Chris and Don – A Love Story

No one believed they could last so long…

Synopsis Chris_&_Don_poster
DIRECTORS: Guido Santi & Tina Mascara
USA 2007 90min

JHB Fri 4th / 7pm Mon 7th / 7.15pm Sat 12th / 6.15pm
CT Fri 11th / 8.45pm Wed 16th / 8.45pm Sat 19th / 8.45pm

When, in his late forties, upper class English world-renowned literary light Christopher Isherwood (Cabaret was based on his book Goodbye to Berlin) took up with fresh-faced 18-year-old Californian Don Bachardy many, even people celebrated for their liberal attitude, were shocked. Their love, however persisted, against expectation and the class and experience divide, to last 34 years until Isherwood’s death in 1986. The film truthfully explores the chronological progression of their relationship, revealing the ups and downs, the infidelities, as well as the character negotiations and unconscious imitation that happens in most marriages of this length. Told with poise and compassion through interviews, and using extraordinary archival footage and home movies that reveal Hollywood in its heyday, this gentle and beguiling film relates the depths of their enduring love.


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Awards Chris and Don a Love Story 2

  • GLAAD Media Award 2009 – Oustanding Documentary (Nominated)
  • Gotham Awards 2008 – Best Documentary (Nominated)
  • Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival 2008 – Jury Award – Best Documentary (Won)

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