NYFF 2021 Film Review: Benedetta ★★★★

Paul Verhoeven's Benedetta, which receives its North American premiere at the 59th New York Film Festival this weekend, is a delectable cloak-and-dagger queer period drama. Inspired by real events and based on the 1986 book Immodest Acts: The Life of a Lesbian Nun in Renaissance Italy by Judith C. Brown, David Birke (Elle) and Verhoeven's... Continue Reading →

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Exclusive Interview: Holly Johnson on performing This Was Me in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie “it’s a very emotional moment in film”

One of most poignant, moving sequences in Everybody's Talking About Jamie, the screen adaptation of the hit West End musical now streaming globally on Amazon Prime Video, features a bittersweet, rousing new song, This Was Me, written specifically for the film by Dan Gillespie Sells with lyrics by Tom MacRae, the original show's co-creators. As... Continue Reading →

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Exclusive Interview: Everybody’s Talking About Jamie star Max Harwood “I wanted to forget what I’d seen on stage & root my character in the real-life inspiration”

Ahead of today's global launch of Everybody's Talking About Jamie on Prime Video, The Queer Review's editor James Kleinmann spoke exclusively with the film's breakout star Max Harwood. Based on the hit West End show, which was inspired by a true story—or as the opening titles put it, “this really happened, then we added the... Continue Reading →

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Exclusive Interview: Tony-nominee Rory O’Malley on voicing gay teenager Daniel in Netflix’s Chicago Party Aunt & returning to the stage in Hamilton

Tony-nominee, or "one-time Tony-loser" as his husband Gerold apparently likes to playfully tease him, Rory O'Malley recently returned to the role he took over from Jonathan Groff on Broadway, King George III in Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton, at the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles. While the nation's theatres were dark, one of the things that helped... Continue Reading →

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The Eyes of Tammy Faye New York premiere exclusive interviews with Jessica Chastain, Cherry Jones, Jeremy Scott, Scarlet Envy & more

At Tuesday night's New York premiere of The Eyes of Tammy Faye, The Queer Review's editor James Kleinmann was on the hot pink carpet to speak with the film's producer and star Jessica Chastain, her co-stars Cherry Jones and Mark Wystrach, director Michael Showalter, and screenwriter Abe Sylvia, along with World of Wonder founders Fenton... Continue Reading →

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Exclusive Interview: Days of Our Lives Beyond Salem stars Chandler Massey & Zach Tinker on playing screen husbands Will & Sonny

Three-time Daytime Emmy winner Chandler Massey, who has portrayed gay character Will Horton on Days of Our Lives since 2010, and Daytime Emmy-nominated Zach Tinker, who has taken on the established role of Will's husband Sonny Kiriakis, speak exclusively with The Queer Review's editor James Kleinmann about being part of the weeklong special event on... Continue Reading →

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LGBTQ+ entertainment critics announce 2021 Dorian TV award winners with Pose, It’s A Sin, Drag Race, Framing Britney Spears, & I May Destroy You all recognized & Mj Rodriguez honored as a Trailblazer

GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics announced the winners of their Dorian TV Awards during tonight's Dorians TV Toast 2021 on Here TV and PlanetOut's YouTube channel, hosted by radio personality and LGBTQ activist Karel. For the third time, FX's groundbreaking series Pose took the society's award for Best TV Drama, while Best LGBTQ TV... Continue Reading →

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Outfest’s 5th annual Trans & Non-binary summit sets a hopeful & determined tone for the future “we can create power together”

On the last full day of programming at Outfest LA 2021 on Saturday August 21st, the world's largest LGBTQ+ film festival centered trans, non-binary, intersex, and gender-nonconforming storytellers with its fifth annual Trans and Non-Binary Summit with a rich and exciting lineup of events at the Directors Guild of America. The event opened with Kieran... Continue Reading →

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Hallelujah! Mila Jam reworks an 80s dance anTHEM into a new LGBTQ+ classic with cover It’s Raining Them “the future is ours, it’s our time to tell our story & shine”

For the first time in history, songwriter Paul Shaffer's 1982 high energy dance hit It's Raining Men, originally performed by The Weather Girls and later by Geri Halliwell in 2001, has been reworked into an inclusive, gender-neutral LGBTQ+ instant classic cover version by New York City pop singer and "artivist" Mila Jam in support and... Continue Reading →

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Outfest LA 2021 reveals jury & audience award winners

