SHOHINI GHOSH FILM
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.