Boy Culture

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Boy Culture
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Q. Allan Brocka
Produced by Stephen Israel
Philip Pierce
Victor Simpkins
Phil Lobel
Written by Q. Allan Brocka
Philip Pierce
Based on Boy Culture
by Matthew Rettenmund
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
  • April 1, 2006 (2006-04-01) (London)
  • March 23, 2007 (2007-03-23)
Running time
87 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $500,000[1]
Box office $220,409[2]

Boy Culture is a 2006 American drama film and the film adaptation of Matthew Rettenmund's 1995 novel of the same name. 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 entangled romantic relationships with his two roommates and an older, enigmatic client.

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

The films' 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.



Boy Culture is based on a novel, with a few important differences found between the two. It was decided in the film to set it in Seattle rather than Chicago, and to make substantial differences to the character of Andrew, including his ethnicity. The film is also noted for the careful eye of the director, who managed to turn what was an 18-day production cycle into a fully realized film. [3]



The film made its world premiere in the United Kingdom at the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival (since renamed BFI Flare: London LGBT 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 very limited theatrical release in the United States on March 23, 2007.

Film festival circuit

Boy Culture was shown at the following film festivals:


Critical response[edit]

Boy Culture currently holds a 71% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 31 reviews; the consensus states: "Eloquent one-liners and quick pacing make Boy Culture sharper than the typical gay indie flick."[4] On Metacritic, based on 12 critics, the film has a 56/100 rating, signifying "mixed or average reviews".[5] Maitland McDonagh from TV Guide wrote “Shrewder than you’d think and not half as dumb as it looks.” [6] Jeannette Catsoulis from The New York Times wrote “A slick and absorbing drama.” [6] Ronnie Scheib from Variety (magazine) wrote “A strong cast, formal visual style and cynical voiceover that propels the action help elevate this Seattle-set gay romp from the ranks of the stereotypical.” [6]


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

Home media[edit]

The film was released on DVD on August 14, 2007, courtesy of TLA Video. The release 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.[7]


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  2. ^ Boy Culture - Box Office Mojo Retrieved 2010-05-27.
  3. ^ Alexander Ryll. "Essential Gay Themed Films To Watch, Boy Culture". Gay Essential. Retrieved 7 February 2015. 
  4. ^ "Boy Culture". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved August 21, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Boy Culture Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved August 21, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b c Alexander Ryll. "Essential Gay Themed Films To Watch, Boy Culture". Gay Essential. Retrieved 7 February 2015. 
  7. ^ "Buy Boy Culture". 

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