This article was published on September 27th, 2021
Premiering on October 12, On the Fringe of Wild tells the story of a same-sex romance between two teenage boys in a rural town in Ontario, Canada. Described as a Romeo & Juliet revamp, the movie is a stylized depiction that chronicles their story of love not winning between the two of them, but instead covering the bigger picture of the two learning to accept their sexuality as they become survivors and members of the LGBTQ+ community. Produced by Breaking Glass Pictures, On the Fringe of Wild is set to be available on DVD and VOD, as well as several streaming platforms, including iTunes/Apple TV, Amazon, Google Play, Vudu, DirecTv, as well as additional local cable and satellite providers.
Directed by Emma Catalfamo, the introspective drama stars Harrison Browne, Cameron Stewart, Mikael Melo and captures queer teenagers on the cusp of adulthood as they navigate towards their authentic selves. Shot in picturesque regions of northern Ontario, Canada, viewers will be able to take in the immersive and beautiful landscapes that are simultaneously stark, melancholic, and haunting. Says the director:
“My inspiration for this film was the generally singular and oppressive nature of gender roles, which not only often hinder the quality of a person’s life significantly, but can at its worst, also be lethal.”
Set in the early 2000s, On the Fringe of Wild follows Pete, a shy and sensitive teen that holds dreams of escaping his small Ontario town in pursuit of an artistic career. Standing in his way is his homophobic father who has plans to toughen him up and ‘make a man’ of him. When his father forces him on a hunting trip during a winter break, tensions between father and son run high, resulting in Peter running away.
Lost, under extreme weather conditions and reaching his breaking point, Peter meets Jack, another teen desperate to leave his own toxic family situation. The two quickly fall into a romance when they find a secluded cabin and hide away, over time discovering each other and themselves in the process. They must eventually face the world again, however, and they are forced to face the consequences of their actions, which ultimately tear them apart. Catalfamo had this to say about her directorial effort:
“I was particularly interested in also exploring the societal and generational effect of gender role indoctrination in familial relationships, how this intersects and is often exacerbated by homophobia, as well as the severe mental health implications these destructive forces usually have on people. My previous cinematic works have also dealt with variations on themes such as addiction, mental illness, unexpected pregnancy, and toxic masculinity, in addition to the generally oppressive nature of gender roles.”
On the Fringe of Wild promises to be a touching drama that resonates not only with the LGBTQ+ community but people everywhere, no matter their orientation. Let HomoCulture know your thoughts in the comments section below.