In director Yen Tan’s drama, two men nursing broken hearts eventually find each other in a small Texan town.
Recovering from an ill-fated affair with a married man, Gabe, a contractor, finds solace in the relationship he maintains with his daughter and ex-wife, Shannon. On the other side of town, Ernesto, a lumberyard worker, evades life at home with his live-in ex-boyfriend by spending much of his spare time in the hospital with another past love who is in a coma.
Far from the gay centres of the world, director Tan explores the complex and often forgotten lives of gay men in small towns in search of love. The emotional isolation that the two men have grown accustomed to is captured in a subtle, optimistic and understated fashion. In this refreshingly quiet film, Tan’s protagonists meet for a one-night-stand – having endured all the struggles and heartbreaks and wondering if they’ll ever find love again – and face the possibility that they might just be meant for each other.
Pit Stop premiered at Sundance Film Festival and screened at SXSW. The film also won the Texas Grand Jury Prize at the 2013 Dallas International Film Festival.
“Emotionally raw, unrelentingly honest, and dramatically feasible, here’s a terrifically acted romp that deserves a lengthy art house run.” – Brandon Judell, Culture Catch
“This astute drama could…follow the path of something like Andrew Haigh’s Britpic Weekend in breaking out of the gay fest/niche home-format ghetto to score theatrical release on merit alone.” – Variety
DIRECTOR: Yen Tan
THIS FILM IS SUITABLE FOR 18+
Screens with Ronny & I (21 mins)
Dates & Times:
7:00pm, Saturday 5 April
Adult $20, Queer Screen Member $17*
*Transaction fees may apply