Cast: Conor Leach, Anthony Brandon Wong, Samuel Barrie, Jeremy Lindsay Taylor
A dashing teenager, hypnotized by the allure of app-based sex on demand, uses the alias “Sequin” for a series of trysts with older men. When his thrill-seeking leads to a memorable encounter at an anonymous sex party, he resolves to track down the mystery guy — even if he has to rely on a menacing former hookup to help him. Inspired by the New Queer Cinema of the 90s, this titillating thriller revels in the danger and eroticism of sexual access in the digital age.
Born in New Zealand and raised in Australia, Samuel Van Grinsven has directed both independent theatre and film. With a focus on queer voices, Van Grinsven aims to create contemporary work that reflects the complexity of his community. In 2017, Van Grinsven began a Master of Arts Screen at AFTRS with a research area focused on the New Queer Cinema movement. His work has screened at film festivals both domestically and internationally. Sequin in a Blue Room is his debut feature.