Lime Review - Screen
It might sound clichéd, but the trials and tribulations of love, life and relationships in the film ‘Stud Life’ are not too dis-similar from any film you’d see in mainstream cinema.
And hopefully with the right level of funding and backing this film might be the one to look out for.
Stud life had its UK premier at the BFI’s London Gay Film Festival, also making it the only UK entry. Director Campbell X gives the film an air of realism also making it her first feature film debut. But do not assume that is an exploratory of coming of age film about being gay, instead it promotes the issues that gay Londoners face which include the strains upon relationships, close friendship and everyday life.
It possibly gives you an inside into the world a stud, if you’re unsure about (LGBT) terminology, according to Wikipedia a stud is a ‘dominant lesbian, usually butch, typically dresses more masculine, and enjoys "masculine" activities’. It is here that (T’Nia Miller) who plays JJ does an amazing job of transforming herself into a much believable character taking on the persona and vigour of a young black lesbian stud.
JJ and Seb (Kyle Treslove) a gay man who is always looking for love in all the wrong places are best friends, but when JJ takes on a relationship with the beautiful Elle (Robyn Kerr) their friendship is tested, so the question is does love conquer all?
My verdict, I enjoyed the film which had a very realistic story line, boasts an impressive soundtrack and is shot entirely in London which adds that familiarity for British audiences.. The characters were very well drawn and you soon learn their backstories.
So without giving too much away, there might not always be happy endings in life, but this film does indeed give you a realistic and intriguing one.