Monthly Archives: March 2019

Nevrland (Review)

Gregor Schmidinger’s debut feature ‘Nevrland’ provides us with a complex and intoxicating mix of themes. Ranging from modern masculinity to mental health and sexuality. At the same time, taking us on a journey into adulthood, unlike anything else within the LGBTQ genre. In effect combining stark visual imagery and exceptional sound design in creating a film that wraps you in …

Men of Hard Skin

‘Hombres de piel dura’  With ‘Men of Hard Skin’ Argentinean director Jose Celestino Campusano brings us a coming of age tale. Wrapped in the dark and foreboding themes of abuse, church and community acceptance. The films drama based in rural Argentina while its themes encompass a full world of church orchestrated abuse. Ariel (Wall Javier) lives and works on his …

Us

They are us in this smart horror that plays with economic divides in modern society, whilst offering enough shocks and twists to keep die hard horror fans engaged. Jordan Peele’s debut picture Get Out provided audiences with a brilliantly constructed horror, interwoven with messages on race, slavery and the Afro-America experience. For many directors this would have been hard to …

Last Ferry

The Thriller and horror genre often finds itself sidelined in LGBTQ filmmaking, its voice limited to low budget, low quality porn/horror films. However i recent years this has began to change with the sublime Stranger by the Lake, providing a deep dive into sex and psychological horror. Alongside Knife and Heart reimagining 70s slasher horror for a new queer generation. …

Jonathan Agassi Saved My Life

Quick Read Review Tomer Heymann is one the brightest documentary filmmakers currently in the industry. Eight years in the making Heymann’s new film ‘Jonathan Agassi Saved My Life‘, explores the life of porn superstar Jonathan Agassi. Delivering a nuanced commentary on the porn industry, family and the personal demons of man living through a created persona. From the outset Heymann’s …

Girl (Review)

Inspired by the real life story of dancer Nora Monsecour. Lucas Dhont brings us a beautiful coming of age debut feature with ‘Girl’. Exploring the emotional and physical complexity of transitioning gender for young people. Lara (Victor Polster) lives with her father and little brother in a small apartment in Antwerp. While also enrolled at the Royal Ballet School, where …

Vita and Virginia

Based on the relationship between Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West. In the years prior to Woolf’s acclaimed and controversial publication of Orlando. This is a film that should have offered a rich tapestry of literature and female sexuality in 20s Britain. However, Vita and Virginia fail to fly. Offering a film that plays to 1920’s cliches, with a script and …

Ray and Liz

Richard Billingham’s photography is world-renowned, and with his debut feature film, he manages to combine the power still photography with the engrossing dynamism of the moving picture. Ultimately creating a stark yer beautiful personal memoir of poverty and dysfunctional family life in 1980s Britain. From the outset, Ray and Liz make no attempt to romanticise poverty of opportunity and family …