Exclusive Interview: the cast of HBO’s BETTY on season 2 “there’s a golden age happening right now with girls skateboarding”

Based on creator Crystal Moselle’s 2018 Sundance hit Skate Kitchen, Betty—inspired by the experiences of a diverse group of young women navigating the male-dominated world of skateboarding in New York City—returns to HBO for a second season this Friday June 11th at 11pm ET/PT, and also streams on HBO Max. Set and filmed during 2020... Continue Reading →

Exclusive Interview: Ryan O’Connell on Special season 2 “it was nice to be on set with other disabled actors & feel like I was in the majority for once”

The Emmy-nominated, GLAAD and DGA award-winning comedy series Special, created and written by its star Ryan O'Connell, and executive produced by Emmy-winner Jim Parsons, returns to Netflix today for its second and final season. Expanded from its original short form format, this new season uses its additional episodic minutes to immerse us more fully in... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

NewFest 2020 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 →

64th BFI London Film Festival LGBTQ+ highlights

The 64th BFI London Film Festival (LFF) runs from October 7th-18th, and like many other festivals, Covid-19 restrictions mean that it's taking a different form this year. Given current circumstances the 2020 programme offers a reduced number of feature films, just 58, plus collections of short films and experimenta, but with an expanded reach across... Continue Reading →

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