Is This a Gay Gangster Movie We’re Actually Excited About?

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: