Head On

Synopsis: Nineteen-year-old Ari confronts both his sexuality and his Greek family. Ari despises his once-beloved parents, former radical activists, for having entombed themselves in insular tradition. Ari is obsessed with gay sex, although he does make an unenthusiastic attempt to satisfy the sister of one of his best friends. While all of this is going on, he's facing problems with his traditional Greek parents, who have no clue about his sexual activities.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Ana Kokkinos
  9 wins & 15 nominations.
104 min



[upbeat music]

[radio static]

[radio announcer]

...Promised land.

But for the many

who are welcoming to the soil,

there are those who influence

or gained entrance into the country

and can offer nothing.

[radio static]

...resounds to 100 strange tongues.

[radio static]

[upbeat music]


[speaking indistinctly]

[cheering and whooping]

[upbeat music]


[upbeat music continues]

[cheers and applause]


[Ari voice-over] They tell you

that God is dead, but man,

they still want you

to have a purpose.

They say look at your parents,

hard-working migrants.

Worked two jobs.

Struggle all your life,

buy your kids a house.

There, that's purpose.

They tell you to be a doctor, a teacher.

Be creative, do something,

believe in something.

Believe in family and the future.

Save the world.

Believe in love.

But f*ck it.

I'm no scholar.

I'm no worker, I'm no poet.

[tires screech]

-Show us your cunt!

-F*ck you, dick face.

-Hey, Ari.

Where are you going?

[upbeat music]

[water rushing]

[inhales deeply]


[sighs deeply]




[inhales sharply]

[breathing heavily]




[breathing heavily]

["You Sexy Thing" by Hot Chocolate plays]

[muffled speech]

[man] Yeah, OK.

[Ari sighs]

[muffled speech continues]

- [Peter] Ma, he's fine, Ma.

-Your mother's going to kill you.

-He just got drunk and stayed over.


-Ari, this is Sean,

he just moved in.


Makin' love to me

I believe in miracles...

-Making coffee, sis?

-I'm not your sister.

[mouths silently]


-He's not up yet.

Mama, I am home.


-With Janet?

[mouths silently]

No, look, we can't today, Mama.

[Peter] - We've got to go and study at the


Yeah, OK.

Yes, OK, bye.

Mum's going to kill you.

-You want to eat?


- Let him get his own food.

- Hey, he's my brother.



Every day

needing love and satisfaction

Now you're lying next to me

Giving it to me...

- I believe in miracles

Where you from?

You sexy thing, you sexy thing.

- F*ck off.

-You want some?

-No, I gotta go.

[funky pop music plays on stereo]


F*ck, everyone owns a Madonna record.


Yeah, well, nobody plays them anymore.

Like the Stones.

-I still play the Stones.

-So do I.

Keep it.

[funky pop music]

[Ari chuckles] She was the first one

to flash off her cunt though, wasn't she?

Like she was really proud of it.

What's wrong?

-You remind me of someone.


- [Sean] I don't know.

[chuckles] I don't know, someone.

How come you Greeks

always bullshit to your parents?

You know,

"I'm sorry, Mrs Vouliss,

I know it's midnight,

but Peter's still studying at the library.

-You have to lie.


-Because if you tell a wog the truth,

they use it against you.

-Why don't you move out of home?

-No money.

-Get a job.

-Get fucked.

What job?

You all right?

What'd I do to her?

-Maybe she likes you.

-Yeah, most Anglo women

can't stand the sight of us.

They don't like the way we smell.

They look at us

and all they see is a hairy back.


-Man, you're paranoid.

-Have a nice day.

There, did you see that?

-Peter's taking me

to some Greek club tonight.

The Steki.

Do you ever go?

-Yeah, sometimes.

-You be there tonight?

-I'm going out with some friends.

Maybe we'll come later.


-Thanks for walking me.

-That's cool.

Hey Ari.

I know you remind me of.

That guy from The Grifters,

you know, what's his name?

- John Cusack.

- That's it.

I love that fucking film.

["I Wanna Leave You Far Behind" by Lunatic

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Andrew Bovell

Andrew Bovell (born 23 November 1962) is an Australian writer for theatre, film and television. more…

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