Creator Mark Blane has a knack for sensitively handling material that others might avoid. His 2012 book and play, The Rock & The Ripe, attracted controversy because of its theme of queer teen suicide,and his feature film debut, Cubby, also refuses to look away from uncomfortable moments.
When scruffy man-child artist Mark Nabel (played by Blane) arrives in Brooklyn to begin an art gallery job that he’s invented to fool his mother, he’s forced to take a job babysitting a six-year-old in order to pay the rent. As Mark develops his nurturing side, doing his best to protect his charge from bullies, he comes to terms with his sexual and romantic interests, particularly his encounters with Leather-Man (Christian Patrick of Interior. Leather Bar.and Kink.com fame), a fantasy figure he meets in a neighbourhood park.
With humour that’s both gentle and acerbic, Cubby captures the difficulties, and the opportunities, that come from being a complicated person in a complicated world.