Review: Stud Life
Charley is such a stud
Recently, us girls here at Gaelick were treated to a screener of an upcoming LGBT movie, entitled Stud Life.
Personally, I feel that you never really know what you’re going to get with these films; it’s a deep-set fear of mine that, anticipating an LGBT classic with real depth and meaning, what I’ll actually find is some over-sexualised portrayal of a lesbian relationship that I’ll probably end up turning off before I’m halfway through. So I approached Stud Life with caution, not truly knowing what to expect; however, to my delight, what I actually ended up watching was accurate, moving and thoroughly entertaining.
The film follows the life of JJ (played by T‘Nia Miller), who is a ‘stud’ lesbian living in London and working as a wedding photographer with her overly-feminine gay best friend, Seb (Kyle Treslove). Their close friendship become apparent within the first five minutes of the film, however it is soon to be tested when JJ gets involved with a woman that Seb doesn’t exactly approve of.
JJ’s turbulent relationship with Elle (Robyn Kerr) makes for an interesting watch as they both seem to unknowingly trigger a downwards spiral in the life of the other. With both women continuously taking emotional stabs at each other, it really is compelling to observe their journey and, I certainly observed with anxiety and anticipation of where both characters would end up.
During an interview with the director and writer of the film, Campbell X, I questioned what the inspiration behind this production was. Campbell’s insightful response:
The inspiration behind this film is the amazing city that I call my home – London. In London there is a beauty in the architecture, the people, the different accents and languages. The crazy mixed nature of the way people party and have fun. The film is also inspired by love and friendship, the love between gay men and lesbians and butch/femme desire.
Through merely watching the film, irrespective of Campbell’s own insights and explanations, you can observe an absolutely wonderful portrayal of the city of London, right down the undesirable bad boys that just can’t resist taking the you-know-what out of ‘stud’ JJ. It’s not only a beautiful presentation of one the world’s best known cities but also, an extremely accurate one.
The film, which is littered with parties, drugs and drunken antics, parades an impressive array of thought-provoking incidents that leave you questioning both the love of the characters and, perhaps even love on a grander scale.
It was a true pleasure to watch and, with the official release date, July 8th, edging closer, I thoroughly recommend you all get your pre-order buttons on the go now because this is not a film that you’ll want to miss.
The final question, during my interview with Stud Life’s director, was whether we can expect to see more Campbell X films in the future:
I would love to just be able to make another film. And as any filmmaker, we always live in hope…
And I must say, after tucking into this film on not one but two occasions since receiving the screener, I also live in hope that we’ll be seeing more production from Campbell X in the future.