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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Genre-bending trans horror comedy series Spookable in final days of crowdfunding campaign

Filmmakers Marval A Rex and Jonathan Andre Culliton are in the final days of their Seed and Spark Crowdfunding Campaign  for Spookable, a trans, genre-bending horror comedy series, executive produced by Zackary Drucker (Transparent, The Lady and the Dale). Spookable tells the story of two transgender best friends, Sean (Marval A Rex) and Tahmina (Alexandra Grey), whose vacation in the woods turns into... Continue Reading →

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TV Review: Shrill season 3 ★★★★

The arrival of the entire third season of Shrill on Hulu today is bittersweet as it also marks the end of this astutely observed, refreshingly adult, and often touching comedy series. Having finally broken up with her dud boyfriend Ryan (Luka Jones) at the end of the last season, Annie (Aidy Bryant, who also writes... Continue Reading →

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Exclusive Interview: filmmaker John Berardo on his new horror Initiation “we put men in vulnerable half naked positions because the slasher genre does that to women”

If you're a fan of the slasher movies of the 70s and 80s like Black Christmas and The Slumber Party Massacre, or their post-modern dark comedy incarnations like Scream, you'll likely appreciate the edgy, contemporary social media fueled spin that filmmaker John Berardo puts on the subgenre with his gripping and gruesome debut feature Initiation.... Continue Reading →

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Film Review: Wrath of Man ★★★

Guy Ritchie's latest, Wrath of Man, based on the 2004 French thriller Le convoyeur, stars action man Jason Statham as H ("like the bomb, or Jesus H") a new employee at an armoured truck company, Fortico, that transports millions of dollars in cash around Los Angeles each day. He joins the firm two months after... Continue Reading →

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Exclusive Interview: “It’s the definition of a cult movie” TCM Underground’s Millie De Chirico on Grease 2 playing the TCM Classic Film Festival 2021

Next year will mark the fortieth anniversary of the release of Grease 2, the much-maligned sequel to one of the most successful movie musicals of all time, and the biggest box office hit of 1978, Grease. Released theatrically in the US on June 11th 1982, which happened to be the very same day as a... Continue Reading →

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The Queer Review meets the cast of Pose ahead of tonight’s final season premiere

Ahead of tonight's final season premiere of Pose on FX, The Queer Review's editor James Kleinmann attended a virtual press conference with a legendary lineup of the show's key cast including Mj Rodriguez, Billy Porter, Dominique Jackson, Indya Moore, Hailie Sahar, Angel Bismark Curiel, Dyllón Burnside, Sandra Bernhard, Jason A. Rodriguez, plus series co-creator, executive... Continue Reading →

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“Pray Tell taught me to dream the impossible” Emmy-winner Billy Porter on the final season of Pose

Ahead of the third and final season of the Peabody-winning, Golden Globe and Emmy-nominated groundbreaking series Pose premiering on FX this Sunday May 2nd, The Queer Review attended a virtual press conference earlier this week with the show's creators and cast, including the legendary Billy Porter. Porter won an Emmy for his portrayal of ballroom... 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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First look at Netflix limited series Halston starring Ewan McGregor with Warhol-inspired Polaroids

Announcing the premiere date for the Ryan Murphy executive produced Halston limited series, about the celebrated fashion designer Roy Halston Frowick (today would have been his 89th birthday), as May 14th 2021, Netflix have just revealed a collection of Warhol-inspired character Polaroids to introduce the cast playing his Studio 54 entourage. Halston (Ewan McGregor) surrounded... Continue Reading →

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TV Review: Shadow and Bone ★★★1/2

Based on Leigh Bardugo's Grishaverse novels, Shadow and Bone—which premieres globally on Netflix on Friday April 23rd—is a gripping epic fantasy series with immersive worldbuilding, lavish costume and production design, stunning visual effects, and an appealing ensemble cast. As the series opens we meet Alina Starkov (Jessie Mei Li) and Mal Oretsev (Archie Renaux) who... Continue Reading →

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Film Review: Together Together ★★★★

Writer-director Nikole Beckwith's Together Together, which world premiered at Sundance where it was in the running for the festival's Grand Jury Prize, refreshes the rom-com genre by placing a mellow and touching odd couple platonic friendship at its centre (a plat-com). As the film opens we meet twenty-something Anna (Patti Harrison), a coffee shop barista... 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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LGBTQ critics name Nomadland best film & Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom best LGBTQ film at Dorians Film Toast 2021

GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics revealed the winners of their movie awards earlier this evening during their Dorians Film Toast 2021 special on streamer Revry, hosted by Karel. Nomadland was named best film and the year's Most Visually Striking Film, with Chloé Zhao winning best director. Upon accepting her award for directing, Zhao... Continue Reading →

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Legendary ballroom competition returns to HBO Max for second season May 6th

The second season of ballroom competition Legendary, produced by Scout Productions, is set to debut on HBO Max on Thursday May 6th. MC Dashaun Wesley returns along with judges Leiomy Maldonado, Jameela Jamil, Law Roach and Megan Thee Stallion who'll be joined throughout the season by guest judges including Tiffany Haddish, Taraji P. Henson, Amiyah Scott, Nicco Annan, Normani, Adam Lambert and Demi Lovato. This season features ten... Continue Reading →

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Exclusive Interview: “we are queer creators pushing our way into a straight space” filmmakers Ng Choon Ping & Sam H. Freeman on their SXSW short Femme

Among the queer highlights at last month's SXSW Online 2021 was the short film Femme, by co-writers-directors Ng Choon Ping and Sam H. Freeman. The film stars I May Destroy You's Paapa Essiedu as Jordan, a femme queer man in London who leaves the safety of a night out clubbing with his friends and gets... Continue Reading →

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Exclusive Interview: filmmaker Samuel Van Grinsven on his seductive queer coming-of-age tale Sequin in a Blue Room

Writer-director Samuel Van Grinsven’s seductive, visually striking debut feature, Sequin in a Blue is the compelling story of Sequin (Conor Leach) a gay teenager exploring his burgeoning sexuality in the digital age, who is obsessed with an anonymous hookup app and the no-strings encounters he arranges through it. When he finds his way into the... Continue Reading →

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Exclusive Interview: filmmaker Oliver Hermanus on his BAFTA nominated Moffie “I didn’t want the film to get stuck in the weeds of becoming a queer fantasy of men in the military”

In 2009 queer South African filmmaker Oliver Hermanus' debut feature Shirley Adams, which he made while still a student at the prestigious London Film School, premiered in competition at Locarno, with his subsequent film, Beauty (Skoonheid) winning the Queer Palm at the 64th Cannes Film Festival, where it played in the Un Certain Regard competition... Continue Reading →

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Exclusive Interview: Moffie star Kai Luke Brümmer “It was really interesting to interrogate being a young man who’s turned into a weapon”

Ahead of the US theatrical and on demand release of the acclaimed, BAFTA-nominated fourth feature from writer-director Oliver Hermanus, Moffie, this Friday April 9th, The Queer Review's editor James Kleinmann had an exclusive chat with its star Kai Luke Brümmer. Brümmer, who makes his impressive big screen acting debut in the film, portrays sixteen-year-old Nicholas... 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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