LGBTQ+

Now Available to Buy on DVD – Hard Paint (Tinta Bruta)

Pedro (Shico Menegat) is a lonely gay young man, his life turbulently thrown off course after assaulting a boy who bullied him in college. Unemployed and judged by the community surrounding him, Pedro earns money through erotic online performances. Where he covers his body in fluorescent paint, while dancing in front of his webcam for the pleasure of a hidden …

Now Available to Stream or Buy – Men of Hard Skin

Ariel (Wall Javier) lives and works on his fathers farm. His life held in limbo between the toxic masculinity of two opposing older men. In the first place his father who believes he can mould Ariel into the ‘ideal’ man. And secondly Omar (Germán Tarantino) the local priest who has abused Ariel throughout his childhood, and continues to emotionally control …

Buddies – A retrospective look at a groundbreaking film

Brought to you in partnership with our friends at Peccadillo Pictures During the late summer of 1985, as AIDS ripped through global communities. A small budget, hastily made film was about to make its debut at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco. ‘Buddies’ intended to not only challenge the public debate on a condition still being labelled as the ‘the …

A Nightmare on Elm Street 2 – The Horror of ‘Coming Out’ in 80’s America

Following hot on the heels of the success on A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), the first sequel in a long line of sequels and prequels trod very different ground to the original film. A Nightmare on Elm Street 2 found itself derided by the critics of the time. Only recently finding exploration in its unique take on sexuality in …

This is Not Berlin – Coming of age in a haze of art, sex, music and drugs

‘Esto no es Berlín’ Hari Sama’s semi-autobiographical new film ‘This is Not Berlin’ buzzes with the vibrant and intoxicating energy of 1980’s counterculture. Coupled with the freshly emerging punk and new wave scene of 80s Mexico City. A scene that sweeps two teenage friends into an emerging world of art, sex, risk and liberation. Their friendship challenged and changed as …

Monsoon (Review) – A journey into cultural identity and belonging

Hong Khaou’s second film ‘Monsoon‘ follows on from the themes of grief, cultural identity and belonging of his first feature ‘Lilting‘. While also charting a different path to his debut feature. As he explores the death of a parent and the need of second generation children in discovering the cultural identity and heritage of family. The directors trademark sensitivity and …

Matthias and Maxime (Review) – A beautiful portrait of male love and friendship

Friendships change over time, especially the ones born of childhood and adolescence. Sometimes those friendships hide the true feelings of the journey from boy to man (or girl to woman). While sometimes those that hide repressed desire can surface on the road to adult life. These are all themes that Xavier Dolan’s latest film explores with tenderness and ease. Bound …

Tremors (Review) – The conflicted interface between faith, love & community

In 2015 Guatemalan Director Jayro Bustamante received an Oscar nomination for his debut feature Ixcanul. While also winning the Alfred Bauer Prize at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival for the same feature. Now with his latest picture Tremors (Temblores). Bustamante delves into the world of gay conversation therapy, family and faith in a polarised Guatemalan community. Tremors is certainly …

End of the Century – A fleeting connection that could have been love

‘Fin de siglo’ What if we had made different decisions as a result of the random meetings, and fleeting love affairs we have had? This is the question posed by writer-director Lucio Castro. His debut feature ‘End of the Century’ focusing on the power of chance encounters and the fear of commitment. The passion for personal freedom often wrapped in …