Outfest has just announced the award winners of the 2021 Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival, which ran from August 13th—opening with the LA premiere of Everybody's Talking About Jamie—until August 22nd, closing with Fanny: The Right to Rock. Sunday's closing night gala also saw Outfest's annual honors bestowed upon Octavia Spencer, who received the... Continue Reading →

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Elliot Page honored with 2021 Outfest Achievement Award “we don’t talk enough about how important representation is & how many lives it saves”

As the 39th annual Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival drew to a close with the LA premiere of Bobbi Jo Hart's rousing documentary feature Fanny: The Right To Rock, Oscar-nominee Elliot Page was honored by Outfest with the organization's 2021 Achievement Award, making him the first publicly identifying trans person in the history of... Continue Reading →

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Outfest LA 2021 Film Reviews: Shit & Champagne ★★★★1/2

Queer cinema history is littered with enough coming out stories, hot shirtless guys, and campy comedies that they’ve been labeled “Bad Gay Films” as if that’s the norm. For sure, filmmakers have stepped up their game and have produced artistic, challenging, cinematic masterpieces, but often it’s been at the expense of dismissing, sometimes rightfully so,... Continue Reading →

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Exclusive Interview: Outfest LA 2021 spotlight artist Natalie Jasmine Harris “I want young Black queer girls to know that their stories matter”

When Outfest LA 2021 spotlight artist Natalie Jasmine Harris turned 17 she was invited to take part in a cotillion ball, just as her mother and grandmother had been before her, but she decided to break with tradition and declined. At that time she was secretly struggling with her queer identity while attending a conservative... Continue Reading →

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Outfest LA 2021 Review: Language Lessons ★★★★

Writer-director Natalie Morales' Language Lessons, which played Outfest LA 2021 on Saturday August 14th, is an absorbing two-hander starring Morales as Cariño, a Costa Rica-based Spanish teacher who has been hired to give California-dwelling Adam (Mark Duplass, who's also co-writer) 100 weekly lessons as a surprise birthday gift from his husband. Initially taken aback by... Continue Reading →

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Exclusive Interview: Outfest LA 2021 spotlight artist Lauren Hadaway on her award-winning debut feature “Outfest was an early champion of The Novice”

After graduating from Southern Methodist University, Texas born and raised writer-director Lauren Hadaway went on to forge a career as a dialogue and ADR supervisor, working on movies like Justice League (both cuts), The Hateful Eight, and Whiplash. Damien Chazelle’s Oscar-winning film proved particularly impactful on her, and she describes her intense, utterly gripping debut... Continue Reading →

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Outfest LA 2021 Exclusive: an insider’s guide to the lineup from Outfest’s Director of Festival Programming Mike Dougherty

As the 39th edition of the world’s largest LGBTQIA+ film festival, Outfest LA 2021, opens this Friday August 13th—boasting 175 titles, with a mix of outdoor events, indoor screenings for vaccinated moviegoers, and online streaming options—Outfest's Director of Festival Programming Mike Dougherty offers an exclusive insider's guide to help you get acquainted with some of... Continue Reading →

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Outfest LA 2021 Film Review: Rebel Dykes ★★★★★

Harri Shanahan and Sian Williams' feature documentary Rebel Dykes, which receives its Los Angeles premiere at Outfest LA 2021 on Saturday August 14th (also screening virtually August 15th-17th), is a rousing, celebratory, and considered examination of London's rebel dyke subculture of the 1980s and its legacy. The film's punky, DIY aesthetic captures the anarchic spirit... Continue Reading →

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Exclusive Interview: Ashish Gupta on his intimate queer photography book GAZE “I wanted to be unapologetic about gay cruising & sex & hookups & trade”

Ashish Gupta, best known for his eponymous fashion label, has departed from his usual creative practice to photograph intimate, frequently unashamedly explicit portraits of men, that capture the queer male gaze with tenderness, joy, and humour, while challenging established notions of masculinity and sexiness in mainstream gay culture and porn. The result is GAZE for... Continue Reading →

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Exclusive Interview: Swan Song writer-director Todd Stephens “I wanted to cast a queer actor to play this queer part”

Filmmaker Todd Stephens returns to his hometown of Sandusky, following 1998's Edge of Seventeen and 2001's Gypsy 83, to complete his Ohio trilogy with Swan Song, "an instant queer classic" (TheQueer Review), now playing in US theaters. The bittersweet comedy which premiered at SWXW Online 2021, stars the legendary Udo Kier as Mister Pat, a... Continue Reading →

