Director Q. Allan Brocka
Initial DVD release August 29, 2007 (France)
Budget 500,000 USD
Country United States
|Release date April 1, 2006 (2006-04-01) (London)March 23, 2007 (2007-03-23)|
Based on Boy Culture by Matthew Rettenmund
Writer Matthew Rettenmund (based on the novel by), Philip Pierce (written for the screen by), Q. Allan Brocka (written for the screen by)
Cast Jonathon Trent (Joey), Derek Magyar (X), George Jonson (Blondie), Patrick Bauchau (Gregory Talbot), Darryl Stephens (Andrew), Peyton Hinson (Jill)
Similar movies Fish Tank, Jupiter Ascending, Factory Girl, The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things, Pitch Perfect 2, At the Edge of the Abyss
Tagline Sex pays. Love costs.
Boy Culture is a 2006 American drama film and the film adaptation of Matthew Rettenmund's 1995 novel of the same name. The film stars Derek Magyar, Darryl Stephens, Patrick Bauchau, Jonathon Trent, and Emily Brooke Hands.
A successful escort describes in a series of confessions his entangled romantic relationships with his two roommates and an older, enigmatic client.
The story remains the same as the novel, about a man who goes by only the letter "X" to maintain his anonymity and relationships between his two roommates - one of whom he's in love with - and an enigmatic older client who challenges him to find his heart before he will consent to sex.
The film's differences from the novel include Andrew's character (now an African-American) and the location of the story in Seattle, Washington instead of Chicago, Illinois.
Boy Culture is based on a novel, with a few important differences found between the two. It was decided in the film to set it in Seattle rather than Chicago, and to make substantial differences to the character of Andrew, including his ethnicity. The film is also noted for the careful eye of the director, who managed to turn what was an 18-day production cycle into a fully realized film.
In 2017, a Kickstarter campaign was launched for "Boy Culture: The Series," an episodic sequel to the original, which proposed to star Matthew Wilkas (X), Darryl Stephens (Andrew), Matthew Crawford (Chayce), as well as Stephen Guarino and singer Steve Grand.
The film made its world premiere in the United Kingdom at the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival (since renamed BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival), on April 1, 2006, and made its debut in the United States at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 26, 2006. It subsequently received a very limited theatrical release in the United States on March 23, 2007.
Boy Culture was shown at the following film festivals:
Boy Culture currently holds a 71% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 31 reviews; the consensus states: "Eloquent one-liners and quick pacing make Boy Culture sharper than the typical gay indie flick." On Metacritic, based on 12 critics, the film has a 56/100 rating, signifying "mixed or average reviews". Maitland McDonagh from TV Guide wrote “Shrewder than you’d think and not half as dumb as it looks.” Jeannette Catsoulis from The New York Times wrote “A slick and absorbing drama.” Ronnie Scheib from Variety (magazine) wrote “A strong cast, formal visual style and cynical voiceover that propels the action help elevate this Seattle-set gay romp from the ranks of the stereotypical.”
The film was released on DVD on August 14, 2007, courtesy of TLA Video. The release includes an audio commentary from writer/director Q. Allan Brocka and writing partner Philip Pierce, interviews with Brocka and the four stars, deleted scenes, premiere footage from the Tribeca Film Festival and the film's trailer.
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