All of us in the Queerguru Office are really jealous of Andrew Hebden. He’s our London-based Contributing Editor who is covering BFI’s London Film Festival which runs from 4 to 15 October 2023 where they will be screening one of the most highly anticipated queer movies of 2023. ‘All Of Us Strangers‘ is the latest film from the award-winning Brit filmmaker Andrew Haigh.
His breakthrough movie WEEKEND in 2011 picked up some 23 Awards (including 2 from GALECA that Queerguru gets to vote on) and immediately elevated him to being one of the best contemporary queer filmmakers. Now some 12 years later this latest movie of his is playing a few prestigious film festivals before Searchlight Pictures gives it a theatrical release in pre Oscar run-up in December.
The film is set in in contemporary London when one night in his near-empty tower block, Adam (Andrew Scott) has a chance encounter with a mysterious neighbor Harry (Paul Mescal), which punctures the rhythm of his everyday life. As a relationship develops between them, Adam is preoccupied with memories of the past and finds himself drawn back to the suburban town where he grew up, and the childhood home where his parents (Claire Foy and Jamie Bell), appear to be living, just as they were on the day they died, 30 years before.
Openly gay Scott has enjoyed a very successful career on stage, film, and TV and is known by many as the ‘hot priest’ in Fleabag. Mescal, also Irish like his co-star, came on everyone’s radar when he received an Academy Award nomination for his performance in Aftersun