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SUMMER OF LOVE

Six weeks seems like a lifetime when you’re young, yet 17-year-old Elio counts the days differently during the summer of 1983 when doctoral student Oliver comes to stay with his family in Italy. But there’s a summer breeze in the air that means the season is changing, and with it their lives will never be the same again… We meet the team behind this years biggest gay film, Call Me By Your Name.

FILM

ARMIE HAMMER

Oliver

Armie Hammer, it seems, can’t open his mouth to talk about Call Me By Your Name without some ridiculous newspapers making a story about it. As the UK and US release dates creep ever nearer, the promotional trail has picked up and every day brings a new tale… “This movie is, for some people, a really incendiary topic,” he explains. “There are so many quotes that are so easy to take out of context. Whether it be me saying that I was hesitant to take this role because I didn’t know if I would actually be able to perform this. As an actor, I didn’t know if I could make myself that raw, open and exposed. Because this is so much about the subtlety. And that can easily be taken into, ‘He was hesitant to take a gay role.’ This is not the first time I’ve done this!” he sighs.

Well, if they were educated on publications such as ourselves, they’d know that this is at least the third time that he’s ‘played gay’. “Yeah!” he agrees. “Whatever, if it was my 50th time. You know, it’s all just crazy. But at the end of the day, people have to make clickbait. I get it, I understand the nature of the beast…” Let’s go back to days before age gaps, and straight actors, and peaches – back to Armie’s first steps towards 80s Italy.

“I met with Luca at his house and had tea with him and we had wonderful conversations. Then I left and didn’t hear from him for three years,” he laughs, “then three years later Brandon, my agent, calls me and say’s, ‘Luca’s doing a new movie,’ and I said, ‘I’m in!’ and he goes, ‘OK, I would read it first, but OK, for sure…’

“I was blown away at how beautiful this story was. Just this story of two human beings falling in love in the most raw, honest way. It was just incredible, I don’t think I’d ever read a script like this. So after having a series of conversations with Luca about how scared I was to approach a project like this, he helped me understand that fear and desire are normally very part and parcel. The fact that I want to be an artist means that I will need to take things to challenge me and push me. That’s the whole point of this journey, to evolve. To change, to grow.”

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Call Me By Your Name is on everybody’s lips and we’re excited to deliver a world exclusive, and comprehensive, interview with the cast in the latest issue. Ahead of his critically-acclaimed Un-Royal Variety Show at the Hackney Empire, we deconstruct drag, gender and political correctness with the man who’s literally seen and done it all: Johnny Woo. In our Girls’ Club feature, acclaimed photographer Laura Lewis takes us into the heart of Tokyo’s gay district for an intimate look at one of the city’s safe spaces for its trans community. With a same-sex marriage vote tearing Australia apart, we speak to campaigners to find out why this plebiscite is about much more than getting hitched. MNEK invites us into his hit-making studio where we discuss the intersectionality of race and sexuality, self-care and the journey we go on as queer people to find out who we really are. Elsewhere in the issue, we jump into bed with Sean Teale, star of the horror-comedy Mr B&B; we dive into the troubled waters of Eliza Hittman’s Beach Rats; Sir Derek Jacobi on awards, marriage and the secrets to a happy life; Graham Patrick Martin on surviving James Franco; Kathy Griffin; Judith Light; Marc Almond; Tori Amos; plus, style, travel, opinion and much more!
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