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Photo gallery & trailer | Shocking, explicit ‘Shank’ honored at Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

Shank, a British film about a gay teen’s coming of age, had its North American debut Saturday night at Florida International University’s North Miami Campus. From the Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival program:

This gritty, cutting-edge drama is a part of a new genre from contemporary queer filmmakers that shows another side of gay life. Shank is no cozy affair; void of the cliché plot devices typical of a coming of age story, this is a film that is refreshingly shocking, very explicit and painful at times.

After the screening, Simon Pearce, Shank’s 21-year-old director, was honored with the first $2,500 Roger Walker-Dack Award for Emerging Artists in Queer Cinema.

Here are pictures from Saturday’s screening. All photos by STEVE ROTHAUS / Miami Herald Staff.

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Shank co-writer/producer Christian Martin, and the co-writer/editor Darren Flaxstone.

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Roger Walker-Dack introduces the filmmakers after the screening.

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Shank co-writer/producer Christian Martin.

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Shank co-writer/editor Darren Flaxstone.

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Film festival programming director Kareem Tabsch, Shank co-writer/editor Darren Flaxstone and co-writer/producer Christian Martin take questions after the screening.

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Roger Walker-Dack announces that Shank’s 21-year-old director, Simon Pearce, has won the first Emerging Artists in Queer Cinema award.

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What an interesting movie. I was enthralled by it. I watched it on my laptop on the way to Florida from New York with LMT booking me at the Miami Hotel. Fascinating.

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