Exclusive Interview: Grand Army star Amir Bageria “sexuality is obviously a very dominant part of this character but it’s not the only thing about him, there’s just so much going on”

The search for your latest Netflix binge ends right here. Gripping, nuanced and urgent, Brooklyn-set high school drama Grand Army, adapted from creator Katie Cappiello's own 2013 play Slut, follows the lives of a diverse group of students navigating contemporary teenage life. Among them is Indian-American Sid Pakam, played by Degrassi: Next Class star Amir... Continue Reading →

Exclusive Interview: New Queer Cinema digital pioneer Todd Verow on his latest feature Goodbye Seventies “all of my films have led up to this one”

Todd Verow's 1995 feature debut Frisk elicited strong reactions, resulting in a near riot, when it world premiered on as the closing night of the 19th San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival (now Frameline) at the iconic Castro Theatre, before going on to screen at Sundance, Berlin and Toronto. Based on Dennis Cooper's... Continue Reading →

TV Review: Fear City: New York vs. The Mafia ★★★1/2

At the core of this three-part documentary series, Fear City: New York vs. The Mafia, are previously unheard FBI surveillance recordings and enlightening, often riveting interviews with the operatives who planted the bugs in homes, cars and restaurants and monitored the audio for incriminating evidence. There are some lavish, high production value visuals, including sweeping... Continue Reading →

Film Review: Pier Kids ★★★★

Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic — boy, am I tired of starting articles with those words — film festivals around the world are finding new methods of distributing movies to fans. An unexpected benefit of the situation is that festivals, which are by their very nature dependent on geography, open themselves up to film fans... Continue Reading →

NYC Pride announces Virtual Rally June 26th hosted by trans trailblazers Ashlee Marie Preston & Brian Michael Smith

Pictured: NYC Pride Rally 2020 co-host Brian Michael Smith. NYC Pride has announced a virtual Rally to be held on Friday June 26th 2020 from 5pm to 8pm EDT. Streamed simultaneously on Facebook and YouTube, the event will be hosted by trans trailblazers Ashlee Marie Preston and Brian Michael Smith. Speakers will include Ceyenne Doroshow, Annie Segarra, Edafe Okporo and Leandro E. Rodriguez... Continue Reading →

Exclusive Interview: Composer Paul Englishby on his music for The Inheritance “my feeling was that the music should gently put it’s arm around the audience”

With Matthew Lopez's multi-Olivier winning The Inheritance now in its final weeks on Broadway The Queer Review's editor James Kleinmann spoke exclusively with composer Paul Englishby about creating the play's achingly beautiful music. Scoring for theatre, film, television, dance and opera, Englishby is perhaps best known for his BAFTA-nominated work on BBC's Luther starring Idris Elba. His jazz inflected... Continue Reading →

Exclusive Interview: Artist MI Leggett on their Gender Free fashion label Official Rebrand (OR?!)

Non-binary artist MI Leggett's Official Rebrand (OR?!) launched in 2017 setting out to "revive discarded clothing" and "breathe new life into what was once considered waste." Leggett "rebrands" garments with alterations such as painting and drawing on them, while creating a sustainable alternative to the competitive consumption encouraged by social and industrial norms. OR?!’s transformative... Continue Reading →

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