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51 Feature Films Selected for European Film Awards...Nominees & Winners...

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It is with great pleasure that the European Film Academy and EFA Productions announce the titles of the 51 films on this year’s EFA Feature Film Selection, the list of feature fiction films recommended for a nomination for the European Film Awards 2017! With 31 European countries represented, the list once again illustrates the great diversity in European cinema.

In the coming weeks, the over 3,000 members of the European Film Academy will vote for the nominations in the categories European Film, Director, Actor, Actress and Screenwriter. The nominations will then be announced on 4 November at the Seville European Film Festival in Spain. A seven-member jury will decide on the awards recipients in the categories European Cinematographer, Editor, Production Designer, Costume Designer, Hair & Make-up Artist, Composer and Sound Designer.

The 30th European Film Awards with the presentation of the winners will take place on 9 December in Berlin.

check out the selected films
including trailers, synopses and directors' biographies here!

EFA SELECTION 2017

 

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  A CIAMBRA
Italy, USA, France, Sweden
120 min
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY Jonas Carpignano
PRODUCED BY Jon Coplon
     
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  A DATE FOR MAD MARY
Ireland
82 min
DIRECTED BY Darren Thornton
WRITTEN BY Darren Thornton & Colin Thornton
PRODUCED BY Ed Guiney & Juliette Bonass
     
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  A GENTLE CREATURE
КРОТКАЯ (KROTKAYA)
France, Germany, Lithuania, Netherlands
143 min
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY Sergei Loznitsa
PRODUCED BY Marianne Slot
     
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  A JEW MUST DIE
UN JUIF POUR L'EXEMPLE
Switzerland
73 min
DIRECTED BY Jacob Berger
WRITTEN BY Jacob Berger, Aude Py & Michel Fessler
PRODUCED BY Ruth Waldburger
     
    A MONSTER CALLS
Spain
107 min
DIRECTED BY J.A. Bayona
WRITTEN BY Patrick Ness
PRODUCED BY Belén Atienza, Ghislain Barrois & Álvaro Augustín
     
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  AFTERIMAGE
POWIDOKI
Poland
100 min
DIRECTED BY Andrzej Wajda
WRITTEN BY Andrzej Mularczyk
PRODUCED BY Michał Kwieciński
     
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  ANA, MON AMOUR
Romania, Germany, France
125 min
DIRECTED BY Călin Peter Netzer
WRITTEN BY Călin Peter Netzer, Cezar Paul Bădescu & Iulia Lumânare
PRODUCED BY Călin Peter Netzer & Oana Iancu
     
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  BIG BIG WORLD
KOCA DÜNYA
Turkey
101 min
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY Reha Erdem
PRODUCED BY Ömer Atay
     
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  BPM (BEATS PER MINUTE)
120 BATTEMENTS PAR MINUTE
France
145 min
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY Robin Campillo
PRODUCED BY Marie-Ange Luciani & Hugues Charbonneau
     
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  BRIGHT SUNSHINE IN
UN BEAU SOLEIL INTÉRIEUR
France
94 min
DIRECTED BY Claire Denis
WRITTEN BY Claire Denis & Christine Angot
PRODUCED BY Olivier Delbosc
     
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  BRIMSTONE
Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, France, Sweden, UK, Hungary
148 min
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY Martin Koolhoven
PRODUCED BY Els Vandevorst & Uwe Schott
     
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  FORTUNATA
Italy
103 min
DIRECTED BY Sergio Castellitto
WRITTEN BY Margaret Mazzantini
PRODUCED BY Nicola Giuliano, Francesca Cima, Carlotta Calori & Viola Prestieri
     
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  FRANTZ
France, Germany
117 min
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY François Ozon
PRODUCED BY Eric Altmayer, Nicolas Altmayer, Stefan Arndt & Uwe Schott
     
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  FROST
Lithuania, France, Poland, Ukraine
120 min
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY Sharunas Bartas
PRODUCED BY Janja Kralj
     
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  GODLESS
БЕЗБОГ (BEZBOG)
Bulgaria, Denmark, France
99 min
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY Ralitza Petrova
PRODUCED BY Rossitsa Valkanova, Eva Jakobsen & Laurence Clerc
     
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  HAPPY END
France, Germany, Austria
107 min
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY Michael Haneke
PRODUCED BY Margaret Menegoz, Stefan Arndt, Veit Heiduschka & Michael Katz
     
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  HEARTSTONE
HJARTASTEINN
Iceland, Denmark
129 min
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson
PRODUCED BY Anton Máni Svansson, Lise Orheim Stender, Jesper Morthorst & Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson
     
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  HOME
Belgium
103 min
DIRECTED BY Fien Troch
WRITTEN BY Fien Troch & Nico Leunen
PRODUCED BY Antonino Lombardo
     
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  ICE MOTHER
BÁBA Z LEDU
Czech Republic, Slovakia, France
106 min
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY Bohdan Sláma
PRODUCED BY Pavel Strnad & Petr Oukropec
     
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  IN TIMES OF FADING LIGHT
IN ZEITEN DES ABNEHMENDEN LICHTS
Germany
101 min
DIRECTED BY Matti Geschonneck
WRITTEN BY Wolfgang Kohlhaase
PRODUCED BY Oliver Berben & Sarah Kirkegaard
     
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  INDIVISIBLE
INDIVISIBILI
Italy
104 min
DIRECTED BY Edoardo De Angelis
WRITTEN BY Nicola Guaglianone, Barbara Petronio, Edoardo De Angelis
PRODUCED BY Attilio De Razza & Pierpaolo Verga
     
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  INSYRIATED
Belgium, France
86 min
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY Philippe Van Leeuw
PRODUCED BY Guillaume Malandrin
     
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  ISTANBUL RED
ISTANBUL KIRMIZISI
Turkey, Italy
110 min
DIRECTED BY Ferzan Ozpetek
WRITTEN BY Ferzan Ozpetek, Gianni Romoli & Valia Santella
PRODUCED BY Tilde Corsi, Gianni Romoli & Necati Akpinar
     
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  JUPITER'S MOON
JUPITER HOLDJA
Hungary, Germany
123 min
DIRECTED BY Kornél Mundruczó
WRITTEN BY Kata Wéber
PRODUCED BY Viktória Petrányi, Michael Weber, Viola Fügen & Michel Merkt
     
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  LADY MACBETH
UK
89 min
DIRECTED BY William Oldroyd
WRITTEN BY Alice Birch
PRODUCED BY Fodhla Cronin O'Reilly
     
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  LAYLA M.
Netherlands, Jordan, Belgium, Germany
98 min.
DIRECTED BY Mijke de Jong
WRITTEN BY Jan Eilander & Mijke de Jong
PRODUCED BY Frans van Gestel, Arnold Heslenfeld & Laurette Schillings
     
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  LOVELESS
НЕЛЮБОВЬ (NELYUBOV)
Russia, Belgium, Germany, France
127 min
DIRECTED BY Andrey Zvyagintsev
WRITTEN BY Oleg Negin & Andrey Zvyagintsev
PRODUCED BY Alexander Rodnyansky, Sergey Melkumov & Gleb Fetisov
     
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  MY GRANDMOTHER FANNY KAPLAN
МОЯ БАБУСЯ ФАНІ КАПЛАН (MOYA BABUSYA FANI KAPLAN)
Ukraine
110 min
DIRECTED & PRODUCED BY Olena Demyanenko
WRITTEN BY Dmytro Tomashpolskiy & Olena Demyanenko
     
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  ON BODY AND SOUL
TESTRŐL ÉS LÉLEKRŐL
Hungary
116 min
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY Ildikó Enyedi
PRODUCED BY Mónika Mécs, András Muhi & Ernö Mesterházy
     
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  PARADISE
РАЙ (RAI)
Russia, Germany
131 min
DIRECTED BY Andrei Konchalovsky
WRITTEN BY Andrei Konchalovsky & Elena Kiseleva
PRODUCED BY Andrei Konchalovsky & Florian Deyle
     
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  REQUIEM FOR MRS. J.
REKVIJEM ZA GOSPOĐU J.
Serbia, Bulgaria, FYR Macedonia, Russia, France
94 min
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY Bojan Vuletić
PRODUCED BY Nenad Dukić
     
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  RETURN TO MONTAUK
Germany, France, Ireland
105 min
DIRECTED BY Volker Schlöndorff
WRITTEN BY Volker Schlöndorff & Colm Tóibìn
PRODUCED BY Regina Ziegler, Volker Schlöndorff, Francis Boespflug, Sidonie Dumas, Hartmut Köhler, Stéphane Parthenay, Conor Barry, Til Schweiger, Tom Zickler, Marc Gabizon, Christoph Liedke, John Keville, Mike Downey, Sam Taylor & Rainer Kölmel
     
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  SAMI BLOOD
SAMEBLOD
Sweden, Denmark, Norway
110 min
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY Amanda Kernell
PRODUCED BY Lars G Lindström
     
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  SON OF SOFIA
O GIOS TIS SOFIAS
Greece, Bulgaria, France
111 min
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY Elina Psykou
PRODUCED BY Giorgos Karnavas & Konstantinos Kontovrakis
     
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  SPOOR
POKOT
Poland, Germany, Czech Republic, Sweden, Slovakia
128 min
DIRECTED BY Agnieszka Holland & Katarzyna Adamik
WRITTEN BY Olga Tokarczuk & Agnieszka Holland
PRODUCED BY Krzysztof Zanussi, Janusz Wąchała, Johannes Rexin, Pavla Janoušková Kubečková, Tomáš Hrubý, Fredrik Zander & Jakub Viktorín
     
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  STEFAN ZWEIG - FAREWELL TO EUROPE
VOR DER MORGENRÖTE
Germany, Austria, France
106 min
DIRECTED BY Maria Schrader
WRITTEN BY Maria Schrader & Jan Schomburg
PRODUCED BY Stefan Arndt, Uwe Schott, Pierre-Olivier Bardet, Denis Poncet, Danny Krausz & Kurt Stocker
     
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  SUMMER 1993
ESTIU 1993
Spain
96 min
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY Carla Simón
PRODUCED BY Valérie Delpierre
     
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  THE CONSTITUTION
USTAV REPUBLIKE HRVATSKE
Croatia, Slovenia, Czech Republic, FYR Macedonia
93 min
DIRECTED BY Rajko Grlić
WRITTEN BY Ante Tomić & Rajko Grlić
PRODUCED BY Ivan Maloča, Mike Downey, Rudolf Biermann, Maja Vukić, Dejan Miloševski, Jani Sever & Sam Taylor
     
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  THE FURY OF A PATIENT MAN
TARDE PARA LA IRA
Spain
88 min
DIRECTED BY Raúl Arévalo
WRITTEN BY Raúl Arévalo & David Pulido
PRODUCED BY Beatriz Bodegas
     
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  THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER
Ireland, UK
121 min.
DIRECTED BY Yorgos Lanthimos
WRITTEN BY Yorgos Lanthimos & Efthimis Filippou
PRODUCED BY Ed Guiney & Yorgos Lanthimos
     
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  THE KING'S CHOICE
KONGENS NEI
Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Ireland
130 min
DIRECTED BY Erik Poppe
WRITTEN BY Jan Trygve Røyneland & Harald Rosenløw Eeg
PRODUCED BY Finn Gjerdrum & Stein B. Kvae
     
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  THE LAST FAMILY
OSTATNIA RODZINA
Poland
123 min
DIRECTED BY Jan P. Matuszyński
WRITTEN BY Robert Bolesto
PRODUCED BY Leszek Bodzak & Aneta Hickinbotham
     
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  THE NOTHING FACTORY
A FÁBRICA DE NADA
Portugal
177 min
DIRECTED BY Pedro Pinho
WRITTEN BY Pedro Pinho, João Matos, Luisa Homem, Leonor Noivo & Tiago Hespanha
PRODUCED BY João Matos
     
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  THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE
TOIVON TUOLLA PUOLEN
Finland, Germany
100 min
WRITTEN, DIRECTED & PRODUCED BY Aki Kaurismäki
     
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  THE PARTY
UK
71 min
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY Sally Potter
PRODUCED BY Christopher Sheppard
     
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  THE SQUARE
Sweden, Germany, France, Denmark
145 min
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY Ruben Östlund
PRODUCED BY Erik Hemmendorff & Philippe Bober
     
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  THE TEACHER
UČITEĽKA
Slovakia, Czech Republic
103 min
DIRECTED BY Jan Hřebejk
WRITTEN BY Petr Jarchovský
PRODUCED BY Zuzana Mistríková, Ľubica Orechovská, Ondřej Zima & Jan Prušinovský
     
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  TOM OF FINLAND
Finland, Germany, Sweden, Denmark
116 min
DIRECTED BY Dome Karukoski
WRITTEN BY Aleksi Bardy
PRODUCED BY Aleksi Bardy, Annika Sucksdorff & Miia Haavisto
     
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  WESTERN
Germany, Bulgaria, Austria
119 min
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY Valeska Grisebach
PRODUCED BY Jonas Dornbach, Janine Jackowski, Maren Ade, Valeska Grisebach & Michel Merkt
     
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  WILD MOUSE
WILDE MAUS
Austria
103 min
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY Josef Hader
PRODUCED BY Michael Katz & Veit Heiduschka
     
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  YOU DISAPPEAR
DU FORSVINDER
Denmark, Sweden
117 min
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY Peter Schønau Fog
PRODUCED BY Louise Vesth

The winners are...

EUROPEAN FILM
The Square, dir: Ruben Ostlund

EUROPEAN DISCOVERY – PRIX FIPRESCI
Lady Macbeth, dir: William Oldroyd

EUROPEAN COMEDY
The Square, dir: Ruben Ostlund

EUROPEAN ACTRESS
Alexandra Borbely, On Body And Soul

EUROPEAN ACTOR
Claes Bang, The Square

EUROPEAN DOCUMENTARY
Communion, dir: Anna Zamecka

EUROPEAN DIRECTOR
Ruben Ostlund, The Square

EUROPEAN SCREENWRITER
Ruben Ostlund, The Square

EUROPEAN ANIMATED FEATURE
Loving Vincent, dirs: Dorota Kobiela & Hugh Welchman

EUROPEAN SHORT FILM
Timecode, dir: Juanjo Gimenez

PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED
EUROPEAN CINEMATOGRAPHER
Michail Krichman, Loveless

EUROPEAN COMPOSER
Evgueni & Sacha Galperine, Loveless

EUROPEAN EDITOR
Robin Campillo, BPM

EUROPEAN PRODUCTION DESIGNER
Josefin Åsberg, The Square

EUROPEAN COSTUME DESIGNER
Katarzyna Lewińska, Spoor

EUROPEAN HAIR & MAKE-UP ARTIST
Leendert van Nimwegen, Brimstone

EUROPEAN SOUND DESIGNER
Oriol Tarragó, A Monster Calls

EUROPEAN CO-PRODUCTION AWARD
Cedomir Kolar

EUROPEAN ACHIEVEMENT IN WORLD CINEMA
Julie Delpy

EFA LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Aleksandr Sokurov

EFA PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD
Stefan Zweig – Farewell To Europe, dir: Maria Schrader

2017 Iris Prize...

  • Danny DeVito shortlisted for Iris Prize – world’s largest LGBT short film prize supported by The Michael Bishop Foundation
  • 20 countries represented in 2017 final including Indonesia with a total of 35 shorts to screen at Cardiff based film festival
  • Brendon McDonald is first Iris winner to be shortlisted twice thanks to his film school!

Organisers of the Iris Prize have today (14/08/2017) announced details of the 35 short films competing for the annual LGBT short film award the Iris Prize. Presented annually during the October film festival of the same name in Cardiff, Wales the Iris Prize continues to be the world’s largest short film prize. Previous winners have gone on to produce more award winning short films with the generous £30,000 prize funded by The Michael Bishop Foundation.

Andrew Pierce, Iris Prize Chair, commented:

“These are once again a great mix of films from every corner of the world with 20 countries represented this year including a film which brings together the unlikely combination of Indonesia, Egypt, Netherlands and the US. Together these films give a very clear picture of what it’s like to be lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (lgbt) in 2017.

As we recognise the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales it is clear that much has yet to be done, especially in the countries not represented at Iris. It is distressing to be reminded that being gay is still a crime in way too many countries.

But there is much to celebrate and the shortlist of films includes some uplifting stories of young love as the new generation of lgbt people move away from the traditional coming out stories and focus on the joys of being true to themselves.

The 25 nominating partners located across the globe are our eyes and ears and they have once again helped make Iris the place to see the “best of the best”. I think Iris is a window on the world, and as our new strapline asks: “What will you see in Cardiff?”

Highlights form the 2017 shortlisted films include:

Brendon McDonald was the popular 2014 winner of the Iris Prize and the 3rd Australian to take the Iris Prize. He went on to spend the summer in Cardiff working on his new Iris Prize funded short Spoilers before becoming a jury member the following year. Thanks to his film school in Sydney who submitted his latest short film The Dam, Brendon becomes the first Iris winner to be shortlisted twice. The Dam is the story of a lifelong friendship which comes under siege when two mature men visit the monolithic dam that defined their young lives and are confronted by feelings that were impounded long ago, but cannot be contained any longer.

Danny DeVito needs no introduction! Curmudgeons was directed, produced and stars the popular New York actor. The film has already played extensively on the international circuit including BFI Flare, London and Frameline in San Francisco who nominated the film, which features two men who discover love late in life.

The full list of competing films is available here: http://www.irisprize.org/the-prize-2017/iris-prize/

The full festival programme for the 11th Iris Prize Festival will be announced on Tuesday 22 August.

The main festival sponsors are: The Michael Bishop Foundation, Welsh Government, BFI, Ffilm Cymru Wales, Pinewood Studios Group, Cardiff University, Cardiff BID, Gorilla Group, Co-op Respect and Cineworld. The festival also works in partnership with BAFTA Cymru and Pride Cymru.

Iris Prize Nominees: Best British Short 2017...

IrisBBSHere they are! The 15 short films competing for the Iris Prize Best British Award sponsored by Pinewood Studios.

 

AN (UN)NATURAL BIRTH

DIRECTOR: LAURA KINGWELL

UK, 16 MINS

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BEARABLE

DIRECTOR: DAVID JAMES HOLLOWAY

UK, 4 MINS

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COLOURS

DIRECTOR: PETER LEE SCOTT

UK, 25 MINS

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FAY PRESTO, QUEEN OF THE CLOSE UP

DIRECTOR: HANNA AQVILIN

UK, 16 MINS

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LEROY

DIRECTOR: MARLEY MORRISON

UK, 20 MINS

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ONE SUMMER

DIRECTOR: GREGORY OKE

19 MINS

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OUTLINES

DIRECTOR: ELLIE ROGERS

UK, 16 MINS

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PILLOWTALK

DIRECTOR: LOUISE MARIE COOKE

UK, 8 MINS

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RINK

DIRECTOR: GAIL HACKSTON

UK, 10 MINS

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SUNDAY MORNING COMING DOWN

DIRECTOR: HARRY LIGHTON

UK, 20 MINS

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SUNUNÚ: THE REVOLUTION OF LOVE

DIRECTOR: OLIVIA CRELLIN

UK, 23 MINS

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WE LOVE MOSES

DIRECTOR: DIONNE EDWARDS

UK, 15 MINS

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WHERE WE ARE NOW

DIRECTOR: LUCIE RACHEL

UK, 9 MINS

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WOLVES

DIRECTOR: MARIA BALDUZZI

UK, 20 MINS

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YELLOW

DIRECTOR: ROWYN MOTTERSHEAD

UK, 8 MINS

It had to happen...

