Armed with a magical love potion and empowered by dazzling musical fantasies, struggling teen Timothy (dreamy Tanner Cohen, As the World Turns) turns his narrow-minded town gay and captures Jonathon (buff Nathaniel David Becker), the rugby jock of his dreams.
Also starring Wendy Robie (Twin Peaks), Broadway star Judy McLane (Mamma Mia), Zelda Willaims (House of D and daughter of Robin Williams), and Jill Larson (Opal on All My Children), Were the World Mine uses vibrant imagery, a first-rate cast, and innovative music to push modern gay cinema and musical film beyond expectation.
Director/writer/producer Tom Gustafson brings us his feature directorial debut in Were The World Mine. This critically acclaimed, multi-award winning film about the truth of love was inspired by his award-winning musical short Fairies, which has screened in over 75 International film festivals.
" It made my heart soar." - indieWIRE
In Were the World Mine
, the lovelorn lunacy of A Midsummer Night’s Dream
spreads through an all-boys school and the town beyond when the gay boy playing Puck discovers a love potion just like that of the play. Timothy (Tanner Cohen) resists being cast as the fairy, but the mystical drama teacher Ms. Tebbit (Wendy Robie, Twin Peaks
) persists because of his lovely singing voice. The words of Shakespeare seize upon Timothy’s mind and lead him to create a love potion--which he uses to capture the heart of the school’s star rugby player, but also to make everyone see the world through his eyes. Soon the rugby coach is pursuing the school principal, the principal’s wife swoons for Timothy’s mother, and the school jocks are prancing around like ballerinas. Were the World Mine
is punctuated here and there with techno ballads and languorous, glittery fantasies, but it’s not exactly a musical--the songs are only vaguely woven into the story, and just when the action should accelerate everything turns a bit ponderous. Nonetheless there’s a great deal of charm (and half-dressed young men) to be found in Were the World Mine
. The contrast between the kitchen-sink realism of Timothy’s real life and his LaChapelle-esque daydreams gives the movie an engaging dynamic. The cast is attractive and likable, particularly Zelda Williams as a bohemian friend of Timothy’s and Judy McLane as his mother. --Bret Fetzer