Tuesday, December 25, 2012


Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Xmas!

Cooldan and I created this festive pornament for you to print out and hang on a needy bough at the very back of your tree. Best wishes for a glittering holiday!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Instagramming Sydney in Spring

I recently started on Instagram (@jesseonthebrink) and it's interesting to see that when it comes to words, I gravitate towards the shock and awe. But when it comes to images, I'm drawn to... nature.

I wonder about that.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Black Tranny Queen of King's Cross

Here is Gemma. She is always cracked out in the middle of King's Cross, speaking nonsensically, mostly about being an indigenous supermodel and always sporting a revolutionary outfit for the day.
This is the first time I've seen Gemma dressed as a boy. You can't really tell, but she's got a turban under the hat and a sweater for a skirt. The necklaces are amazing and that pile of books? She is not reading them. They are complementary props. Gemma knows how to pull together and rock a look.

On this day, she was very subdued. Not the usual strutting and whirling about, off her rocker babbling to fellow down n' outs in this plaza. People always try to take surreptitious photos from afar, but if you go up and ask Gemma is happy to strike a pose.  There are a lot of characters in the Cross, but none quite so special. Even the hookers don't appear to have a story. But I'd love to know Gemma's. 

Gemma on a "normal" day:
photo: Ricafeli
photo: Adrian Bell

Monday, December 10, 2012

Now Look What Happened

You think I could pick up a lucrative addiction to gambling. Or the STOCK MARKET. But no, I'm addicted to Words with Friends - and Strangers (shout outs and hat's off JpTaffy, Kaddy12658, Audumbelle, AnnM1, Jilly Jube, Lyoninthesun, AHead, LaMikey and all the rest around the world who are crushing me with obscure letter combinations). Yeah "adz" and "qis" are used in daily conversation. But "fags" and "cunt"? This game says they are "not acceptable words". I'm playing PC non-words with friends! 

Fellow addicts understand the fear and distress I felt upon receiving this message. Take your turns!

Sunday, December 09, 2012

Holiday Gift Ideas?

Stuff your stocking with summer fun! Buy a DVD or download of my Fire Island comedy Half-Share for 20% off. With purchase this month, you'll be making a donation to help homeless youth in NYC.
Edge magazine writes, "What really makes Half-Share soar over the pabulum that substitutes for entertainment these days are the details... that, and the sweetness that lies just below the tartness."

Make it a triple? If you buy Going Down In La La Land here, Casper Andreas will send you Violet Tendencies for free! Just order by 12/15, and when checking out tell them you heard about the offer.
Finally, fellow blogger Paul V has just released his book, "Born This Way: Stories of Growing Up Gay". It's a collection of some of the best photos and stories from his popular blog of the same name.
I'm a big fan of the blog and the hardcover is now only $10 on Amazon.

From the Press Release:
Born This Way: Real Stories of Growing Up Gay is a collection of adorable childhood photographs accompanied by sweet, funny, and at times heartbreaking personal stories. Collected from around the world and dating from the 1940s to today, these memories speak to the hardships of an unaccepting world and the triumph of pride, self-love, and self-acceptance.

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Bacon - Breakfast, Regurgitated

Checked out Five Decades of Francis Bacon at the Art Gallery NSW with my friend Ric. I'm just going to admit right now that I thought Francis Bacon was an old world explorer or philosopher.
Turns out he was the creator of a TON of creepy art you would never want to hang on your walls:
He did a lot of hybrid human/creature stuff. And I took away a few things from the exhibit.

1. His work was probably inspired by his supremely cluttered workspace which was described in curatorial terms as "disorganized". In reality, it was an unrepentant massive shitpile that probably came to life in the wee hours to look like the ungrateful dead (see above).

the artists thrives on chaos.
2. He was proud to never have gone to art school. This is because Bacon didn't want to learn about "styles" but rather invent his own. Fair enough. But he dabbled in styles imitating both Van Gogh and Picasso.

