A huge critical hit as this past year’s Sundance Film Festival, described by some critics as the British answer to Brokeback Mountain, God’s Own Country is coming to UK cinema screens in September. This debut feature from director Francis Lee is shaping up to one of the year’s best LGBTQ films. Starring Josh O’Connor (Cinderella, Florence Foster Jenkins) and Alec Secareanu (a relative newcomer in a breakout role), the film tells the story of a rural romance in the West Yorkshire countryside.
We’ll have to wait a little longer for it in the United States, where the film will be distributed by Orion Pictures and Samuel Goldwyn Films. In the meantime, there is a new trailer to tide us over. Check it our below along with the official synopsis.
Official synopsis: Johnny Saxby (O’Connor) works long hours in brutal isolation on his family’s remote farm in Northern England, numbing the daily frustration of his lonely existence with nightly binge-drinking at the local pub and casual sex. When a handsome Romanian migrant worker (Secareanu) arrives to take up temporary work on the family farm, Johnny suddenly finds himself having to deal with emotions he has never felt before. As they begin to work closely together during lambing season, an intense relationship starts to form which could change Johnny’s life forever.
If you’re looking for something in a similar vein while you wait for God’s Own Country, we highly recommend Handsome Devil, a funny and observant coming-of-age tale from Irish novelist and filmmaker John Butler about two boys who form a close relationship at their all-boys boarding school.