In honour of Pride Month, we celebrate with the resonating film, A Single Man. Sometimes awful things have their own beauty.


Released: 2009
Director: Tom Ford
Novel by: Christopher Ishwerwood

Breakdown and Analysis

  • We’ve talked about this in a few epsidoes but we talk about how we are watching this through our frame of reference. We cannot truly know what it is like to be dealing with what George was going through but there were certainly themes of universal human hurt.
  • To not give your whole self to this film is a disservice to it’s beauty.
  • Oti shares what it was like in Kenya, culturally and religiously, for gay people.
  • George’s lecture of fear is fueled by causes. Whether the causes are real or not.
  • Huxley – After Many Summers dies the Swan
  • People that have to wear masks don’t realise how much of their true selves manifest on the surface.
  • Sometimes the beauty of life is always there but you need to be receptive of it
  • This movie builds to the most heartbreaking crescendo. Life is a Charly.
  • So beautifully stitched together in so many ways it is a very still movie. All you have is yourself.

Unrelated but vital points

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  • We explain phrases by using other phrases. It’s kinda what we do. Welcome!
  • We are the Dean Winters of podcasts

For Your Reference

Oti’s pick

Rafiki (2018) 1h 23min | Drama, Romance | 19 April 2019 (USA) Summary: "Good Kenyan girls become good Kenyan wives," but Kena and Ziki long for something more. When love blossoms between them, the two girls will be forced to choose between happiness and safety.
Countries: Kenya, South Africa, Germany, Netherlands, France, Norway, Lebanon, UKLanguages: English, Swahili

KT’s picks

Moonlight (2016) 1h 51min | Drama | 18 November 2016 (USA) Summary: A chronicle of the childhood, adolescence and burgeoning adulthood of a young, African-American, gay man growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.
Countries: USALanguages: English
Pride and Prejudice  | TV Mini-Series (1995) 5h 27min | Drama, Romance | TV Mini-Series (1995) Summary: While the arrival of wealthy gentlemen sends her marriage-minded mother into a frenzy, willful and opinionated Elizabeth Bennet matches wits with haughty Mr. Darcy.
Countries: UKLanguages: English