Writer/director Elegance Bratton’s autobiographic military drama The Inspection follows a homeless gay man efforts to turn his life around by joining the United States Marine Corps. Bratton mines his own experiences of going through basic training—including dealing with homophobia during the military’s “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” era—as his onscreen surrogate Ellis French struggles to survive boot camp. Played by Pose and One Night in Miami’s Jeremy Pope, Ellis also fights to win the respect and the affection of his judgmental mother Inez (Gabrielle Union), who refuses to accept his sexuality. The Inspection also stars Bokeem Woodbine as the uncompromising Marine Corp. Drill Instructor Laws, and Raúl Castillo as the sympathetic Marine Corp. Drill Instructor Rosales. The Inspection, which premiered locally during the Austin Film Festival, opened Nov. 22 in Austin. Elegance Bratton, who served as a combat production specialist in the Marines, makes his feature-length directorial with The Inspection. He previously directed the 2019 documentary Pier Kids. Raúl Castillo previously starred in Hustle, Cha Cha Real Smooth, Army of the Dead, Wrath of Man, Unsane, and We the Animals.
Aired: Nov. 22, 2022.