DARK HORSE: God’s Own Country

Have you noticed how films with LGBTQ content no longer need to be labeled as such, but are woven into festival programs with little fanfare? This, dear film fans, is a very good thing.

God’s Own Country is a new drama by writer/director Francis Lee from Halifax, but not our sweet Hali; Halifax in West Yorkshire, where it rains more often than here at home. Lee’s brooding UK feature promises a compelling journey-to-true-self story sure to scratch your buried self delusion.

Johnny Saxby, played by Josh O’Connor (The Durrels in Corfu), numbs the frustration of his lonely existence on his family’s farm in Northern England with binge drinking and sex with strangers. An immigrant farmhand (actor Alex Secareanu) shows up and stirs new feelings in our tormented young Saxby, resulting in an intense relationship that changes his life forever.

(It has to be life changing, or this film would never have made it to the screen. Do you know how many scripts never see the light of day?)

Dark physical and emotional landscapes by a veteran British actor now working behind the camera; promises to be great late night movie viewing!