This documentary is about love and that is the love shared between two men. Shane was the beloved partner of Tom, who tragically dies too young in a clumsy accident. Shane was obviously emotionally crushed; his pain and grief were added to in a most cruel way by the parents of his dead loved one banning him and his friends from the funeral.
The film takes us back to both of the boy’s child hoods and shows the similarities and differences that both of them had in growing up. Both from small towns but whilst Tom was the golden boy in everything he did, with a smile that would win the heart of the strongest critic. Shane on the other hand was rubbish at sports (a bit like me) but loved singing, dancing and wearing sequins – so no real clues as my GBF would say.
Their story is told through the use of video footage and personal pieces to camera of their friends and family. Shane had a terrible time when he came out at school as I did when I did likewise at University – as Stonewall says some people need to get over it – being gay is not a style choice. This is a very moving and well made film and Tom comes across as the sort of man that made the world a better place for having him in it. I was seriously close to blubbing at this, which is no bad thing at all. I feel it would appeal to anyone who understands love; at one point Shane says ‘who fights against love? Sadly the answer is too close to home. I can not recommend strongly enough an absolutely emotion laden and brilliant piece of honesty.