“We all love bad boys … but we don’t take them home to mother. They’re other people; they are just for pleasure, they’re just for toys.” ~Hank ‘Hattie Louise’ Major
NakedSword Film Works (NSFW), the bold, new, independent film arm of NakedSword.com released its premiere production, “100 Boyfriends Mixtape“ last week. It chronicled the sexual misadventures of “the wild child of the Bay Area’s queer underground,” Brontez Purnell.
As I shared last week, NSFW will produce and showcase new work from independent film directors with an eye toward the provocative, the experimental, and the explicit. Today we have the first of those third-party productions, “Hattie Goes Cruising” from Konstantin Bock, a film and theater director based in Berlin.
You don’t need to be from the same time as Hattie. Or the same place. Or the same race. In many moving and seductive ways, Hattie’s story is all of our stories. It’s just the details that are different.
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In an age of online cruising and sex apps, having sex in parks and public bathrooms seems like a thing of the past. But for Hank Major, a 70-year-old gay African-American gentleman from Philadelphia, picking up guys on the street or at old-school cruising grounds is still very much a way of life. In Konstantin Bock’s charming, funny, and poignant short documentary, the perennially horny Major, whose friends have nicknamed Hattie Louise, takes us back in time, through a turbulent life full of cruising. While rifling through his collection of dirty photos of horse-hung tricks, Hattie shares his vivid memories, insights, and practical advice for picking up guys, how to deal with difficult tricks and more. We also learn about the 35-year-long relationship between Hattie and his partner Alan, who never put the kibosh on Hattie’s cruising habits. Fresh off a successful festival run in the US, Bock’s film is both a brilliant look at a part of gay culture that’s fast becoming extinct, and a portrait of a unique character who is as fascinating as he is endearing.