Manatomy, written and read by James McDermott, is a wry witty performance poetry film. Following the experiences of a camp gay boy through adolescence into manhood as he comes of age in Norfolk in the nineties and noughties. The film explores how identity is shaped by parents, place, politics and pop culture and questions how lad culture shapes boys as they grow into men. Poems featured in Manatomy are taken from James McDermott’s poetry collection of the same name published by Burning Eye Books.
“The language, wit, insights, power of expression… Simply magnificent. You don’t have to have grown up gay to love and appreciate this poetry, but it will of course have a special charge, beauty and meaning for those of us who have” Stephen Fry
“Bold, startling” Julian Clary
“Hilarious and honest” Jonathan Harvey
“McDermott’s debut delivers us his heart, terrors and triumphs” Luke Wright
“Frank and funny” Molly Naylor
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