“POSTCARDS FROM LONDON”— The Sequel to Steve McLean’s Postcards From America

“Postcards From London”

The Sequel to Steve McLean’s Postcards From America

Amos Lassen

Steve McLean’s classic film “Postcards from America” followed the life of a gay man who becomes a street hustler and thief after suffering abuse. It was based on the writings of artist and AIDS activist David Wojnarowicz, who passed away in 1992.

Essex boy Jim (Harris Dickinson) is very good-looking but has no future in his small town. London and the prospect of fame, fortune and cultural stimulation call to him and like many others, Jim journeys to London.

On his first night, Jim is robbed and left penniless. He spends the night in a cardboard box with a homeless kid who suggests he join ‘The Raconteurs’ – a group of male escorts whose unique selling point is their knowledge of the arts.

What follows is Jim’s comic descent from unsuccessful escort, to artist’s muse and art authenticator. However, this is complicated by a rare psychosomatic condition called ‘Stendhal Syndrome’ which makes him painfully oversensitive to art. Jim’s encounters with paintings by artists such as Caravaggio cause him to faint and hallucinate. While this condition threatens to bring about his downfall it could also open up new opportunities if Jim is willing to go after them.

“Postcards From London” will close this year’s Flare festival and is a love song to European queer art and culture.

 

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