Sparkle is not at its heart a gay film, but if you

know the work of Neil Hunter and Tom Hunsinger

(Lawless Heart, Boyfriends), or if you like watching a

good film with a queer sensibility, then you’ll love

it. 22-year-old Liverpudlian Sam (Shaun Evans, who

played a gay character in Teachers) comes down to

London with his cabaret-singing dotty mother to change

his life for the better. Serving drinks at a party, he

hooks up with Sheila, a powerful PR boss in a pair of

high-heeled boots (played by the fabulous Stockard

Channing, need we say more). But when he also begins

an affair with a younger woman, life begins to get

just a little complicated. Sparkle is a warm, funny

film with great performances throughout (look out for

Antony Head as a sardonic stately British homo and Bob

Hoskins as a lovable loner). Bring your hanky…

A Vertigo Films release of an Isle of Man Film, Baker

Street, U.K. Film Council presentation, in association

with North West Vision and BBC Films, of a Magic Light

Pictures production. (International sales: Beyond

Films, Sydney.) Produced by Martin Pope, Michael Rose.

Executive producers, Steve Christian, Keith Evans,

Steve Jenkins, Christopher Moll, Paul Trijbits.

Directed, written by Neil Hunter, Tom Hunsinger.