Head On (1998 film)

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Head On
Head On 1998 film.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Ana Kokkinos
Produced by Jane Scott
Written by Christos Tsiolkas (novel)
Ana Kokkinos
Starring Alex Dimitriades
Paul Capsis
Julian Garner
Edited by Jill Bilcock
Distributed by Strand Releasing
Release dates
  • 13 August 1998 (1998-08-13) (Australia)
Running time
104 minutes
Country Australia
Language English, Greek

Head On is a 1998 Australian drama film directed by Ana Kokkinos. Based on the acclaimed novel Loaded written by Christos Tsiolkas, it stars Alex Dimitriades as a young, repressed gay man of Greek descent living in inner city Melbourne.

The film gained notoriety upon its release for its sexual explicitness, including a graphic masturbation scene performed by Dimitriades. Controversy aside, the film received mostly positive reviews by critics who praised its stark realism, the lead performance by Dimitriades and the confronting subject matter.[1] One critic in particular, from The Washington Post, compared the film to the work of widely acclaimed German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder.[2]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Australian Film Institute

L.A. Outfest

  • Grand Jury Award: Outstanding Foreign Narrative Feature (Ana Kokkinos, won)

San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival

  • Best First Feature (Ana Kokkinos, won)



  1. ^ "Head On - Rotten Tomatoes". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 18 June 2014. 
  2. ^ Thomson, Desson (25 February 2005). "A 'Head-On' Collision with Love". The Washington Post. Retrieved 18 June 2014. 

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