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Head On (18) + Introduction by curator Alex Davidson

Her Lens, His Story

A headshot of the actor Alex Dimitriades in Australian drama Head On

Ana Kokkinos’ explosive drama follows a day and a night in the life of a troubled gay Greek-Australian teenager in Melbourne, with an electrifying performance from lead actor Alex Dimitriades.

Based on the novel Loaded by Christos Tsiolkas (The Slap), the story follows Ari (Dimitriades): a hot-blooded teenager, who keeps his homosexuality secret from his Greek-Australian family. Exploring his sexuality, a drug-fuelled 24 hours of sex, drugs and partying culminates in an unexpected opportunity for romance.

Director Ana Kokkinos explores the protagonist’s complex attitudes towards masculinity, rooted in his family's cultural customs and traditional views, with tact and precision. Excellent support is provided by Paul Capsis as his genderqueer friend, who forces Ari to confront his own identity.

1998 Australia Dir Ana Kokkinos 104 min

Barbican Cinema 3