Growing Up Gay

Growing Up Gay

2 Episodes

The mundane is rendered miraculous in these richly impressionistic evocations of the inner worlds of young boys grappling with questions of sexuality, identity, and religion. Director Terrance Daye drew inspiration from growing up Black and queer in a religious household to create his lyrical prizewinning short -SHIP: A VISUAL POEM, in which a boy learns contradictory lessons about masculinity in the wake of his cousin’s death. One of Britain’s greatest living filmmakers, Terence Davies, similarly exorcises his own childhood experiences in THE LONG DAY CLOSES, an at once enchanting and aching portrait of a a gay, movie-obsessed boy experiencing the first stirrings of longing in the repressed milieu 1950s England.

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Growing Up Gay
  • -Ship: A Visual Poem

    Episode 1

    Directed by Terrance Daye • 2020 • United States
    Starring Antonio J. Watson, Cheikh M’Baye, Jaime Lincoln Smith

    In this impressionistic, emotionally wrenching visual poem, a young Black boy learns contradictory lessons about manhood and masculinity on the day of his cousin’s funeral.

  • The Long Day Closes

    Episode 2

    Directed by Terence Davies • 1992 • United Kingdom
    Starring Leigh McCormack, Marjorie Yates, Anthony Watson

    THE LONG DAY CLOSES is the most gloriously cinematic expression of the unique sensibility of Terence Davies, widely celebrated as Britain’s greatest living filmmaker. Suffused with both en...