Get ready for an emotional roller-coaster ride of tears, heartache and friendship in Yen Tan’s award-winning feature, 1985. Texas, Christmas 1985.
Adrian (Cory Michael Smith) is home for the first time in three years having moved on from the repressed life he left behind. Between is mother’s warm affection, his father’s begrudging, stilted conversation and his younger brother’s cold shoulder, Adrian is all too aware of the impact of his absence has had on them. Time to make up for lost time.
With his life in New York City falling apart Adrian is determined to make this visit home count – 1985 will be a Christmas to remember.
Shot on film in atmospheric B&W, it’s set at one of the toughest times for the LGBT community during the early days of HIV/ AIDS crisis. Historically, it was the year when the miners supported Gay Pride in UK and when An Early Frost and Buddies were the first Hollywood films to address the growing AIDS crisis.
1985 has a bravura ensemble performance from a stellar cast that includes Cory Michael Smith (Gotham, First Man, Carol), Jamie Chung (Gotham, The Gifted), Michael Chiklis (Fantastic Four, American Horror Story, Gotham), Virginia Madsen (Oscar nominated for Sideways) and Bill Heck (The Ballad of Buster Scruggs).
The film won two awards at Iris Prize Festival for Best Feature and for Jamie Chung in Best Performance In A Female Role category, with L.A. Outfest awarding Outstanding Screenwriting to Yen Tan.