This film could take place anywhere in the world. The actors are regular Joes – they might serve you Starbucks, or be an accountant in a cubicle. Maybe one of these men works at a call centre, maybe one is your boss?
When Travis Matthews set out on this daring new venture, he wanted to capture real life. He wanted to tell your story, my story, our story. In conversation with Matthews it is revealed that he grew frustrated with the industry, the way it only represented a very clichéd outlook on gay life and the queer identity. He wanted to take us into the deep inner sanctum of the modern gay man and reveal with raw accuracy what goes on behind closed doors.
This is a unique piece of cinema, and whilst some will try slate it as ‘boring’ (there are no car chases) and perhaps even conceited, there is no denying the fact that this is an exquisite piece of art. It is brutally honest and will definitely rattle some viewers, but what is the point of cinema if not to connect with the audience on an intimate level and to reveal some home truths?
I highly recommend this film and am in awe of the genius that is Travis Matthews.
In Their Room is released on DVD for the first time from Peccadillo Pictures on 8 December, available from all good retailers.