Wearing only tight underwear and a mocking smile, Jason banters ambiguously with his rival, whose attempts to respond in kind are undercut by a sweet insistence on taking everything a little more sincerely than Jason.“The Pass” hews as closely as anything ever made to a formal three-act structure, with five years passing between each of three self-contained chapters; Syd Field would surely approve.
Its sincere grappling with issues of fame and sexuality lends a topical urgency to a generally absorbing indie that raises the curtain with appropriate flair on the Flare London LGBT Film Festival.As “The Pass” opens in a Romanian hotel room the night before a big match, young Jason expresses his determination to get to the very top of his chosen field: Premiership football.His teammate Ade is no less keen, warning Jason that on the playing field in tomorrow’s crucial game, it’s every man for himself, as far as getting noticed by talent scouts goes.Jason apparently more than agrees — he’s prepared to extend his ambitious posturing to every area of his life, not just the pitch.Adam Lambert has claimed he’s not dating fellow singer Sam Smith, although he has described him as “a sweet guy.” Rumours sprung up about the pair, after they were photographed getting close at Lambert’s after party in New York last month.Sadly, however, Lambert has told Metro that there’s no truth to the story.
“Sam was out with a group of his friends, I was out with a group of mine, and we were all drinking and having a laugh,” he explained.
“I saw the headlines and wrote him, ‘Oh my god, they think we’re dating! “To be honest, we’re not that close, but the little interaction we’ve had, he’s lovely, such a sweet guy.” In the interview, Lambert also talked about his ex-boyfriend Sauli Koskinen, a TV host from Finland. I don’t usually say things on the record, but that’s the part I want.
“In some ways, it would be good because you’d both understand the world you live in,” he explained, “but it might get competitive.” Asked about whether he’d be interested in the lead role in the Freddie Mercury biopic, Lambert said, “I don’t know if I would ever want to play Freddie – I’m not sure how much I sound like Freddie.” The American Idol winner, who has performed concerts with Queen, later told Digital Spy that he’d like to be in the untitled biopic as one of Freddie’s boyfriends.
Adapted by John Donnelly from his own well-regarded play, this directorial debut from Ben A.
Williams — collaborating here with veteran British producer Duncan Kenworthy (“Four Weddings and a Funeral,” “Notting Hill”) — provides a knockout showcase for Russell Tovey as Jason, an ambitious soccer player leading a life of denial at the expense of his former bond with plucky wannabe Ade (Arinze Kene).
With the drama set entirely inside three different hotel rooms, its theatrical origins are difficult to disguise, but any attempt to broaden the scope purely to feel more notionally cinematic would surely have fatally deflated its claustrophobic chamber-piece tension.