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*** it.

I'm no scholar.

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

[tires screech]

-Show us your c*nt!

-F*** 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*** off.

-You want some?

-No, I gotta go.

[funky pop music plays on stereo]


F***, 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 c*nt 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 f***ed.

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 f***ing film.

["I Wanna Leave You Far Behind" by Lunatic

Calm plays]

Wanna tell you that I'm feeling closer

-I was with Panagiotis.


-Where have you been?

Why didn't you ring?

-I was with Panagiotis.

He rang first thing.

-That was hours ago, Ari, my god.

-I love you, Mum.

[Ari] What are you grabbing me for?

[Sophia] He never comes home.

-Leave me alone.

Let go of me.

Let go of me!

[bangs on door]

-Don't bang on the door like that.

[speaking Greek]

Leave him.

Leave him.

[door slams]


Ari, please.

You should have phoned.

-I'm sorry, Mama.

- [Sophia] Ari, I fought with your


but I always respected him.

["I Wanna Leave You Far Behind" by Lunatic

Calm plays]

Wanna push it right over the line

I wanna push it right over the line

The line that you draw

when you draw me near

The line that you draw

when you draw me near

I want, I want, I want, I want, I want

I want to leave you far behind

I want, I want, I want, I want, I want

I want to leave you far behind

I wanna take you on a roller coaster

I wanna tell you

that I'm feeling closer

I wanna push you right over the line

I wanna push it right over the line

The line that you draw

when you draw me near

The line that you draw

when you draw me near

I want, I want, I want, I want

I want to leave you far behind

[man] The touchstone

of modern democracy.

For liberty, for equality, for eternity.

Windows on the greenhouse

They're painted yellow like the doors

See the child who sits in wonder

At this brightly colored scene.

[crowd chanting indistinctly]

-Hey Joe, it's me.

Yeah, I got it.


Yeah, I'm on my way, bye.

[upbeat music]

[music fades]

[upbeat music]

[people chattering in foreign language]

[upbeat music]



[both grunting]

[man breathes heavily]


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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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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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