Gatecrasher (2012) – By Misty Layne

How far would you go to achieve your dreams? That’s the question that Mark Jenkins finds himself asking. A young, gay actor fresh out of LAMDA, Mark’s got the looks, the ability, and the charisma to go all the way. His agent can get him the auditions, but the parts are just never quite right. That’s because in Mark’s mind, there’s only one man who can help him: James Francis –an older established writer as well as a renowned gay icon. However, what starts out as ambition soon turns into obsession, with Mark slowly gatecrashing the life of his idol…

Gatecrasher, featuring Ryan Prescott, is a lyrical delight about young lust and obsession set in a world where passion is one of the most important, if not the most important thing a person must have. Our lead, Mark, is an actor who can never find the right role, mostly because he thinks he is the only role that he can fully portray. He idolizes James Francis to the point of hero worship. When he finds out that James is holding auditions for a play he’s just written, Mark is one of the first people there. Unfortunately for him, the role still isn’t right because it’s still not himself that he’s playing. Mark decides he must convince James to write a script about him that will launch his career and give him the life of his dreams.

At times funny, at times a bit creepy and at times a bit sad, Gatecrasher is a beautiful film. The majority of people will identify with the power of ambition and lifelong dreams that aren’t coming to fruition and the refusal to settle for a life that you never wanted. Ryan Prescott as Mark gives a phenomenal performance that walks a fine line between devoted and harmless obsessed fan rather than dangerous psychopathic obsessed fan, which is tricky to do given the context here. Mark has all sorts of mad ideas to reach his idol and convince him of his genius plan, from crashing lunches to private parties. All the gatecrashing culminates in a bittersweet and beautiful scene that Prescott handles with remarkable grace and aplomb.

While the film is a LGBT film, other than Mark’s infatuation for James, that theme wasn’t what stood out to me. Instead I took away how easily dreams can come and go and how far some people will go to achieve their goals and that persistence really can make a difference. Beautifully shot with only a couple of formulaic moments (I saw the ending coming a mile away), this is definitely a film that should be watched and admired.

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