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Bill Con­don’s God and Mon­sters is a spec­u­la­tive biopic of James Whale, a pi­o­neer of the hor­ror film genre, whose films in­clude Franken­stein (1931) and Old Dark House (1932). Whale was openly gay in a largely ho­mo­pho­bic in­dus­try. In 1956, he ended his life by drown­ing in his pool. The film reimag­ines his last two weeks, and how and why he staged his exit. It is a dark para­ble of love, de­sire and friend­ship. Sir Ian McKel­lan, as the age­ing Whale, is bril­liant, mak­ing this indie film a mile­stone in queer film­mak­ing.

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