Exclusive Interviews: the cast of Love, Victor on returning for season 2 of the hit LGBTQ Hulu series

Ahead of the launch of the second season of the GLAAD Media Award-nominated, hit LGBTQ series Love, Victor on Hulu today, Friday June 11th, The Queer Review's editor James Kleinmann spoke with its lead cast—Michael Cimino, Rachel Hilson, Anthony Turpel, Bebe Wood, Mason Gooding, George Sear, and Isabella Ferreira—in a series of exclusive interviews. Love,... Continue Reading →

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Exclusive Interview: the cast of HBO’s BETTY on season 2 “there’s a golden age happening right now with girls skateboarding”

Based on creator Crystal Moselle’s 2018 Sundance hit Skate Kitchen, Betty—inspired by the experiences of a diverse group of young women navigating the male-dominated world of skateboarding in New York City—returns to HBO for a second season this Friday June 11th at 11pm ET/PT, and also streams on HBO Max. Set and filmed during 2020... Continue Reading →

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Exclusive Interview: Daphne Rubin-Vega & Stephanie Beatriz on their In The Heights characters “they’re gay as all get-out!”

Ahead of the release of the big screen adaptation of In The Heights—with music and lyrics by Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, directed by Crazy Rich Asian's filmmaker Jon M. Chu—this Thursday June 10th in theaters, and on HBO Max (for 31 days following theatrical release), The Queer Review's editor James Kleinmann had an exclusive conversation... Continue Reading →

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Exclusive Interview: Mae Martin & Lisa Kudrow on Feel Good season 2 “it’s more true to life that there are moments of levity even in really, really dark situations”

One of The Queer Review's LGBTQ+ culture highlights of 2020 was the first season of Netflix's Feel Good, created, written, and produced by its star, London-based Canadian standup comedian Mae Martin. The semi-autobiographical series follows Mae's character, also named Mae Martin, as they navigate recovering from addiction, building their career, and beginning an intense relationship... Continue Reading →

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Film Review: Changing The Game ★★★★★

Emmy-winner Michael Barnett's compelling feature documentary about transgender teen athletes Changing the Game, which launches on Hulu on Tuesday June 1st 2021, had its world premiere at Tribeca back in 2019, going on to be a hit at LGBTQ+ festivals across the US and internationally, winning audience awards at both Frameline and Outfest. The film... Continue Reading →

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Exclusive Interview: kiki ball legend Christopher “Afrika” Quarles on their debut movie role as Mother McQueen in Port Authority “who you see on screen is me”

Writer-director Danielle Lessovitz's Port Authority made history at Cannes in 2019, when it world premiered in the Un Certain Regard section, becoming the first film competing at the festival to feature a trans woman of colour—Leyna Bloom—in a lead role. Meanwhile some of the movie's cast, including Christopher "Afrika" Quarles, memorably turned the festival's red... Continue Reading →

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31st Inside Out Toronto 2SLGBTQ+ Film Festival full lineup revealed

The 31st annual Inside Out Toronto 2SLGBTQ+ Film Festival taking place online from Thursday May 27th until Sunday June 6th has revealed its full film lineup streaming on the Inside Out platform, with 143 titles, including 33 feature films and five episodic series. The 2021 festival will The 2021 festival's opening nighter will be the Canadian premiere of Natalie Morales’ socially... Continue Reading →

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Exclusive Interview: Ryan O’Connell on Special season 2 “it was nice to be on set with other disabled actors & feel like I was in the majority for once”

The Emmy-nominated, GLAAD and DGA award-winning comedy series Special, created and written by its star Ryan O'Connell, and executive produced by Emmy-winner Jim Parsons, returns to Netflix today for its second and final season. Expanded from its original short form format, this new season uses its additional episodic minutes to immerse us more fully in... Continue Reading →

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Exclusive Interview: Molly Bernard bids farewell to her groundbeaking pansexual Younger character & lands first starring film role in heartwarming queer indie Milkwater