3. If you were lucky enough to sit for a portrait by Bacon, you needn't worry about sitting still.

Imagine the correspondence:

Dear Ms Rawsthorne,
Would you please come sit for a portrait? I would like to paint your infinite beauty.


Dear esteemed Mr. Bacon,
I should be delighted. I cannot WAIT to see the results of your stunning artistry. 


At the moment she was shown the results of her sitting, Ms Rawsthorne's expression was strikingly similar to the artist's interpretation of her face:
Through tears, and the nagging thought she should have combed her hair, Lady Rawsthorne imagined this image to be an expression of her soul. And she truly believed, much like Dorian Gray, that her outside beauty would never age or turn hideous. It was important for her to embrace this fate.

Dear esteemed Mr Bacon,
You have captured my beauty exquisitely! Print it, frame it, hang it in the heirloom attic!


She made it a ritual each time she steeled herself to gaze at the portrait, to recite Bacon's quote:

"I would like my pictures to look as if a human being had passed between them, like a snail leaving its trail of the human presence... as a snail leaves its slime."

Monday, December 03, 2012

Homecoming of The Undoubted Queen

I just spent five days in Napier, New Zealand - home of art deco, a devastating 1931 earthquake, and my friend Peter Cross.
Peter was a performer and writer (he is an Executive Producer on my film Violet Tendencies, and his short Shopping is now hot on the festival circuit), who had often written of growing up in Napier on his blog. After Peter passed away this past july of cancer, his long-time partner Richard was tasked with bringing him home, and asked me last minute if I would join him on the trip. Not sure if I was asked to be company or comedy...but we had a very memorable journey together. 
Richard and Napier - a dapper pair
We spent lots of time getting to know Peter's relatives. These kids were great and we had fun ordering LOTS of bread and wondering about this fish in a bag:
Grant took us around to several of Peter's old haunts and places they frequented growing up. As Grant drove, Richard got emotional and apologized for being "such a mess". Grant said, "Do you have hay fever"? Ha!

Here is Peter's first family home. His was raised very modestly by his single mother, Marie. He never met his father, a traveling salesman, who took to the road and disappeared when Marie fell pregnant.

Everywhere we went - meeting Peter's friends for drinks or dinner, it was always mentioned how astonishing it was in that era for a mother to have kept and raised a child out of wedlock. The social climate in Napier, NZ in the 1950's would have mandated a single mother give the child up for adoption or make "other arrangements". Marie Cross must have been a very courageous woman.

At the council for some admin related to the interment of ashes...

We went to get Peter's plaque at "Headstone World" - clever marketing, who could forget Headstone World? And located beside "Baby Factory" - only steps from cradle to grave! 
Peter was a huge monarchist and remained loyal to the royals all his life. I don't really understand how someone born with so little could be so obsessed with people who were born with everything, but there you have it. His devotion began early on, and one of his fondest memories as a child was seeing the Queen off when she visited Napier.

In going through his things, Richard found this hardback book - befitting title and all - that Peter had checked out and never returned to its owner: Napier Boys High School.
But of course, Peter Cross!
Richard tracked down the school's headmaster and personally returned their property - 40 years later! It's a small town and Richard is now known all about Napier as, "that nice man from Darlinghurst". The night before the big day, we played with our food at a fabulous restaurant with creative food combinations and a lot of wine.

I asked Richard what he was going to say graveside and he admitted he'd been putting that part off.

Peter was an actor, so we thought perhaps reading some Shakespeare, "All the world's a stage..."? But Richard started instead into the lyrics from Showboat, "Life upon the wicked stage ain't nothing what a girl supposes...". I suggested a mash up - it's the Bard and Hammerstein together again for the first time. Richard said, "Peter would never forgive me." We were at least two bottles of wine down.

Richard ended up reading a poem from the Sydney memorial. Though he feared not being able to finish the emotional rollercoaster, he persevered admirably.

