BTL #7: Henry Gamble’s Birthday Party// No. 70 Oxford Road, Manchester

Thursday 21st February 2019 at 6:45pm – Get Tickets

dir. Stephen Cone / Year: 2015 / Runtime: 87 minutes / Certificate: Advisory 16+ / Format: Digital / Price: Free / Tickets

When pastor’s son, Henry Gamble (Cole Doman) invites secular friends and members of his close-knit Evangelical community to celebrate his 17th birthday by the family pool, repressed feelings and family tensions rise to the surface, changing group dynamics forever.

Continuing with themes of emerging queer sexuality vis-a-vis familial and religious traditions, previously seen in The Wise Kids, writer/director Stephen Cone weaves together the lives and stories of a twenty strong ensemble cast. Cone concocts an explosive mix of repressed churchgoers and exposed flesh, utilising the suburban poolside location to bring his characters’ apprehensions and anxieties to boiling point.

Full of intuitive, subtle performances, the film has earned comparisons to the ensemble pieces of Jean Renoir and Robert Altman. Cone’s sensibility is evident throughout though, as he brings his lightness of touch and compassion for character to thorny terrain.

Henry Gamble’s Birthday Party screens as part of Four Films by Stephen Cone. This screening is also the Manchester premiere of the film.

This project is supported by a grant from SuperbiaSuperbia Grants provide financial support for LGBT events as part of Manchester Prides commitment to the quality and diversity of cultural events takingplace throughout the year in Greater Manchester