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Exclusive Interview: Outfest LA 2021 spotlight artist Justice Jamal Jones on How to Raise a Black Boy “I strive to push past the need for marginalized representation in the gaze of a normalized center”

Inspired by J.M. Barrie’s 1902 novel The Little White Bird, which introduced the world to Peter Pan, writer-director Justice Jamal Jones’ lyrical debut short film, How To Raise A Black Boy, reframes that tale of childhood and adulthood within a queer Black narrative. Following its inclusion in April’s Outfest Fusion QTBIPOC Film Festival, How To... Continue Reading →

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Exclusive Interview: Making the Cut season 2 fashion designer Gary Graham “what’s happening now is so incredible in terms of the freedom in how people are dressing”

As the final two episodes of the second season of Making The Cut land of Amazon Prime Video today, The Queer Review shares the passion of one of the show's judges, Moschino's creative director Jeremy Scott, for designer Gary Graham. He worked through the stress and pressure of the competition and consistently wowed us with... Continue Reading →

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Exclusive Interview: Outfest LA 2021 spotlight artist Angelo Madsen Minax “my fellow queers are ready for a little more nuance in their representation & they’ll get that in North By Current”

Award-winning artist, performer, musician, and filmmaker Angelo Madsen Minax returns to Outfest this month with his deeply personal feature North By Current, following its world premiere at the 2021 Berlin Film Festival, where it was nominated for both Best Documentary and a Teddy Award. The raw, unflinching portrait of his Mormon family reeling from tragedy... Continue Reading →

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Outfest 2021 Exclusive Interview: filmmaker Jeffrey Schwarz on Boulevard! A Hollywood Story “how many queer stories are buried in boxes, sitting in people’s attics & basements?”

Jeffrey Schwarz, the Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker behind Vito, I Am Divine, and Tab Hunter Confidential, returns to Outfest this month for the world premiere of his latest feature, Boulevard! A Hollywood Story. The fascinating film unearths the little-known attempt by actress Gloria Swanson to stage an original Broadway musical based on the movie she is... Continue Reading →

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Exclusive Interview: Oscar-nominee Abigail Breslin on her LGBTQ character in Stillwater “we didn’t want to make the character or their storyline solely about her sexuality”

In Oscar-winning Spotlight filmmaker Tom McCarthy's suspenseful new movie Stillwater, which world premiered at this month's Cannes Film Festival, Abigail Breslin plays Allison, a young American woman serving time in a Marseille prison for the murder of her girlfriend while studying in France, a crime she insists she did not commit. When her estranged conservative... Continue Reading →

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2021 Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival announces lineup with mix of outdoor, indoor & digital screenings & events

The lineup for the 2021 Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival, running Friday August 13th to Sunday August 22nd, has just been announced with a mix of outdoor events, indoor screenings for vaccinated moviegoers, and online streaming. The 39th edition of the world's largest LGBTQIA+ film festival boasts an impressive range of narrative features, documentaries,... Continue Reading →

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Exclusive interview: performance artist Jibz Cameron aka Dynasty Handbag & director Mariah Garnett on Weirdo Night

Among the highlights at this year's Sundance was creator-writer-star Jibz Cameron and director Mariah Garnett’s Weirdo Night. It's a specially filmed version of the ordinarily monthly LA-based underground cabaret-style event that centres queer, female, and POC comedians, artists, and musicians, curated by Cameron and hosted with flair and a touch of filth by her performing... Continue Reading →

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Exclusive interview: Tig Notaro on her animated HBO stand-up special Drawn “It was fun to see somebody else adding to what I’d already written & performed, creating more jokes on top of the joke”

Groundbreaking Emmy and Grammy-nominated comedian, writer, actor, and director, Tig Notaro's animated stand-up special, Tig Notaro: Drawn, debuts on HBO on Saturday July 24th, before streaming on HBO Max. From an unlikely hospital bed proposal, to a macabre road trip fantasy featuring Dolly Parton, and a meditation on the Kool-Aid man's gender, this is one genre-spanning, hilarious... Continue Reading →

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Exclusive Interview: Ailey director Jamila Wignot “I wanted the film to feel like an epic saga in the way that his dance works do”

Emmy-winning director Jamila Wignot's Ailey, a compelling and moving portrait of a towering figure in modern dance, Alvin Ailey, world premiered at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, where it was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize. "Unlike many documentaries about artists, Ailey gives us a substantial insight into his creative process", writes James Kleinmann in his five... Continue Reading →

