, Recommended NC-17)
Set in 90s England, Louis, a disturbed man preys on those around him to numb his addictive craving of interaction. With the backdrop of the AIDS crisis, Louis turns his aggression towards gay men, while channelling his own sexual frustrations.
We are delighted to invite you to the screening of the Portuguese queer film, To Die Like a Man, followed by a round-table discussion with the internationally-acclaimed filmmaker, Joao Pedro Rodrigues, and USC scholars Laura Serna (USC School of Cinematic Arts), Emerson Whitney (USC Gender and Sexuality Studies), and Camila Moreiras (USC Latin American and Iberian Cultures). The event will take place at the Downtown Independent (a short metro ride from USC) on Monday, April 15, from 11 am to 2 pm. We will have a 35mm film print. The event is free and open to the public.