Film Review: Ask Any Buddy ★★★★

One of our favourite queer Instagram accounts @askanybuddy delights in the rich history of how gay porn movies of the golden age of the 70s and 80s were advertised in print; the promotional stills, screening listings and cover stars. So our interest was aroused when we learnt that the curator of these treasures, Evan Purchell,... Continue Reading →

Exclusive Interview: Lord Michael Cashman “we always have to stand in the shoes of those most attacked, those most misrepresented”

Last month saw the publication of actor, activist, former MEP and LGBT global envoy, Lord Michael Cashman's fascinating, frank and beautifully written autobiography One of Them: From Albert Square to Parliament Square. Read our ★★★★★ review here. Michael Cashman, now Baron Cashman of Limehouse, grew up in the war-torn resilience of London's East End of... Continue Reading →

Exclusive Interview: Paris Is Burning director Jennie Livingston “I always felt that the balls were a kind of a church, a kind of ritual space”

To mark the thirtieth anniversary of Jennie Livingston's (they/them) landmark documentary Paris Is Burning, the Criterion Collection have issued the film on Blu-Ray for the first time in a stunning 2K digital restoration. Also available through Criterion on DVD, the new edition on both formats features over an hour of previously unseen outtakes, a new... Continue Reading →

Film Review: Swallow ★★★★

Writer and director Carlo Mirabella-Davis’ haunting debut narrative feature Swallow is a taunt, unnerving psychological thriller with horror elements that’s definitely not for the squeamish. And you may want to save those snacks for another movie. Hunter (Haley Bennett) has just married into the stifling, privileged patriarchy of the Conrad family. She's moved into a... Continue Reading →

Book Review: One of Them From Albert Square to Parliament Square by Michael Cashman ★★★★★

Michael Cashman’s One of Them is not only a rich, often hilarious, occasionally heart-breaking and surprisingly candid memoir, but also a fascinating and important document of social history and the fight for LGBTQ+ equality. It’s gripping from the very first page where Cashman describes the day of his civil partnership (legal recognition for same-sex couples... Continue Reading →

Exclusive Interview: Jack Tracy on his new album For You “I hope that by being open, honest & unedited in what I do people who don’t normally see themselves represented in popular music see themselves in my work”

NYC queer artist Jack Tracy will release the final part of his For You trilogy of albums on March 14th. Recorded at Redbird Studios and mixed by Grammy nominated sound engineer Brent Kolatalo and Sam Palumbo at Dubway Studios, Part 3 features songs from an explicitly LGBTQ perspective. Part 1 was "bold and brassy", Part 2 was "thematically... Continue Reading →

Exclusive Interview: Drew Droege on his new one man show Happy Birthday Doug “I think we’re afraid as queer people to write flawed gay characters”

The Groundlings and Upright Citizens Brigade alum Drew Droege is a much-beloved fixture of Los Angeles' comedy theatre scene. Outside of LA he's best known for setting the Internet alight with his hilarious Chloë Sevigny videos, which give Schitt's Creek Moira Rose a run for her money on how to pronounce the simplest of words... Continue Reading →

Exclusive Interview: Trailblazer Alexandra Billings on starring on Broadway in Wicked “I’m getting messages from trans kids from all over the world”

With monster hit musical Wicked now in its sixteenth year on Broadway, the merry old land of Oz recently welcomed a new citizen, trailblazing trans actress Alexandra Billings as Madame Morrible. Most widely known for her role as Davina on the groundbreaking Golden Globe, SAG and Emmy award winning series Transparent, Billings grew up immersed... Continue Reading →

Exclusive Interview: LiME filmmaker Donta Storey “as a black, non-binary storyteller you often feel excluded from certain platforms, Outfest Fusion makes creators of color feel seen”

With Outfest Fusion, the people of color-focused LGBTQ+ film festival, opening in Los Angeles this Friday March 6th The Queer Review's editor James Kleinmann spoke exclusively with filmmaker Donta Storey. Storey's beautiful and uplifting short film LiME, featuring a stunning central performance by Urian Ross, will play as part of the Shorts: To Be Young,... Continue Reading →

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