Farewell and fait accompli

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Perils of Pageantry

Somehow this image says all there needs to be said about anything. Ever.
She was a knockout!
Christmas is coming... can I just rush this to the top of my wish list? In wall size?

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Matthew Mitcham's Twists and Turns

It's not every day you get to meet a gold medal Olympian!
Australian gold medalist diver Matthew Mitcham had a signing this week for his autobiography "Twists and Turns". He admitted that at 24, he's far too young to have written an autobiography which is why "I fluffed it out with so many photos!" Not that anyone minds...

Not only rare to have met a gold medal Olympian, but an openly gay one at that... is rarely seen in elite sports. I gave Johnny Weir a big kiss for that and also got to thank Matthew Mitcham for his authenticity and openness... qualities which sadly put athletes like him at risk of losing endorsements.
I asked him how in big competitions he is able to shut out the massive media and pressure. He said it was easy to stay focused and calm nerves. "It's fun," he said. "You get to be a showpony!"

Mitcham was super articulate and held court... fielding questions like a pro. Here's wishing him well on book sales, his diving career, and a future an on-camera career where he will be allowed to make a splash!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

Spiderman gives thanks to Uncle Sam. #Thankful. 
 Superheroes are such suck ups!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Is it OK to be left-handed?

I lived for a few months on the Caribbean island of St. Maarten, working on the set of that craptastic epic Speed 2 where I met a big black woman named Hyacinth. She was everything you might expect in a big black Caribbean woman named Hyacinth - tropical, boisterous, lovely. But one day she saw me filling out my voucher and she noticed I was writing with my left hand. Hyacinth said to me, "You will do the work of the devil."

I told her I was just born this way, but she said that didn't matter. Hyacinth said she had a daughter who was born that way, but not anymore. Hyacinth proudly told me she beat her daughter's left hand until she only used her right hand.

Got to hand it to Australia. For all its PC insanity, they do take interesting twists on the way they look at social issues. Take for example this short clip from BeyondBlue. Is it OK to be left-handed?

Monday, November 19, 2012

Of ALL the beastly horrors....

.... SHE'S COMMMMMING!! My ridiculously funny Fire Island comedy pilot Half-Share is making a splash with its *FREE* worldwide streaming event happening at a computer screen near you! Beware, be brave, and re-live the legend of your summer on Fire Island Pines.

Half-Share now available in the U.S. on Amazon Instant Video!
Rent ($1.99) or buy ($4.99 Instant/$14.99 DVD, amzn.to/HalfShare).
Also available internationally on Ustream ($1.99, ustream.tv/recorded/27074652).

Through December 31st, 50% of all net profits on DVD, Ustream and Amazon sales will be donated to the Ali Forney Center in NYC which provides homeless LGBT youth with shelter, food, and counseling.  Sandy left their offices underwater and they are in desperate need of donations to continue their important work (www.aliforneycenter.org).

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Words With Strangers

I'm addicted to online scrabble "words with friends"and I'm not even GOOD. I'm so terrible that the only game I ever won was when my opponent surrendered. She only surrendered because she was crushing me so badly it wasn't worth continuing! I really need to get familiar with 3-letter words containing an X or a Q that would never be seen outside of a pharmacy. I also have an inkling there is some word breaker app they are using to crush me. And yes, I realize this could be self-delusion.

Friday night, friends in LA send me a photo to say HI. This is what I NORMALLY do with friends:
But when I got this photo I was busy playing "words with friends".

In fact, it's not even words with friends. My friends are not interested in playing because I've come so late to this tired trend, but I just got an iPod touch so... I'm playing strangers. I start games with random opponents from around the world. If they are too slow to take their turn, I start another game.
I woke up Saturday morning with 17 games going. It's taking over my life. I don't even know who I am anymore!

Wanna play? I'm EASY. Find me: jesseonthebrink

Friday, November 16, 2012

Total Eclipse!