Boy CultureWe've had and will continue to have...film re-makes galore...

We've had and will continue to have...prequels, sequels. spin-offs and flops...galore...

We've had and will continue to have...the resurrections of defunct TV series' - galore...

We've had and will continue to have...live filmed Musicals...galore...

We've had and will continue to have...films made into TV series' - galore...

We've had and will continue to have...TV series' made into films...galore...

So...it had to happen...a film is being made into a web series...please, let this not be a trend that continues! Otherwise, we're going to be swamped with sub-standard, re-hashed, bull-fodder!

The web series...the phenomena that it has become...is - unfortunately - here to stay. With the [oh too] rare exceptions, these self-promoting show-reels for wannabes are thorns in our sides...they are [all] made with the hope of them going viral and propelling the production crew and actors (usually one and the same) into the stratosphere of fame and fortune! Even [some] film festivals have started to screen back-to-back episodes!

Boy Culture, a decent enough film, made way back in 2006...is now being primped and primed for resurrection...in the form of a [dreaded] web series, consisting of 6 x 15-minute stories...aaaargh! They might pull it off, it might be worth watching...it may be one of those rare exceptions, there is a recognisable [and proven] collective talent...

Our advice: Just make a feature film instead!

The Unfinished Portrait...

A film made by the National Trust...

Many of our places were home to, and shaped by, people who challenged conventional ideas of gender and sexuality. Fifty years after the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality, we’re exploring our LGBTQ heritage with a programme called Prejudice and Pride.

Robert Wyndham Ketton-Cremer – the last Squire of Felbrigg – was known as a shy, gentle, unmarried man who restored his exquisite ancestral home and bequeathed it to the nation.

Until now, official accounts of Robert’s life have offered only a partial story and neglected to acknowledge what was widely accepted by those who knew him, preferring instead to describe him as ‘the bachelor squire’…or ‘not one for the ladies’.

This film offers a new way of seeing Robert and his fascinating life.

The 42nd Toronto International Film Festival...

Tiff LogoThe Toronto International Film Festival unveils first slate of films for 2017

14 Galas and 33 Special Presentations kick off TIFF '17

Of the 14 Galas and 33 Special Presentations, this first announcement includes 25 World Premieres, eight International Premieres, six North American Premieres, and eight Canadian Premieres, including works from Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, Ireland, Luxembourg, Belgium, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, India, Egypt, and Cambodia.

This year, TIFF offers a refreshed, more tightly curated Festival, with a renewed commitment to bold, director-driven programming, continued support of female filmmakers, and enough star power to fuel 400,000 festival-goers.

Today’s announcement cements that the future is female (and so is TIFF’s programming), with Gala films from emerging and established filmmakers that include Kings by Deniz Gamze Ergüven, whose 2015 Festival feature Mustang earned an Oscar nod for Best Foreign Film; Mary Shelley by Haifaa Al Mansour, the first female Saudi director; Dee Rees’ Mudbound, an adaptation of Hillary Jordan’s novel about racial tensions in the Jim Crow South; Susanna White’s Woman Walks Ahead, starring forever-favourite Jessica Chastain; and a big must-watch for every Canadian: Long Time Running, Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier’s documentary on The Tragically Hip’s emotional and powerful 2016 final tour.

The sporting life also takes centre stage at TIFF this year, as Steve Carell meets his match with (honourary Canadian) Emma Stone in Battle of the Sexes; Margot Robbie chases Olympic gold in I, Tonya; Paul Rudd goes from MLB to OSS in The Catcher was a Spy; and Jake Gyllenhaal and Tatiana Maslany navigate the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing in David Gordon Green’s Stronger.

All of your favourite filmmakers' new films are playing at TIFF this year, including Darren Aronofsky’s mother!; Alexander Payne’s Downsizing; Greta Gerwig's Lady Bird; Mahamat Saleh-Haroun's A Season in France; George Clooney’s Surburbicon; Angelina Jolie’s First They Killed My Father; Anurag Kashyap's The Brawler; Andy Serkis’ Breathe; Joe Wright’s Darkest Hour; Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri; Wim Wenders’ Submergence; and — yes, don’t worry, we got it — Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water.

 

The 42nd Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 7 to 17, 2017.

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The full list of Festival '17 films announced today:

GALAS 2017

Breathe | Andy Serkis, United Kingdom
World Premiere

The Catcher Was A Spy | Ben Lewin, USA
World Premiere

Closing Night Film
C'est la vie! | Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano, France
World Premiere

Darkest Hour | Joe Wright, United Kingdom
Canadian Premiere

Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool | Paul McGuigan, United Kingdom
Canadian Premiere

Kings | Deniz Gamze Ergüven, France/Belgium
World Premiere

Long Time Running | Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier, Canada
World Premiere

Mary Shelley | Haifaa Al Mansour, Ireland/United Kingdom/Luxembourg/USA
World Premiere

The Mountain Between Us | Hany Abu-Assad, USA
World Premiere

Mudbound | Dee Rees, USA
International Premiere

Stronger | David Gordon Green, USA
World Premiere

Untitled Bryan Cranston/Kevin Hart Film | Neil Burger, USA
World Premiere

The Wife | Björn Runge, United Kingdom/Sweden
World Premiere

Woman Walks Ahead | Susanna White, USA
World Premiere

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS 2017

Battle of Sexes | Valerie Faris, Jonathan Dayton, USA
International Premiere

BPM (Beats Per Minute) | Robin Campillo, France
North American Premiere

The Brawler | Anurag Kashyap, India
World Premiere

The Breadwinner | Nora Twomey, Canada/Ireland/Luxembourg
World Premiere

Call Me By Your Name | Luca Guadagnino, Italy/France
Canadian Premiere

Catch the Wind | Gaël Morel, France
International Premiere

The Children Act | Richard Eyre, United Kingdom
World Premiere

The Current War | Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, USA
World Premiere

Disobedience | Sebastián Lelio, United Kingdom
World Premiere

Downsizing | Alexander Payne, USA
Canadian Premiere

A Fantastic Woman | Sebastián Lelio, Chile
Canadian Premiere

First They Killed My Father | Angelina Jolie, Cambodia
Canadian Premiere

The Guardians | Xavier Beauvois, France
World Premiere

Hostiles | Scott Cooper, USA
International Premiere

The Hungry | Bornila Chatterjee, India
World Premiere

I, Tonya | Craig Gillespie, USA
World Premiere

Special Presentations Opening Film

Lady Bird | Greta Gerwig, USA
International Premiere

Mother! | Darren Aronofsky, USA
North American Premiere

Novitiate | Maggie Betts, USA
International Premiere

Omerta | Hansal Mehta, India
World Premiere

Plonger | Mélanie Laurent, France
World Premiere

The Price of Success | Teddy Lussi-Modeste, France
International Premiere

Professor Marston and The Wonder Woman | Angela Robinson, USA
World Premiere

The Rider | Chloé Zhao, USA
Canadian Premiere

A Season in France | Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, France
World Premiere

The Shape of Water | Guillermo del Toro, USA
Canadian Premiere

Special Presentations Closing Film

Sheikh Jackson | Amr Salama, Egypt
World Premiere

The Square | Ruben Östlund, Sweden
North American Premiere

Submergence | Wim Wenders, France/Germany/Spain
World Premiere

Suburbicon | George Clooney, USA
North American Premiere

Thelma | Joachim Trier, Norway/Sweden/France/Denmark
International Premiere

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri | Martin McDonagh, USA
North American Premiere

Victoria and Abdul | Stephen Frears, United Kingdom
North American Premiere


 

On Fire Island...

The Metrograph

7 Ludlow Street

New York City

August 11 to August 12

Sixty miles southeast of Manhattan, Fire Island acts as a calming tonic for those (mostly queer) folks looking for an escape during New York’s balmiest months. Former residents and visitors included Greta Garbo, W.H. Auden, Calvin Klein, Truman Capote, and Tennessee Williams. On screen, this 30-mile-long utopia has served as the setting of a filthy two-act play, the backdrop of a cruel coming of age story, an environment for sexual discovery, and a place of contemplation for a man dying of AIDS.

Historical shorts will be paired with titles.

Boys in the Sand (Wakefield Poole/1971/90 mins/DCP)
Acclaimed Broadway dancer and director Wakefield Poole created a sensation when he and producer Marvin Shulman opened their gay adult feature, Boys in the Sand, at the 55th Street Playhouse in New York City in 1971. Starring Casey Donovan in three sexual vignettes, the film made Fire Island an international tourist destination and introduced gay sex positivity to straight audiences.

Last Summer (Frank Perry/1969/95 mins/16mm)
An X-rated (in the MPAA sense, not the XXX sense) cult coming-of-age classic, adapted from Evan Hunter’s novel by the eternally-underrated director/writer team of Frank and Eleanor Perry. Starring Barbara Hershey, Bruce Davison, Richard Thomas, and an Oscar-nominated Catherine Burns as a group of Fire Island youths whose impending maturity is marked by shattering emotional and sexual violence in this, the rare teen film untainted by sepia nostalgia. Print courtesy of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia

My Hustler (Andy Warhol and Chuck Wein/1965/67 mins/16mm)
Warhol’s camp tour de force concerns an idle competition on an empty summer day between tartly monologuing middle-aged queen Ed Weiner, his female Fire Island neighbor, and aging male prostitute, “The Sugar Plum Fairy,” for the attentions of peroxide-blonde “Dial-a-Hustler” hunk Paul America, ogled from deck chairs on the veranda. Bitchy, bitter, and among the flat-out funniest of Warhol productions.

Parting Glances (Bill Sherwood/1986/90 mins/35mm)
One of the first American movies to look the AIDS crisis dead-on, Sherwood’s bittersweet comedy-drama features a young Steve Buscemi in the star-making role of manic rock ‘n’ roller Nick, ex-lover of Richard Ganoung’s Michael, who is simultaneously coping with Nick’s illness and the imminent overseas departure of current boyfriend John Bolger. Setting his scene during one bustling 24-hour period which ends with a Fire Island foray, the sadly short-lived Sherwood faces tragedy with humane humor, creating one of the quintessential queer films of the Reagan debacle.

Sticks and Stones (Stan Lopresto/1970/85 mins/DCP)
A dime-store Rohmer via Boys in the Sand, Stan Lopresto’s chatty, cruel, melancholy film chronicles a 4th of July party on Fire Island. Featuring two lovers, Peter and Buddy, and friends The Lavender Guru, Bobby, and Bike-Boy Fernando, with a recently acquired Prince Albert, Sticks and Stones is a time capsule of now ancient gay norms and a portrait of the Pines long changed.

Further info is available at Metrograph.com


 

American Horror Story: Cult...

Somewhat reminiscent of My Chemical Romance...

FX sends in the clowns when AHS: Cult debuts Tuesday, September 5. Cast includes Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Billie Lourd, Billy Eichner, Cheyenne Jackson, Alison Pill, Colton Haynes and Adina Porter. Lena Dunham also has been announced for the season.

A Wrinkle In Time trailer...

The film, which is an epic adventure based on Madeleine L’Engle’s timeless classic which takes audiences across dimensions of time and space, examining the nature of darkness versus light and ultimately, the triumph of love.

Directed by Ava DuVernay from a screenplay by Jennifer Lee based upon the beloved novel by Madeleine L’Engle, “A Wrinkle in Time” is produced by Jim Whitaker and Catherine Hand with Doug Merrifield serving as executive producer. The film stars: Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michael Peňa, Levi Miller, Deric McCabe, André Holland, Rowan Blanchard with Zach Galifianakis and Chris Pine and introduces Storm Reid.

Comic-Con International: San Diego 2017...

Here's everything LGBT that Comic Con has to offer...it will certainly keep you busy!!!

 

Thursday, July 20

Code Switch: Diversity Behind the Scenes

Jimmy Diggs (writer, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Voyager) and Gigi Edgley (Chiana on Farscape) lead a diverse panel of science fiction, fantasy, and gaming industry leaders as they share their perspectives from behind the scenes of your favorite franchises. African American, veteran, LGBTQ, and female creatives discuss diversity of background and thought. Learn how obstacles overcome, stereotypes broken, and glass ceilings shattered have fueled creative magic! Panelists to include Dan Evans (VP of creative affairs, DC Comics), Rebekah Ganiere (author, Dead Awakenings), Alison Haislip (actor, host, gamer), Mark O'Bannon (author, The Dream Crystal), and Morgan Romine (director of initiatives, anykey.org).

Thursday July 20, 2017 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Room 25ABC

Anything Goes With John Barrowman

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Join actor and entertainer John Barrowman (Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, Torchwood, Doctor Who) for his outrageously entertaining one-man show. Ask him anything and remember . . . anything goes!

Thursday July 20, 2017 11:00 am - 11:50 am

Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Behind the Scenes of Freeform’s Hit Series Stitchers

What if there were a way to insert a living consciousness into a dead person's memories to find out their cause of death? The Freeform original series Stitchers follows Kirsten Clark, a highly intelligent and persistent computer science student with the ability to hack into the minds of the recently deceased. Recruited into a covert government agency to be "stitched" into the memories of the dead, Kirsten and the Stitchers team investigate murders and solve mysteries. Moderated by TV Guide’s Damian Holbrook, this panel will include executive producer Jeff Schechter with series stars Emma Ishta, Kyle Harris, Ritesh Rajan, and Damon Dayoub. See an exclusive clip from the next week's episode!

Thursday July 20, 2017 12:00 pm – 12:50 pm

Be Your Own Superhero: Intersectional Feminism in Comics

Representation matters, both on and behind the page. Sam Maggs (Wonder Women, Star Trek: Waypoint), Susana Polo (Polygon), Sarah Kuhn (Heroine Complex), Robbie Thompson (Supernatural, Silk), Christina "Steenz" Stewart (Lion Forge Comics), Cait Brennan (Debutante), and Rose Knight (Women Write About Comics) chat about the strides made in representation of race, gender, and sexuality in comics-and how everyone can do better.

Thursday July 20, 2017 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Room 32AB

CBLDF: State of Censorship 2017

Get a global look at comics censorship from CBLDF! See how the new political climate is affecting free speech in the U.S., with increased scrutiny at the border and an abundance of local challenges to comics addressing diversity and equality. Explore how cartoonists are being prosecuted, threatened, and intimidated by authorities around the globe for making art. Learn how you can participate with CBLDF in making a difference and standing up for free expression! CBLDF executive director Charles Brownstein and editorial director Betsy Gomez lead the conversation.

Thursday July 20, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm 
Room 11

The Pitching Hour

Patrick Schumacker (producer, Powerless), Derek Hoffman (VP, Donner Co.), Jaime Burke (executive producer, Sequestered), Grace Ellis (writer, Lumberjanes, Moonstruck), a surprise guest or four, and your moderator Dan Evans III (VP television, DC Entertainment) will take an idea from conception through production for various media. This process will include creating a pitch document, obtaining agents, and getting a pitch meeting. The panelists will explain, through hypothetical example and humorous stories, the process that new creators should adopt to make their way through the creative battleground of the entertainment industry. Knowing that each project is unique, panelists will offer a Q&A to allow the audience to really hone in on the solutions to obstacles they may encounter. Also on hand will be Brendan McFeely (IP lawyer, Kane Kessler) to give creators insight on protecting their ideas as they navigate Hollywood.

Thursday July 20, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm 
Room 7AB

Behind the Scenes of Freeform’s Hit Series Shadowhunters

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In the summer season of Shadowhunters, the rift between the Shadowhunters and Downworlders grows larger and the team and their Downworlder friends and lovers are put in the middle of the dangerous divide. Torn between the Clave's rules and what they feel is right, Clary, Jace, Alec, and Isabelle struggle to help forge a new beginning. Relationships will be tested, a new Shadowhunter named Sebastian has joined the fray, and the Seelie Queen will step out of the shadows. Moderated by IGN.com's Matt Fowler, panelists include executive producers Todd Slavkin, Darren Swimmer, and Matt Hastings, with series stars Katherine McNamara, Dominic Sherwood, Alberto Rosende, Emeraude Toubia, Matthew Daddario, Isaiah Mustafa, and Harry Shum Jr. Freeform will show an exclusive clip from an upcoming episode and give new information on season 3.

Thursday July 20, 2017 1:00 pm – 1:50 pm

Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

SYFY Hosts The Great Debate

What superfan doesn't love a good debate? Star Destroyer or Enterprise? Who was the best Batman? Have video games eclipsed movies and TV? John Hodgman (actor, writer, Internet judge) leads the ultimate debate, featuring panelists Adam Savage(former co-host, MythBusters), Orlando Jones (American Gods), Aisha Tyler (Archer), John Barrowman (Arrow), and Charlie Jane Anders (All the Birds in the Sky). Join in as they share their thoughts, feelings, and theories on the genre's most influential moments, milestones, and people. Before you leave, you'll get a chance to voice your opinion and help crown science fiction's best moments of all time.

Thursday July 20, 2017 1:15pm - 2:15pm 
Ballroom 20

Editing Comics

What does an editor do? What goes into editing a book? This program is a discussion of how professional editors from the industry's most prestigious publishers work with authors to make awesome comics and graphic novels as well as what else goes into an editor's job. This program is for people interested in the behind the scenes of publishing as well as for aspiring and young writers and artists. With Robin Herrera(Oni Press), Cassandra Pelham (Scholastic), Mark Siegel (First Second Books), and Shannon Watters (BOOM! Studios). Moderated by Christopher Butcher (TCAF).

Thursday July 20, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm 
Room 4

Creating Kickass Comics Characters

Creators Amy Chu (Poison Ivy, Red Sonja, Sensation Comics's Wonder Woman), Mags Visaggio (Kim & Kim, Quantum Teens Are Go), and the legendary Trina Robbins(Vampirella, Wonder Woman) discuss their processes for developing memorable characters, updating classics, and creating new ones. This panel will analyze some favorite and not-so-favorite character makeovers and highlight some new badass ones.

Thursday July 20, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm 
Room 28DE

Diversity in Comics: A Librarian's Perspective

We often hear about the importance of diversity in comics from the point of view of creators, but what about the librarians who provide access to the comics? How do library professionals face diversity and inclusion-or the lack thereof-in their comic collection development and programming? How can libraries better support the movement for more diverse and inclusive comics? With panelists Candice Mack (Los Angeles Public Library), Erwin Magbanua (San Diego Public Library), Lalitha Nataraj(Escondido Public Library), and Lisa Valdez (Pierce Community College).

Thursday July 20, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm 
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

Teen Wolf

Just before the series is set to end its historic run on MTV, this panel will take a look back at where it all began. Teen Wolf cast and crew will be on hand to reminisce about how the show got started, talk through the challenges that shaped it as it grew into a beloved series, and tease the epic moments that will close out a six-year saga. Expect series regulars, surprise guests, and one last chance to say goodbye to a TV show that defied expectations at every turn.

