Exclusive Interview: Peter Macdissi on his Uncle Frank role “a Muslim from Saudi Arabia who was able to reconcile his religion with being gay, I thought that was refreshing to see”

Ahead of the release of Oscar-winner Alan Ball's latest feature film as writer and director, Uncle Frank, which lands on Amazon Prime Video this Wednesday November 25th, The Queer Review's editor James Kleinmann spoke exclusively with the movie's cast including Peter Macdissi. Peter plays Wally, the longterm partner of Paul Bettany's NYU professor character Frank... Continue Reading →

Exclusive Interview: Uncle Frank star Lois Smith on being Tony nominated for The Inheritance “it’s just a delight at this time when everything has gone splat”

Actress Lois Smith, who turned 90 earlier this month, received her third Tony nomination in October for her deeply moving performance in Matthew Lopez's epic gay play The Inheritance. Born in Kansas, Smith moved to New York City in 1951, making her Broadway debut the following year in Time Out for Ginger and her auspicious... Continue Reading →

Exclusive Interview: as Paul Bettany takes on a gay role in his latest film Uncle Frank he shares a touching story about his father coming out late in life

Paul Bettany, the British born BAFTA and BIFA nominated star of acclaimed films such as Gangster No. 1, A Beautiful Mind, and Master &Commander: The Far Side of the World, made his stage debut in 1993 in London's West End in the Stephen Daldry directed production of An Inspector Calls. His first big screen role... Continue Reading →

Film Review: Happiest Season ★★★★

There's a touching speech towards the end of Happiest Season, beautifully delivered by multiple Emmy-winner Dan Levy revitalising the gay best friend role, that eloquently makes the point that when it comes to coming out there's no one-size-fits-all experience. It's typical of Clea DuVall and Mary Holland's smart, funny, heartwarming and unsentimental screenplay which goes... Continue Reading →

Film Review: Born to Be ★★★★

In 2015 New York became the ninth US state to require all health insurance plans to cover gender-affirming surgery. The following year New York City's Mount Sinai hospital opened its Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery, with a medical team headed up by the cisgender Dr. Jess Ting. Tania Cypriano's compelling and moving feature documentary... Continue Reading →

TV Review: The Crown season 4 ★★★★

The fourth season of the Golden Globe, Emmy and BAFTA-winning Netflix series The Crown, which launches globally on Sunday November 15th, spans the eleven and half years of Margaret Thatcher's time in 10 Downing Street from 1979 to 1990. Baroness Thatcher of course was no friend of the LGBTQ community. Growing up in Thatcher's Britain,... Continue Reading →

Film Review: Ammonite ★★★★

Writer-director Francis Lee's follow up to his stunning 2017 debut feature God's Own Country, immerses us in the imagined day-to-day life of an often overlooked historical figure, English fossil collector and palaeontologist Mary Anning, in the absorbing, exquisitely crafted Ammonite. Mary (Kate Winslet) shares a humble but well-kept home with her ailing widowed mother Molly... Continue Reading →

Exclusive Interview: filmmaker David Freyne on his queer comedy Dating Amber “it’s pretty autobiographical, all the really bad bits are true, all the really embarrassing stuff happened unfortunately!”

David Freyne returned to his hometown in Country Kildare in Ireland last summer to direct his semi-autobiographical screenplay, set in 1995, just two years after the decriminalisation of homosexuality in the country. The film, Dating Amber, which is released on demand and digital in the US today, is a platonic romantic comedy that sees two... Continue Reading →

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