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Romeo & Juliet inspired gay love story premieres at Melbourne Queer Film Festival

Romeo & Juliet inspired gay love story premieres at Melbourne Queer Film Festival

Monster Pies, a film about two teenage boys who fall in love while studying Romeo & Juliet at school, is premiering at Melbourne Queer Film Festival next month.

The film is the second full-length feature from Lee Galea, 33, who said he wrote the story when he was 15 and ‘wanted to fall in love’.

‘I was studying Romeo and Juliet and I got the idea of telling a similar story with two teenage boys,’ Galea told Gay Star News.

‘I felt that gay love wasn’t represented enough in movies and being gay myself I really wanted to make a film which I could relate to.’

Galea said it was difficult to cast the film because many actors were unwilling to play gay characters. In the end he found two straight actors, Lucas Linehan and Tristan Barr, who didn’t have a problem with the characters’ sexuality.

‘They loved their characters and wanted to do justice to the script,’ Galea said. ‘Both actors were really professional on set. At times some of the kissing scenes got a bit too much but in the end we got through it.’

Watch the trailer for Monster Pies here: