LGBTQ+ FILM AND TV

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Beautiful Thing

Beautiful Thing at 25: In Conversation with Jonathan Harvey

Beautiful Thing is available to rent, buy and stream on All 4 now. Let me start by taking you back to the summer of 1996. The Spice Girls were wannabe’s, Dodgy wondered whether they were ‘Good Enough‘ and Baddiel, Skinner, and the Lightning Seeds were singing about ‘Three Lions‘. In cinemas, The Muppets were visiting Treasure Island, and aliens were blowing up the White House just in time for Independence Day. Meanwhile, an IRA bomb targeted shoppers in Manchester, injuring

Death in Venice

Death in Venice – Visconti’s Masterpiece at 50

Death in Venice is available to rent or buy now on streaming platforms and limited edition Blu-ray from The Criterion Collection. No matter how many times I visit The National Gallery in London, certain paintings continue to fascinate me. These paintings pull me into the artist’s world, allowing me to see the world through their eyes and travel through time to the location of their work: the intricate detail, beauty and artistry of their timeless masterpiece enthralling with every new

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Q Special – Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Summerland and Saved

Q opens our month of LGBTQ+ Pride articles with three superb films available to watch now on streaming platforms and Blu-ray. So kick back, grab a drink and settle in for Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001), Summerland (2020), and Saved (2004). Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001) Hedwig has had a tough life, from growing up gay in East Berlin to sleeping in his mother’s oven. But, despite this challenging start, Hedwig has become a force of nature, a singer/songwriter

Another Gay Movie at 15 – Rambunctious, filthy and proudly queer

Another Gay Movie, the Director’s Cut, arrives on digital platforms April 27th and DVD on May 4th via Breaking Glass Pictures The older I get, the more I find myself wondering where time has gone. This feeling was brought into focus recently when the 15th Anniversary Director’s Cut of Another Gay Movie landed in my inbox (that’s not a double entendre). Initially, I did a double-take, my brain unable to compute that this gleefully rambunctious creation was fifteen years old.

Sequin in a Blue Room – In Conversation with Director Samuel Van Grinsven

Sequin in a Blue Room is released via Peccadillo Pictures on UK/Ireland & North American digital platforms from 9th April. SequinInaBlueRoom.film This article refers to ‘cottaging’, a gay slang term originating in the United Kingdom. Cottaging refers to anonymous sex between men in a public toilet, park or identified place. Ask any gay man about their first experience of gay sex, and many will recount detailed stories of excitement, apprehension, fear and doubt. Their first tentative steps into a new

Trans Trailblazers – BFI Flare 2021

Cowboys, Rūrangi and No Ordinary Man are showing at BFI Flare now; book tickets here Join us as we take a look at three Trans Trailblazers from this year’s BFI Flare Festival, each movie and documentary continuing to build trans representation onscreen. While furthering public discussion and understanding of the journey, every trans kid and adult takes in becoming the person they were destined to be. Q April features Cowboys, Rūrangi and No Ordinary Man. Cowboys (United States) Director: Anna Kerrigan

LGBTQ+: From Stage to Screen

LGBTQ+: From Stage to Screen features Angels in America, Another Country, The Children’s Hour and A Taste of Honey. Oscar Wilde once famously stated, “I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.” It’s hard to disagree with him; after all, theatre is built on the intimacy between both actor and audience. The audience

LGBTQ+ Christmas Movies: Three outstanding festive treats

Welcome to the first edition of our new bi-monthly Q curated collections. Q aims to bring you the very best in LGBTQ+ cinema and TV, with themed collections that delve into the history of the genre. This month we take a look at three LGBTQ+ Christmas themed films. Featuring Carol (2015), C.R.A.Z.Y (2005) and Love Simon (2018). So grab the mince pies, pour a drink and enjoy our sparkling and fabulous LGBTQ+ Christmas recommendations for the festive season ahead. Carol

Yes – We talk to writer, actor and producer Tim Realbuto

Yes is available now on all major streaming platforms In recent years the pitfalls of fame in childhood, have found a new and distinctive voice in cinema. From Honey Boy to documentaries like Showbiz kids, each has shone a light on the dangers of children entering a world of money and power. However, the devastating loss of the fame built in childhood, as the individual enters adulthood remains shrouded in darkness. Just as the links between childhood abuse, and the potentially destructive

I Am Samuel – We talk to director Pete Murimi about his new documentary

I Am Samuel is showing at BFI London Film Festival from 10th October to 13th October In 2019 Kenya’s High Court ruled against LGBTQ campaigners seeking to overturn archaic laws that criminalised gay sex. The case filed in 2016 marked a watershed moment in LGBTQ representation. However, despite the efforts of brave campaigners, their bid for equality failed. But, the very fact the case was heard marked a big step forward in LGBTQ liberation in Kenya. The gates tentatively opened

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Poppy Field – Bravely and boldly explores themes of internal and external homophobia

Poppy Field is now showing at BFI Flare; book tickets here Quick read reviews offer our readers short, large copy reviews with a high level of readability. Let me start by taking you back to the London Film Festival 2017, where the stunning 120 BPM was about to receive its UK premiere. As I sat in my seat full of expectation, I gave little thought to any barriers the film may face world-wide. I was certainly not alone in this; after

Trans Trailblazers – BFI Flare 2021

Cowboys, Rūrangi and No Ordinary Man are showing at BFI Flare now; book tickets here Join us as we take a look at three Trans Trailblazers from this year’s BFI Flare Festival, each movie and documentary continuing to build trans representation onscreen. While furthering public discussion and understanding of the journey, every trans kid and adult takes in becoming the person they were destined to be. Q April features Cowboys, Rūrangi and No Ordinary Man. Cowboys (United States) Director: Anna Kerrigan

Dramarama – As one chapter ends, another begins in this delightful, tender and vibrant movie

Dramarama is showing at BFI Flare now; book tickets here Thinking back to when I was 17, one thing is clear; my friends were my world; our day trips into London, small cosy house parties and trips to the cinema full of laughter, debate and joy. However, nothing is more certain in life than the reality that friendships change over time. And for many of us, the biggest change comes as we pack our bags and head to college or University.

The Obituary of Tunde Johnson – Intersectionality and the revolving door of discrimination

The Obituary of Tunde Johnson is showing at BFI Flare now; book tickets here Quick read reviews offer our readers short, large copy reviews with a high level of readability. One thing I am often told as a gay man is that “things are so much better now, you must be happy that gay men are no longer persecuted as much as they once were.” While innocent in construct, this statement summarises that I, as a gay man, no longer suffer

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