PREVIEW: Iris film festival winner ‘1985’ gets national release on December 14

Graham Robson November 9, 2018

1985, the new film directed by Yen Ta, which won the Best Feature Award at this year’s celebration of LGBT+ cinema, the Iris Prize Festival, will be released in cinemas nationally on December 14 and be available on video on demand in the UK and Ireland from December 17.

SHOT in stark black and white, 1985 takes viewers back to the early days of the HIV/AIDS crisis with Adrian (Gotham’s Cory Michael Smith) returning from Manhattan to his conservative, Christian family in Texas – a place he associates with disillusionment and discrimination.

Between his mother’s fawning affections, his father’s begrudging, stilted conversation and his younger brother’s cold shoulder, Adrian is all too aware of the impact his absence has had on them and, though he is determined to make this visit count, only he knows that the life he built in New York City is crumbling apart.