Although the teaser trailer runs at just over thirty seconds, it’s enough to really get the heart beating. It shows a glimpse into what is surely going to be an excruciating love triangle between Styles, Corrin and David Dawson.
My Policeman, which is based on Bethan Roberts’ 2012 romance novel of the same name, tells the tale of a gay officer in 1957, navigating life in a time when it is illegal to be so (homosexuality was made legal in the UK a decade later).
Two stories run parallel to one another. The first is set in Brighton in the Fifties. Officer Tom Burgess, who is played by Styles, begins to date teacher Marion, but has an affair with male museum curator Patrick. As could probably be predicted, things get incredibly messy – made worse by the stifling British society in which they live.
The second is set in the Nineties. Tom (now played by Linus Roache), Marion (Gina McKee), and Patrick (Rupert Everett) try to repair some of the damage they made to their relationships in the earlier years of their life.
The trailer is a feast for the eyes, with the gorgeous actors in late Fifties get up, hair blowing in the wind on Brighton beach, shots of vintage cars, country roads, and crashing waves – but there’s a sense of building unease too. How could there not be?
My Policeman is directed by ex-Donmar Warehouse Artistic Director Michael Grandage, and its script has been written by Oscar-nominated Ron Nyswaner. Nyswaner, who wrote the screenplay for Philadelphia, is known for his work on gay rights films, including Soldier’s Girl and The Celluloid Closet.
The film took eight years to get to this point, but has been a labour of love for those involved.
In an interview with Vanity Fair, producer Robbie Rogers said: “I won’t be specific [with names]… but I think for the last eight years, we’ve always heard the most political versions of ‘this is going to be difficult to make’ or ‘no one’s going to watch this.’”
But now it looks like My Policeman is going to be a major hit, starring Britain’s best rising stars – if we can call Styles that. The singer acted in Christopher Nolan’s 2017 Dunkirk and in Marvel Universe’s 2021 Eternals, but has two major roles in films out this year. The first is in My Policeman, and the second is Olivia Wilde’s Don’t Worry Darling, where Styles plays opposite Florence Pugh.
My Policeman will be released on October 21 on Amazon.