Tag Archives: LGBTQ

Portrait of a Lady on Fire – Now Available to Stream on MUBI

Writer and director Céline Sciamma is renowned for her beautiful and nuanced coming of age films. With a back catalogue filled with stunning reflections on the transition to adulthood, from Water Lilies to Tomboy. However, with her latest film ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’, Sciamma breaks with her own convention. While equally demonstrating that the urgency of love and belonging is not …

Moffie (Review) – Repression, desire and social control in 80s apartheid South Africa

Political regimes built on segregation and hate are multi faceted in their use of control, violence and indoctrination. Often forcing both internal and external segregation and oppression based on an ideology that fears any difference. In turn using divide and conquer governance, in ensuring people who do not fit their idealised mould are targeted whether they be internal or external …

The Death and Life of John F Donovan (Review) – A curious mix of beauty, strength and weakness

Five years after it first started production, Xavier Dolan’s first English language movie has finally and quietly arrived on streaming platforms. After bypassing cinemas in the UK and spending a lengthy period of time in the editing suit. While also having been duly slated by critics on its short festival run in 2018. Therefore, hopes were not high for The …

15 Years (Review) – The boundaries of love in a sea of internal darkness

This review is brought to you in partnership with our friends at Breaking Glass Pictures With his debut feature film 15 Years writer/director Yuval Hadadi brings us a film that explores the boundaries of love and belonging in sea of internal darkness. Exploring how childhood experience can directly affect the emotional security of the individual. While reflecting that this may …

Now Available to Stream or Buy – And Then We Danced

I have often commented on the bravery of bringing LGBTQ stories to our screens from those countries where oppression is still rife. But when this bravery is coupled with a mission to break down the stereotypes and perceptions leading to segregation and discrimination. While exploring culture, identity and history that directly influences homophobic actions. Film can not only open doors …

NQV Media announce the release of New Queer Visions: Seeing is Believing

Available worldwide via Amazon and Vimeo now NQV media returns with New Queer Visions: Seeing is Believing. Bringing us a collection of superb and thought provoking short films from around the world. A world where men often hide their true love and feelings, while mothers turn a blind eye to identity. And where religion can dictate the boundaries of love …

Essential Pick of the Week – Call Me By Your Name (2017)

Week #15 Faithfully adapted from the 2017 novel of the same name by Andre Aciman. Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name is not only one of the finest coming of age films of a generation. But also one of the most important LGBTQ films of the past twenty years. But how did a small budget film with a relatively unknown actor in …

Essential Pick of the Week – Love Simon (2018)

Week #8 Love Simon (2018) Much like Call Me By Your Name, Love Simon has earned its place as a defining LGBTQ movie of whole new generation. Not only taking the best-selling novel Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda into film. But also, translating it with care, love and a delightful light touch. To create a truly groundbreaking young adult LGBTQ romcom. …

BFI Flare at home – Live Q&A with Olivier Ducastel on DON’T LOOK DOWN & Suzanne Guacci on T11 INCOMPLETE

As part of BFI Flare at home, BFI Flare Programmer Michael Blyth speaks with director Olivier Ducastel about Don’t Look Down. Directed by Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau (Theo and Hugo, BFI Flare 2016) this deliciously enigmatic chamber piece is a sly critique on power, submission and the destructive side of love. The film was part of the 2020 BFI …

Essential Pick of the Week – My Own Private Idaho (1991)

Week #6 My Own Private Idaho (1991) You may think that a film based around male prostitution would focus on sex. But Gus Van Sant’s 1991 picture does not wrap itself in stereotypical themes of prostitution and sexuality. My Own Private Idaho plays with Shakespeare’s Henry IV part I and II. While placing its central characters into the urban bustle and rural beauty …