Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Film: Silverlake Life, The View From Here

AIDS is a scary bastard, especially to the mother of a gay son. When Silverlake Life was filmed, it was a death sentence. However, the film-maker was fiercely alive while he survived, and ensured that this powerful story would be brought to the world by his lover, and then his student. Tom Joslin was not sentimental, but he was not afraid of love, of fear, of grief. Nor was he afraid of death, of AIDS, of losing his youth and health.

This film is lovely, heartbreaking, ugly and beautiful.