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GOD’S OWN COUNTRY

While the Sundance Film Festival is renowned for spotting indie gems ahead of the curve, no one expected a Yorkshire-set gay dramaromance about a sheepherder and his love for a Romanian migrant worker to steal the show.

But God’s Own Country has become the talk of the festival circuit, and for good reason. While many will dub it the ‘Moors Brokeback’, writer/ director Francis Lee has crafted something equally as emotional, but distinctly unique.

Johnny (Josh O’Connor) is a frustrated and decidedly unhappy young man, bound to his father’s farmstead by duty and surly Yorkshire emotional retardation. When loner worker Gheorghe (Alec Secareanu) is brought on as an extra pair of hands, the two find themselves falling for each other – but Johnny’s own internalised fears and familial pressures threaten the happiness they both seek.

Shot against an achingly moody, desolately beautiful countryside backdrop, Lee creates a harsh but entrancing environment for his leads to fall for each other. Powered by moving, emotive and subtle performances by both O’Connor and Secareanu, God’s Own Country is one of the year’s most tender and wondrous love stories so far.

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Out of the Blue: Simon Webbe on why we need to stand up and start talking about mental health. Elsewhere in the issue, Five to Five recreate Take That's iconic Do What U Like video; Julian Clary on embracing one's queerness; celebrated queer actor Cecil Baldwin speaks out against HIV stigma; Shania Twain on the comeback she thought would never happen; Francis Lee on his 'British Brokeback' God's Own Country; an expanded style section that will leave you gagging; plus opinion, travel and much more.
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