Monday, May 30, 2011

Clapham Junction



At the end of last week I watched Clapham Junction. The drama, from 2007, was shown as part of a short season by Channel 4 to mark the 40th anniversary of decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales. My initial interest, besides the subject matter, was a couple of actors, Rupert Graves and James Wilby whom I had been familiar with from other roles. It was not Rupert or James however that held my interest...


Above: David Leon

During one hot summer night director Adrian Shergold presents five stories from London. They weave together school and work, bars and clubs, affairs and a murder or two. The cast is great but actor David Leon stood out to me, and I wish we had seen more of his character. I, like Luke Treadaway's Theo, was also drawn to Tim (played so well by Joseph Mawle).


Above: Paul Nicholls & David Leon

It is a testament to the acting and writing that I was drawn to many of the characters. Most were not that likable. In fact, Clapham Junction caused a lot of controversy for it's negative portrayal of gay men. Most of them are quite negative and thanks to writer Kevin Elyot, also immensely compelling.




Below: Joseph Mawle


Below: Luke Treadaway


Thanks to Evil Twins' Male Celeb Screencaps for some of the shots.

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