Thursday July 20, 2017 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

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Van Helsing Season 2

Premiering exclusive footage from the highly anticipated new season of SYFY's Van Helsing. Stars Kelly Overton (True Blood), Jonathan Scarfe (Hell on Wheels), Missy Peregrym (Rookie Blue), Christopher Heyerdahl (Twilight, True Blood), Paul Johansson (One Tree Hill), Aleks Paunovic (Continuum, iZombie), and Rukiya Bernard will join creator/showrunner Neil LaBute (In the Company of Men, Hell on Wheels) and executive producer Mike Frislev (Fargo, Hell on Wheels) in a Q&A moderated by executive producer Chad Oakes (Fargo, Hell on Wheels).

Thursday July 20, 2017 3:00 pm – 3:50 pm

Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Writing from Life: Turning Personal Experience into Relatable Stories

Poignant stories often come from a place of truth, but once you've lived through something, how do you turn it into a piece of art that you can share with the wider world? Moderator Jessica Tseang (comic book historian) aims to find out with panelists Sonny Liew (The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye), Eduardo Risso (Dark Night: A True Batman Story), Gemma Correll (The Worrier's Guide to Life), Lewis Trondheim(Poppies of Iraq), Brigitte Findakly (Poppies of Iraq), and Tillie Walden (I Love This Part).

Thursday July 20, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm 
Room 29AB

NBC’s Timeless: Fan Tribute Celebration

NBC's Timeless traveled back in time to make the unbelievable happen. It became the first show ever to be canceled and renewed after only three days-all thanks to tremendous fan support! Join cast members Abigail Spencer (Rectify, Oz the Great and Powerful), Matt Lanter (Pitch Perfect 3, Star Wars: The Clone Wars), Malcolm Barrett (Preacher, Better Off Ted), and Goran Višnjić (ER, Extant), and executive producers Shawn Ryan (The Shield, S.W.A.T.) and Eric Kripke (Supernatural, Revolution) for a Q&A session and fan celebration moderated by USA Today' s Brian Truitt. The cast will take a look back at their favorite moments from season 1 and answer burning fan questions on unsolved mysteries. Timeless is produced by Sony Pictures Television, Universal Television, MiddKid Productions, Kripke Enterprises, and Davis Entertainment and will return to NBC in 2018.

Thursday July 20, 2017 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Room 6BCF

The Strain Screening and Q&A

The world has gone dark in the wake of a nuclear explosion and strigoi are in control. Do these heroes have what it takes to save humankind? The Strain, FX's action-packed vampire thriller based on the bestselling books from Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, returns for its fourth and final season. Get a sneak peek at never-before-seen footage and then join showrunner/executive producer/writer Carlton Cuseexecutive producer/writer Chuck Hogan, and stars Corey Stoll, David Bradley, Kevin Durand, Ruta Gedmintas, Miguel Gomez, Richard Sammel, and Max Charles as they discuss the challenges (and fun!) of bringing this post-apocalyptic world to life.

Thursday July 20, 2017 3:45 pm – 4:45 pm

Ballroom 20

Legion Screening and Q&A

Legion, based on the New Mutants Marvel Comics by Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz, is the story of David Haller (Dan Stevens), a troubled young man who grew up believing himself to be schizophrenic, only to discover he is something more than human. In fact, David could be the most powerful mutant who has ever lived. Along with a team of other extraordinarily gifted people at a facility called Summerland, David learns to accept his true self and defeat the Shadow King. Or so they all believe. Creator/executive producer/writer/director Noah Hawley is joined by fellow executive producers John Cameron, Lauren Shuler Donner, and Jeph Loeband series stars Dan Stevens, Rachel Keller, Aubrey Plaza, Jean Smart, Bill Irwin,Jeremie Harris, and Amber Midthunder for a conversation on what to look forward to from season 2 of Legion .

Thursday July 20, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm 
Ballroom 20

Moonlight and Magic: Black LGBTQ Contributions to Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Comics, and Genre

The Black LGBTQ experience has brought unique and significant intersectional perspectives to our society and popular media: Black Lives Matter was founded by three black queer women; Black LGBT authors Octavia Butler and Samuel Delany created legendary works; bisexual writer Roxane Gay brought Marvel's Black Panther to deep critical acclaim; and Moonlight won the Oscar for Best Picture. Join Prism Comics with moderator Faith Cheltenham (BiNet USA VP, Tor.com co-creator) and panelists Viktor Kerney (Prism board member, GayMediaSoWhite creator), Ajuan Mance (8-rock.com), Sean Z. Maker (Bent-Con), Monica Roberts (TransGriot, National Transgender Advocacy Coaltion), William O. Tyler a.k.a. WOT (Queerbait), and Eliot Sutler, Esq. (BiWoCC) as they discuss the power of the Black LGBTQ experience and its positive effect not only on popular media but on society and the world at large.

Thursday July 20, 2017 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Room 28DE

Star Trek: The Next 50 Years

The authors of the critically acclaimed bestselling two-volume series from St. Martin's Press The Fifty-Year Mission, Mark A. Altman (Free Enterprise, The Librarians) and Edward Gross (Empire, FHM, Geek Magazine), along with Access Hollywood' s Scott Mantz, look back at five decades of Star Trek and speculate on where the franchise will boldly go over the next 50 years, including the latest news from the set of Star Trek: Discovery, the future of the movie franchise, and why we need Trek today more than ever.

Thursday July 20, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm 
Room 25ABC

The Secrets of Immersive Worlds

The best comics lure you into their worlds with magic, myth, minutiae, and more. It can be the smallest detail that changes you from a reader to an active participant in the story. Vince Hernandez (Aspen Comics) trades worldbuilding secrets with master storytellers Marjorie Liu (Monstress), Roxane Gay (Black Panther: World of Wakanda), Dustin Nguyen (Descender), Liz Suburbia (Sacred Heart), and Marguerite Bennett (InSeXts).

Thursday July 20, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm 
Room 9

LGBTQ Geek Year in Review

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The past year has been filled with key moments in comics, TV, movies, animation, and games that every queer geek should know about. The panel will discuss the significance of these events to the greater LGBTQ community. Hosted by Prism Comics and moderated by P. Kristen Enos (Prism Comics, Active Voice the Comic Collection), the panel includes Diane Anderson-Minshall (editorial director, The Advocate, Plus Magazine, and Tiny Living Chic), Nick Adams (director of programs, GLAAD's Transgender Media), Mike Ciriaco (LA Weekly, WeHoTV News), Amber Garza (director of international licensing, Sequential Rights; West Coast coordinator, Geeks OUT!), Chelsea Steiner (AfterEllen.com, Autostraddle.com), and Amelia Vaughn (Huffington Post, Riptide Publishing).

Thursday July 20, 2017 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Room 28DE

Women of Color in Comics: Race, Gender, and the Comic Book Medium

The Women in Comics Collective (WinC, pronounced "Wink") is an international organization that highlights the merit and craft work of women working in the comic book and multimedia industries. Their membership is made up of artists, writers, educators, filmmakers, show producers, art gallery directors, cosplayers, game developers, bloggers, and toy makers. Focusing on female and racial representation in comics, fandom, and the industry, panelists include moderator Regine L. Sawyer(writer, publisher, WinC founder), Jewels Smith ([H]afrocentric writer and creator, activist), Vanee Smith-Matsalia (writer, educator), Jay Justice (cosplayer, activist), Alice Meichi Li (comic book artist, illustrator), Leen Isabel (cosplayer, artist, creator of Pole Dancing Adventures), Jazmine Joyner (comic book store owner), and Jules Rivera (comic book artist).

Thursday July 20, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm 
Room 32AB

Marvel Television: Marvel’s Inhumans

The Inhumans have landed in San Diego! Special guests of the highly anticipated Marvel's Inhumans unveil an explosive panel moderated by executive producer Jeph Loeb. This event series will premiere a version of the first two episodes exclusively in IMAX theatres for a two-week window prior to the debut of the full series on ABC.

Thursday July 20, 2017 6:15 pm – 7:15 pm

Ballroom 20

Publishers Weekly: Selling Comics to a Diverse Audience

It's no secret that the audience for comics has become far more diverse over the last decade. As more children, women, people of color, and queer readers discover comics-and more work is created for these audiences-reaching out on a retail level is even more important. PW senior editor Calvin Reid talks with comics retailers and booksellers about expanding the readership and standing up for representation and what works and what doesn't. With Christopher Butcher (The Beguiling), Terence Irvins (Kinokuniya), Jennifer Haines (The Dragon), and more.

Thursday July 20, 2017 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Black Mask: Debuting Tomorrow's Legends

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With a nonstop string of breakout hits including Space Riders, BLACK, 4 Kids Walk into a Bank, Young Terrorists, Jade Street Protection Services, The Dregs, Godkiller, We Can Never Go Home, the Eisner-nominated Kim & Kim, and its most recent smash CALEXIT,Black Mask has made a name for itself as the hottest launchpad to debut new talent and as the home for some of the coolest, most provocative comics around. Join Black Mask co-founder Matteo Pizzolo (Young Terrorists, Godkiller, CALEXIT) and the creators of Kim & Kim Magdalene Visaggio, Eva Cabrera, and Claudia Aguirre;creators of BLACK Kwanza Osajyefo and Tim Smith 3; creators of 4 Kids Walk into a Bank Matthew Rosenberg and Tyler Boss; and more special guests for a wide-ranging discussion of how new creators and new ideas are changing comics and how YOU can be a part of it.

Thursday July 20, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm 
Room 29AB

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It Gets Geekier: Why Queer Representation Matters

Joshua Yehl (IGN Comics) brings It Gets Geekier back to discuss the importance of including LGBT+ characters in comic books, TV shows, and movies. Host Bryan Pittard (Flame On! Podcast) will lead the talk including Sina Grace (Iceman), Kris Anka (All-New X-Men), Megan Townsend (GLAAD), Marc Andreyko (Love is Love) and more.

Thursday July 20, 2017 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Room 24ABC

Friday, July 21

Geeking Out on Secret Loves: When Personal Tales Fill the Page

The Secret Loves of Geek Girls is the newest anthology from editor Hope Nicholson about love, sex, and dating, with stories from cartoonists and professional geeks who tell their intimate, heartbreaking, and inspiring stories. Join Dark Horse creators of all genders, orientations, and cultural backgrounds for a discussion on the modern idea of love: J. P. Larocque (Gay Nerds), Amy Chu (Red Sonja), Cecil Castellucci (Soupy Leaves Home), Vita Ayala (Our Work Fills the Pews), and moderator Dustin Nelson (social media coordinator at Dark Horse).

Friday July 21, 2017 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Room 25ABC

The Black Panel

The Black Panel is 20 years old. A new era begins with an unprecedented event. Panelists for the year’s 20th-anniversary forum will not be announced in advance. If you’ve never been to Michael Davis’s Black Panel, you wouldn’t know some of the biggest names in media have graced its stage. Who’s been chosen for this 20th-anniversary celebration? Non-ya. Don't get that? Here's a clue: Non-ya is a response, not a rapper.

Friday July 21, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am 
Room 5AB

Cartoon Creatives: Woman Power in Animation

Panelists examine the history and trajectory of women working inside feature and TV animation to bring to light some great hidden figures in our past. These inspiring women have shown invention and creativity and are expanding the industry. Scheduled to appear are Marge Dean (co-president, WIA; supervising producer, SuperMansion), Mindy Johnson (film historian; author, Ink & Paint: The Women of Disney Animation), Victoria Ying (visual development, Wreck-It Ralph, Frozen, Moana), Shadi Petosky (writer/producer, Danger & Eggs; founder, Puny Studios), Julia Vickerman (writer, The Powerpuff Girls; director, RAD Lands, Twelve Forever), and Elaine Bogan (director, Trollhunters, Dragons: Race to the Edge). Moderated by Leslie Combemale (CinemaSiren.com).

Friday July 21, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am 
Room 23ABC

Comics Arts Conference #5: Lassoing the Truth: Marston versus Wertham in the Wonder Woman War

Psychologist William Moulton Marston created the world's most famous female superhero. Using outdated examples and falsified evidence, psychiatrist Fredric Wertham attacked both Wonder Woman and the deceased Marston in his book Seduction of the Innocent. Doctors Travis Langley and Mara Wood (Wonder Woman Psychology: Lassoing the Truth) call together a panel of experts to examine how one crusader's fight with a ghost affected both comics and comics studies: Phil Jimenez(Wonder Woman), Trina Robbins (The Legend of Wonder Woman), Danny Fingeroth(Superman on the Couch), Alan Kistler (comics historian), and Mike Madrid (The Supergirls), with special guest Christie Marston (Wonder Woman Network and Family Museum). Be a sensation, not sensationalistic!

Friday July 21, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am 
Room 26AB

Cartoon Network: Steven Universe

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Hang out with Rebecca Sugar, Steven, and the Gems and be the first to hear the latest updates from Beach City. That's right, CN is bringing your favorite Steven Universe characters back to the ballroom! They've got never-before-seen footage, exciting announcements, and answers to all your burning questions! Okay . . . maybe not all of them. Join Rebecca Sugar (creator), Deedee Magno-Hall (voice of Pearl), Michaela Dietz (voice of Amethyst), Estelle (voice of Garnet), and A. J. Michalka (voice of Stevonnie) with half-Gem/half-human Steven Universe Zach Callison serving as half-guest/half-moderator.

Friday July 21, 2017 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Diversity in Comics

Brian Buccellato (Detective Comics, The Flash), Elena Salcedo (editor-in-chief, Top Cow Productions), Joe Illidge (senior editorial manager, Lion Forge), Ani-Mia (international cosplayer), Blake Northcott (Michael Turner's Fathom), Hannibal Tabu (CBR's The Buy Pile), Marcus To (Joyride, Red Robin), and Khary Randolph (Mosaic, The Amazing Spider-Man) discuss the shifting landscape of diversity in modern comics. Moderated by Vince Hernandez (VP/editor-in-chief, Aspen Comics).

Friday July 21, 2017 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Room 9

AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead

Kim Dickens, Frank Dillane, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Mercedes Mason, Colman Domingo, Dayton Callie, Sam Underwood, Daniel Sharman, and Michael Greyeyes join executive producer and showrunner Dave Erickson, executive producer Robert Kirkman, executive producer Gale Anne Hurd, executive producer Dave Alpert, and special effects makeup supervisor and executive producer Greg Nicotero in a panel moderated by Chris Hardwick (The Nerdist, Talking Dead). They will talk about where the series left off in the midseason finale and what to look forward to when it picks up in September.

Friday July 21, 2017 11:15 am – 12:15 pm

Hall H

DC Universe Rebirth

DC Universe Rebirth has taken the industry by storm. The universe has been restored with hope and optimism, engaging storylines, and dynamic characters. Come discover more about your favorite DC superheroes, plus hear from the talented teams bringing these stories to life!

Friday July 21, 2017 11:15am - 12:15pm 
Room 6DE

What Rebellions Are Built On: Popular Culture, Radical Hope, and Political Engagement

As America faces the drawing up of Death Star plans (or border walls, refugee bans, and faith-based registries), culture and politics have never felt so . . . pop culturian. But stories have always been political and fandom has, too. Today, themes of hope and resistance in stories such as Star Wars, Harry Potter, and Wonder Woman are serving not just as moral guides but as inspiration for plans of political action. Hear from geeks making activism their superpower as they wield nerd enthusiasms like the Force, hacking popular culture for social justice, civic activism, and participatory politics, including through anti-bullying initiatives, advocacy, and charity. Moderator Jennifer K. Stuller (GeekGirlCon, Ink-Stained Amazon) will talk with Robyn Jordan(Black Girls Create), Suzanne Scott (UT Austin), Josh Siegel (Geeks Out), Fox Smith(Super Heroines, Etc.), Amber Garza (Sequential Rights, Geeks Out), and Maddy VonHoff (ONE Campaign, GeekGirlCon) about how memes, cosplay, and performance challenge stereotypes and raise consciousness around identity politics, rebellions being built on favorite fandoms (and, of course, hope).

Friday July 21, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm 
Room 25ABC

AMC’s The Walking Dead

Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Lennie James, Chandler Riggs, Seth Gilliam, Alanna Masterson, and Khary Payton join executive producer and showrunner Scott M. Gimple, executive producer Robert Kirkman, executive producer Gale Anne Hurd, executive producer Dave Alpert, and special effects makeup supervisor and executive producer Greg Nicotero in a panel moderated by Chris Hardwick (The Nerdist, Talking Dead). The panelists will discuss the past season and filming the 100th episode and will share some hints of what's to come with a sneak peek into season 8, debuting in October on AMC.

Friday July 21, 2017 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm

Hall H

Spotlight on Marguerite Bennett

Do you like sassy broads in good dresses mouthing off about storytelling? If your answer is, "What a weird panel description," then come see Ryan North interview Marguerite Bennett (DC Comics: Bombshells, Batwoman, Josie and the Pussycats, A-Force, Animosity) on comics, craft, work ethic, process, representation, feminist wrath, queer culture, comedy, kissing, storytelling, and more!

Friday July 21, 2017 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Room 28DE

The Animated Life: A Peek Behind the Cels

From the sacred Saturday morning rituals of yesteryear to today’s storytelling masterpieces, cartoons and animation bring the imagination to life. The animation industry is full of vibrant professionals working together across creative disciplines to tell exciting stories that readers will cherish for years. Animation Invasion podcast host Adron Buske talks with a of group of animation pros about their jobs, the collaborative process, and the joys and challenges of the animation industry. Featuring guest speakers including digital artist from DreamWorks Mike Collins (The Mr. Peabody and Sherman Show, Adventure Time), illustrator and character designer Andrea Fernandez (co-founder, Alkemy Studios), animator and storyboard artist Marie Lum (Cartoon Network, Craig of the Creek), Shadi Petosky (showrunner, Danger & Eggs), and writer Rachel Vine (Rainbow Brite, DuckTales).

Friday July 21, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm 
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library

Game of Thrones Panel and Q&A Session

Based on the bestselling fantasy book series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin, HBO's Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning series Game of Thrones began its seventh season on July 16. The series, executive produced and written by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, is an epic story of treachery and nobility set on the continent of Westeros, where summers and winters can last years. Cast panelists include (in alphabetical order) Alfie Allen as Theon Greyjoy, Jacob Anderson as Grey Worm, John Bradley as Samwell Tarly, Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth, Liam Cunningham as Davos Seaworth, Nathalie Emmanuel as Missandei, Conleth Hill as Varys, Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark, and Isaac Hempstead Wright as Bran Stark. The panel will be moderated by a special Westerosian guest.

Friday July 21, 2017 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Hall H

The Female Voices of Film Twitter

Coming off of a TEDx Talk where she discussed the future of women in film, Fandango correspondent Alicia Malone is taking to the Horton Grand stage to celebrate the launch of her new book, Backwards and in Heels. Joining Malone will be some of today's best and brightest female film journalists to provide advice for both aspiring journalists and filmmakers seeking to break into this industry. They will also discuss how to empower more women to tell their stories and the importance of the female voice in film coverage and social media. Panelists include Jacqueline Coley (Black Girl Nerds), Angie Han (Mashable), Aisha Harris (Slate), Rachel Heine (Nerdist), Amy Nicholson (MTV, The Canon Podcast), Melissa Silverstein (Women and Hollywood), and Jen Yamato (LA Times).

Friday July 21, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm 
Horton Grand Theatre

DC'S Dark Nights: METAL and Dark Matter

The team behind Dark Nights: Metal, Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, are here to talk about DC's hottest event! They are joined by Dark Matter contributors Steve Orlando, Philip Tan, James Tynion IV, Robert Venditti, and others in this revealing session.

Friday July 21, 2017 1:45pm - 2:45pm 
Room 6DE

Bisexuality and Beyond: Deadpool Made Us Do It (Again and Again and…)

Definitions of gender and sexuality are becoming more and more open in popular media as comics, film, and television creators are telling stories with bisexual characters and affirming role models who are not limited to one definition. Join Prism Comics with moderator Faith Cheltenham (BiNet USA) for a spirited discussion of the present and future of sexuality in media with the real-life bisexual creators who draw, write, and perform these roles: Tara Madison Avery (Gooch, Anything That Loves), R. J. Aguiar (YouTube's TheNotAdam, NotAdamAndSteve.com), Lynnette McFadzen (BiNet USA), and Eliot Sutler, Esq. (BiWoCC). Last year, BleedingCool.com called this panel "One Of The Most Amazing Moments Of Affirmation At San Diego Comic-Con."

Friday July 21, 2017 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Room 28DE

Nonfiction and Memoir in Graphic Novels

Combining text and image can make difficult or abstract subject matter more appealing, winning over even the most reluctant reader. Learn how nonfiction graphic novels and graphic memoirs can be used to supplement lessons in STEM and history and bring awareness to underheard and marginalized perspectives in the classroom. Panelists include Mairghread Scott (Science Comics: Robots), Thi Bui (The Best We Could Do), Nathan Hale (One Trick Pony), Tillie Walden (Spinning), and Alison Wilgus(Science Comics: Flying Machines). Moderated by Heidi MacDonald (Publishers Weekly, ComicsBeat.com).

Friday July 21, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm 
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

Comics Arts Conference #8: Voices and Visions of Native American Superheroes

Native American heroes' comic book adventures often explore identity and culture. Kerry Fine (Arizona State University) shows how Arigon Starr's reservation hero Hubert Logan, a.k.a. Super Indian, fills a representational gap for the non-native audience while taking up distinctly Native issues in the ongoing fight against injustice. Rebecca Lush (California State University San Marcos) makes the case that Jeffery Veregge's art in Marvel's recent Red Wolf provides a Native inter-text that contrasts with naturalistic narrative panels for commentary on the storyline and characters. Sara Spurgeon (Texas Tech University) argues that Maya Lopez's vision quest in David Mack's Daredevil: Echo Vision Quest is twofold: both a spiritual journey she takes as a Native American guided by the shaman she meets on the reservation and a quest for a visual form of language with which she can communicate as a deaf person in a hearing world, while still maintaining her identity as a Native American in a white world.

Friday July 21, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm 
Room 26AB

Comics as a Force for Social Change

Panelists discuss the importance of comics in today's turbulent political landscape and how comics authors and illustrators can foster social change both by creating work that gives underrepresented communities a voice and bring new diverse talent into the spotlight as well as by using their influence to shake up the culture and norms of the literary world. Thi Bui (The Best We Could Do), John Jennings and Damian Duffy (Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation), Rachel Ignotofsky (Women in Science), Kate Schatz (Rad Women Worldwide), and Miriam Klein Stahl (Rad Women Worldwide) share their ideals with Dr. Travis Langley (Wonder Woman Psychology: Lassoing the Truth).

Friday July 21, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm 
Room 29AB

AMC’s Preacher

Executive producer Seth Rogen joins comic book co-creator and series executive producer Garth Ennis and members of the cast, including Dominic Cooper, Ruth Negga, Joseph Gilgun, Ian Colletti, and Graham McTavish for a mid-season 2 panel discussion about the story so far and what's to come. Join the panelists for a Q&A session and an official sneak preview of episode 206, which airs on Sunday, July 24.

Friday July 21, 2017 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Hall H

Archer Discussion and Q&A

Archer is FXX's Emmy Award-winning animated half-hour comedy, known (and praised!) for rebooting itself year after year. Season 8 revolved around the hardboiled private eye Sterling Archer and his quest to find his partner's killer in 1947 Los Angeles. With that case now closed, what could Archer's next adventure possibly be? A very special secret guest, plus the voice cast of H. Jon Benjamin, Aisha Tyler, Jessica Walter, Chris Parnell, Judy Greer, Amber Nash, and Lucky Yates, executive producer Matt Thompson and co-executive producer Casey Willis discuss bringing this animated series to life.

Friday July 21, 2017 5:15 pm – 6:05 pm

Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Marvel’s The Defenders

Daredevil. Jessica Jones. Luke Cage. Iron Fist. Four iconic superheroes. One stage. Nuff said! Jeph Loeb and surprise guests of the highly anticipated Netflix original series Marvel's The Defenders band together for a panel you do not want to miss! Be the first to get an exclusive look into the superhero team-up that everyone is talking about before its August 18 global launch on Netflix.

Friday July 21, 2017 5:15 pm – 6:15 pm

Hall H

Life is Strange: Before the Storm Developer Showcase

Host Andrea Rene of What's Good Games will be joined by the key creative minds behind the latest addition in the award-winning and critically acclaimed Life Is Strange series and will reveal new information and insights about their game. The audience will enjoy an interactive experience as the developers will be playing the game live for the first time, you will get a chance to help steer the action and make key choices and ask them questions in an open Q&A.

Friday July 21, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm 
Room 24ABC

Queer Fear

The LGBTQ community has had a long history with the horror genre, from James Whale’s Frankenstein to the oft-cited “gayest movie of all time,” A Nightmare on Elm Street 2. Does a gay horror genre exist, and if so, what makes it different from mainstream horror? Furthermore, how does the current political climate alter the lens through which viewers celebrate and connect to the macabre? Join Prism Comics and moderator/screenwriter Michael Varrati (Tales of Poe, Darkest Night) and an array of panelists, including Christopher Rice (A Density of Souls, Ramses the Damned), Jaclyn Chessen (Shock Attack), George Aaron Climer (Bear Creek), Gary Entin and Edmund Entin (Seconds Apart, the Rest Stop series), Maria Olsen (Paranormal Activity 3, Starry Eyes), and Ira Madison III (pop culture writer, The Daily Beast).

Friday July 21, 2017 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Room 28DE

Writing the Wrong

Hollywood experts will reveal their “what not to do” lists for writers and those interested in an entertainment career. Panelists include, Silvia Olivas (co-executive producer, Elena of Avalor), Deric A. Hughes (co-executive producer, MTV's Scream,The Flash), Carole Kirschner (director of WGA Showrunner Training Program), Rob Greenlea (director, The Flash, Supergirl), Kristi Shuton (manager, Disney ABC creative talent development and inclusion), and others. Exclusive “don’t” lists for network writing fellowship/program applicants will also be shared as well as advice on how you can advance diversity and social change with your scripts. Moderated by Ken Choy (Wide Lantern).

Friday July 21, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm 
Room 32AB

Saturday, July 22

Comics are for Everyone... Aren't They?

Delving into the experience of being a disabled person in comics and the intersections of disability, race, and gender, this panel will explore the industry's problems with inclusivity from inaccessible conventions to representation of people of color and disabled characters in comics. With John Jennings (Kindred, Black Comix), Adam Karenina Sherif (Library of Congress, Orbital Comics), Jazmine Joyner(Visionary Comics), Rachelle Cruz (UC Riverside, Experiencing Comics), Johnny Parker II (Neat-O Comics, Broken), and moderated by Rosie Knight (Nerdist, Women Write About Comics). This panel will discuss how creators, critics, retailers, and fans can create a more accessible space within comics, conventions, and fandom.

Saturday July 22, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am 
Room 4

Spotlight on Roxane Gay

New York Times bestselling author Roxane Gay (Black Panther: World of Wakanda, Bad Feminist, Difficult Women, Hunger) comes to Comic-Con as a special guest! Roxane will discuss her skyrocketing career and literary stardom and will field some questions from the audience during a Q&A session.

Saturday July 22, 2017 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Room 5AB

Riverdale Special Video Presentation and Q&A

Following the shocking first season finale, join Archie and the gang as they dive into the secrets that continue to loom over what once looked like a quiet, sleepy town. The circumstances surrounding Fred's shooting kick off the mystery of season 2. Based on the characters from Archie Comics and produced by Berlanti Productions (The Flash, Supergirl, Blindspot, Arrow, DC's Legends of Tomorrow) in association with Warner Bros. Television, this one-hour drama is a bold, subversive take on the surreality of small-town life. See a special video presentation followed by a Q&A with series stars and producers. Riverdale 's season 2 premiere airs Wednesday, October 11, at 9/8c on The CW, Riverdale: The Complete First Season is available now on digital and will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on August 15.

Saturday July 22, 2017 11:00 am – 11:45 am

Ballroom 20

The Originals Special Video Presentation and Q&A

The Originals returns for a fifth season with more supernatural intrigue, romance, and bloodshed in The Big Easy. Join executive producer Julie Plec and series stars for a special video presentation followed by a Q&A. From Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with My So-Called Company, Alloy Entertainment, Warner Bros. Television, and CBS Television Studios, The Originals will air midseason on The CW. The Originals: The Complete Fourth Season is available now on digital and will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on August 29.

Saturday July 22, 2017 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Real Life on the Page

Does real life get any less real when it's on the page? How does this representative art form work to accurately (or not-so-accurately) convey history? Five prestigious nonfiction comics creators tackling different ends of the nonfiction comics spectrum-biographies, science, history, journalism-come together to discuss truth and comics. With Landis Blair (The Hunting Accident), Box Brown (Tetris), MK Reed (Science Comics: Dinosaurs), Tillie Walden (Spinning), and Alison Wilgus (Science Comics: Flying Machines); moderated by Petra Mayer (NPR).

Saturday July 22, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm 
Room 29AB

DC's Harley Quinn

Twenty-five years ago, Dr. Harleen Quinzel made her first appearance in Batman: The Animated Series, and what a debut it was! An instant fan favorite-and her popularity has been meteoric ever since! Come celebrate her first appearance anniversary with some of the key contributors to this modern icon.

Saturday July 22, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm 
Room 6DE

Archie Comics Forever: Riverdale and Beyond

Celebrate the new era of Archie Comics with news and announcements about your favorite Archie titles and The CW's hit Riverdale TV show. Featuring Jon Goldwater,Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Mike Pellerito, Alex Segura, Dan Parent, Jesse Goldwater,Mark Waid, and others.

Saturday July 22, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm 
Room 4

Women Rocking Hollywood: Female Directors Changing the Faces of Film and Television

Wonder Woman broke all records in Hollywood for a film helmed by a female director. Now what? While there’s still a long way to go before women, who make up 51% of the population, are represented proportionately behind the camera, shows like Jessica Jones, Queen Sugar, and The Leftovers are making a huge difference by committing to the inclusion of female directors. This panel focuses on the incredibly talented, successful women who are expanding opportunities for women in film, who have made noise and are winning awards with their work on both the big and small screens. Scheduled to appear: Kirsten Schaffer (executive director, Women in Film LA), Tina Mabry (writer/producer/director, Queen Sugar, Queen of the South; director, Dear White People), Rosemary Rodriguez (writer/director, Silver Skies; director, Jessica Jones, The Walking Dead), Victoria Mahoney (director, Queen Sugar, Gypsy, American Crime), Aurora Guerrero (writer/director, Mosquita y Mari; director, Queen Sugar), Angela Robinson (writer/director, Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, True Blood), and Gina Prince-Bythewiid (writer/director, Love & Basketball, Beyond the Lights), the first woman of color hired to helm a superhero film for the upcoming Silver & Black. Moderated by Leslie Combemale (Cinema Siren).

Saturday July 22, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm 
Room 23ABC

Official Sailor Moon Panel

Everyone's favorite Guardian of Love and Justice is back and better than ever! Join your friends from VIZ Media for all the news and updates on the legendary anime series, with some special guest appearances!

Saturday July 22, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm 
Room 5AB

Lucifer Special Video Presentation and Q&A

The climactic events of the Lucifer season finale left us wondering where in the world is Lucifer and how did he get his wings back? Join the series stars and executive producers Joe Henderson (White Collar) and Ildy Modrovich (CSI: Miami) for a special video presentation and Q&A where they'll discuss the sizzling second season and what's in store for Lucifer in season 3. From Jerry Bruckheimer Television in association with Warner Bros. Television and based upon characters created by Neal Gaiman, Sam Kieth, and Mike Dringenberg for Vertigo from DC Entertainment, Lucifer returns for its third season this fall, airing Mondays 8/7c on FOX. Lucifer: The Complete Second Season is available now on digital and will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on August 22.

Saturday July 22, 2017 1:50 pm – 2:50 pm

Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

SuperheroIRL: End Bullying!

Captain America knocked out Hitler-and this is SuperheroIRL, knocking out bullying, racism, misogyny, LGBTQIA-bullying, cyberbullying, and other forms of hate. Join in for this intersection of pop culture and social justice with Pop Culture Hero Coalition. "From now on, Comic-Con convention goers will come for cosplay, entertainment, freebies, autographs-and healing," as reported by CNN.

Saturday July 22, 2017 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Room 28DE

Star Trek: Discovery

Over 50 years ago, the world was first introduced to what would quickly become a cultural phenomenon. It was a television series that inspired developments in science and technology, broke social barriers, and transported viewers around the globe to new adventures and uncharted frontiers. This fall, Star Trek: Discovery follows the voyages of Starfleet on their missions to discover new worlds and new life forms while learning that to truly understand all things alien, you must first understand yourself. The series will feature a new ship and new characters while embracing the same ideology and hope for the future that inspired a generation of dreamers and doers. Join members of the cast alongside the creative minds behind the new series for a conversation and introduction to Star Trek: Discovery. The newest edition of the Star Trek franchise will premiere in the U.S. on CBS All Access this fall, following a broadcast premiere on the CBS Television Network.

Saturday July 22, 2017 2:30 pm – 3:15 pm

Ballroom 20

IDW Entertainment and Syfy: Wynonna Earp

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Cast and creators of the breakout SYFY series Wynonna Earp Melanie Scrofano, Tim Rozon, Shamier Anderson, Domonique Provost-Chalkley, Katherine Barrell, Varun Saranga, and Tamara Duarte along with showrunner Emily Andras and comic creator Beau Smith reveal behind-the-scenes antics, show off exclusive footage, and answer your biggest questions about season 2!

Saturday July 22, 2017 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Room 5AB

Developing Comics for Social Impact and Change

Many think that there is a need to develop an organized community focused on creating innovative and high-quality comics to tackle complex and challenging social issues. This panel will discuss this idea and how it can spur new opportunities, as well as the impact similar efforts have made in the video game industry. Josh Elder(executive director, Reading with Pictures), Gina Gagliano (marketing and publicity manager, First Second Books), Illya Kowalchuck (director of education, Pop Culture Classroom), and Geoff Gerber (president, Lion Forge Comics). Moderated by Russell Shilling (Digital Promise, former DARPA PM).

Saturday July 22, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm 
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

Supergirl Special Video Presentation and Q&A

Ridding National City of Queen Rhea and her Daxamite army was a major win for Supergirl but one that came at a significant cost, as Kara was forced to sacrifice her budding relationship with Mon-El. When the show returns with all-new supercharged adventures this fall on The CW, Kara and team will come up against a new threat in the form of DC Comics's Worldkiller, Reign. Want to know more about Reign and what she has in store for the Girl of Steel? Join the series' cast and creative team for a special video presentation followed by a discussion of the new season. From Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, Supergirl' s third season will debut Monday, October 9 at 8/7c on The CW. Supergirl: The Complete Second Season is available now on digital and will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on August 22.

Saturday July 22, 2017 3:30pm - 4:10pm 
Ballroom 20

Keeping It Real

Graphic novels featuring realistic stories about kids are burning up the bestseller lists and winning awards. Some of the hottest creators working in the genre discuss why their work is connecting with readers both young and old. Panelists include Jennifer Holm (Swing It, Sunny), Shannon Hale (Real Friends), Nidhi Chanani (Pashmina), Tillie Walden (Spinning), and moderator Meryl Jaffe (Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth).

Saturday July 22, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm 
Room 8

The Magicians

Don't miss your chance to get an inside look at SYFY's breakout series. The stakes have never been higher after a powerful season 2 finale left the world without magic. Join the series stars Jason Ralph, Stella Maeve, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Hale Appleman, Arjun Gupta, Summer Bishil, and exeutive producers Sera Gamble and John McNamara as they look back on last season and provide a glimpse into what's in store for Quentin and his friends. Moderated by Chris Hardwick.

Saturday July 22, 2017 4:00pm - 4:50pm 
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Midnight, Texas Series Premiere

Universal Television presents NBC's new supernatural thriller Midnight, Texas ! Welcome to a place where being normal is strange and only outsiders fit in. Based on the bestselling book series by Charlaine Harris (author of the novels that inspired True Blood), comes a journey into a remote Texas town where nothing is what it seems. Home to a vampire, a witch, an angel and a hitwoman, Midnight is a mysterious safe haven for those who are different-a perfect place for anyone looking to hide from the outside world. That is, until the arrival of a powerful psychic and the murder of one of their own. As the town members fight off outside pressures from ever-suspicious cops, deadly biker gangs, and their own dangerous pasts, they band together and form an unlikely but strong family. Join your fellow "Midnighters" for a special screening of the premiere episode along with an exclusive sneak peek and a Q&A session with the cast and producers: François Arnaud (The Borgias), Dylan Bruce (Orphan Black), Parisa Fitz-Henley (Luke Cage), Arielle Kebbel (The Vampire Diaries), Jason Lewis (Sex and the City), Peter Mensah (True Blood), Sarah Ramos (Parenthood), Yul Vazquez, (Bloodline), executive producers Monica Owusu-Breen (Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) and David Janollari (Six Feet Under), and author Charlaine Harris.

Saturday July 22, 2017 4:00 pm – 5:15 pm

Room 6BCF

New Stories in Old Universes

Some fan-favorite characters and comic universes have been around for generations. As a creator, how does one continue to make exciting and new stories in worlds that comic readers are so familiar with? Moderator Mark Waid (Archie) aims to find out with Comic-Con special guests Marguerite Bennett (DC Bombshells), Tom King(Vision), Gail Simone (Batgirl), and Erica Henderson (The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl).

Saturday July 22, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm 
Room 23ABC

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow Special Video Presentation and Q&A

After crash landing the Waverider in a version of 2017 Los Angeles where dinosaurs roam the streets and the skyline is adorned by the iconic Big Ben clock tower, the Legends were quick to realize, "We broke time." Last year, the loveable band of misfit heroes traveled throughout the timeline, fixing a series of aberrations. This year, they'll be turning the crazy up to 11, as a wave of anachronisms turn history on its head, leaving the Legends responsible for piecing it back together. What is an anachronism you ask? For the answer to that, and many other questions, join the cast and creative team behind The CW's hit superhero team-up series. From Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, DC's Legends of Tomorrow' s season premiere airs Tuesday, October 10, at 9/8c on The CW. DC's Legends of Tomorrow: The Complete Second Season is available now on digital and will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on August 15.

Saturday July 22, 2017 4:10 pm – 4:50 pm

Ballroom 20

Black Lightning Special Video Presentation and Q&A

Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams) is a man wrestling with a secret. As the father of two daughters and principal of a charter high school that also serves as a safe haven for young people in a New Orleans neighborhood overrun by gang violence, he is a hero to his community. Nine years ago, Pierce was a hero of a different sort. Gifted with the superhuman power to harness and control electricity, he used those powers to keep his hometown streets safe as the masked vigilante Black Lightning. However, after too many nights with his life on the line and seeing the effects of the damage and loss that his alter ego was inflicting on his family, he left his superhero days behind and settled into being a principal and a dad. Choosing to help his city without using his superpowers, he watched his daughters Anissa (Nafessa Williams) and Jennifer (China Anne McClain) grow into strong young women, even though his marriage to their mother, Lynn (Christine Adams), suffered. Almost a decade later, Pierce's crime-fighting days are long behind him-or so he thought. But with crime and corruption spreading like wildfire and those he cares about in the crosshairs of the menacing local gang The One Hundred, Black Lightning returns-to save not only his family but also the soul of his community. Based on the characters from DC, Black Lightning is from Berlanti Productions and Akil Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television with executive producers Greg Berlanti (Arrow, DC's Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, Supergirl), Salim Akil and Mara Brock Akil (Being Mary Jane, The Game, Jumping the Broom, Girlfriends), and Sarah Schechter (Arrow, DC's Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, Supergirl). Black Lightning premieres midseason on The CW.

Saturday July 22, 2017 4:50pm - 5:10pm 
Ballroom 20

TV Guide Magazine's Fan Favorites

The official magazine of TV returns to San Diego for its annual all-star panel. Moderated by senior writer Damian Holbrook, stars from TV’s hottest shows offer a lively discussion filled with behind-the-scenes scoop. Panelists include cast members from American Gods, The Magicians, Shadowhunters, iZombie, and more!

Saturday July 22, 2017 5:30pm - 6:15pm 
Room 6BCF

It Takes All Kinds to Make The Comics: A Dark Horse Celebration of Diversity

For years, comics creators from a variety of backgrounds have been doing incredible work furthering the medium of sequential art. With award-winning storytelling and phenomenal artistic expression, people from a variety of backgrounds have truly started a movement of more accurate and diverse representation in the comic business. Join Gabriel Bá (Two Brothers), Fábio Moon (Two Brothers), Jose Pimienta(Soupy Leaves Home), Irene Koh (The Legend of Korra: Turf Wars), and Erika Alexander(Concrete Park) for a fascinating conversation on embracing people and cultures from around the world and what changes they think still need to be made in the comics industry.

Saturday July 22, 2017 5:30pm - 6:30pm 
Room 8

Discover Why YA is the Future of Comics

One of the hottest genres in pop culture, YA books, movies, and comics aimed at middle-grade and young-adult audiences are creating legions of devoted fans all over the world. Join some of the most popular new voices in comics as they discuss the importance of YA, how to bring new readers to comic books, and the bright, diverse future of entertainment. Featuring Nidhi Chanani (Pashmina), Sarah Kuhn (Clueless), Tillie Walden (Spinning), Shannon Watters (Lumberjanes), Scott Westerfeld (Spill Zone), and Kiwi Smith and Kurt Lustgarten (Misfit City). Moderated by Brigid Alverson (Good Comics for Kids blog at School Library Journal, contributor to CBR, Publishers Weekly, ICv2, and Smash Pages).

Saturday July 22, 2017 5:30pm - 6:30pm 
Room 7AB

Gays in Comics, Out in Comics: A 30th Year Celebration

The comic world's longest-running panel celebrates its 30th year with an all-star panel and celebration that will spotlight creators, comics, and fans from 1988 to the present. What a difference 30 years makes! "Diversity" has become a rallying cry in the comics world today. Almost every comic company is looking toward LGBTQ or LGBTQ-friendly creators for work that reflects the world around us today-gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender characters as well as people of color, other cultures, and more. This year, founding moderator and bestselling author Andy Mangels (Wonder Woman '77 Meets the Bionic Woman, Star Trek books) returns to chair the panel and welcomes Tara Madison Avery (Anything That Loves, Gooch, Alphabet), Roxane Gay (Black Panther: World of Wakanda, Bad Feminist, SDCC special guest), Sina Grace (Iceman, Self-Obsessed, Burn the Orphanage), Phil Jimenez (Superwoman, Wonder Woman, Infinite Crisis), Steve Orlando (Midnighter and Apollo, Supergirl, Justice League of America), and Molly Ostertag (Shattered Warrior, Strong Female Protagonist, The Witch Boy). Showcased throughout will be special video messages from an array of Hollywood and comic book celebrities sending special 30th anniversary messages to their LGBTQ fans and allies, plus a Prism Comics Fan Mixer including cool swag giveaways and a silent auction of incredible comics items!

Saturday July 22, 2017 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Room 29AB

Legendary's Cursed Panel with John Barrowman, Carole Barrowman, and Erika Lewis

Legendary Comics hosts John Barrowman, Carole Barrowman, and Erika Lewis talk all things Cursed, their new comic series-the Scottish history, their favorite characters, their not-so-favorite characters, and more.

Saturday July 22, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm 
Room 7AB

Broad City

Created by UCB alums Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, Broad City is an odd-couple comedy about two best friends navigating their twenties in New York City. They're broke, flawed, and don't shy away from the sticky situations NYC throws at them-they dive right into the muck. Last season saw Abbi and Ilana dealing with a whole new slew of everyday challenges including a trip to the DMV, new hookups, visiting Abbi's dad, and a rat in the apartment. Now it's time for these NYC broads to head to San Diego! Co-creators, writers, and stars Abbi and Ilana will give audiences a sneak peek of the new season returning this August. The Broad City girls take you inside the writers' room for a vibrant discussion of what goes on behind the scenes. Broad City returns for season 4 this August on Comedy Central. YAAAS!

Saturday July 22, 2017 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Sunday, July 23

Friendship to the Max with Lumberjanes!

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Calling all Lumberjanes fans! With the comics series entering its fourth year, plus a new series of novels from Amulet Books debuting this fall, there's plenty to talk about around the campfire! Lumberjanes co-creator and co-writer Shannon Watters,Lumberjanes: Unicorn Power! author Mariko Tamaki, and Lumberjanes: Unicorn Power!artist and Lumberjanes co-creator/original artist Brooke Allen discuss the title's legacy thus far, what's in store for Mal, Molly, April, Jo, and Ripley in the comics and the novels, and the importance of hardcore lady types! Moderated by Brigid Alverson (Good Comics for Kids blog at School Library Journal, contributor to CBR, Publishers Weekly, ICv2, and Smash Pages).

Sunday July 23, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am 
Room 25ABC

Steven Universe: Art & Origins

Join Steven Universe creator Rebecca Sugar for her first San Diego Comic-Con intimate conversation as she discusses the making of the official behind-the-scenes art book, Steven Universe: Art & Origins, for the Emmy Award-nominated TV series. Accompanied by Ian Jones-Quartey and the book's author, Chris McDonnell, she will lead a conversation covering a wide range of topics, including influences; the process in developing the characters, design, and music for Steven Universe ; and art from the new book, plus a fan Q&A.

Sunday July 23, 2017 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Room 29AB

Fantasy, Diversity, and Inspiring One Another

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Leigh Bardugo (Six of Crows, Crooked Kingdom, and Wonder Woman: Warbringer), Michael Dante DiMartino (Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Legend of Korra, and Rebel Genius), and Tomi Adeyemi (Children of Blood and Bone) talk about fantasy across all mediums, diversity in literature and on the screen, and their inspirations for their works. All three creators will discuss their upcoming projects: The Language of Thornsby Leigh Bardugo, Warrior Genius and The Legend of Korra comics by Michael DiMartino, and Tomi Adeyemi's Children of Blood and Bone (both the trilogy and the forthcoming movie adaptation, which has been optioned by Fox 2000). Moderated by Kurt Mattila, film director and editor of such films as Tron: The Next Day and Lies & Alibis. Kurt's love for filmmaking is rivaled only by his passion for comic books, which he channels through his superhero podcast, The Big Pull.

Sunday July 23, 2017 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Room 32AB

Marvel: ResurrXion

The ResurrXion is upon us! The X-Men have been catapulted back to the forefront of the Marvel universe, and there's still more to come! join editor-in-chief Axel Alonso,executive editor Nick Lowe, and writers Sina Grace (Iceman), Marc Guggenheim (X-Men Gold), and Christina Strain (Generation X) for an X-citing discussion about the past, present, and future of all things X-Men!

Sunday July 23, 2017 11:15am - 12:15pm 
Room 5AB

A Conversation About Inclusivity and Diversity in Comics and the Comics Market

Hear a diverse mix of creators and booksellers discuss diverse characters in comics, finding and audience for them, and the impact that the push for inclusiveness has had on the comics both creatively and financially.

Sunday July 23, 2017 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Room 8

TNT's The Last Ship with Eric Dane: Panel and Exclusive Sneak Peek of Season Four

The Last Ship is back for a thrilling fourth season, and it's time to reenlist! Over the course of the first three seasons, the Navy destroyer U.S.S. Nathan James has been the central vehicle for the discovery and distribution of the cure to the Red Flu, resulting in near global recovery. After the chilling events at the end of last season, Tom Chandler (Eric Dane) has given up his heroic titles and responsibilities and sought solace-and anonymity-with his family in a small fishing village in Greece. Meanwhile, Captain Slattery (Adam Baldwin) and the crew of the Nathan James have discovered that the virus has "jumped kingdoms" and now infects the world's food crops, bringing humanity to the brink of global famine. As the ship traverses the Mediterranean in search of a solution that can save the world's food supply, Chandler encounters his own enemies in Greece. His "hero's journey" becomes a modern-day retelling of Homer's Odyssey. Join Eric Dane, Adam Baldwin, Bridget Regan, and showrunner Steven Kane for an exclusive sneak preview of what's yet to come this season.

Sunday July 23, 2017 11:45am - 12:45pm 
Hall H

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Two Decades with Feeling A 20th Anniversary Celebration

The authors of the upcoming oral history Slayers & Vampires from Tor Books about Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Edward Gross and Mark A. Altman (co-authors of The Fifty-Year Mission) reopen the Hellmouth and look back at the secret history of the slayer who saved the world a lot, in honor of the show's 20th anniversary. They will also look at what the future might hold for slayage in the 21st century and revisit the underappreciated genius of Angel and the Buffys that never were, featuring some surprise guests.

Sunday July 23, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm 
Room 7AB

DIY Reboot: The Restorative Power of Fanfic

In a discussion moderated by Jen Stout (fanfic editor, beta reader), panelists Kaylie Allen (multifandom writer), Shannon Conover (fandom blogger), and Phoenix Mendoza (fan artist, writer) explore fanfic's roots in zine and queer culture, variations across decades and fandoms, sexism concerning how fan works are perceived by the general public, and fanfic's healing, restorative qualities for readers, writers, and fans.

Sunday July 23, 2017 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Grand 1 & 2, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

Chicano Comics

In Mexico and other Latin American countries, reading comic books and comic strips has long been an accepted form of entertainment and even a potential mode of cultural and political learning and transgression. As a storytelling medium, the comic is especially attractive to Latinos and Latinas. Comic books cost little to make. They offer the possibility of a grassroots-style distribution on the Internet and by word of mouth. Most American comics fans are unfamiliar with Latino comics south of the border or indeed the magical realist world presented in mural, painting, and even graffiti form. This is the third continuous year Comic-Con has welcomed Latino artists, cartoonists, and exhibitors to talk about graphic narratives in the Chicano culture. This panel is honored to have the presence of Juan Felipe Herrera, the recent poet laureate of both California and the entire U.S., as well as renowned Peruvian muralist Mario Torero, former Logan resident Lalo "La Cucaracha" Alcaraz,Mexican graphic novelist Charles Glaubitz (whose latest graphic novel, Star Seeds, is the subject of an exhibition by the Bread and Salt Gallery in Logan), and the San Diego Free Press cartoonist Joaquin Junco Jr. (Junco Canché). David Favela is the owner of Border X at the center of the Logan community, which provides music nearly every night and a gallery featuring local artists.

Sunday July 23, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm 
Room 25ABC

Danger & Eggs

Danger & Eggs, a new Amazon Original for kids, follows the endless adventures of a fearless, teal-haired girl named D.D. Danger (Aidy Bryant) and her ever-cautious best friend, a giant talking egg named Phillip (Eric Knobel). D.D. is always chasing her next big thrill, and luckily for her, Phillip is always there by her side with jerry-rigged safety mechanisms to make her thrill-seeking dreams come true. Join moderator Chris Hardwick (Talking Dead, @midnight) as he talks with the show's voice talent Aidy Bryant (Saturday Night Live) and Eric Knobel (Huge Theater), along with guest voice talent Charlyne Yi (Knocked Up), Jasika Nicole (Fringe), Stephanie Beatriz (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), and the show's creators Shadi Petosky (Yo Gabba Gabba!, MAD) and Mike Owens (Yo Gabba Gabba!, Animaniacs), for a screening of an episode of Danger & Eggsand an audience Q&A. Danger & Eggs is available to stream now on Amazon Prime Video.

Sunday July 23, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm 
Room 24ABC

Stephen King's Mr. Mercedes

Jack Bender (EP/director, Lost, Under the Dome), Harry Treadaway (Penny Dreadful), Kelly Lynch (The L Word), Holland Taylor (Two and a Half Men, The Practice), Jharrel Jerome (Moonlight), and Breeda Wool (UnREAL) discuss their new original series on AT&T Audience Network based on the bestselling Stephen King novel, which follows a demented killer who taunts a retired police detective and the crusade to bring the killer to justice before he is able to strike again.

Sunday July 23, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm 
Room 8

Doctor Who: BBC America Official Panel

BBC America’s Doctor Who returns to San Diego Comic-Con for the final Hall H panel with star Peter Capaldi. Fans will have an exclusive sneak peek of the upcoming Doctor Who Christmas Special—the final episode starring Peter Capaldi as the Doctor and written by Emmy Award-winning lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat. Join Peter Capaldi (the Doctor), Pearl Mackie (Bill), Matt Lucas (Nardole), Michelle Gomez (Missy), writer and actor Mark Gatiss (Sherlock), and showrunner Steven Moffat (Sherlock) for a panel moderated by Chris Hardwick that will celebrate Christmas in July and share one last look back at their time with the iconic global hit series with fans. Watch the entire critically acclaimed new season of Doctor Who now on BBCAmerica.com, BBC America App, and On Demand.

Sunday July 23, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm 
Hall H

Super Asian America

With live-action versions of Death Note and Ghost in the Shell, Hollywood keeps mining Asian culture for inspiration-while sidelining Asian people. At the same time, series like Into the Badlands and Master of None demonstrate how successful shows with Asian leads can be. The state of Super Asian America in 2017 is assessed by panelists Will Choi (Asian AF), Deric Hughes (The Flash), Angela Kang (The Walking Dead), C. B. Lee (Not Your Sidekick), Lewis Tan (Iron Fist), and Dr. Nancy Yue n (Reel Inequality). Moderated by Racebending.com's Michael Le.

Sunday July 23, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm 
Room 29AB

Buffy Musical: 'Once More With Feeling,' an Interactive Whedon Musical

Time to end this show with a bang! The powers that be behind Whedonopolis and Fandom Charities present an interactive screening of the Buffy the Vampire Slayermusical episode "Once More with Feeling" as Comic-Con's big closing event! Many say this is the finest, funniest, most ingenious episode ever to come out of the Buffyverse. But remember, the best part of the show is up to you! This episode was made for talkin'-back, and singing, and shouting, and dancing in the aisles, with or without your dry cleaning! Audience participation: It isn't just for Rocky Horror and mob riots anymore!

Sunday July 23, 2017 3:15 pm - 4:45 pm

Room 6BCF

Moving Beyond the 'Strong Female Character'

One-dimensionality is so late-’90s; fans need well-written, fully-developed women in their media. Join Sam Maggs (Wonder Women), Amy S. Foster (The Rift: Uprising), Bree Turner (Grimm), Danielle Paige (Dorothy Must Die), Jody Houser (Faith), Jen Bartel(Jem and the Holograms), Alicia Lutes (Nerdist), and Amy Chu (Poison Ivy, Red Sonja) as they chat about their favorite lady characters, what could be improved, and how creators can make those changes.

Sunday July 23, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm 
Room 32AB

San Diego Comic-Con runs July 20-23 at the San Diego Convention Center and surrounding area. Join the conversation online by using the hashtag #SDCC2017. You can view the full schedule of programming here.

Sebastiane Latino Award...

Five films will be competing for the 5th Sebastiane Latino Award

The award will recognise the Latin American film of the year that best reflects sexual and gender diversity

The Sebastiane Latino Award is presented each year by the Gehitu association to the Latin American feature film that best defends the demands and values of lesbians, gays, transsexuals and bisexuals. The jury is made up of experts on Latin American LGBTI films (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Personas) and members of GEHITU (LGBT Association of the Basque Country). After watching most of the films released in the last year, the jury would like to highlight the films that focus on female characters that portray the intimate reality of transsexual women. “These are portrayals that steer clear from stereotypes like prostitution, although their characters become the focus of stories where the situation they face on a daily basis is often difficult”, the jury points out.

Androgyny and the drag world have also been well-represented, they explain, “showing how fine the line can be that separates one sex from another. This lack of definition, a third sex, is a search for an identity of their own that goes beyond physical aspects or labels, because what always lies underneath is just a human being”.

They conclude that the so-called “new kinds of families” are also still present, “showing that they are no longer so uncommon but are valid emotional variants”.

The films competing in the final for the 5th Sebastiane Latino Award are:

Corpo Elétrico by Marcelo Caetano (Brazil)

Elías is new in Sao Paulo, and works around the clock in a clothing factory and spends his free time in flings with other men. Summer is coming, it’s getting really hot and they need to finish the job before the end of the season. With very little free time Elías tries to find his place in old and new circles of friends that are ways of facing up to loneliness.

Primavera by Santiago Giralt (Argentina)

This is a choral story, which tries to show that unusual families have the same problems as all the others do. It focuses on Leopoldo, an 11-year-old boy who has grown up surrounded by artists. During the three months of spring (the film starts on the 21st of September and ends on Xmas Day), the boy discovers love and heartbreak for the first time.

Señorita María, la falda de la montaña by Rubén Mendoza (Colombia)

Miss María Luisa lives in the mountains in Boavita, a conservative, Catholic peasant village. She is 44 years old and although she was born as a boy, she dresses and feels that she is woman. Alone and rejected since she was small, María Luisa has found an unwavering strength inside herself and in simple acts of solidarity by her neighbours. Her faith in the Virgin Mary and her love of animals also provide solace for this endearing character.
A disturbing, deeply humane portrait that forces us to witness beauty and the sinister side of life, what is natural and rooted in culture; what is unique and cannot be denied and the strength of collective power.

Una mujer fantástica (A Fantastic Woman) by Sebastián Leilo (Chile-Germany-Spain)

Marina, a young moonlighting waitress, plans a future together with Orlando, who is twenty years older than her. Orlando doesn’t feel well. Marina takes him to the emergency department but Orlando dies when he gets to the hospital. However, instead of being able to mourn his death, Marina, because she is transsexual woman, will be forced to confront the same forces that she has fought against all her life to become what she is now: a complex, strong, passionate… fantastic woman.

El diablo es magnífico by Nicolás Videla (Chile)

Manu is an androgynous effeminate guy, but he doesn’t reject his sexuality, he just prefers to ignore it. A Chilean immigrant in Paris who is tired of the hostility and instability he faces in the city, he decides to go back to Chile, after ten years in France. During these last few days he will follow various routes that recall love and sex.

Andrew Garfield...

National Theatre Live Angels In AmericaInitially, we thought it wise not to comment upon yet another actor talking bollocks...but, Mr Garfield caused quite a furore...with his being a gay man right now, just “without the physical act”.

And the LGBT-news-reporting world went a little bit mad!!!

Now, in our experience, when something is reported in the [LGBT] media...we wait a few days and then decide whether to comment or not...because, more times than not, things are blown out of all proportion and/or are taken out of context...all in the name of getting a juicy little soundbite and a by-line!!!

This is a case in point...

Mr Garfield has responded to the controversy surrounding remarks he made earlier this month about gay men.

The British actor, 33, was discussing his preparation for his role as a gay man living with Aids in the London revival of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America when said: “I am a gay man right now just without the physical act”.

Asked how he researched for the role of Prior Walter, Garfield had replied: “As far as I know, I am not a gay man. Maybe I’ll have an awakening later in my life, which I’m sure will be wonderful and I’ll get to explore that part of the garden, but right now I’m secluded to my area, which is wonderful as well.

“I adore it, but a big concern was what right do I have to play this wonderful gay role?”

Adding that he had seen “every single series” of drag queen reality show RuPaul’s Drag Race during his preparation for the show, he explained: “My only time off during rehearsals – every Sunday I would have eight friends over and we would just watch Ru.

“This is my life outside of this play. I am a gay man right now just without the physical act – that’s all.”

A word to the wise...sometimes it's better to just say nothing at all! And, if you do say something rather silly...well, it keeps publicists and [hack] journalists busy!

Queer Britannia...on the BBC...

Gay Britannia

Gay Britannia, a season of programming marking the 50th anniversary of The Sexual Offences Act 1967, which partially decriminalised gay sex.

More info here


On TV...

Against the Law

When Peter Wildeblood fell in love with Edward McNally in 1952, homosexuality was a crime

BBC Two

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Man In An Orange Shirt Series 1, Episode 1

1/2 Michael and Thomas fall in love in the heat of war but can their romance endure back home?

BBC Two

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Prejudice and Pride: The People’s History of LGBTQ Britain Series 1, Episode 1

1/2 The story of ordinary LGBTQ people and their extraordinary lives over the last 50 years.

BBC Four

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Queers Series 1, The Man on the Platform

1/8 A young man returning from WW1 recollects a love that dare not speak its name.

BBC Four

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Storyville Queerama

The story of an extraordinary century of gay experiences.

BBC Four

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Is It Safe To Be Gay in The UK?

Documentary looking at the rise in homophobic hate crime in the UK.

BBC Two

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Gluck: Who Did She Think She Was?

The untold story of Britain’s cross dressing high society painter.

BBC Four

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All Families Have Secrets – Patrick Gale's Art of Fiction

Stephen Fry meets Patrick Gale to discuss his first TV drama Man In An Orange Shirt.

BBC Two

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imagine... Summer 2017, Mapplethorpe: Look At The Pictures

An unflinching and uncompromising portrait of one of the most controversial photographers

BBC One

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Queer as Art

A celebration of the LGBTQ community's contribution to British cultural life.

BBC Two

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Queer Britain Series 1, Queer And Proud

6/6 A once pejorative label, what does it mean to be queer in Britain in 2017?

BBC Three

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Queer Britain Series 1, Porn Idols

5/6 Riyadh explores the world of LGBTQ+ porn, including a gay 'Chav porn' shoot.

BBC Three

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Queer Britain Series 1, Preference or Prejudice?

4/6 Exploring casual racism in the LGBTQ+ community. When does preference become prejudice?

BBC Three

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Queer Britain Series 1, Out On The Streets

3/6 Why do so many queer people find themselves homeless?

BBC Three

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Queer Britain Series 1, The Search For The Perfect Body

2/6 Examining the pressure for gay men to look a certain way and its devastating side-effects.

BBC Three

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Queer Britain Series 1, Does God Hate Queers?

1/6 Riyadh explores the relationship between faith and sexual identities.

BBC Three


On Radio...

Sunday Feature Literary Pursuits, Literary Pursuits: EM Forster's Maurice

Exploring the long journey to publication of EM Forster's gay love story Maurice.

BBC Radio 3

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Drama on 3 Victim

Play about the making of Victim, the first British film to address homosexuality seriously

BBC Radio 3

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Words and Music Women in Love

Texts and music inspired by the love between women. Readers: Diana Quick and Sophie Ward.

BBC Radio 3

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Free Thinking Philip Hoare and Elizabeth Jane Burnett on wild swimming, Jake Arnott on Joe Orton

Philip Hoare and Elizabeth Jane Burnett discuss the literary power of the sea.

BBC Radio 3

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Free Thinking Writing Love: Jonathan Dollimore, Heer Ranjha, Sappho

Including the Punjabi Romeo and Juliet and the Centre for the Study of Sexual Dissidence.

BBC Radio 3

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Drama on 3 Joe Orton Double-Bill: The Erpingham Camp and The Ruffian on the Stair

Two Joe Orton plays recorded live at the BBC's Radio Theatre.

BBC Radio 3

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Emmys 2017: Full List of Nominations...& Winners...

...it's a very long list!!!

Emmys

The nominations for the 69th Annual Emmy Awards were unveiled on Thursday morning.

The honorees were announced at the Television Academy’s Wolf Theatre at the Saban Media Center in North Hollywood by “Veep” actress Anna Chlumsky, “S.W.A.T.” star Shemar Moore, and Television Academy CEO Hayma Washington at 8:30 a.m. PT.

HBO’s “Westworld” and NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” tied for the most nominations for the 2017 Emmy Awards, earning the most with 22 each.

As Peak TV reaches new heights, it’s only fitting that this year saw a bigger Emmy ballot. Drama series had the largest number of submissions with 180, with best actor in a drama close behind at 140, and best actress in a drama up next at 113.

The Emmy Awards, hosted by Stephen Colbert, will air live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, Sept. 17 at 5 p.m. PT. on CBS.

Here’s the full nominations list.

We've highlighted a few of the winners...the full list can be found here

Drama Series
“Better Call Saul” (AMC)
“The Crown” (Netflix)
“The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu)
“House of Cards” (Netflix)
“Stranger Things” (Netflix)
“This Is Us” (NBC)
“Westworld” (HBO)

Comedy Series
“Atlanta” (FX)
“Black-ish” (ABC)
“Master of None” (Netflix)
“Modern Family” (ABC)
“Silicon Valley” (HBO)
“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (Netflix)
“Veep” (HBO)

Drama Actress
Viola Davis (“How to Get Away with Murder”)
Claire Foy (“The Crown”)
Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Keri Russell (“The Americans”)
Evan Rachel Wood (“Westworld”)
Robin Wright (“House of Cards”)

Drama Actor
Sterling K. Brown (“This Is Us”)
Anthony Hopkins (“Westworld”)
Bob Odenkirk (“Better Call Saul”)
Matthew Rhys (“The Americans”)
Liev Schreiber (“Ray Donovan”)
Kevin Spacey (“House of Cards”)
Milo Ventimiglia (“This Is Us”)

Comedy Actor
Anthony Anderson (“Black-ish”)
Aziz Ansari (“Master of None”)
Zach Galifianakis (“Baskets”)
Donald Glover (“Atlanta”)
William H. Macy (“Shameless”)
Jeffrey Tambor (“Transparent”)

Comedy Actress
Pamela Adlon (“Better Things”)
Tracee Ellis-Ross (“black-ish”)
Jane Fonda (“Grace and Frankie”)
Lily Tomlin (“Grace and Frankie”)
Allison Janney (“Mom”)
Ellie Kemper (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep”)

Limited Series
“Big Little Lies” (HBO)
“Fargo” (FX)
“Feud: Bette and Joan” (FX)
“The Night Of” (HBO)
“Genius” (National Geographic)

Limited Series Actor
Riz Ahmed (“The Night Of”)
Benedict Cumberbatch (“Sherlock: The Lying Detective”)
Robert De Niro (“The Wizard of Lies”)
Ewan McGregor (“Fargo”)
Geoffrey Rush (“Genius”)
John Turturro (“The Night Of”)

Limited Series Actress
Carrie Coon (“Fargo”)
Felicity Huffman (“American Crime”)
Nicole Kidman (“Big Little Lies”)
Jessica Lange (“Feud”)
Susan Sarandon (“Feud”)
Reese Witherspoon (“Big Little Lies”)

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
John Lithgow (“The Crown”)
Jonathan Banks (“Better Call Saul”)
Mandy Patinkin (“Homeland”)
Michael Kelly (“House of Cards”)
David Harbour (“Stranger Things”)
Ron Cephas Jones (“This Is Us”)
Jeffrey Wright (“Westworld”)

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Ann Dowd (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Samira Wiley (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Uzo Aduba (“Orange Is the New Black”)
Millie Bobby Brown (“Stranger Things”)
Chrissy Metz (“This Is Us”)
Thandie Newton (“Westworld”)

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin (“Saturday Night Live”)
Louie Anderson (“Baskets”)
Ty Burrell (“Modern Family”)
Tituss Burgess (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”)
Tony Hale (“Veep”)
Matt Walsh (“Veep”)

Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Kate McKinnon (“Saturday Night Live”)
Vanessa Bayer (“Saturday Night Live”)
Leslie Jones (“Saturday Night Live”)
Anna Chlumsky (“Veep”)
Judith Light (“Transparent”)
Kathryn Hahn (“Transparent”)

Variety Talk Series
“Full Frontal With Samantha Bee” (TBS)
“Jimmy Kimmel Live!” (ABC)
“Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” (HBO)
“The Late Late Show With James Corden” (CBS)
“Real Time With Bill Maher” (HBO)
“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS)

Reality Competition
“The Amazing Race” (CBS)
“American Ninja Warrior” (NBC)
“Project Runway” (Lifetime)
“RuPaul’s Drag Race” (vh1)
“Top Chef” (Bravo)
“The Voice” (NBC)

Television Movie
“Black Mirror: San Junipero” (Netflix)
“Dolly Parton’s Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Love” (NBC)
“The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks” (HBO)
“Sherlock: The Lying Detective (Masterpiece)” (PBS)
“The Wizard Of Lies” (HBO)

Variety Sketch Series
“Billy On The Street” (truTV)
“Documentary Now!” (IFC)
“Drunk History” (Comedy Central)
“Portlandia” (IFC)
“Saturday Night Live” (NBC)
“Tracey Ullman’s Show” (HBO)

Structured Reality Program
“Antiques Roadshow” (PBS)
“Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” (Food Network)
“Fixer Upper” (HGTV)
“Lip Sync Battle” (Spike TV)
“Shark Tank” (ABC)
“Who Do You Think You Are” (TLC)

Unstructured Reality Program
“Born This Way” (A&E)
“Deadliest Catch” (Discovery Channel)
“Gaycation With Ellen Page” (Viceland)
“Intervention” (A&E)
“RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked” (YouTube)
“United Shades Of America: With W. Kamau Bell” (CNN)

Host for a Reality/Reality-Competition Program
Alec Baldwin (“Match Game”)
W. Kamau Bell (“United Shades Of America With W. Kamau Bell)
RuPaul Charles (“RuPaul’s Drag Race)
Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn (“Project Runway)
Gordon Ramsay (“MasterChef Junior)
Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg (“Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party”)

Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
Bill Camp (“The Night Of”)
Alfred Molina (“Feud: Bette and Joan”)
Alexander Skarsgård (“Big Little Lies”)
David Thewlis (“Fargo”)
Stanley Tucci (“Feud: Bette and Joan”)
Michael K. Williams (“The Night Of”)

Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
Judy Davis (“Feud: Bette and Joan”)
Laura Dern (“Big Little Lies”)
Jackie Hoffman (“Feud: Bette and Joan”)
Regina King (“American Crime”)
Michelle Pfeiffer (“The Wizard of Lies”)
Shailene Woodley (“Big Little Lies”)

Directing for a Comedy Series
Donald Glover (“Atlanta”)
Jamie Babbit (“Silicon Valley”)
Mike Judge (“Silicon Valley”)
Morgan Sackett (“Veep”)
David Mandel (“Veep”)
Dale Stern (“Veep”)

Directing for a Drama Series
Vince Gilligan (“Better Call Saul”)
Stephen Daldry (“The Crown”)
Reed Morano (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Kate Dennis (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Lesli Linka Glatter (“Homeland”)
The Duffer Brothers (“Stranger Things”)
Jonathan Nolan (“Westworld”)

Directing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special
Jean-Marc Vallee (“Big Little Lies”)
Noah Hawley (“Fargo”)
Ryan Murphy (“Feud: Bette & Joan”)
Ron Howard (“Genius”)
James Marsh (“The Night Of”)
Steve Zaillian (“The Night Of”)

Directing for a Variety Series
Derek Waters & Jeremy Konner (“Drunk History”)
Andy Fisher (Jimmy Kimmel Live”)
Paul Pennolino (“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”)
Jim Hoskinson (“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”)
Don Roy King (“Saturday Night Live”)

Directing for a Variety Special 
Paul Pennolino (“Full Frontal with Samantha Bee Presents Not The White House Correspondents’ Dinner”)
Glenn Weiss (“The Oscars”)
Jim Hoskinson (“Stephen Colbert’s Live Election Night Democracy’s Series Finale: Who’s Going to Clean Up This Sh*t?”)
Jerry Foley (“Tony Bennett Celebrates 90: The Best is Yet to Come”)

Directing for a Nonfiction Program
Alexis Bloom and Fisher Stevens (“Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds”)
Ezra Edelman (“O.J.: Made in America”)
Fredi Devas (“Planet Earth II”)
Elizabeth White (“Planet Earth II”)
Ava DuVernay (“13th”)

Writing for a Comedy Series
Donald Glover (“Atlanta”)
Stephen Glover (“Atlanta”)
Aziz Ansari and Lena Waithe (“Master of None”)
Alec Berg (“Silicon Valley”)
Billy Kimball (“Veep”)
David Mandel (“Veep”)

Writing for a Drama Series
Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields (“The Americans”)
Gordon Smith (“Better Call Saul”)
Peter Morgan (“The Crown”)
Bruce Miller (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
The Duffer Brothers (“Stranger Things”)
Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan (“Westworld”)

Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or Drama
David E. Kelley (“Big Little Lies”)
Charlie Brooker (“Black Mirror: San Junipero”)
Noah Hawley (“Fargo”)
Ryan Murphy (“Feud: Bette and Joan”)
Jaffe Cohen, Michael Zam and Ryan Murphy (“Feud: Bette and Joan”)
Richard Price and Steven Zaillian (“The Night Of”)

Writing for a Variety Series 
Jo Miller, Samantha Bee, Ashley Nicole Black, Pat Cassels, Eric Drysdae, Mathan Erhardt, Travon Free, Joe Grossman, Miles Kahn, Melinda Taub & Jason Reich (“Full Frontal with Samantha Bee”)
Kevin Avery, Tim Carvell, Josh Gondelman, Dan Gurewitch, Geoff Haggerty, Jeff Maurer, John Oliver, Scott Sherman, Will Tracy, Jill Twiss & Juli Weiner (“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”)
Jermaine Affonso, Alex Baze, Bryan Donaldson, Sal Gentile, Matt Goldich, Dina Gusovky, Jenny Hagel, Allison Hord, Mike Karnell, John Lutz, Seth Meyers, Ian Morgan, Seth Reiss, Amber Ruffin, Mike Scollins, Mike Shoemaker & Ben Warheit (“Late Night with Seth Meyers”)
Barry Julien, Jay Katsir, Opus Moreschi, Stephen Colbert, Tom Purcell, Matt Lappin, Michael Brumm, Nate Charny, Aaron Cohen, Cullen Crawford, Paul Dinello, Ariel Dumas, Glenn Eichler, Django Gold, Gabe Gronli, Daniel Kibblesmith, Michael Pielocik, Kate Sidley, Jen Spyra, Brian Stack & John Thibodeaux (“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”)
Chris Kelly, Sarah Schneider, Kent Sublette, Bryan Tucker, Pete Schultz, James Anderson, Kristen Bartlett, Jeremy Beiler, Zach Bornstein, Joanna Bradley, Megan Callahan, Michael Che, Anna Drezen, Fran Gillespie, Sudi Green, Steve Higgins, Colin Jost, Erik Kenward, Rob Klein, Nick Kocher, Dave McCary, Brian McElhaney, Dennis McNicholas, Drew Michael, Lorne Michaels, Josh Patten, Katie Rich, Streeter Seidell, Will Stephen & Julio Torres (“Saturday Night Live”)

Writing for a Variety Special
Samantha Bee, Jo Miller, Ashley Nicole Black, Patt Cassels, Eric Drysdale, Mathan Erhardt, Travon Free, Joe Grossman, Miles Kahn & Melinda Taub (“Full Frontal with Samantha Bee Presents Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner”)
Louis C.K. (“Louis C.K. 2017”)
Sarah Silverman (“Sarah Silverman: A Speck of Dust”)
Jay Katsir, Opus Moreschi, Stephen Colbert, Michael Brumm, Nate Charny, Aaron Cohen, Cullen Crawford, Paul Dinello, Rob Dubbin, Ariel Dumas, Glenn Eichler, Django Gold, Gabe Gronli, Barry Julien, Daniel Kibblesmith, Matt Lappin, Michael Pielocik, Tom Purcell, Kate Sidley, Jen Spyra, Brian Stack & John Thibodeaux (“Stephen Colbert’s Live Election Night Democracy’s Series Finale: Who’s Going to Clean Up This Sh*t?”)
Dave Boone, Mike Gibbons, Lauren Greenberg, Ian Karmel, Ben Winston & Justin Shanes (“70th Annual Tony Awards”)

Writing for a Nonfiction Program
Matthew Hamachek and Brian McGinn (“Amanda Knox”)
Anthony Bourdain (“Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown”)
Mark Monroe (“The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years”)
Prashanth Venkataramanujam, CeCe Pleasants, Sanden Totten, Mike Drucker & Flora Lichtman (“Bill Nye Saves the World”)
Ava DuVernay & Spencer Averick (“13th”)

stst Actor in a Comedy Series
Riz Ahmed (“Girls” — “All I Ever Wanted”)
Matthew Rhys (“Girls” — “American Bitch”)
Dave Chappelle (“Saturday Night Live” — “Host: Dave Chappelle”)
Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Satuday Night Live” — “Host: Lin-Manuel Miranda”)
Tom Hanks (“Saturday Night Live” — “Host: Tom Hanks”)
Hugh Laurie (“Veep” — “Blurb”)

