On February 12 2008, in Oxnard, California, Lawrence “Larry” King, 15 years old and openly gay, was shot and killed by his 14-year-old classmate Brandon McInerney after Larry asked Brandon to be his Valentine.
This not-to-be-missed documentary tells the powerful, important and moving story of two young boys from small-town USA. One of mixed race, a ward of the state and exploring his gender identity, the other, white from a troubled home and with an interest in neo-Nazi philosophy.
First-time filmmaker Marta Cunningham brings a remarkable balance to the film as she delves deeply into the story by interviewing people from Larry and Brandon’s lives, as well as those involved in the criminal case. We learn about both boys’ struggles, the tragic crime, and its startling aftermath that led to a tidal wave of shock and discussion around the globe.
This incredible documentary calls into question the safety and acceptance of LGBTQI youth, whilst also looking into the fairness of the US educational and juvenile justice systems.
Nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance and winner of Outstanding Documentary at Frameline (San Francisco LGBT Film Festival), this is a documentary that the world needs to see.
DIRECTOR: Marta Cunningham
THIS FILM IS SUITABLE FOR 18+
Screens with Straight with You (19 mins)
Dates & Times:
4:30pm, Sunday 6 April
Adult $20, Queer Screen Member $17*
*Transaction fees may apply