Tag Archives: LGBTQ

The Male Gaze: Strikers and Defenders: Short Film Collection

This review is brought to you in partnership with our friends at NQV Media NQV Media is world-renowned for bringing us some of the best LGBTQ+ short films from around the globe in curated collections. And with their brand new release, The Male Gaze: Strikers and Defenders, the sports field take centre stage. With four superb short film’s exploring coming …

I Am Jonas – A beautiful and haunting exploration of love, memory, and loss

(Original title: Jonas) Hiding away in the corners of the sprawling Netflix catalogue is a hidden gem of LGBTQ cinema, ‘I Am Jonas’ written and directed by Christophe Charrier, this is a film brimming with originality, emotion and intrigue. That has Sadly fallen under the radar, since its Netflix release, despite its in house production label. Its discovery only assured …

Keith Haring: Street Art Boy – The power of activism and art

When does art become political activism or political activism become art? This is a question embedded within both creativity, culture and community from the dawn of human history to now. From the rise of graffiti art through to sculpture and protest. However, one artist rarely mentioned in the same breath as Banksy or Ai Weiwei is Keith Haring. Despite a …

Welcome to Chechnya: The atrocities of state orchestrated hate uncovered

Welcome to Chechnya changed the names and facial details of all those victims interviewed. In order to protect their human rights from further state persecution. As someone who has spent my adult life fighting for LGBTQ equality, I watched the growing persecution of LGBTQ people in Russia with horror. The introduction of the 2013 ‘gay propaganda law’ a mere tool …

Heartstone (Hjartasteinn) 2016 – Film of the Week

At what age does the freedom and innocence of childhood become consumed by the mists of adolescence? The answer, of course, differs for every person, the journey to adulthood one of personal self-discovery. It’s jarring and uncomfortable dawn bringing with it the realities of adult life, sex, and relationships. Creating a transition that is often both painful and joyous in …

Dating Amber – Friendship, love and acceptance in 90s Ireland

The 1990s offered a period of large scale change in both the U.K and Ireland, as the social structures of the 80s were challenged by a newly emerging social confidence. In Britain, this led to the birth of Brit Pop and political change, while across the Irish Sea young people began to question the beliefs of their parents, government, and …

Portrait of a Lady on Fire – Now Available to Stream or Buy

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 discrimination 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 to …

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 suite. 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 …