BUDDIES a Film by Arthur J. Bressan
Digitally restored and available on demand for the first time, Buddies was the first feature-length drama about AIDS when it was released in 1985.

When 25 year-old David volunteers to be a “buddy” to an AIDS patient, the gay community centre assigns him to Robert, a 32 year-old politically impassioned gay California gardener abandoned by his friends and lovers. Revolving around the confines of Robert’s Manhattan hospital room, Director Arthur J. Bressan skilfully unfolds this devastating two-hander. As David gazes out at the piers and rooftops of Manhattan, we hear his deftly scripted diary entries in voiceover. And as David is changed by knowing Robert, so too are we. In the simplicity of the story and the elegance of its unfolding, Buddies achieves a rare perfection. It’s a timeless portrayal of an entire era in gay history.

  • “It's a film full of compassion yet miraculously free of self-pity.” Financial Times

    a moving reminder of a time that seems both immensely far away and like yesterday. The Guardian

    “a remarkably involving, provocative drama that needs to be seen today.” Shadows On The Wall

    “a powerful human story and a highly effective piece of cinema.” Eye for Film

Cast: Geoff Edholm, David Schachter
Director: Arthur J. Bressan Jr.
Country: USA
Language: English
Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
Certificate: 15
Running Time: 81 mins
Sound: Mono
DVD Release Date: 09-12-2019
VoD Release Date: 09-12-2019
Cinema Release Date: 06-12-2019
Year: 1985

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