SUNDAY MORNING COMING DOWN
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY HARRY LIGHTON
PRODUCED BY SORCHA BACON & KSENIA HARWOOD
It’s the 17th of September 1994 – a Sunday morning. The premier league season has just started, and MAX might usually look forward to a lazy day spent in front of the TV with his brother JORDAN. However today he lies in bed nervously contemplating the day ahead.
Max has come out to Jordan, but no one else. He’s stuck in the awkward liminal space between “out” and “in”, keen to explore his sexuality but clueless as to how to go about doing so: he’s got no gay friends; there’s no visible scene in his suburb; sex-ed was strictly heterosexual at school; and his Catholic mother doesn’t offer much of a resource. So he’s convinced Jordan to drive him to Hastings, a peeling seaside town, where he’s arranged via a gay pay-and-chat line to meet a man in Hastings. Why does he need Jordan? For starters, he can’t drive; but it’s also less than a year since Colin Ireland’s series of gay “slayings” at cruising sites shook the security of queer spaces, and Max is shit-scared.
The film follows the brothers on their road trip, as they fall back on the mutual “brotherly” ground of football and music tastes to help navigate the untested waters of Max’s sexuality. While the stakes of their journey is hinted at through a building air of tension and Max’s early morning boozing, the details are unspoken. It is only after the fact, when Max is left in tatters, that Jordan is called upon to console his brother and point Max towards a positive future.