Oct 9, 2013
The Lost Medallion: Gay-Positive Actors in a Fundamentalist Movie
Actually, though The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone was released in March 2013, it was filmed back in 2009, when Billy was 13 and Jansen 14. They both look and act around 10.
A boy and a girl on an archaeological dig in the South Pacific, Billy (Billy Unger) and Allie (Sammi Hanratty) find a medallion that sends them back in time 200 years. By the way, finding the medallion is a long, torturous process involving a mysterious book and two native Goons (yes, that's how they're listed in the credits).
Enemies attack, destroy the village, and lead everyone off to slavery except for Huko and his bff Anui (William Corkery).
Even though it's a mess, there are two redeeming characteristics:
1. A complete lack of displayed heterosexual interest, from anybody.
2. Gay-subtext buddy-bonding between Billy and Huko.
Wait -- what? I didn't see any religious symbolism.
Bill Muir graduated from the ultra-homophobic Moody Bible Institute, and has spent twenty years working for the ultra-homophobic Youth for Christ. I wonder how he would feel if he knew that his movie had two gay-positive actors and a big ole gay subtext.
Somebody tell him, please?