A new gay romantic comedy called John Apple Jack is making it’s world premiere tomorrow (Saturday, November 9) here in Vancouver at the Vancouver Asian Film Festival (VAFF). John Apple Jack tells the story of a modern-day boy-meets-boy romantic comedy about finally finding love… after having slept with everyone else. I had the opportunity to watch the feature film ahead of time and I definitely recommend checking it out!
The film is written and produced by Vancouver’s Rick Tae, directed and co-produced by Monika Mitchell, and produced by Selena Paskalidis. Here’s a little more about the plot of the film: When a glamorous playboy realizes that his dream guy is about to get away, he turns his life upside down in a mad rush to confess his love. Tae’s semi-autobiographical tale unfolds around the escapades of John (Chris McNally), a handsome gay man and heir to a restaurant empire. John lives a lifestyle of extravagance – champagne, fast cars and fast men. But when he discovers his sister is about to marry his childhood crush, Jack (Kent S. Leung), John realizes that the wedding must be stopped. His life spirals out of control as he loses his job, his playboy reputation…and even his underwear.
“John and Jack were childhood friends whose lives have taken different paths. One is living a life of privilege but finds emptiness under its slick veneer. The other is earnest and lovable, but struggling to face his true desires. How do they bridge differences and find each other?” explains Tae. “At its heart, John Apple Jack is a universal love story of ‘opposites attract’ that will resonate with a wide audience. I’m excited to debut my first feature right here at home in Vancouver as it’s a tribute itself to the city’s culturally-diverse community.”
Since the feature was filmed in Vancouver, you may recognize some familiar faces (ahem… David C. Jones). There are some great performances in the film and many laugh-out-loud moments. As with most romantic comedies, the film has a really cute and satisfying ending that will leave you longing for Mr. Right yourself, if you haven’t found him already.
Following its world premiere at VAFF, the film will be presented at Montreal’s IMAGE+NATION Film Festival, which begins in late November, and the Reelout Queer Film + Video Festival in Kingston, Ontario in February 2014. Additional festival dates will be announced.
As previously mentioned,the feature film John Apple Jack will have its world premiere at the Vancouver Asian Film Festival (VAFF) on Saturday, November 9 at 7:00 p.m. at Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas. The writer, director and producers, along with some of the cast and crew of John Apple Jack, will be in attendance at the World Premiere. For tickets and more information about VAFF, please visit www.vaff.org.