Review: Hugh Sheridan shines in first gay role, Christmas on the Farm


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Last week it was announced Hugh Sheridan would be starring in his first gay role, Christmas on the Farm

Filmed in Brisbane, the fun family Christmas movie hits all the right notes. 

It’s the first time Hugh Sheridan has played a queer character and it has truly allowed them to shine.

Christmas on the Farm is fun, goofy and cheesy in all the right ways.

Christmas on the Farm is the perfect family Christmas movie.

Aussie actress Poppy Montgomery plays Emmy, a writer based in New York.

After her mother, Clementine passes away Emmy pens a memoir posing as her mother about life on her family farm in Australia.

The book is swiftly picked up by a major publisher with enough money provided to help keep the farm afloat.

But not before the publisher insists on a visit to meet “Clementine” on the farm.

Emmy must rush back to Australia to create a convincing ruse of domestic family life.

She needs to find a husband, a daughter and drop her American accent, in just a few short days.

There’s just one slight hitch. The son of her publisher is a one-night stand from New York who Emmy must also hide her identity from.

Hitting the right notes of wholesome, fun, goofy and cheesy it’s full of plenty of laugh out loud moments.

Hugh Sheridan shines as David in Christmas on the Farm

Many of the films best moments are provided by David (Hugh Sheridan) and his husband Miles (Nicholas Brown).

In a scenario slightly reminiscent of The Birdcage, which the two characters excitedly acknowledge on screen, they are sent racing back into the closet to help save the farm.

Emmy enlists Miles (Brown) to play the role of her husband, while David (Sheridan) plays her helpful cousin.

With the help of stand-in daughter “Little Emmy” (Molly Wright) they must help her play her part.

Hugh Sheridan and Nicholas Brown are perfectly cast in their roles and bring simple and hilarious light and shade to the film.

There’s a very natural and gentle feel to the character of David that doesn’t play directly to stereotypes.

Despite being the more creative and flamboyant of the pair the character of Miles feels real and not too over the top.

The pair generate a genuine coupling that naturally exudes love, and laughter along the way.

It’s a refreshing representation of a queer couple on screen in Australian film.

Coupled with a stellar cast Christmas on the Farm is a perfect way to kick off the Christmas season.

“I was stereotypically cast … playing the macho guy”

Speaking to the Courier-Mail ahead of the film’s release Hugh Sheridan said they were excited about the role.

“It’s fun. I haven’t done anything like that before” they told the publication.

After coming out as a non-binary human recently, Sheridan has been in the spotlight in recent years.

However, was still yet to play a queer role on screen.

“I was saying to my agent, I was stereotypically cast … playing the macho guy.”

You can catch Christmas on the Farm streaming on Stan.

Watch the trailer below.

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