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 →

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 →

Exclusive Interview: Shoplifters of the World filmmaker Stephen Kijak “growing up queer in the 80s I was that little Morrissey wannabe wearing thrift store clothes & trying to figure out my sexuality”

The music that they constantly play, it says nothing to me about my life, sang Morrissey on The Smiths song Panic, released in 1986, a year before the band broke up. Lyrics that no doubt spoke to a teenaged Stephen Kijak growing up in small town Massachusetts and that certainly resonate with the dedicated fan... Continue Reading →

Pedro Almodóvar’s The Human Voice ★★★★

Pedro Almodóvar's intoxicating English-language debut, the thirty-minute short film The Human Voice, is "freely based on" the play by Jean Cocteau that was first staged in Paris in 1930, which the filmmaker previously referenced in 1987's Law of Desire, and initially inspired him to write 1988's Women On the Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown. A... Continue Reading →

BFI Flare 2021 Film Review: Sublet ★★★★

Veteran Israeli filmmaker Eytan Fox's outstanding new feature Sublet, co-written with Itay Segal, opens with the arrival of a jetlagged and disorientated fifty something gay man, Michael (The Inheritance's John Benjamin Hickey) to bustling Tel Aviv. He's a travel writer for The New York Times who has come to uncover the "real" city over a... Continue Reading →

LGBTQ+ highlights at Sundance 2021

This year's week-long Sundance Film Festival, which opens on Thursday January 28th, will run digitally via a custom-designed online platform (festival.sundance.org) alongside drive-ins, screenings at independent arthouses, and a network of local community partnerships. All films in the program will be available online in the United States, with certain titles opting for global availability. The... Continue Reading →

Exclusive Interview: David Färdmar on his gay breakup movie Are We Lost Forever “I wanted to challenge viewers to think for themselves”

Breaking up is hard to do as Swedish filmmaker David Färdmar explores in his brooding bittersweet debut feature Are We Lost Forever premiering in the UK and Ireland via Peccadillo Pictures on DVD, Blu-ray, and digital on Monday January 18th. When we first meet protagonists Adrian (Björn Elgerd) and Hampus (Jonathan Andersson) they're sitting up... Continue Reading →

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