Originally Posted by NIMBUS
I was actually thinking of "Maurice", not "Another Country"! Sorry for the confusion. Re the former: both Rupert Graves and James Wilby were in CJ.
And indeed Maurice
was screened on C4 or Film4 in Britain a few nights ago. It is interesting to observe that Both James Wilby and Rupert Graves bare all quite candidly in Maurice
even though this film is 20 years old. Wilby was an attractive young man, a very fresh-faced, pink-cheeked male English Rose type, if you will, but for my money Rupert Graves gave it the raunchy sex appeal of the rustic game-keeper. Maurice
was also an early benchmark in the formative career of a certain Hugh Grant.
I have always found Graves quite beautiful from his days as the floppy haired angel-face in A Room with a view.
He seems to have a habit of playing Gay: Where Angels fear to tread; Maurice; Clapham junction;
and at least one other Brit flick, whose name I have forgotten, in which he falls for a transexual, played by Stephen Mackintosh.
Incidently, I have read some of the posts discussing Clapham Junction
on the C4 website. Most of them are quite hostile, arguing that it presents Gays in a negative and stereotypical way, highlighting such controversial subjects as paedophilia, cottaging and gay marital infidelity. I disagree. Surely the writer's point was to examine reasons why people continue to hold homophobic veiwpoints and how can you do this without looking at many of the issues which fuel homophobia. I also think the film was well written, well cast, beautifully shot and thought provoking. Isn't it time we were able to make films which show the darker side of Gay life without feeling that a balance of positive role models is necessary. We don't live in the eightees anymore.