A Kid Like Jake
PRIDE MONTH SCREENING
BQFF and Brisbane Pride Festival come together with New Farm Cinemas to present the Queensland Premiere of A Kid Like Jake
Director Silas Howard
Cast Leo James Davis, Claire Danes, Jim Parsons
DATE: 23 September 2018
TIME: 4:00 pm
LOCATION: New Farm Cinema
We need to see our LGBTIQA+ folk represented in Hollywood — across the board in filmmaking — with our trans*, non-binary, gender non-conforming folk and women, in roles of power, decision making and influence. Otherwise it’s always going to fall over itself as in-authentic storytelling. A Kid Like Jake has this authenticity thanks to its director, Silas Howard, who most recently worked on TVs 'Transparent', more famously co-wrote, co-directed and starred in the indie cult film 'By Hook or Crook' (2001) (with Harry Dodge).
The film tackles the topic of gender dysphoria with sensitivity. It roots its family’s confusion in a recognisable, present-day reality, which makes this subject matter relatable — at least accessible — to viewers who might never have had a reason to consider it. Centred around a 4-year-old kid off to preschool, heightens the simplicity of the film’s message: This is someone who wants to be seen and loved for who they truly are, which they express in the most fundamentally human way possible.
Jake (Leo James Davis) seems perfectly happy at preschool wearing tutus and playing Cinderella dress-up. This is a kid who has the entire Disney princess collection on DVD and wants to go as Rapunzel for Halloween. Depicting the routine of mundane daily life for this Brooklyn family in understated ways. Despite being super-liberal and LGBTQ-friendly, Jake’s parents (Claire Danes, Jim Parsons) are not always nice to each other when it comes to their own child, a realistic manifestation of the increasing stress they’re under. The climactic fight in which they finally have it out, say all the hurtful things they’ve been holding onto is raw, painful, honest — above all — necessary.