Tag Archives: LGBTQ

This is Not Berlin (Review) – Friendships change on a journey into art, sex, music and drugs in 80’s Mexico City

‘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 of 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 …

Consequences (Posledice) – Review

Darko Stante’s debut feature film offers a tough exploration of repressed sexuality, masculinity and peer influence. In a confident and assured film offering a rare exploration of youth culture, sexuality and crime in Slovenia. Although carrying themes associated with coming of age and sexuality. Stante weaves a far more nuanced exploration of young people living on the …

We the Animals – Review

Jeremiah Zager’s debut feature film takes Justin Torre’s acclaimed novel and creates a visually stunning, powerful and poetic film of childhood poverty, family breakdown and emerging sexuality. We the animals pulls no punches in its child centred view of family life, confusion and brotherly love. Weaving a path through the realities of 80’s America for families on …