Frank's Cock is a 1993 Canadian short film written and directed by Mike
Hoolboom (pictured). The eight-minute production stars Callum Keith
Rennie as an unnamed narrator who discusses his relationship with his
partner, Frank. The two met while the narrator was a teenager and spent
nearly ten years together. Frank has since been diagnosed with AIDS, and
the narrator fears his lover's death. The story was based on the
experience of one of Hoolboom's friends at People With AIDS, which
Hoolboom adapted after receiving a commission to create a short film
about breaking up. Shot on a low budget, the work is shown in a split-
screen format with interspersed scenes from popular culture, gay
pornography, and human creation; this format is meant to symbolise the
"fragmentation of the body" experienced by AIDS sufferers. Produced by
Alex Mackenzie, Frank's Cock was critically acclaimed and won several
awards, including the NFB–John Spotton Award for best Canadian short
film at the 1994 Toronto International Film Festival. The script has
been republished several times and has inspired a short on LGBT issues
in Canada's native community.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank%27s_Cock>
Today's selected anniversaries:
Juan Lavalle, returning to Buenos Aires with troops that fought
in the Argentine-Brazilian War deposed the provincial governor Manuel
Dorrego, reigniting the Argentine Civil Wars.
Ford Motor Company began operating the world's first moving
assembly line for the mass production of automobiles.
In "one of Australia's most profound mysteries", the body of an
unidentified man was found on Somerton beach in Adelaide, a case which
remains unsolved today.
In a key event in the African-American Civil Rights Movement,
Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a public bus
to a white man in Montgomery, Alabama, sparking the Montgomery Bus
Over 92% of Ukrainian voters approved their country's
independence as declared by the Ukrainian parliament on 24 August.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
A Scandinavian version of vin chaud or mulled wine; a hot punch made of
red wine, brandy and sherry flavoured with almonds, raisins and orange
Wikiquote quote of the day:
Why taunt me? Why upbraid me? I am merely a genius, not a god. A
genius may discover the hidden secrets and display them; only a god
could create new ones.