By Caio Scot

18 March 2020 - 08:09

Man and woman stare into the distance in nightclub
'It was refreshing to read a script telling the coming out story in a different way' Photo ©

Caio Scot

Caio Scot directs After that party which tells the story of Leo, who sees his father kissing a man on a dancefloor. 

This is coming out story is from very different from the one we usually see in films and TV – it's a role reversal. Why did you choose this perspective?

It was refreshing to read a script telling the coming out story in a different way; I usually only see movies with young people coming out. Lucas Drummond and Mel Carvalho (who play two of the lead characters in the film) wrote the script, and invited me to direct it.

In this film the character has a child and used to have a wife. Once his marriage ended he fell in love with a man.

The father-son relationship is an important part of the film. How would you describe their relationship?

They have a very close relationship. It's not as close as it could be, because the father has this secret. In any relationship, you can’t be fully yourself when you’re hiding a part of you.

Trust is a big thing in the movie. Leo's conflict is not that his father is gay. It’s that his father didn’t tell him he was gay. In this film, it's just the two of them living together. They don’t have a mother in the house which shows that Leo's father is really important to him. 

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Leo goes through many emotions after he sees his father kissing a man – what do you think is the most important?

I think Leo feels betrayed. He thinks that his father just goes out for drinks with his friends from work, then one day he discovers that his father has a boyfriend. 

A significant person in his life has been hiding something huge, and he wonders if he really knows his father.

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