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'Postcards from London' review: Sexual naivety collides with Soho's shady corners in stylish queer indie

After a breakout role in 2017's 'Beach Rats', rising British star Harris Dickinson stars in another stylish queer indie.

2018-11-22

Words: Guy Lodge

Remember Harris Dickinson, the gifted, gorgeous British star of last year’s tough Brooklyn gay coming-of-age drama Beach Rats?

Well, the great news is that he’s back, leading another striking queer-themed indie, this time on home turf.

The less-great news is the film itself — although Steve McLean’s highly stylised evocation of burgeoning sexuality in the shady corners of old-school Soho is an intriguing tease.

Shot in vivid neon hues, it stars Dickinson as Jim, a naïve teenage twink who arrives wide-eyed in central London only to be taken under the wing of four intellectual rent boys — escorts who entertain their clients as much with their minds as with their bodies.

More preoccupied with Caravaggio than cock, it’s an unusual spin on a familiar story, although it’s also a tad airless.

Rating: 3/5

Postcards from London is hits UK cinemas this Friday 23 November.