Head On (1998 film)

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Head On
Head On 1998 film.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byAna Kokkinos
Screenplay byAna Kokkinos
Based onLoaded by
Christos Tsiolkas
Produced byJane Scott
Starring
Edited byJill Bilcock
Distributed byStrand Releasing
Umbrella Entertainment
Release date
  • 13 August 1998 (1998-08-13) (Australia)
Running time
104 minutes
CountryAustralia
LanguagesEnglish, Greek

Head On is a 1998 Australian drama film directed by Ana Kokkinos. Based on the 1995 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 and numerous sex scenes. The film received mixed reviews from critics, with positive reviewers praising its stark realism, the lead performance by Dimitriades and the uncompromising subject matter.[1]

Plot[edit]

Over a 24-hour period, 19-year-old Ari confronts his sexuality and his Greek background. Ari is obsessed with sex and has sexual encounters with multiple people, most of them gay, and attempts to fulfill the sister of one of his best friends. At the same time, he is facing problems with his traditional Greek parents, who have no clue about his sexual and drug taking activities.

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

On Rotten Tomatoes the film has an approval rating of 63% based on reviews from 24 critics.[1]

Head On divided the Greek community in Australia, Kokkinos said in an interview with the Los Angeles Times. Kokkinos said "what it did is that it opened up a dialogue between younger Greeks and their parents. What the film has done is that it has broken down barriers."[2]

Accolades[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)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Head On (1999)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 1 January 2021.
  2. ^ Thomas, Kevin (2 September 1999). "MOVIES : Collision with Life : Director looks at what it means to be Greek and Australian, gay and conflicted". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 6 October 2015.

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