A gay teen’s hook-up obsession sends him down a dangerous path in the queer Australian film Sequin in a Blue Room, in select cinemas now.
The film follows a 16-year-old student (played by newcomer Conor Leach) who pursues no-strings-attached sex on fictional hookup app Anon. The teenager communicates under his alias Sequin, from the sequined crop top he wears during each encounter.
Sequin gets an invite to the alluring maze-like Blue Room, an anonymous sex party. There, he connects with a stranger but the pair are separated suddenly.
Fixated on the mystery man, Sequin sets off on an exciting but dangerous mission to track him down.
Sequin in a Blue Room is the directorial debut of filmmaker Samuel Van Grinsven.
He said the genesis of his “coming of age thriller” was a mental image he had of the film’s glowing Blue Room.
“It was just a picture that I have no idea how it ended up in my head, still to this day,” he told the Melbourne International Film Festival.
“At the time I was doing my masters focusing on New Queer Cinema, but also studying a lot of queer theory and a lot of queer history.
“Eventually the blue room turned into something between a private sex party which you would see in the drug scene of London, mixed with something that is very much a part of our history, like gay saunas.”
He said hookup apps like Grindr were a “really crucial” part of his own coming of age.
“I wouldn’t have known that these feelings I was feeling were normal, if it weren’t for apps and social media,” he said.
“And yes, there’s the dark side that comes with that, which we see in Sequin.”
Gay thriller Sequin in a Blue Room in Australian cinemas
The film won an Audience Award at this year’s Sydney Film Festival after an AACTA award nomination last December.
It’s now screening for a limited time at Dendy Cinemas in Brisbane, Canberra and Sydney.
Watch the trailer for Sequin in a Blue Room below:
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