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Exclusive Interview: Joe Bell star Reid Miller “it’s an honor to tell the world about Jadin’s legacy, how kind he was & what a light he was”

One of the standout acting performances at the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival came from 21-year-old Reid Miller who portrays gay teenager Jadin Bell opposite Mark Wahlberg in Joe Bell. Based on true events, with a screenplay by the Oscar-winning duo being Brokeback Mountain, Diana Ossana and the late Larry McMurtry, the film follows the... Continue Reading →

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Book Review: Into the Lightning Gate by Robert Roth ★★★1/2

Cameron Maddock, who goes by Cam, isn’t just your average twenty-something gay tech guy in San Francisco avoiding his less-than-accepting family. He’s a cyber-security genius. But that doesn’t explain why an apparent alien assassin is pursuing him. Robert Roth’s Into the Lightning Gate is a fast-paced, pulpy sci-fi snack with a solid, high-concept base that... Continue Reading →

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Film Review: North by Current ★★★★★

Angelo Madsen Minax's remarkable documentary feature North By Current—which world premiered at the 2021 Berlin Film Festival, had its US premiere at Tribeca and plays Outfest LA on Sunday August 15th—sees the filmmaker return from Brooklyn, New York to his rural Michigan hometown where his Mormon family is dealing with an unthinkable tragedy. Minax's infant... Continue Reading →

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Exclusive Interview: Genera+ion creators Zelda Barnz & Daniel Barnz on telling “a different kind of story about queer teenagers”

Ahead of the season one finale of the beautifully queer comedy drama Genera+ion on HBO Max on Thursday July 8th, The Queer Review's editor James Kleinmann spoke with its creators, daughter and father Zelda Barnz and Daniel Barnz, who executive produce the series alongside Zelda's other dad, and Daniel's husband, Ben Barnz. Zelda and Daniel... Continue Reading →

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Exclusive Interview: Charles Moriarty on his stunning photography book X “it’s actually my life that’s unfolding”

Photographer Charles Moriarty's last book, Before Frank—later reissued as Back to Amy—revealed many of his unpublished images of Amy Winehouse and provided a rare and intimate glimpse into her life before the release of her debut album. Using just one roll of film, the Dublin-born photographer's shoot with the singer in London, when he was... Continue Reading →

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Exclusive Interview: Jeffrey Friedman on his Oscar-winning decades-long filmmaking partnership with Rob Epstein

This Pride Month the Criterion Channel is showcasing the Oscar-winning work of filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman with the eight film collection, Pride and Protest. In 1977, Friedman, who was working as an assistant editor in New York, was struck by the power of queer filmmakers putting queer lives on screen when he encountered... Continue Reading →

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SXSW Online 2021 Film Review: Swan Song ★★★★★

Writer-director Todd Stephens returns to his hometown, and the setting of his 1998 gay coming of age movie Edge of Seventeen—Sandusky, Ohio—for his latest feature Swan Song, which received its world premiere at SXSW Online today. Screen legend Udo Kier stars as Pat Pitsenbarger, a retired gay hairdresser living a monotonous existence in a hospital-like... Continue Reading →

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Sundance 2021 Film Review: The Sparks Brothers ★★★★

UPDATE: The Sparks Brothers is released in US theaters Friday June 18th, 2021. BAFTA-nominated British filmmaker Edgar Wright, known for his adept and creative use of music in movies like Baby Driver and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, has devoted several years to making his feature documentary debut about his favourite band, Sparks. Whether you're... Continue Reading →

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Sundance 2021 Film Review: Ailey ★★★★★

UPDATE: Ailey opens in New York on July 23rd, Los Angeles on July 30th and expands to theaters nationwide on August 6th via NEON. Emmy-winning director Jamila Wignot's feature documentary Ailey, which just had its world premiere at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, is a captivating and deeply moving portrait of the celebrated dancer and... Continue Reading →

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Film Review: Pray Away ★★★★1/2

Featured in Tribeca 2020’s Awards Competition, Pray Away—which opens at New York's IFC Center on Friday July 30th and debuts globally on Netflix on Tuesday August 3rd—looks at the destructive history of conservative Christian “reparative therapy”, a shocking misnomer for a practice with no medical or psychological basis. Through the stories of key “defectors” from... Continue Reading →

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