Director: Jonothan McLeod
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Genre: Documentary

Stavros is looking for love. In a bid to find it he makes an unusual move – entering the ‘Mr Gay UK’ beauty pageant, a showcase for some of Britain’s hottest men. Only problem is, at 30 stone (420 pounds), Stavros weighs 3 times as much as his competitors. Undeterred he signs up, but things don’t go to plan – for Stavros or the pageant organisers! This is a documentary about one man’s unbreakable spirit. Presenting a snapshot of gay attitudes to body image and how no-one persecutes a minority quite like a persecuted minority. ‘Being Stavros’ is a tale of triumph, heartbreak and how to wear your underpants.

Director Statement

Jonothan McLeod is a 35 year old Glaswegian. He lives and works in London as a freelance documentary filmmaker. His television work includes last year’s “Inside Guinness World Records” and the upcoming “Me & My Guide Dog”, both for ITV1. His 2011 series “Claire Richards: Slave to Food” was a hit for Sky Living and spawned an accompanying book.

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