This week, BUFS is pleased to open the Winter Season with Dallas Buyers Club.
In 1985, homophobic electrician/cowboy Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey) has an accident at work that lands him in the hospital. While doing routine tests, the doctors find that Ron is HIV-positive and give him a month to live. Ron will have none of it, though—in the mid 1980s, AIDS is still widely known as a disease suffered only by gay men, and Ron refuses to accept the diagnosis.
As his symptoms increase, however, and as his old friends turn their backs on him, Ron has to face up to the truth. He requests treatment, only to find that there isn’t much available. After ill-gotten AZT makes him worse, Ron hatches a plan to obtain pharmaceuticals from south of the border in Mexico—not just for himself, but for the other shunned patients he has met in the hospital. When threatened with prosecution for drug trafficking, Ron joins forces with an unlikely ally, a transsexual called Rayon (Jared Leto) who has extensive connections in the gay community, and forms an exclusive club for which members pay a hefty membership fee and then get all the drugs they need for free.
Canadian director Jean-Marc Vallée (C.R.A.Z.Y., Café de Flore) recounts this true story without flinching from its tough realities. He also draws out career-high performances from Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto, both of whom were nominated for Golden Globe Awards—by the time you read these lines, you’ll know if they won!
Dallas Buyers Club screens Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. at the Landmark Theatres, Pen Centre. Visit brocku.ca/bufs for details.