“In the first year of the epidemic AIDs would kill an estimated 5000 people. After 25 years the death toll now strands at over 25 million, making AIDs one of the most devastating epidemics in recorded history. Every year the pandemic still kills over 2 million people. Worldwide an estimated 35 million people live with the disease. Every year approx. 2.5 million new HIV infections are registered. The fight against AIDs is far from over”.
The above statement accompanies the closing credits of the Luxembourgian-German drama House of Boys (2009) a film directed and written by the Luxembourg born Jean-Claude Schlim best known as a producer and production manager. The film follows the story of a young gay teenager who leaves his family home to start a new life in Amsterdam in 1984. Joining Frank (Layke Anderson) on his adventure is his best friend Rita but on arrival in the Netherlands they part company leaving Frank to find a job and somewhere to live. A nightclub called the House of Boys fills both these requirements. It’s run by a performing drag queen called Madame (the wonderful Udo Kier) who employs young attractive men to dance and provide sexual services. Frank meets all sorts of characters including a bi sexual dancer called Jake (Ben Northover) with whom he quickly falls in love.
|Jake and Frank.|