Best known for playing feisty social media guru Lauren Heller on Darren Star's hit comedy series Younger, which is currently in its seventh and final season on Paramount+, actress Molly Bernard appears in her first starring movie role in the heartwarming indie Milkwater, written and directed by Morgan Ingari, which is released on VOD and... Continue Reading →

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TV Review: Pride ★★★★★

Taking viewers on a journey through LGBTQ+ history, politics, and everyday life in the USA from the 1950s up until the present day, the ambitious six-episode docuseries Pride, which premiered on FX on Friday night and has begun streaming on Hulu, builds into something powerful, stirring, and monumental. Each episode is helmed by a different... Continue Reading →

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Exclusive Interview: Tony-nominee David Pittu on portraying fashion illustrator Joe Eula in Netflix’s Halston “there was a very personal connection to this world for me”

American fashion designer Halston helped define the 60s, 70s, and 80s, from creating Jacqueline Kennedy's iconic pillbox hat for JFK's inauguration, to dressing his Halstonettes—the actors, socialites, models, and muses who surrounded him—like Anjelica Huston, Babe Paley, and Lauren Bacall, to his nights out at Studio 54 with famous friends such as Warhol, Liza, and... Continue Reading →

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TV Review: Halston ★★★1/2

The five-episode limited series Halston, directed by Daniel Minahan and starring Ewan McGregor as the eponymous American fashion designer, which arrives on Netflix today, is a stylish and engaging biography based on Steven Gaines' book Simply Halston. Straight forward narratively, it does at times feel more ready-to-wear than haute couture, but nevertheless features some beautifully... Continue Reading →

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Exclusive Interview: “I wanted to break as many rules as possible” Isabel Sandoval on her early films Señorita & Apparition now playing on Criterion Channel

Filipina filmmaker and actress Isabel Sandoval caught the attention of international critics when her stunning third feature film—which she wrote, directed, produced, edited, and starred in—Lingua Franca premiered at Venice in 2019, making her the first publicly identifying trans woman of colour to screen work in competition at the festival. The acclaimed film, which immerses... Continue Reading →

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TV Review: Pose season 3 ★★★★

Category is: Grand Finale Extravaganza. Pose arrives back on FX this Sunday May 2nd with a deeply emotional, hugely entertaining, and thoroughly satisfying seven-episode third and final season. Trailblazer Janet Mock, who directed the season 2 finale of the groundbreaking Peabody award-winning series, returns to direct the season three opener (along with a further two... Continue Reading →

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LGBTQ+ highlights at Hot Docs 2021

North America’s largest documentary festival, Hot Docs, will present its 28th annual edition online at hotdocs.ca from April 29th to May 9th 2021, available for audiences across Canada to stream. With over 200 films from 66 countries in 12 programs, 50 per cent of the directors in the festival lineup are women. “Documentaries are vitally... Continue Reading →

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Exclusive Interview: activist Marc Thompson on Black and Gay, Back in the Day “It’s about showing us in our richness & our diversity being joyful”

When it comes to Black History Month and LGBTQ History Month in the UK, Black British queer lives "fall through the cracks of both of those", according to social justice activist and sexual health campaigner Marc Thompson who recently launched an empowering new archive on Instagram, Black and Gay, Back in the Day which celebrates... Continue Reading →

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Exclusive Interview: HBO Max’s Genera+ion star Nava Mau “it’s important for queer & trans people to see that we are lovable & we have a lot of wisdom to offer”

Currently starring in HBO Max's LGBTQ+ darkly comic drama series Genera+ion, created by Daniel and Zelda Barnz, Nava Mau is a mixed-race trans Latina filmmaker, actress, and cultural worker. She wrote, produced, directed, and starred in the compelling and moving short film Waking Hour, that premiered at LA's Outfest Fusion in 2019 before playing at... Continue Reading →

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Inside Out 2020 Film Review: Ahead of the Curve ★★★★

The experience of watching Jen Rainin and Rivkah Beth Medow's feature documentary Ahead of the Curve, which just played Toronto's Inside Out film festival before heading on to New York's NewFest, is much like spending an hour and half getting lost in the pages of your favourite queer magazine; insightful, stimulating, empowering, with a deep-dive... Continue Reading →

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