DirectorTom Hunsinger, Neil Hunter WriterNeil Hunter, Tom Hunsinger DirectorsTom Hunsinger, Neil Hunter CastJames Dreyfus (Paul), Mark Sands (Ben), Andrew Ableson (Owen), Michael Urwin (Matt), David Coffey (Will), Darren Petrucci (Adam) ScreenplayTom Hunsinger, Neil Hunter ProducersTom Hunsinger, Neil Hunter Similar moviesBeautiful Thing, Pitch Perfect 2, It's in the Water, Jupiter Ascending, Frozen, The 33
Boyfriends is a 1996 British independent film. Three gay couples, all of whom are suffering relationship problems, spend a weekend at the seaside and learn how to deal with their issues from each other. The film was written and directed by Tom Hunsinger and Neil Hunter. The film was James Dreyfus' last role as an unknown before taking the part of Constable Goody in The Thin Blue Line. The film also starred Mark Sands, Michael Urwin, Andrew Ableson, David Coffey, Darren Petrucci and Michael McGrath.
Paul, Matt and Will, three best friends decide to go on holiday together. Paul (James Dreyfus) brings his lover Ben, but their five-year relationship is unstable owing to Paul's continued moodiness over the death of his brother Mark; Matt brings Owen, with whom he wants a lifelong relationship but whose boisterous personality doesn't suit him; and Will brings Adam, a 20-year-old one-night stand. Mark's lover also comes along for some sense of closure.
Only the seven main characters and Mark appear throughout the entire film.
James Dreyfus as Paul
Mark Sands as Ben
Michael Urwin as Matt
Andrew Ableson as Owen
David Coffey as Will
Darren Petrucci as Adam
Michael McGrath as James
Russell Higgs as Mark
The film's closing music is Dinah Washington's I wish I knew the name (of the boy in my dreams) .
Boyfriends won the 1996 Best Featured Film Award at the Torino International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. General critical reviews were mixed, with one describing the film as "a biting, shrewd and scathingly funny dissection of gay relationships". Another critic, however, wrote "Boyfriends suffers from too many soap-opera-like subplots that seem set up to create tension".