Besides Milk and Outrage, are there any gay films that can accurately be described as “met with anticipation”? You know, aside from Transporter? Not really. But allow us one exception: Shank, from director Simon Pearce. (He’s 21.) The quick gist: What to do when you’re a gang member coming to terms with being gay … and you’re falling in love with another, even more violent member of your gang. Set in Britain, Shank enjoyed its U.S. premiere this weekend at the Miami & Ft. Lauderdale Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. It’s got all the proper elements for a decent film — love, sex, violence — which are also the right elements for a campy piece of garbage. You decide.
A behind the scenes look at the film: