TIFF 2023: LGBTQ+ highlights at 48th​ ​Toronto​ ​International​ ​Film​ ​Festival​

The 48th Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) opens on Thursday, September 7th with the international premiere of Oscar-winning director Hayao Miyazaki's animated epic The Boy and the Heron (Kimitachi wa Do Ikiruka) and comes to a close on Sunday, September 17th with the world premiere of Thom Zimny's Sylvester Stallone documentary Sly, exploring the close... Continue Reading →

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2023 Theatre Review: My Dad Wears a Dress (Underbelly Cowgate) ★★★

Maria Telnikoff's heartfelt one-woman show encourages the audience to look at the trans experience from a different perspective. Funny, thoughtful and sincere, this play draws on real-life experience and challenges the heteronormative. Maria Telnikoff in My Dad Wears a Dress. Photo credit: Caitlin Van Bommel. Written and performed by Telnikoff, it is clear that our... Continue Reading →

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2023 Theatre Review: Frankie Thompson & Liv Ello – Body Show (Pleasance Courtyard) ★★★★★

In a world currently having a Barbie moment, the striking opening image of Frankie Thompson as Barbie and Liv Ello as Ken feels supremely topical. Even more current, however, is this sharp and vital exploration of gender constraints and obsession with body image. Frankie Thompson and Liv Ello in Body Show. Following on from their... Continue Reading →

Exclusive Interview: Heartstopper director Euros Lyn “we wanted to do something different with season two”

As the second season of hit series Heartstopper based on Alice Oseman's bestselling graphic novels launches globally on Netflix this week, The Queer Review's editor James Kleinmann speaks exclusively with its BAFTA-winning director Euros Lyn. In the opening episode, we're reunited with new boyfriends in the midst of first love, Charlie (Joe Locke) and Nick... Continue Reading →

Exclusive Interview: filmmaker D. Smith centres Black transgender sex workers in Kokomo City “their stories needed to be told”

Filmmaker D. Smith's raw, provocative, and funny documentary, Kokomo City, that centres the stories of four captivating Black transgender women, in their own words, won both the NEXT Innovator Award and NEXT Audience Award when it world premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival. It went on to win the Audience Award in the Panorama... Continue Reading →

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