 New York, NY: Sean won tickets to Madonna's golden triangle.
The sun don't shine in Madge's Vadge! He also taped Madonna's in-concert monologue where she spoke about smashing separation, and helping each other out after Hurricane Sandy. Check it out and pick up Half-Share while you're at it! 50% of profits are going to the AFC for LGBT homeless youth.

North Queensland, Australia: Bam Bam joined the geeks and freaks (astronomers and astrologists) to check out the full solar eclipse this week. I told him I would get the same effect by closing my eyes... and to take lots of photos with his thumb over the lens.

Tropical clouds threatened to ruin all the interplanetary fun, but they parted at the last minute and I must admit it does look death-star cool.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

FINALLY! The Press Release.

Half-Share: The Cocktail is always Half-Full. NOW IT'S FREE!

New York, NY. November 14, 2012 - For Immediate Release: Misfit Boys Entertainment, LLC is thrilled to announce the worldwide premiere of a hilarious new gay comedy series, Half-Share, with 50% of profits to benefit the Ali Forney Center affected by hurricane Sandy.

Half-Share is a 30-minute pilot shot on location in Fire Island Pines and featuring an all-star cast of fabulous gay comics including Alec Mapa, Kyle Spidle, Jesse Archer, Jack Plotnick, Kevyn Morrow and Sam Pancake! 

Hot on the heels of film festival success spanning three continents, Half-Share will debut its FREE worldwide streaming premiere at 10pm EST/7pm PST (USA) on Tuesday, November 20th at:

 www.half-share.com &Ustream.tv/channel/half-share.  

Half-Share is also available immediately on Amazon Instant Video to rent ($1.99) or buy ($4.99 Instant/$14.99 DVD, www.amzn.to/HalfShare)

Through December 31st, 50% of all net profits on DVD and Amazon Instant Video sales will be donated to the Ali Forney Center in NYC which provides homeless LGBT youth with shelter, food, and counseling.  Sandy left their offices underwater and they are in desperate need of donations to continue their important work (www.aliforneycenter.org).

See you at the worldwide premiere. Spread the word! 

Misfit Boys Entertainment
Jesse Archer & Sean Hanley

Monday, November 12, 2012

A Country For Old Men

This had to be the most cultural weekend I've experienced in Sydney - and by culture I mean seeing things that you don't quite understand even though you're supposed to understand so instead you just applaud. And yes, that does include waking up this morning with grass stains and an empty pizza box. More on that later, but first - how about all these old dictators racing around in motorized wheelchairs? 
no disputin' Rasputin!
Ric took me around Paddington art galleries where we caught these incredible figures at Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation. These old dudes are meant to "call to mind" various dictators and make you ponder the temporary nature of both life and power. 

They also called to mind CREEPY, especially when you're getting chased around the room by a laid out flat Yasser Arafat. There are sensors on the wheelchairs so they don't make actual contact. But still!   
This was one of the best things I've ever seen in a gallery. The figures are from the collection of Swiss diplomat and collector, Uli Sigg.  Oh look, it's the dictator Walt Whitman!

On Saturday, Richard and I attended the opening night of Pirates of Penzance from Sydney Theatre Company. 
It's always very cool to see a huge cast on stage, and they did it all-male. Yes more culture that made no sense. I had no idea what was going on plot-wise... if pressed I would tell you someone fell in love with someone... but it was downright hysterical in places and let's hear it for Gilbert and Sullivan. What other creatives from 1879 are getting play in 2012? Don't you dare say Madonna! 

Sunday was the big 40th bash for my dear friend Matthew Dabner. Happy Birthday, Dabner! I first met this Tasmanian angel at USC, and it's been an honor to watch him grow and succeed as a writer and film producer ever since. It was a grand time at Bondi Social Club with him and his friends and family that I somehow ended up in the ocean. Yup. As for the grass stains, I don't even know where to begin!