Tag Archives: LGBT

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 fresh analysis in its unique take on sexuality …

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 culture of 80s Mexico City. Sweeping two teenage friends into an emerging world of art, sex, risk and liberation. Their friendship challenged and changed as identity, sexuality, music, …

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 for second-generation children to discover their cultural identity and heritage. The director’s trademark sensitivity and storytelling, matched with …

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 …

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 …