Wessex On Screen: Cal

Cal is the 2013 sequel to Shank, which we have covered on this blog before. It stars Wayne Virgo, Tom Payne and Emily Corcoran, and unlike its predecessor, was filmed entirely on location in Bristol. Written and directed by Christian Martin, it tells of the titular character returning home to Bristol to find it torn apart by rioting and economic collapse.

Cal goes to visit his seriously ill mother, who still hasn’t forgiven him for coming out as gay, and his Aunty Jane (not actually his aunt, mercifully), who has her own unwelcome methods of trying to turn him straight, Meanwhile, he gets involved with some seriously nasty gangsters.

Cal has been well-reviewed on LGBT websites, being compared to the work of Ken Loach and Derek Jarman. The film is available on DVD,

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