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 last month's Tribeca and is currently playing Utah's Damn These Heels—sees the filmmaker return from Brooklyn, New York to his rural Michigan hometown where his Mormon family is dealing with an unthinkable tragedy.... 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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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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