With the rising popularity of the BL genre in the country, Star Cinema releases its first BL film online this month with My Lockdown Romance starring Jameson Blake and Joao Constancia. The film was conceptualized, written, and directed by Bobby Bonifacio, Jr. who also directed the Star Cinema horror film, Hellcome Home last year.
The talented director said that shooting a film under the new normal was a learning experience for him. “Lahat kami sabay sabay natuto. So team effort talaga siya. From the production staff to the actors, sabay sabay namin natutunan kung paano tatapusin yung pelikula. The actors were sent cameras, ginuide namin. Magkakasama kami lahat online and gina-guide namin sila through video conference. And maganda at malinis ang pagkagawa,” he shared during the My Lockdown Romance presscon held last November 2.
Direk Bobby admitted that he would not be surprised if their film gets compared to other Pinoy BL stories. “Siyempre hindi maiiwasan that there will be some similarities to the same themes of movies pero I guess each project has something unique to offer. And yung sa amin is number one is yung chemistry na binigay ni Jameson and Joao sa isa’t isa and the format of the movie na makikita niyo naman pag pinanuod niyo. It’s something na kabit na kabit to real life situations ng mga tao. Ang lakas ng relatability nito from all walks of life with different relationships at iba ibang mga tao kakapit sa mga nangyari dito sa kuwento nilang dalawa.
“Intentional siya na lighthearted and fun kasi parang sa dami ng bigat na pinagdadaanan ng mga tao sa naging sitwasyon natin ngayon di ba, parang it’s refreshing to come up with something lighthearted and hopeful and something na kapag pinanuod mo is parang ma-re-revitalize ang energy mo sa buhay, parang ganun,” he explained.
In My Lockdown Romance, direk Robby said everyone can get “kilig” watching his two lead stars no matter what their gender is. “Nabibigay kasi nila is the sincerity of the character, na kapag ako natutuwa ako pag nakakausap ko itong kaibigan ko na ito na long lost friend. Kitang kita sa mga mata nila eh, yung konting ngiti, yung konting galaw ng mata, nasa kanila yun eh. At dun mo mapapansin pag pinanuod mo. Ma-e-exude mula sa screen papunta sayo at alam mo na ganito talaga, ganito din ang nararamdaman ko, ganito ako kapag kinikilig,” he said.
My Lockdown Romance stars Jameson Blake, Joao Constancia, and Gabbi Pangilinan. It will be available worldwide starting November 13, 2020. It can be purchased for P150 with several Cinexpress channels to choose from: KTX.ph (ktx.ph), iWant TFC (tfc.tv), Channel 190 and Channel 290 for HD on Cignal PPV (my.cignal.tv), and channel 158and channel 258 for HD on Sky Cable PPV (mysky.com.ph).