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Alex Lawther and Phénix Brossard talk us through the most touching coming-of-age film of the year...

It’s the second time Alex Lawther has explored a young man’s sexual awakening – the first time was in The Imitation Game – and he couldn’t be more thrilled at the reaction to Departure. “The response from members of the LGBT community has been one of the big pleasures of being with the film in different countries on the festival circuit,” says the actor, who plays 15-year-old Elliot in the acclaimed coming-of-age drama.

Alex, 21, has been busy promoting the film with director Andrew Steggall, who has previously made short films and who based his first full-length feature partly on his own recollections. “At a screening in Mexico, a teenager came up to us and thanked us,” Alex continues, “because he, as a young gay person like Elliot, had spent a long time ‘waiting to feel human’. I remember Andrew looking at me and saying, ‘Well, that just makes it all worth it, doesn’t it?’”

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Ted Reilly is the new face in Albert Square, playing gay character Johnny Carter. He tells GT what it's like playing gat on TV as well as stepping into a role previously played by another actor. And of course we collared him for an exclusive photo shoot. Also in this issue: Nick Jonas. Tribute to Victoria Wood. Essential gay anthems. Peter Tatchell. Jinkx Monsoon. Wentworth Prison diary. James Dreyfus. Boys Town USA. Matt Wilson. LGBT workplace inclusion. Gabriel Day-Lewis. Michael Mayer. New gay movie Departure. Tristan Dyer. Stonewall FC's Aislie Pitter MBE. Brant Brothers. Travel: Amsterdam and Tel Aviv. And don't forget all our regular features: Fitness with Charlie King with Chris Jones. Date night with Edd Kimber and the Gastro Gays. The Guyliner. Ask Aled. Michelle Visage. Benjamin Cohen. Modern Family. PJ Brennan. Sex with Josh Sabarra. Plus much more.