BFI Flare 2021, Film Reviews

REVIEW: Cowboys (BFI Flare 2021)

When it comes to trans visibility, mainstream entertainment narratives have a tendency to lean towards showcasing adults’ stories. This then leaves a gaping hole when it comes to stories of young people navigating their gender identity, unfortunately unconsciously feeding into this belief that children are…

Film Reviews, SXSW 2021

REVIEW: Language Lessons (SXSW 2021)

For most of 2020, filmmakers have been bashing their heads against a wall trying to figure out how to make a movie in the midst of a global pandemic. Traditional sets require safety measures that are cost prohibitive for many independent film productions, so the…

BFI Flare 2021, Film Reviews

REVIEW: Boy Meets Boy (BFI Flare 2021)

For his feature film debut, Boy Meets Boy, writer and director Daniel Sánchez López transports audiences to the streets of Berlin for a whirlwind holiday romance. After Harry (Matthew James Morrison) a doctor from Nottingham, comes to the end of a two day bender during…

BFI Flare 2021, Film Reviews

REVIEW: My First Summer (BFI Flare 2021)

A hidden house in the woods, sparkly bracelets and coffee with marshmallows – what more could you ask for from a delicate coming-of-age story? My First Summer takes you to rural Australia merely days after tragedy has struck in a local stream, and follows the…

BFI Flare 2021, Documentary, Film Reviews

REVIEW: Cured (BFI Flare 2021)

Whilst today the LGBTQ+ community and its allies are still fighting for a range of rights and freedoms, one that is receiving particular attention at this present moment is the campaign for a ban on conversion therapy. Similarly, during the 60s and 70s, there was…

Film Reviews, SXSW 2021

REVIEW: Potato Dreams of America (SXSW 2021)

Potato Dreams of America is less a narrative film than it is an exploration of memory. It’s the quasi-autobiographical story of the life of writer/director Wes Hurley, from his childhood in the former Soviet Union, to his young adulthood as a gay immigrant in the…

Drama, Film Reviews, SXSW 2021

REVIEW: Executive Order (SXSW 2021)

Executive Order opens with a card stating that the story takes place “somewhere in the future,” allocating the viewer in an undetermined space that equally dialogues with present and future while simultaneously pulling from the past. Some of the best products of recent Brazilian cinema…