Features

The Queer Question Mark – Should Straight Actors Play Gay?

In a welcome change of pace, the 93rd Academy Award nominations featured some of the most diverse choices in recent Oscar history. However, the acting nominations continued to contribute to a well-established trend, namely straight performers being nominated for their portrayals of queer characters. Some…

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

REVIEW: Sequin in a Blue Room (2021)

First time director Samuel Van Grinsven’s debut feature Sequin in a Blue Room is a gay hook up thriller that aims to tell a queer coming of age story through the lens of a digital age of communication, largely unique to the latest generation of…

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…

Film Reviews, Period

REVIEW: The World to Come (2021)

As someone who is generally not a fan of Westerns, there have been a few films within the last decade that have been set in 19th century American isolated frontiers that have caught my eye and I’ve ended up loving – and these are the…

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…

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…

Film Reviews, International Film, Latest, Romance

REVIEW: The Affair (2021)

Every couple of years we get an adaptation of a trashy potboiler that blends Dynasty-style romantic melodrama with a tragic historical event that had a devastating impact on the lives of millions. These stories tend to devote more time to adulterous affairs than they do…

Drama, Film Reviews, Latest, Romance

REVIEW: Justine (2021)

Justine is unusual for a film that is about an alcoholic. It does not seek to explain why the protagonist feels the need to drink until she collapses in the street and is dragged into the emergency room. It’s more about the ebb and flow…