LGBTQ

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

Following hot on the heals 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 …

This is Not Berlin (Review) – 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. The freshly emerging punk and new wave scene of Mexico City sweeping two teenage friends into a newly emerging world of art, sex, risk and liberation. The boys friendship challenged and changed …

Monsoon (Review) – A delicate and heartfelt 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. In exploring the death of a parent and a sons need discover the cultural identity of his birth. The directors trademark sensitivity and delicate …

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). And 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 …

Tremors (Review) ‘Temblores’ – The Interface between faith and community in personal choice

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. With his latest film Tremors (Temblores) Bustamante delves into the world of gay conversation therapy, family and faith in a polarised Guatemalan …

End of the Century (Review) – 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 focusing on the power of chance encounters and the fear of commitment. The passion for personal freedom often wrapped …

Rialto (Review) – A lifetime of emotional containment released

Premiering at this years Venice Film Festival, Peter Mackie Burns (Daphne) brings us a stunning and nuanced journey into emotional containment, belonging and identity. Rialto creating an unlikely safe space in the relationship between a teenage rent boy and a father whose life in spiralling out of control. Colm (Tom Vaughan-Lawlor) has spent his life …