Boy Culture (2006): Brocka’s Tale of and Escort (LGBTQ, Gay Cinema)

Q. Allan Brocka directed Boy Culture, based on the 1995 novel of the same name by Matthew Rettenmund.

The film stars Derek Magyar, Darryl Stephens, Patrick Bauchau, Jonathon Trent, and Emily Brooke Hands.

A successful escort describes in a series of confessions his romantic relationships, including a roommate he’s in love with, and an older client, who challenges him to find his heart before he will consent to sex. The man goes by only the letter “X” to maintain his anonymity.

The film’s differences from the novel include Andrew’s character (now an African-American), and the locale, which in the film is Seattle, instead of Chicago.

The film world premiered in the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival (renamed BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival), on April 1, 2006, and then played at the Tribeca Film Fest.

It received a limited theatrical release in the US a year later, on March 23, 2007.

Derek Magyar as Alex “X”
Darryl Stephens as Andrew
Patrick Bauchau as Gregory Talbot
Chris Bethards as young Gregory
Jonathon Trent as Joey
Emily Brooke Hands as Lucy
George Jonson as Blondie
Kyle Santler as Scooter
Matt Riedy as Frank
Clifford Harrington as Renaldo
Joshua Boswell as young Renaldo


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Gay Directors, Gay Films? By Emanuel Levy (Columbia University Press, August 2015)