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ANDREW AND JEREMY
UK: Tartan Films
Cast: Andrew Thomas, Jeremy Trafford, Hanif Kureishi
Director: Don Boyd
UK: 75 mins
UK Certificate: 15 contains strong sex references
UK Release Date: 6 May 2005 (Limited Release - London, ICA)
Theirs is, at heart, a love story: Andrew and Jeremy met each other at Bromptons Club, a legendary gay bar in Earls Court, London. Despite a considerable age gap (Andrew is 49, Jeremy 69) and stark social differences, they fell in love and began sharing their lives together.
Five years later, in May 2004, they got married at an emotional and intimate Town Hall ceremony. Andrew is a retired bus driver from South London, handsome in that rough and roguish way. Jeremy is an English professor - cute, fussy, vivacious and clearly from a patrician world. Both men experienced painful early struggles with their sexuality. Jeremy had a failed marriage to a woman, followed by a misguided attempt to 'cure' himself. Andy cruised public washrooms and indulged with much promiscuity - gay bars, drug addiction, crime, prison and rehabilitation. Jeremy has literary connections and moves in a sphere of chic dinner parties, poetry readings and gay picnics.
Andrew and Jeremy share a year of their lives in Don Boyd's intimate portrait of a relationship as his camera follows them from their London home, to Brighton, Palm Springs and West Hollywood. We get to know these likeable, complex and sensitive men in a way that is rare in movies - which is to say we begin to care deeply about them and their relationship.
The documentary ultimately asks....'When a man loves a man...why shouldn't they get married?'
"You may now kiss the groom"