Boy Culture

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Boy Culture
Directed by Q. Allan Brocka
Produced by Stephen Israel
Philip Pierce
Victor Simpkins
Phil Lobel
Written by Q. Allan Brocka
Philip Pierce
Starring Derek Magyar
Darryl Stephens
Patrick Bauchau
Jonathon Trent
Emily Brooke Hands
Narrated by Derek Magyar
Music by Ryan Beveridge
Cinematography Joshua Hess
Edited by Phillip J. Bartell
Distributed by TLA Releasing
Release date(s)
  • April 1, 2006 (2006-04-01) (London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival)
  • March 23, 2007 (2007-03-23) (United States)
Running time 88 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $500,000[1]
Box office $220,409[2]

Boy Culture is a 2006 film adaptation of the 1995 novel of the same name by Matthew Rettenmund. It made its world premiere in the United Kingdom at the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival on April 1, 2006, and made its debut in the United States at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 26, 2006. It subsequently received a theatrical release in France on January 31, 2007, a very limited theatrical release in the United States on March 23, 2007, and in Spain on June 8, 2007. It was released on DVD-Video on August 14, 2007.


A successful escort describes in a series of confessions his tangled romantic relationships with his two roommates and an older, enigmatic client.

The story remains the same as the novel, about a man (Derek Magyar) who goes by only the letter "X" to maintain his anonymity and relationships between his two roommates (Stephens and Trent) - one of whom he's in love with - and an enigmatic older client (Patrick Bauchau) who challenges him to find his heart before he will consent to sex.

The movie's differences from the novel include Andrew's character (now an African-American) and the location of the story in Seattle, Washington instead of Chicago, Illinois.


Actor Role
Patrick Bauchau Gregory Talbot
Derek Magyar "X"
Darryl Stephens Andrew
Jonathon Trent Joey
George Jonson Blondie
Peyton Hinson Jill
Kyle Santler Scooter
Emily Brooke Hands Lucy
Matt Riedy Frank
Clifford Harrington Renaldo
Molly Manago Cheyenne
Kibibi Monié Phyllis
Jesse Archer Threeway Hottie
Jeffrey Gilbert Wedding Guest
Laprell Nelson Matthew

Film festivals[edit]

Boy Culture was shown at the following film festivals:



Boy Culture earned a 70 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the consensus stating that the film is "Sharper than the typical gay indie flick". Most reviews cited Bauchau and Magyar's performances and Brocka's direction.


Year Festival Award Category Recipients
2006 L.A. Outfest Grand Jury Award Best Screenplay Q.Allan Brocka
Philip Pierce
2006 Milan International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival Paramount Comedy Award Q.Allan Brocka
2006 Philadelphia International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival Jury Prize Best Film
Best Narrative Feature
Q.Allan Brocka
2006 Rhode Island International Film Festival First Prize Alternative Spirit Award Q.Allan Brocka
2007 Festróia - Tróia International Film Festival Prize of the City of Setúbal Best Film
American Independents
Q.Allan Brocka



The DVD of Boy Culture was released on August 14, 2007, courtesy of TLA Video. It includes an audio commentary from writer/director Q. Allan Brocka and writing partner Philip Pierce, interviews with Brocka and the four stars, deleted scenes, premiere footage from the Tribeca Film Festival and the film's trailer.[3]


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