Program 31: B&B
Directed by Joe Ahearne
An overnight stay at a picturesque bed and breakfast should be a relaxing experience. But for married gay couple Mark and Fred, the peace and quiet of the English countryside has been replaced by fear and intrigue.
A year earlier, Mark and Fred sued the owner of the St. Jude’s B&B for refusing to allow gay couples to share a double bed. Now, with a court order in their pockets, they’ve returned to St. Jude’s for a victory lap. Fred (Sean Teale, TV’s Reign, Mr. Selfridge, and Skins) would rather they stay elsewhere, but Mark (Tom Bateman, Jekyll & Hyde) is intent on making the bigoted innkeeper accommodate them. The owner of the bed and breakfast, Josh (Paul McGann), is all too eager to spar with the couple and has even put the word out online to invite likeminded bigots to join them for the night. Caught in the middle of the drama is Josh’s son Paul (Callum Woodhouse), a possibly gay 16-year-old who’s stuck under his father’s oppressive thumb.
The suspense begins in earnest when a mysterious Russian guest (sizzling Lithuanian actor James Tratas) arrives with a cell phone jammer and night vision goggles hidden in his suitcase. Mark thinks the Russian is gay, but Fred is convinced he has murderous intentions. So is he cruising or is he hunting?
Marvelously dark and thrilling, B&B will grab you almost immediately and keep you guessing until the very end. Writerdirector Joe Ahearne and his great ensemble cast do an outstanding job of building suspense to the perfect crescendo in a way that feels very real, like any one of us could be caught in this web. B&B is the gay suspense thriller that everyone will soon be talking about. Don’t miss out!
— Stephen K Weisenreder
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
- BEST LGBT FILM – London Independent Film Festival
- CLOSING NIGHT FILM – Out Film CT Connecticut LGBT Film Festival
- OFFICIAL SELECTION – OUTshine Miami LGBT Film Festival
- OFFICIAL SELECTION – ECU The European Independent Film Festival