Christina Ricci plays an American teacher going to work in an underprivileged Australian high school in Around the Block, new drama premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival next month. It appears her character, Dino Chalmers, is bisexual, as she has an Aussie fiancé but she meets out model Ruby Rose in a bar and ends up sharing a bed with her that night.
Christina has played gay before, notably alongside Charlize Theron in Monster, but this seems like a pivotal queer part as her character is the center piece of Around the Block; a positive influence on the kids to whom she’s teaching English lit. Directed by out director Sarah Spillane, TIFF calls the film “gritty and inspirational,” as the film largely chronicles Dino’s relationship with one student:
After its world premiere at TIFF, Around the Block will hopefully receive international distribution. It looks like it could be an updated version of Dangerous Minds in a different setting with some added incentive for queer female film fans. (Again, Christina Ricci and Ruby Rose + sex = butts in seats.) Keep up with the film on Facebook and Twitter.