Lonesome collaborators Breathless Films and JJ Splice are teaming up for a queer, neo-noir independent feature film that has commenced principal photography in Sydney.
Written and directed by Lonesome DOP Dean Francis, Body Blow stars Tim Pocock as Aiden, a young cop who needs to overcome a sex addiction in order to hold down his job. Unfortunately, Aiden’s new assignment brings him into the orbit of drag queen and crime boss, Fat Frankie (Paul Capsis), whose entourage includes the enigmatic Cody (Tom Rodgers). Cody exerts more than a casual pull on Aiden and inevitably throws a spanner in Aiden’s best-laid nofap plans, threatening to blow it all, while also offering Aiden the potential to find love.
The five-week shoot will take place around inner-city Darlinghurst, with cinematographer Franc Biffone and production designer Chris Le Page aiming to combine an ’80s neon colour palette with the underworld atmosphere of Sydney’s gay district.
Francis will produce with Timothy May for JJ Splice, working alongside Breathless Films’ Ben Ferris and Ulysses Oliver.
The writer/director described Body Blow as a “bold, stylised, and sexy” homage to noirs such as Body Heat and Double Indemnity.
“The film noir genre’s emphasis on transgression and desire makes it a fabulous lens through which to explore queer identity and culture,” he said.