50 Ways Of Saying Fabulous

50 Ways Of Saying Fabulous


A coming of age tale, following 12 year old Billy (Patterson), who has the misfortune to be growing up gay in Otago in the 70’s. He’s obsessed with the heroine of his favourite TV show, awful at rugby and upstaged by his tomboy cousin Lou (Beattie). While Lou is tough enough to get away with being different, Billy is the target for bullies, at least whenever Lou can't protect him.... More

Things take a turn with the arrival of the gawky, slightly older Roy (Collins). Billy is torn between gratitude at having a new friend and glee at finally having somebody even lower on the social totem pole. As Billy gets increasingly, secretly intimate with Roy, he comes under pressure to deride him in front of others. Meanwhile things get trickier still when Billy starts obsessing over hunky farmhand Jamie (Dorman).Hide

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I found this movie so funny.

Amazing movie Must be seen, great acting good real life themes

I thought the acting was pretty good for first time movie stars, and it is a story that needs to be told! More people should see this movie!

I found 50 Ways hard to watch. Maybe there is an element of cultural cringe, but I found the acting terrible, the story forced & at times quirky for the sake of quirk.

The Press Reviews

  • Young lead Andrew Paterson is so likeable that the film occasionally threatens to be affecting, but a series of strenuously melodramatic developments late in the game kept us detached and unimpressed... Full Review

  • A milestone in Kiwi cinema… A snapshot of rural Kiwi life that isn’t bleakly sinister or unnaturally harmonious. Performances from the young cast are uniformly excellent... Full Review

  • The ravishing landscapes of Central Otago are not enough to save this wooden and ill-conceived memoir of childhood, although there are some good teenage performances... Full Review

  • Downplaying the camp, gender-bending and fantastical elements of his 1993 debut feature, adventuresome bodice-ripper "Desperate Remedies" (but only by comparison), Kiwii writer-helmer Stewart Main's overdue sophomore effort is a kidpic-of-sorts that ends up being just as peculiar. Incongruously mixes a frolicksome tone with disturbing content. Results work on their own distinctive terms, though some viewers may find the film off-key, overfamiliar in gist, or in questionable taste... Full Review

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