Watch: Heartbreaking film Joe Bell to premiere at Brisbane Pride launch

Joe Bell Movie Mark Wahlberg

Brisbane Pride Festival is set to debut the heartbreaking film Joe Bell to launch the annual festival next month. If the trailer is anything to go by this film will have the world talking.

Queer film and television programs have increased their prominence in the mainstream in recent years.

Since the almost win of Brokeback Mountain at the Oscars to the eventual win of Moonlight for best picture our stories are increasingly being seen.

Whilst many recent efforts, the likes of Love, Simon have focussed on happier stories, Joe Bell is a harrowing story that hits right in the heart.

Joe Bell is a heart wrenching true story

Starring Mark Wahlberg Joe Bell tells the heart wrenching true story of a father who loses his gay son Jadin to suicide.

After coming to his father for help when confronted by bullies at school Jadin, played by Reid Miller, is still left feeling lost and alone.

Bullies continue to hound his school life in scarring and emotional scenes depicted in the film.

Seemingly with nowhere left to turn Jadin tragically takes his own life.

Jadin’s father, Joe Bell, is left broken. Shattered by the realisation that he could have done more to help his son Joe struggles to deal with his actions.

Fuelled by the memories of what his son went through and determined to honour his memory Joe begins a walk across America in Jadin’s memory.

Taking him from Oregon to New York Joe is determined to speak at every school possible about bullying and what Jadin endured.

As Joe journeys across the country, he is joined by the memory of his son.

In a beautifully crafted story, Joe and Jadin are seen walking, laughing, fighting and crying together. Although Jadin exists only in memory, the film perfectly weaves this memory together as a walking, talking character as Joe speaks to the memory that walks alone beside him.

Together Wahlberg and Reid make a beautiful on-screen pairing.

Reid depicts a youthful and lost Jadin with heartfelt conviction. Portraying his darkest moments and his joyous light as he walks beside his father, Reid is a standout.

Wahlberg’s portrayal of broken father Joe Bell is a genuine and moving performance. This alone will help drive this film to international success.

Although a trailer can only show so much, this two and a half minute preview of Joe Bell will have you in tears.

This is the 2021 film everyone will see.

Brisbane Pride to host advance screening of Joe Bell

To launch the 2021 Festival Brisbane Pride will host a special advanced screening of Joe Bell on Thursday the 2nd of September at 6:30 pm.

QNews understands this will be the first screening of the film in Australia ahead of its later national release.

To purchase your tickets to this limited advanced screening at New Farm Cinemas click HERE

Watch the full trailer for Joe Bell below

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