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Dan Carrier’s movies news: Freak Show; Boom for Real; The Piano

21 June, 2018 — By Dan Carrier

Harvey Keitel and Holly Hunter in The Piano

BILLY Bloom (Alex Lawther) is the lead in Freak Show: he is an out there young man, happy in his skin and much loved by his frolic-loving mother (Bette Midler). But his time as a happy-go-lucky drag loving gay teenager are numbered. His school peers do not take kindly to his star turn and he faces plenty of homophobic bullying. Lightly played for what could be a very angsty experience. John McEnroe makes an appearance as a PE teacher.

• The messy world of 1970s New York comes to life via Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Last week the city and the period was celebrated through the prism of Disco’s crazy hedonism and the dance floor of 54. This documentary uses interviews with Basquiats NY peers who lived alongside him while he excelled at creating works in music, painting and street art. One for the fan rather than the simply curious.

• Jane Campion’s 1993 Oscar-bag­ging picture The Piano is back in the cinemas this week. Set in mid 19th-century New Zealand, it stars Holly Hunter, Sam Neill. Anna Paquin and Harvey Keitel. Ada (Huner), has travelled from her native Scotland with her daughter Flora to marry Alisdair (Neill). Ada is mute, and a key way for her to communicate is through the grand piano that they have shipped with them. But the piano is stuck on the beach when it is unloaded, the Maori servants of Alisdair refuse to budge it – so in steps Baines (Keitel), who takes charge…

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