'Based on a True Story' seems to be a flavour of the month with this season's new film releases. Think "12 Tears a Slave", "Philomena", "The Wolf of Wall Street:", "Saving Mr Banks", "Captain Phillips" and "The Railway Man." There's more in store too. Think "Tracks", "The Monuments Men" and 'Mandela: The Long Road to Freedom".
"Dallas Buyers Club", to be released in Australia on Feb 13 2014, has two true stories to capture the viewer.
The first is the story of the film, which follows Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey), a Texan electrician, rodeo man and renowned 'pussy lover' in the days leading up to and months following his unexpected and life-shattering diagnosis of HIV/AIDs. This occurred in the mid 1980s, a time in history when all the doctors could say was, "Go home and get your affairs in order. You have thirty days to live." In a place where extreme 'homo'-phobia combined with the widespread fear of contagion through contact with sufferers, Woodroof was cast out by his friends, with the exception of the local cop (Steve Zahn).