a film by Kim St Leon
2010 | 97 mins | US
›› Lost Everything
doing whatever it takes to stay in or out of the closet.
Lost Everything by Kim St Leon Going for broke, co-writer and director Kim St Leon here delivers an ambitious ensemble work that in interlacing separate plot strands into one overall narrative, tells a dark tale of how some folk will do whatever it takes to stay in or out of the closet.

And none more so than star of the show, one Brian Brecht; a Hollywood styled ladies man currently in Miami to film his latest blockbuster, that is when not getting down to some serious man sex with openly gay hunk of a hotel barman, David. A situation that has not passed by unnoticed, given over eager tabloid reporter Len Story (!) is determined to out Brian's true sexuality to the world. Only Len hasn't countered on Brian's mother figure like manager Helen getting in the way, having arranged for feisty fixer Danielle to provide Brian with his latest publicity fashioned girlfriend in the form of ex call girl, Michelle. Yet this is just the start of a story that is set to see Len being "persuaded" to drop his dreams of front page glory, thanks to the violent hand of hired heavy Jay who and somewhat ironically, just so happens to have come to the rescue of damsel in distress Alana, co-owner of an art gallery whose business partner Orlando is none other than the boyfriend of David's fellow bartender Christian, son of a leading televangelist and a Bible basher who has equally secured the services of Danielle to "permanently remove" the family's sexual embarrassment. Only who will end up biting the bullet?

Lost Everything by Kim St Leon Based upon the short film The Attachment, Leon alongside co-writer Jerry Hamilton Bell have developed their work into a complex affair, one that pushes the law of coincidence to breaking point. Then again, this is a feature that aptly captures the spirit of Sir Walter Scott's celebrated words of "Oh! what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive." To that end, Leon encapsulates the inner turmoil of a man seemingly forever trapped in a Rock Hudson like persona beautifully, with the initial tender scenes between Kyle Lupo as lover boy David and Mark Whittington as closeted Brian providing an acute contrast to the character shifts seen in the explosive conclusion.

Yet and perhaps a casualty of the intercut nature of the piece, the final scenes don't pack the emotional punch they should have, this in spite of solid production values throughout and a cast clearly committed to their roles. That said, the openness of Christian and Orlando's relationship set against an A-lister who will do anything to keep his homosexuality a secret, underlines the film's ever welcome "be who you are" message. It is a theme that is reflected by acts of both hetero and homo love making lying happily side by side in the same cinematic bed, even if some of its characters will not be together come the morning. Only I'm not saying who.

Gay Visibility - overt. 
Nudity - mainly from the waist up. 
Overall - file under ... 3 stars. 

›› Available to buy from Amazon.com.
available on DVD as part of the Breaking Glass Pictures catalogue: 15.November.2011.
starring: Henry Dittman / Jay, Mark Whittington / Brian, Kyle Lupo / David, Karin Kelts (here Slater) / Alana,
Anna Lopez / Michelle, Leif Holt / Christian, Raphael Sanchez (here Dorval) / Orlando, Angie Radosh /
Helen, Avery Sommers / Danielle, Terry Hardcastle / Len, Christopher Campbell / Clancy
and Janice Hamilton as Leonarda.
Copyright 2011 David Hall - www.gaycelluloid.com.
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