Directed by Steve McLean
88 min | 2018 | UK | Not Rated
Cast: Harris Dickinson, Leonardo Salerni, Jonah Hauer-King, Raphael Desprez
Beautiful Essex boy Jim (British rising star Harris Dickinson) who, having traveled from the suburbs, finds himself in Soho searching for fame, fortune, and cultural stimulation. Down on his luck, he meets with a gang of unusual high-class male escorts – The Raconteurs – who specialize in post-coital conversation. What follows is Jim’s comic descent from unsuccessful escort to artist’s muse and art authenticator – a journey complicated by a rare psychosomatic condition called ‘Stendhal Syndrome’. Rendering him painfully oversensitive to art, the condition threatens to bring about is downfall whilst opening him up to new opportunities – but is Jim willing to grab them?
Postcards From London is set in a vibrant, neon-lit, imaginary vision of Soho, this morality tale manages to be both a beautifully shot homage in the spirit of Derek Jarman and a celebration of the homo-erotic in Baroque art. With a script that keeps you in thrall to Jim’s journey, Postcards From London illuminates the potency of high art in queer history.