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Paul Risker looks at Hollywood's depiction of HIV/AIDS, from Philadelphia to Dallas Buyers Club...

In spite of the critical acclaim garnered by last year’s AIDS documentary double-bill Fire in the Blood and How to Survive a Plague, it is Dallas Buyers Club that is poised to become the cinematic face of AIDS/HIV cinema. With nomination nods and in what is yet another acclaimed performance from Matthew McConaughey - becoming a cinematic custom as of late - Dallas Buyers Club finds itself occupying a cosy and secure place at the peak of the mainstream cinematic consciousness.

Since Tom Hanks’ turn as AIDS patient Andrew Beckett in Philadelphia some twenty years ago, there have been few if no prominent films on the subject of AIDS. But in the last twelve months alone documentary and narrative cinema have both unsheathed their scalpels to confront the subject.

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- Gary Collinson

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