Five Points Theater brings "A Single Man" to Jax!

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An iconic script by Christopher Isherwood, the author of Cabaret and other groundbreaking works, A film by fashion designer Tom Ford, and a leading cast with Colin Firth and Julianne Moore, with the production crew that created Mad Men's distinctive late sixties swagger, this film has all the elements of a cult production. Five Points Theater brings another should see movie to Jax starting February 19th In a special offer, MetroJacksonville readers can pick up a buy one get one free ticket at Three Layers!

The story line has been toyed with for a while in Australian queer cinema, but this will be the magnum opus production.

The previous Aussie incarnations (both of them) involve writers and surfers at beach resorts, but in this one, Colin Firth plays the lead character, George Falconer, a middle-aged English college professor who has struggled to find meaning in his life since the car accident that killed his longtime partner, Jim (Matthew Goode), eight months earlier

Firth narrates stunningly shot flashback scenes as he prepares for his suicide that evening, the camera follows him around as he buys bullets, empties his bank, writes letters, and gets his life insurance policy in order. Everyday things take on immense importance as he is secretly saying goodbye.

Charley (Julianne Moore) shows up in an unforgettable scene around dinner arrangements.

George ends up having a compelling encounter with a latin call boy Carlos (Jon Kortajarena), whom he pays while declining his services.

After his dinner with Charley he encounters Kenny again in a bar. They go skinny dipping and then return to George's house and proceed to get very drunk. George passes out and wakes to find himself in bed, with Kenny on his couch.  The surprise ending makes the film unforgettable.

A bit about the director, Tom Ford.

In 1994, Ford was promoted to creative director. In his first year at the helm, he was credited with putting the glamour back into fashion introducing Halston-style velvet hipsters, skinny satin shirts and car-finish metallic patent boots. In 1995, he brought in French stylist Carine Roitfeld and photographer Mario Testino to create a series of new, modern ad campaigns for the company. Between 1995 and 1996, sales at Gucci increased by 90%.

By 1999, the house, which had been almost bankrupt when Ford joined, was valued at about $4.3 billion.

When Gucci acquired the house of Yves Saint-Laurent, Ford was named the creative director of that label as well.

His advertising campaigns for the YSL fragrances Opium (with a red-haired Sophie Dahl completely naked wearing only a necklace and stiletto heels in a sexually suggestive pose) and YSL M7 (with martial arts champion Samuel de Cubber in complete full-frontal nudity) have been famous and provocative by pushing fragrance ads to a new level of creativity in artistic expression and commercial impact.

In April 2004, Ford parted company with the Gucci group after he and CEO Domenico de Sole, who is credited as Ford's partner in the success story that is Gucci, failed to agree with PPR bosses over creative control of the Group.

Following his departure from Gucci (and YSL), Ford opened the fashion house, Tom Ford.  

In early 2006, Ford attracted media attention for appearing fully clothed on the cover of Vanity Fair alongside Keira Knightley and Scarlett Johansson, both nude. Ford also acted as editor for much of the issue.  

Ford's first 'Tom Ford' flagship store opened on April 12, 2007 on New York City's Madison Avenue. In Spring 2008, Ford opened his first boutique outside of the United States in Zurich, Switzerland located at Munsterhof 17.  In September 2008 Ford opened a boutique in Toronto, Ontario, Canada at the Harry Rosen store on Bloor Street West.

In the summer of 2009, Ford designed costumes for the world premiere of "The Letter" which was an opera performed six times only at the Santa Fe Opera.