Guest Actor in a Drama Series
Ben Mendelsohn (“Bloodline” — “Part 32”)
BD Wong (“Mr. Robot” — “eps2.3_logic-b0mb.hc”)
Hank Azaria (“Ray Donovan” — “Norman Saves the World”)
Denis O’Hare (“This Is Us” — “Last Christmas”)
Brian Tyree Henry (“This Is Us” — “Memphis”)
Gerald McRaney (“This Is Us” — “The Big Day”)

Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
Wanda Sykes (“Black-ish” — “Lemons”)
Carrie Fisher (“Catastrophe” — “Episode 6”)
Becky Ann Baker (“Girls” — “Gummies”)
Angela Bassett (“Master of None” — “Thanksgiving”)
Kristen Wiig (“Saturday Night Live” — “Host: Kristen Wiig”)
Melissa McCarthy (“Saturday Night Live” — “Host: Melissa McCarthy”)

Guest Actress in a Drama Series
Alison Wright (“The Americans” — “The Soviet Division”)
Alexis Bledel (“The Handmaid’s Tale” — “Late”)
Cicely Tyson (“How to Get Away with Murder” — “Go Cry Somewhere Else”)
Ann Dowd (“The Leftovers” — “The Most Powerful Man In The World (And His Identical Twin Brother)”)
Laverne Cox (“Orange is the New Black” — “Doctor Psycho”)
Shannon Purser (“Stranger Things” — “Chapter Three: Jolly, Holly”)

Character Voice-Over Performance 
Dee Bradley Baker (“American Dad!”)
Kevin Kline (“Bob’s Burgers”)
Kristen Schaal (“BoJack Horseman”)
Mo Collins (“F is for Family”)
Seth MacFarlane (“Family Guy”)
Nancy Cartwright (“The Simpsons”)

Animated Program 
“Archer” (FX Networks)
“Bob’s Burgers” (FOX)
“Elena and the Secret of Avalor (Sofia the First)” (Disney Channel)
“The Simpsons” (FOX)
“South Park” (Comedy Central)

Short Form Animated Program
“Adventure Time” (Cartoon Network)
“Disney Mickey Mouse” (Disney Channel)
Marvel’s Rocket & Groot (“Disney XD App)
“Steven Universe” (Cartoon Network)
“Teen Titans Go!” (Cartoon Network)

Production Design for a Narrative Contemporary or Fantasy Program (One Hour or More)
Julie Berghoff, Evan Webber & Sophie Neudorfer (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Jonathan McKinstry, Jo Riddell & Philip Murphy (“Penny Dreadful”)
Zack Grobler, Steve Christensen & Julie Ochipinti (“Westworld”)
Nathan Crowley, Naaman Marshall & Julie Ochipinti (“Westworld”)
Ludovica Ferrario, Alexandro Maria Santucci & Laura Casalini (“The Young Pope”)

Production Design for a Narrative Period Program (One Hour or More)
Martin Childs, Mark Raggett & Celia Bobak (“The Crown”)
Judy Becker, Jamie McCall & Florencia Martin (“Feud: Bette and Joan”)
Drew Boughton, Dawn Swiderski & Jon Lancaster (“The Man in the High Castle”)
Elizabeth H. Gray, Samantha Englender, Halina Siwolop (“Masters of Sex”)
Chris Trujillo, William Davis & Jess Royal (“Stranger Things”)

Production Design for a Narrative Program (Half-Hour or Less)
John Shaffner, Francoise Cherry-Cohen & Ann Shea (“The Big Bang Theory”)
Devorah Herbert, Ben Edelberg & Christopher Carlson (“Grace and Frankie”)
Tommaso Ortino, Susanna Codognato & Letizia Santucci (“Mozart in the Jungle”)
Richard Toyon, Jaclyn Hauser & Jennifer Mueller (“Silicon Valley”)
Cat Smith, Macie Vener & Dea Johnson (“Transparent”)
Jim Gloster, Andrew Leitch & Kimberly Wannop (“Veep”)

Production Design for a Variety, Nonfiction, Reality or Reality-Competition Series
James Pearse Connelly, Lydia Smyth & Stephanie Hines Trigg (“Bill Nye Saves the World”)
Chloe Arbiture, Monica Soto & Rae Deslich (“Drunk History”)
Schuyler Telleen & Katherine Isom (“Portlandia”)
Eugene Lee, Akira Yoshimura, Keith Ian Raywood & N. Joseph DeTullio (“Saturday Night Live”)
Anton Goss, James Pearse Connelly, Zeya Maurer, Brittany MacWhorter & Stephanie Hines (“The Voice”)

Production Design for a Variety Nonfiction, Event or Award Special
John Yeck (“Full Frontal with Samanta Bee Presents Not The White House Correspondents’ Dinner”)
Brian Stonestreet & John Zuiker (“74th Annual Golden Globes”)
Derek McLane, Joe Celli & Jason Howard (“Hairspray Live!”)
Derek McLane & Alana Billingsley (“The Oscars”)
Bruce Rodgers, LeRoy Bennett, Shelley Rodgers & Lindsey Breslauer (“Super Bowl LI Halftime Show Starring Lady Gaga”)

Casting for a Comedy Series
Alexa L. Fogel, Tara Feldstein Bennett & Chase Paris (“Atlanta”)
Cody Beke & Teresa Razzauti (“Master of None”)
Jeanne McCarthy, Nicole Abellera Hallman & Leslie Woo (“Silicon Valley”)
Eyde Belasco (“Transparent”)
Dorian Frankel & Sibby Kirchgessner (“Veep”)

Casting for a Drama Series
Nina Gold & Robert Sterne (“The Crown”)
Russell Scott, Sharon Bialy & Sherry Thomas (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Carmen Cuba, Tara Feldstein Bennett & Chase Paris (“Stranger Things”)
Bernard Telsey & Tiffany Little Canfield (“This Is Us”)
John Papsidera (“Westworld”)

Casting for a Limited Series, Movie or Special 
David Rubin (“Big Little Lies”)
Rachel Tenner, Jackie Lind & Stephanie Goran (“Fargo”)
Robert J. Ulrich & Eric Dawson (“Feud: Bette and Joan”)
Avy Kaufman & Sabrina Hyman (“The Night Of”)
Ellen Chenoweth (“The Wizard of Lies”)

Casting for a Reality Program
Sasha Alpert & Megan Sleeper (“Born This Way”)
Sasha Alpert, Alissa Haight & Jen DeMartino (“Project Runway”)
Doron Ofir (“RuPaul’s Drag Race”)
Lynne Spiegel Spillman (“Survivor”)
Michelle McNulty, Holly Dale & Courtney Burns (“The Voice)

Choreography 
Derek Hough (“Dancing with the Stars”)
Mandy Moore (“Dancing with the Stars”)
Fred Tallaksen (“The Real O’Neals”)
Travis Wall (“So You Think You Can Dance”)
Mandy Moore (“So You Think You Can Dance”)

Cinematography for a Multi-Camera Series
Joseph Wilmond Calloway (“K.C. Undercover”)
Donald A. Morgan (“The Ranch”)
Gary Baum (” Superior Donuts”)
Christian La Fountaine (“2 Broke Girls”)

Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series (Half-Hour)
Rodney Taylor (“Ballers”)
Reed Morano (“Divorce”)
Tobias Datum (“Mozart in the Jungle”)
Tim Suhrstedt (“Silicon Valley”)
Jim Frohna (“Transparent”)
David Miller (“Veep”)

Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series (One Hour)
Adriano Goldman (“The Crown”)
Colin Watkinson (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
James Hawkinson (“The Man in the High Castle”)
Tod Campbell (Mr. Robot”)
John Toll (“Sense8”)
Tim Ives (“Stranger Things”)
Paul Cameron (“Westworld”)

Cinematography for a Limited Series or Movie
Yves Bélanger (“Big Little Lies”)
Seamus McGarvey (“Black Mirror: Nosedive”)
Dana Gonzales (“Fargo”)
Fred Elmes (“The Night Of”0
Luca Bigazzi (“The Young Pope”)

Cinematography for a Nonfiction Program
Todd Lieber & Zach Zamboni (“Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown”)
Will Basanta (“Chef’s Table”)
Nick Higgins (“O.J.: Made In America”)
Cinematography Team (“Planet Earth II: Cities”)
Cinematography Team (“Planet Earth II: Islands”)
Hans Charles & Kira Kelly (“13th”)

Cinematography for a Reality Program
Peter Rieveschl, Alan Weeks, Petr Cikhart, Ryan O’Donnell & Joshua Gitersonke (“The Amazing Race”)
Bruce Ready (“Born This Way”)
David Reichert, Dave Arnold, Kelvon Agee, Josh Thomas & Todd Stanley (“Deadliest Catch”)
Mike Cheeseman, John Griber, Simeon Houtman, Terry Pratt, Danny Day & Ben Mullin (“Life Below Zero”)
Cinematography Team (“Survivor”)

Commercial 
John X Hannes & Smuggler (“Calling JohnMalkovich.com – Squarespace”)
R/GA & Tool of North America (“Love Cam – Ad Coucil: Love Has No Labels”)

R/GA & MJZ (“We Are America – Ad Council: Love Has No Labels”)
McGarry Bowen & Hungry Man Productions (“Why I March – Women’s March on Washington”)
72 and Sunny & Hecho en 72 (“Year in Search 2016 – Google”)

Period/ Fantasy Costumes for a Series, Limited Series, or Movie
Michele Clapton, Alex Fordham, Emma O’Loughlin & Kate O’Farrell (“The Crown”)
Lou Eyrich, Hannah Jacobs & Katie Saunders (“Feud: Bette and Joan”)
Sonu Mishra, Martina Hejlová & Petia Krckova (“Genius”)
Ane Crabtree & Sheena Wichary (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Trish Summerville, Lynda Foote & Jo Kissack Folsom (“Westworld”)

Contemporary Costumes for a Series, Limited Series or Movie
Alix Friedberg, Risa Garcia & Patricia McLaughlin (“Big Little Lies”)
Paolo Nieddu, Jennifer Salim & Mary Lane (“Empire”)
Allyson B. Fanger, Heather Pain & Lori DeLapp (“Grace and Frankie”)
Hala Bahmet, Marina Ray & Elinor Bardach (“This Is Us”)
Marie Schley, Hannah Schneider & Leslie Herman (“Transparent”)

Costumes for Variety, Nonfiction or Reality Programming 
Daniela Gschwendtner, Steven Norman Lee, Polina Roytman, Karina Torrico & Howard Sussman (“Dancing with the Stars”)
Mary Vogt & Carolyn Dessert-Lauterio (“Hairspray Live!”)
Amanda Needham, Jayme Hansen & Jordan Hamilton (“Portlandia”)
Zaldy Goco & Perry Meek (“RuPaul’s Drag Race”)
Tom Broecker & Eric Justian (“Saturday Night Live”)

Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series
Skip Macdonald (“Better Call Saul”)
Kelley Dixon & Skip Macdonald (“Better Call Saul”)
Dean Zimmerman (“Stranger Things”)
Kevin D. Ross (“Stranger Things”)
Andrew Seklir (“Westworld”)

Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series 
Jennifer Lilly (“Master of None”)
Brian Merken (“Silicon Valley”)
Tim Roche (“Silicon Valley”)
Roger Nygard & Gennady Fridman (“Veep”)
Eric Kissack (“Veep”)

Multi-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series
Peter Chakos (“The Big Bang Theory”)
Kris Trexler (“Last Man Standing”)
Joe Bella (“Mom”)
Pat Barnett (“One Day at a Time”)
Chris Poulos (“2 Broke Girls”)

Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Limited Series or Movie
Veronique Barbe, David Berman, Justin LaChance, Maxine Lahie, Sylvain Lebel & Jim Vega (“Big Little Lies”)
Henk Van Eeghen (“Fargo”)
Regis Kimble (“Fargo”)
Curtis Thurber (“Fargo”)
Jay Cassidy & Nick Houy (“The Night Of”)

Picture Editing for Variety Program 
Robert James Ashe, Christopher Heller, Meaghan Wilbur & David Grecu (“Conan In Berlin”)
Aaron Morris (“Drunk History”)
Ryan Barger (“Last Week Tonight With John Oliver”)
Anthony Miale (“Last Week Tonight With John Oliver”)
Adam Epstein (“Saturday Night Live”)

Picture Editing for a Nonfiction Program 
Paul Crowder (“The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years”)
Bret Granato, Maya Mumma & Ben Sozanski (“O.J.: Made in America”)
Dave Pearce (“Planet Earth II”)
Matt Meech (“Planet Earth II”)
Spencer Averick (“13th”)
Joe Langford, Richard Lowe, Denny Thomas (“Vice”)

Picture Editing for a Structured or Competition Reality Program
Julian Gomez, Ryan Leamy, Jennifer Nelson, Paul C. Nielsen, Eric Beetner, Tori Rodman & Katherine Griffin (“The Amazing Race”)
Lisa Trulli, Eileen Finelstein, Donald Bull, Julie Cohen & Darren Hallihan (“Project Runway”)
John Lim & Michael Roha (“RuPaul’s Drag Race”)
David R. Rinkelstein, Ed Martinez, Tom McGah, Andrew Oliver, Nick Staller, Matt Stevenson & Joel Watson (“Shark Tank”)
Mike Greer, Chad Bertalotto, Tim Atzinger, Evan Meduich, David Armstrong, James Ciccarello & David Tiexeira (“Survivor”)

Picture Editing for an Unstructured Reality Program
Jarrod Burt, Jacob Lane, Stephanie Lyra, M’Daya Meliani, Paul Cross, Dave McIntosh & Ryan Rambach (“Dream Come True”)
Peggy Tachdjian, Tonya Noll, Jacob Lane & Jarrod Burt (“Oh Baby!”)
Daysha M. Broadway, Dan Zimmerman, Jacob Lane, Jarrod Burt, M’Daya Meliani & Ryan Rambach (“Born This Way”)
Josh Earl, Rob Butler, Nathen Araiza & Ben Bulatao (“Deadliest Catch”)
Ian Richardson, Tony Diaz, Eric Michael Schrader & Matt Mercer (“Life Below Zero”)

Hairstyling for a Single-Camera Series
Ivana Primorac & Amy Riley (“The Crown”)
Luca Vanella, Alexis Continente, Sevlene Roddy, Joseph Whelan & Orla Carrol (“Penny Dreadful”)
Sarah Hindsgaul & Evelyn Roach (“Stranger Things”)
Dee Corcoran, Catherine Argue, Jenny Readman, Ida Erickson & Zuelika Delaney (“Vikings”)
Joey Zapata, Pavy Olivarez, Bruce Samia & Donna Anderson (“Westworld”)

Hairstyling for a Multi-Camera Series or Special 
Mary Guerrero, Kimi Messina, Gail Ryan, Derrick Spruill, Rene Vaca & Patricia Pineda (“Dancing with the Stars”)
Miia Kovero, Terry Baliel, Roxane Griffin, Lawrence Davis, Jill Crosby & Joy Zapata (“Hairspray Live!”)
Gabriel Villarreal & Hector Pocasangre (“RuPaul’s Drag Race”)
Jodi Mancuso, Jennifer Serio, Inga Thrasher, Joe Whitmeyer, Cara Hannah Sullivan & Christen Edwards (“Saturday Night Live”)
Jerilynn Stephens, Meagan Herrera-Schaff, Cory Rotenberg, Anna Maria Orzano, Stacey Morris & Darbie Wieczorek (“The Voice”)

Hairstyling for a Limited Series or Movie
Michelle Ceglia, Valerie Jackson & Jose Zamora (“American Horror Story: Roanoke”)
Michelle Ceglia, Nickole C. Jones, Lona Vigi, Frances Mathias & Jocelyn Mulhern (“Big Little Lies”)
Chris Glimsdale, Penny Thompson, Judy Durbacs & Eva Blanchard (“Fargo”)
Chris Clark, Ralph Michael Abalos, Wendy Southard & Helena Cepeda (“Feud: Bette & Joan”)
Tash Lees, Fae Hammond, Adela Robova & Alex Rouse (“Genius”)

Interactive Program
Carol Ray Hartsell, Kim Burdges, Ana Breton, Caroline Schaper & Brittany Van Horne (“Full Frontal with Samantha Bee Online”)
Partially Important Productions (“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”)
James Corden, Ben Winston, Rob Crabbe & Adam Abramson (“The Late Late Show with James Corden”)
NBC (“Saturday Night Live Multiplatform Experience”)
Jimmy Fallon, Marina Cockenberg, Felicia Daniels & Tonight Show Social Team (“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”)

Original Interactive Program
Disney/ ABC Television Group & Kids Digital Media (“Amigo to the Rescue: Disney Junior Interactive Show”)
Oculus Story Studio (“Dear Angelica”)
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jared Geller, ACLU & Hitrecord (“Hitrecord x ACLU: Are You There Democracy? It’s Me, The Internet”)
Ben Grossmann, Adrian Sciutto, Amaresh Kollipara, David Swift & Oculus (“Mission: ISS”)
Felix & Paul Studios (“The People’s House – Inside the White House With Barack and Michelle Obama”)

Creative Achievement in Interactive Media Within a Scripted Program 
Mike Benson, Bob Bowen, Brianna Lopez, Brian Burton & Campfire (“The Man in the High Castle: Resistance Radio”)
USA Network, Universal Cable Productions, Here Be Dragons, Esmail Corp. & Anonymous Content (“The Mr. Robot Virtual Reality Experience”)
James L. Brooks, Al Jean, Matt Groening, David Silverman & Google Spotlight Stories (“The Simpsons – Planet of the Couches”)
Netflix & CBS Digital (“Stranger Things VR Experience”)
HBO, Kilter Films & Bad Robot (“Westworld”)

Creative Achievement in Interactive Media Within an Unscripted Program
John Najarian & Darren Hand (“E! Live 360”)
Meghan de Boer, Rich Preuss, Teeny Stillings, Augie Vargas & Shelby Sundling Lathrop (“The Oscars: All Access”)
Eric Gurian, Evan Jonigkeit, Jerry Kupfer, Jack Burditt & Nick Bernardone (“Stand For Rights: A Benefit for the ACLU with Tom Hanks”)
Stand Up To Cancer: A Program of the Entratainment Industry Foundation, Done + Dusted Inc., Telescope Inc., Blue State Digital & ID-PR (“Stand Up to Cancer: #Reasons2StandUp”)
NBC (“The Voice on Snapchat Now Show”)

Lighting Design/ Lighting Direction for a Variety Series
Noah Mitz, Ryan Tanker, Mike Berger, Andrew Webberley & Matthew Benson (“America’s Got Talent”)
Simon Miles, Matthew Cotter, Suzanne Sotelo & Matt McAdam (“Dancing With the Stars”)
Phil Hymes, Geoff Amoral & Rick McGuinness (“Saturday Night Live”)
Robert Barnhart, Matt Firestone, Patrick Boozer & Pete Radice (“So You Think You Can Dance”)
Oscar Dominguez, Sam Barker, Daniel Boland & Johnny Bradley (“The Voice”)

