If “Gone” weren’t a documentary, Kathryn Gilleran would be a Best Actress nominee.
Kathy tells her story in closeup, with occasional visual aids. Retired after 21 years as a police officer, she was informed her gay son Aeryn, who worked for the United Nations in Vienna, hadn’t been seen for two days, since he ran naked from an exclusive sauna (bathhouse).
When Kathy goes to Vienna our movie expectations kick in: She’s going to kick some ass! Well, not quite… Stonewalled by the police, she determines to unearth the truth. Sadly, despite her training and experience, real life doesn’t always play out as neatly as a movie script.
“Wish Me Away” • 7:15 p.m.
This biographical documentary about Chely Wright could premiere simultaneously on Lifetime, Logo and CMT. Non-fans of country music may not have known her before she came out as a lesbian in May 2010, then promoted her new book and album on the Pride festival circuit.
Filmed prior to coming out, Wright tells her life story, often tearfully. Aware early that she was gay, she tried to pray it away. When she couldn’t she kept vowing to come out at the next career milestone, until it became a choice between potential career suicide and actual suicide.
“Private Romeo” • 9:10 p.m.
A Shakespearean reboot, “Private Romeo” is oddly conceived but strangely watchable.
Alan Brown’s all-male production is set in a contemporary military school. Some characters are spoken of as female but not portrayed that way. Juliet is as macho as Romeo.
The actors, mostly from the stage, are amazingly good, keeping “Private Romeo” interesting, even when the concept doesn’t make sense. Also on Wednesday night, Ansley Park Playhouse (1545 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta GA 30309) hosts an encore screening at 7:45 p.m., with the film to be determined during the festival.