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Head On (1998)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 13 August 1998 (Australia)
A 19 year old Greek Australian youth struggles with his sexual identity and has one clumsy heterosexual and several homosexual encounters.


Ana Kokkinos


Andrew Bovell (screenplay), Ana Kokkinos (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alex Dimitriades ... Ari
Elena Mandalis ... Betty
Damien Fotiou ... Joe
Alex Papps ... Peter
Andrea Mandalis Andrea Mandalis ... Alex
Dora Kaskanis Dora Kaskanis ... Dina
Tony Nikolakopoulos ... Dimitri
Chris Kaglaros Chris Kaglaros ... Groom (as Chris Kagiaros)
Ourania Sideropoulos Ourania Sideropoulos ... Bride
Eugenia Fragos Eugenia Fragos ... Sophia
María Mercedes ... Tasia
Anthony Lyritzis Anthony Lyritzis ... Boy in Car
Ana Gonzalez Ana Gonzalez ... Woman Sweeping
Maya Stange ... Janet
Julian Garner ... Sean


Nineteen-year-old Ari confronts both his sexuality and his Greek family. Ari despises his once-beloved parents, former radical activists, for having entombed themselves in insular tradition. Ari is obsessed with gay sex, although he does make an unenthusiastic attempt to satisfy the sister of one of his best friends. While all of this is going on, he's facing problems with his traditional Greek parents, who have no clue about his sexual activities. Written by L.H. Wong <lhw@sfs.org.sg>

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full on - all night - come on


Drama | Romance


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In a sex scene between Aria and Dina, the actress' sweater is buttoned closed but her body double's sweater is fully open. See more »


[first lines]
Ari: They tell you that God is dead but, man, they still want you to have a purpose. They say look at your parents: hard-working migrants, work two jobs, struggle all your life, buy your kids a house... there, that's purpose. They tell you to be a doctor, a teacher, be creative, do something, believe in something, believe in family and the future, save the world, believe in love, but, fuck it, I'm no scholar, I'm no worker, I'm no poet.
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References The Grifters (1990) See more »


Mi mou thimonis matia mou
(Don't Be Angry with Me My Love)
by Stavros Kougioumtzis
Performed by George Doloros
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Heads up
27 February 2005 | by flingebuntSee all my reviews

When the booked "Loaded" was released the author explained that the reason he wrote the book was that there were already enough gay friendly movies and books out there to allow him to write an honest portrayal of gay life. It is not negative, it is simply honest.

Ari (played by the Hunk of Australian TV and movies Alex Dimitriades) is a young Greek man who is gay but is definitely not going to come out of the closet.

He desires nothing more than to have a girlfriend, a family and be normal. But he knows he can not.

So we follow on day in his life. It starts with him masturbating in the house he slept the night. He then faces a day of numerous challenges.

Losing his money during a gay encounter (of the wink wink, nod nod, go into the back alley for a head-job type encounter). Getting the money so he can buy drugs, more sex, more drugs, more sex, drugs (surely it would fall off with that much use), police harassment.

But there are ways out. He can be a gay guy and have a loving open gay relationship, he can marry a lesbian and pretend to be straight, he can even go to the extreme and be a drag queen or he can stay the way he is.

This movie is packed with messages. Every scene has a meaning and as a result it is often considered pretentious.

It is a movie about being gay and the issues with it. What makes it different is it doesn't spend the whole movie agonizing over the issues and boring the audience stupid, instead it bombards you with them leaving your head spinning by the time you leave the cinema.

Oh...and if you love big dark skinned, dark haired Greek guys you will love this movie.

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English | Greek

Release Date:

13 August 1998 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


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Opening Weekend USA:

$14,224, 15 August 1999

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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