Head On is a raw and ready vehicle for the intense and passionate Ari to scream at the walls of the prison of space and time and culture and tradition and excess and ecstasy.Gay Ari, sexy and sweaty, passionate and full of the sensual intensity of his transplanted Greek culture, winds his way through the labyrinth of the closet in this story about crawling out one alienating step at a time.
At one agonizing point, Ari is told to get married first and then he can do whatever he wants. Clearly, he can not see himself doing this and suggestively berates a friend for wanting to do the same thing. His own acceptance of homosexuality in public is challenged by his friend, John, an openly gay and openly reviled member of the tight knit Greek community in Melbourne.
Head on touches on Racism, sexism and homophobia as blights in society and adds a rich depth to the struggle Ari is having coping with a world in which he feels further and further pushed to the edges.
The camera angles and editing add another layer to the character of various scenes, adding just the right comment without being gratituous or taking up the forefront of your attention.It is easy to get swept to the edge of your seat in the drama of Ari's awakening maturity. If great souls are born of surviving great inner conflict, then Ari has the potential to live among the stars.