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The first night – Outfest 2017

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By Valerie Milano

Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 7/7/17 – Last evening I attended the opening night film at Outfest – GOD’S OWN COUNTRY (U.K., 2017).  The VIP pre-Party, film and after party took place at the iconic Orpheum Theatre.   GOD’S OWN COUNTRY is a British dramatic film set in the sheep-rearing part of Yorkshire where my daughter’s wife is from.


Francis Lee has crafted a fine film about a young British sheep farmer in Yorkshire named John Saxby whose life is turned upside down by the arrival of a migrant worker from Romania. The film has garnered positive praise at this year’s Sundance Film Festival as well as the Berlin Film Festival.

John Saxby (played by Josh O’Connor) is emotionally closed up and relies on drink to make up for his conflicted homosexual leanings. He attempts to keep the family farm going in Yorkshire, after his father is partially paralyzed with a stroke and his grandmother is too old to work. When lambing season comes in the spring, John’s father and grandmother decide to bring in help in the form of a Romanian migrant worker Gheorghe Ionoescu (played by Alec Secareanu). Gheorghe’s arrival makes John have to confront his conflicted sexual feelings and feel love for the first time, as well as having to think about his own future.


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Valerie Milano is the well-connected Senior Editor and Entertainment Critic at, a website that aggregates showbiz news curated for, and written by, insiders of the entertainment industry. (@HwoodTimes @TheHollywood.Times) Milano, whose extraordinary talents for networking in the famously tight-clad enclave of Hollywood have placed her at the center of the industry’s top red carpets and events since 1984, heads daily operations of a uniquely accessible, yet carefully targeted publication. For years, Milano sat on the board and tour coordinator of the Television Critics Association’s press tours. She has written for Communications Daily, Discover Hollywood, Hollywood Today, Television International, and Video Age International, and contributed to countless other magazines and digests. Valerie works closely with the Human Rights Campaign as a distinguished Fed Club Council Member. She also works with GLSEN, GLAAD, Outfest, NCLR, LAMBDA Legal, and DAP Health, in addition to donating both time and finances to high-profile nonprofits. She has been a member of the Los Angeles Press Club for a couple of years and looks forward to the possibility of contributing to the future success of its endeavors. Milano’s passion for meeting people extends from Los Feliz to her favorite getaway, Palm Springs. There, she is a member of the Palm Springs Museum of Art and a prominent Old Las Palmas-area patron.