Lighting Design/ Lighting Direction for a Variety Special 
Robert A. Dickinson, Noah Mitz, Andy O’Rilley, Patrick Boozer & Ryan Tanker (“59th Grammy Awards”)
Allen Branton, Felix Peralta, Kevin Lawson, Darren Langer & Kirk J. Miller (“Hairspray Live!”)
Robert A. Dickinson, Travis Hagenbuch, Mike Berger, Andy O’Reilly & Patrick Boozer (“The Oscars”)
Robert Barnhart, David Grill, Pete Radice & Jason Rudolph (“Super Bowl LI Halftime Show Starring Lady Gaga”)
Robert A. Dickson, Ed McCarthy, Noah Mitz, Harry Sangmeister & Ted Wells (“70th Annual Tony Awards”)

Main Title Design
Patrick Clair, Raoul Marks, Devin Maurer, Jeff Han (“American Gods”)
Patrick Clair, Raoul Marks, Javier Leon Carrillo, Jeff Han (“The Crown”)
Ryan Murphy, Alexis Martin Woodall, Kyle Cooper, Nadia Tzuo, Margherita Premuroso (“FEUD: Bette and Joan”)
Michelle Dougherty, Peter Frankfurt, Arisu Kashiwagi, Eric Demeusy (“Stranger Things”)
Patrick Clair, Raoul Marks, Yongsub Song, Felix Soletic, Jessica Hurst, Jose Limon (“Westworld”)

Makeup for a Single-Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic)
Enzo Mastrantonio, Clare Lambe, Caterina Sisto, Lorraine McCrann, Morna Ferguson (“Penny Dreadful” — “Perpetual Night”)
Myke Michaels, Teresa Vest (“Stranger Things” — “Chapter Six: The Monster”)
Zoe Hay, Heather Plott, Elizabeth Hoel-Chang, Judith Lynn Staats, John Damiani (“This Is Us” — “I Call Marriage”)
Tom McInerney, Katie Derwin, Ciara Scanell, Lizzanne Procter (“Vikings” — “All His Angels”)
Christien Tinsley, Myriam Arougheti, Gerald Quist, Lydia Milars, Ed French (“Westworld” — “The Original”)

Makeup for a Multi-Camera Series or Special (Non-Prosthetic)
Zena Shteysel, Angela Moos, Julie Socash, Patti-Ramsey Bortoli, Sara Woolf, Donna Bard (“Dancing with the Stars” — “Halloween Night”)
Melanie Hughes, Judy Yonemoto, Jill Cady, Julie Socash, Shutchai Tym Buacharern, Angela Moos (“Hairspray Live!”)
Jennifer Aspinall, Scott G. Wheeler, David Williams, James Rohland, Ned Niedhardt (“MADtv” — “Episode #1.4”)
David Petruschin (“RuPaul’s Drag Race” — “Oh. My Gaga!”)
Louie Zakarian, Amy Tagliamonti, Jason Milani, Daniela Zivcovic, Rachel Pagani, Andrew Sotomeyer (“Saturday Night Live” — “Host: Alec Baldwin”)
Darcy Gilmore, Kristene Bernard, Thea Samuels, Gina Ghiglieri, Diane Mayo, Jackie Dobbie (“The Voice” — “Live Playoffs, Night 1”)

Makeup for a Limited Series or Movie (Non-Prosthetic)
Kim Ayers, Mike Mekash, Eryn Krueger Mekash, Silvina Knight, Carleigh Herbert, Luis Garcia (“American Horror Story: Roanoke”)
Steve Artmont, Nicole Artmont, Angela Levin, Molly R Stern, Claudia Humburg (“Big Little Lies”)
Gail Kennedy, Joanne Preece, Amanda Rye, Danielle Hanson (“Fargo”)
Eryn Krueger Mekash, Robin Beauschense, Tym Buacharern, Kim Ayers, Becky Cotton, David Williams (“FEUD: Bette and Joan”)
Davina Lamont (“Genius”)

Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Limited Series, Movie, or Special
Eryn Krueger Mekash, Michael Mekash, David Leroy Anderson, James Mackinnon, Jason Hamer, Melanie Eichner, Cristina Himiob,  Maiko Chiba (“American Horror Story: Roanoke”)
Nick Dudman, Sarita Allison, Barney Nikolic, Dennis Penkov (“Penny Dreadful” — “No Beast So Fierce”)
Louie Zakarian, Jason Milani, Tom Denier Jr., Amy Tagliamonti, Craig Lindberg, Steve Kelly (“Saturday Night Live” — “Host: Alec Baldwin”)
Greg Nicotero, Jake Garber, Garrett Immel, Kevin Wasner, Gino Crognale, Kerrin Jackson (“The Walking Dead” — “The Day Will Come When You Won’t Be”)
Christien Tinsley, Hiroshi Yada, Georgia Allen, Gerald Quist, Myriam Arougheti (“Westworld” — “The Original”)

Music Composition For A Series (Original Dramatic Score)
Rupert Gregson-Williams (“The Crown” — “Hyde Park Corner”)
Jeff Beal (“House of Cards” — “Chapter 63”)
Jacob Shea, Jasha Klebe (“Planet Earth II” — “Islands”)
James Newton Howard (“A Series of Unfortunate Events” — “A Bad Beginning”)
Max Richter (“Taboo” — “Episode 1”)
Martin Phipps, Ruth Barrett, Natalie Holt (“Victoria (Masterpiece)” — “Doll 123”)

Music Composition for a Limited Series, Movie, or Special (Original Dramatic Score)
Jeff Russo (“Fargo” — “Aporia”)
Mac Quayle (“FEUD: Bette and Joan” — “Pilot”)
Jeremy Turner (“Five Came Back” — “The Price of Victory”)
Gary Lionelli (“OJ: Made in America” — “Part 3”)
Rael Jones (“Suite Française”)
Patrick Jonsson (“The White Helmets”)

Music Direction
Bernard MacMahon, Duke Erikson, Jack White, T Bone Burnett (“American Epic” — “The American Epic Sessions”)
David Lai (“Joshua Bell: Seasons of Cuba (Live from Lincoln Center)”)
Rickey Minor (“Stayin’ Alive: A Grammy Salute to The Music of The Bee Jees”)
Michael Bearden (“Super Bowl LI Halftime Show Starring Lady Gaga”)
Rickey Minor (“Taking the Stage: African American Music And Stories That Changed America”)
Tom Scott (“Tony Bennett Celebrates 90: The Best Is Yet To Come”)

Original Music and Lyrics
Adam Schlesinger, Rachel Bloom, Jack Dolgen (“Crazy Ex Girlfriend” — “We Tapped That Ass”)
Christopher Willis, Darrick Bachman, Paul Rudish (“Duck the Halls: A Mickey Mouse Christmas Special” — “Jing-A-Ling-A-Ling”)
Jonathan Kimmel, Gary Greenberg (“Jimmy Kimmel Live” — “The Ballad of Claus Jorstad (Devil Stool)”)
Eli Brueggemann, Chancelor Johnathan Bennett, Kenan Thompson, Will Stephen (“Saturday Night Live” — “Last Christmas”)
Common, Robert Glasper, Karriem Riggins (“13th” — “Letter to the Free”)
Jeff Richmond, Tina Fey, Sam Means (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” — “Hell No”)

Original Main Title Theme Music
Mac Quayle (“FEUD: Bette and Joan”)
Hans Zimmer, Lorne Balfe (“Genius”)
John David Buckley (“The Good Fight”)
Michael Stein, Kyle Dixon (“Stranger Things”)
Martin Phipps (“Victoria (Masterpiece)”)
Ramin Djawadi (“Westworld”)

Music Supervision
Thomas Golubic (“Better Call Saul” — “Sunk Costs”)
Susan Jacobs (“Big Little Lies” — “You Get What You Need”)
Manish Raval, Jonathan Leahy, Tom Wolfe (“Girls” — “Goodbye Tour”)
Zach Cowie, Kerri Drootin (“Master of None” — “Amarsi Un Po”)
Nora Felder (“Stranger Things” — “Chapter Two: The Weirdo on Maple Street”)

Actor in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series
Ty Burrell (“Boondoggle”)
Alan Tudyk (“Comic Man”)
Kim Estes (“Dicks”)
Ben Schwartz (“The Earliest Show”)
Jason Ritter (“Tales of Titans”)
John Michael Higgins (“Tween Fest”)

Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series
Mindy Sterling (“Con Man”)
Jane Lynch (“Dropping the Soap”)
Lauren Lapkus (“The Earliest Show”)
Kelsey Scott (“Fear the Walking Dead: Passage”)
Mindy Sterling (“secs & EXECS”)

Narrator
Meryl Streep (“Five Came Back” — “The Price Of Victory”)
Liev Schreiber (“Muhammad Ali: Only One”)
Liev Schreiber (“UConn: The March To Madness” — “Episode 1”)
Sam Neill (“Wild New Zealand”)
Ewan McGregor (“Wild Scotland”)
Laurence Fishburne (“Year Million”)

Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program
Martha Stewart & Snoop Dogg (“Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party”)
Gordon Ramsay (“MasterChef Junior”)
Alec Baldwin (“Match Game”)
Heidi Klum & Tim Gunn (“Project Runway”)
RuPaul Charles (“RuPaul Drag Race”)
W. Kamau Bell (“United Shades of America With W. Kamau Bell”)

Variety Special
“Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special 2017” (CBS)
“Full Frontal With Samantha Bee Presents Not The White House Correspondents’ Dinner (TBS)
“Louis C.K. 2017” (Netflix)
“Sarah Silverman: A Speck of Dust” (Netflix)
“Stephen Colbert’s Live Election Night Democracy’s Series Finale: Who’s Going to Clean Up This Sh*t?” (Showtime)

Special Class Program
“Hairspray Live!” (NBC)
“The Oscars” (ABC)
“Super Bowl LI Halftime Show Starring Lady Gaga” (FOX)
“7th Annual Tony Awards” (CBS)

Short Form Comedy or Drama Series
“Brown Girls” (Open TV)
“Fear The Walking Dead: Passage” (AMC.com)
“Hack Into Broad City” (ComedyCentral.com)
“Los Pollos Hermanos Employee Training” (AMC)
“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Slingshot” (ABCd/ABC.com)

Short Form Variety Series
“Behind The Voice”(YouTube)
“The Daily Show – Between the Scenes” (TheDailyShow.com)
“Epic Rap Battles of History” (YouTube)
“Honest Trailers” (YouTube)
“The Star Wars Show” (YouTube)

Short Form Nonfiction or Reality Series
“Creating Saturday Night Live” (NBC)
“Feud: Bette and Joan: Inside Look” (FX.com)
“Jay Leno’s Garage” (nbc.com)
“National Endowment for the Arts: United States of Arts” (arts.gov)
“Viceland at the Women’s March” (Viceland)

Children’s Program
“Girl Meets World” (Disney Channel)
“Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 90th Celebration” (NBC)
“Once Upon a Sesame Street Christmas” (HBO)
“School of Rock” (Nickelodeon)
“Star Wars Rebels” (Disney XD)

Documentary or Nonfiction Special 
“Amanda Knox” (Netflix)
“The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years” (Hulu)
“A House Divided (Vice Special Report)” (HBO)
“L.A. Burning: The Riots 25 Years Later” (A&E)
“13th” (Netflix)

Documentary or Nonfiction Series
“American Masters” (PBS)
“Chef’s Table” (Netflix)
“The Keepers” (Netflix)
“Planet Earth II” (BBC America)
“30 for 30” (ESPN)

Informational Series or Special
“Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown” (CNN)
“Inside The Actors Studio” (Bravo)
“Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath” (A&E)
“StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson” (National Geographic)
“Vice” (HBO)

Documentary Filmmaking
Alexis Bloom, Fisher Stevens, Sheila Nevins, Brett Ratner & Nancy Abraham (“Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds”)
TJ Martin, Dan Lindsay, Jonathan Chinn & Simon Chinn (“LA 92”)
Ezra Edelman, Caroline Waterlow, Connor Schell, Libby Geist, Tamara Rosenberg & Nina Krstic (“O.J.: Made In America”)
Barak Goodman, Emily Singer Chapman, Mark Samels & Susan Bellows (“Oklahoma City (American Experience)”)
Joanna Natasegara (“The White Helmets”)

Structured Reality Program
“Antiques Roadshow” (PBS)
“Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” (Food Network)
“Fixer Upper” (HGTV)
“Lip Sync Battle” (Spike TV)
“Shark Tank” (ABC)
“Who Do You Think You Are?” (TLC)

Unstructured Reality Program
“Born This Way” (A&E)
“Deadliest Catch” (Discovery Channel)
“Gaycation With Ellen Page” (Viceland)
“Intervention” (A&E)
“RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked” (YouTube)
“United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell” (CNN)

Reality-Competition Program
“The Amazing Race” (CBS)
“American Ninja Warrior” (NBC)
“Project Runway” (Lifetime)
“RuPaul’s Drag Race” (VH1)
“Top Chef” (Bravo)
“The Voice” (NBC)

Sound Editing for a Series
Benjamin Cook, Stefan Henrix, Mike Szakmeister, Shaugnessy Hare, Tim Tuchrello, Brett Voss, Michael Baber, Jeffrey Wilhoit & Dylan Tuomy-Wilhoit (“Black Sails”)
George Haddad, Chad J. Hughes, Dale Chaloukian, David Barbee, Julie Altus, Ashley Revell, Joey Sabella & Joanie Rowe (“Gotham”)
Craig A. Dellinger, Ryne Gierke, Eric Raber, Shawn Kennelly, Jeff Charbonneau, Melissa Kennelly & Vince Nicastro (“Homeland”)
Bradley North, Craig Henighan, Jordan Wilby, Jonathan Golodner, Tiffany S. Griffth, Sam Munoz, Sam Munoz, David Klotz, Noel Vought & Ginger Geary (“Stranger Things”)
Thomas E. deGorter, Matthew Sawelson, Brian Armstrong, Fred Paragano, Mark Allen, Marc Glassman, Sebastian Visconti, Geordy Sincavage, Michael Head, Christopher Kaller, Rick Owens & Tara Blume Norton (“Westworld”)

Sound Editing for a Limited Series, Movie or Special
Gary Megregian, Steve M. Stuhr, Jason Krane, Timothy A. Cleveland, Paul Diller, David Klotz & Noel Vought (“American Horror Story: Roanoke”)
Nick Forshager, Joe Bracciale, Martin Gwynn Jones, Brent Pickett, Claire Dobson, Robert Bertola, Alex Bullick, Tyler Whitham, Matt Decker & John Elliot (“Fargo”)
Daniel Pagan, Erich Gann, Arielle McGrail, Bill Bell, Nicholas Fitzgerald, TIm Chilton & Jill Sanders (“Genuis”)
Nicholas Renbeck, Marissa Littlefield, Steve Visscher, Ruth Hernandez, Sara Stern, Luciano Vignola, Odin Benitez, Ruy Garcia, Wyatt Sprague, Warren Shaw, Roland Vajs, Heather Gross, Dan Evans Farkas, Grant Conway & Marko Costanzo (“The Night Of”)
Douglas Sinclair, Jon Salmon-Joyce, Stuart McCowan, Paul McFadden, Howard Bargroff, Nathan Palmer, Jamie Talbutt, Rael Jones & Sue Harding (“Sherlock: The Lying Detective (Masterpiece)”)

Sound Editing for a Nonfiction Program (Single Camera)
Benny Mouthon (“Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown”)
Jon Michaels, Harrison Meyle, Dan Kenyon, Will Digby & Melissa Muik (“The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years”)
David Crocco & Rolando Nadal (“Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath”)
Kate Hopkins & Tim Owens (“Planet Earth II”)
Tim Boggs, Alex Lee, Julie Pierce & Lise Richardson (“13th”)

Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control For A Limited Series, Movie, or Special
Oleg Sekulovski, Taylor Campanian, Jordan Harriman, Scott Acosta, Joel Binger, Scott Daniels, Joshua Gitersonke,Peter Hutchison, Scott Kaye, Mark McIntire, Ed Nelson, James Velarde (“Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special 2017”)
Charles Ciup, Billy Steinberg, Chris Hill, Bert Atkinson, Randy Gomez, Nathanial Havholm, Ron Lehman, Bettina Levesque, Dave Levisohn, Tore Livia, Mike Malone, Adam Margolis, Rob Palmer, Brian Reason, Damien Tuffereau, Andrew Waruszewski (“Hairspray Live!”)
Eric Becker, Kenneth Shapiro, John Pritchett, Guy Jones, Terrance Ho, Keith Winikoff, Robert Del Russo, David Eastwood, Ralph Bolton, Jr., David Carline, Jay Kulick, Dan Webb, Shaun Harkins, Garrett Hurt, Toré Livia, Allen Merriweather, Lyn Noland, Fred Frederick, Jr., George Prince, Mark Whitman, Rob Balton, Danny Bonilla, Rob Palmer, David Plakos, Easter Xua, Devin Atwood (“The Oscars”)
Rod Wardell, Eric Becker, Guy P. Jones, Rob Levy, Stephen Dressman, Brian Neher, Steven Leotta, Jimmy Lucas, Lyn Noland, Jay Kulick, Robert Delrusso, Robert Balton, Kevin French, Jofre Rosero, Tore Livia, Mark Whitman, Vinnie Scaffidi, Ed Horton, Dave Levisohn, Phil Jaques, Buzz Schwing, Jeff Cuales, Mike Dranes, Dan Gibbons, Dave Elendt (“Super Bowl LI Halftime Show Starring Lady Gaga”)
Eric Becker, Mike Anderson, J.M. Hurley, Ka Lai Wong, Rob Balton, Bob Del Russo, Charlie Huntley, Ernie Jew, Jay Kulick, Tore Livia, John Meiklejohn, Lyn Noland, Jimmy O’Donnell, Mark Whitman, Shaun Harkins, Jim Tufaro, Joe DeBonis (“70th Annual Tony Awards”)

Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control for a Series
John D. O’Brien, John Pierre Dechene, Richard G. Price, James L. Hitchcock, Brian Wayne Armstrong, Nick Gomez (“The Big Bang Theory”)
Charles Cuip, Chris Hill, Ed Moore, Brian Reason, Ron Lehman, Nathanial Havholm, Bettina Levesque, Bert Atkinson, Daryl Studebaker, Adam Margolis, Damien Tuffereau, Andy Waruszewski, Mike Malone, Mike Carr, Rob Palmer, Keith Dicker, Freddy Frederick, Ed Horton, Helena Jackson (“Dancing with the Stars”)
Dave Saretsky, Augie Yuson, Dante Pagano, John Harrison, Rob Balton, Jeff Latonero, Jerry Cancel (“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” — “Gerrymandering”)
Steven Cimino, John Pinto, Paul Cangialosi, Len Wechsler, Eric Eisenstein, Dave Driscoll, Susan Noll, Frank Grisanti, Jeff Latonero, Ann Bergstrom, Randy Bittle (“Saturday Night Live” — “Host: Jimmy Fallon”)
Allan Wells, Terrance Ho, Diane Biederbeck, Danny Bonilla, Suzanne Ebner, Gudio Frenzel, Alex Hernandez, Dave Hilmer, Marc Hunter, Scott Hylton, Katherine Iacofono, Scott Kaye, Ron Lehman, Steve Martynuk, John Perry, Jofre Rosero, Steve Simmons (“The Voice” — “Live Finale (Part 2)”)

Stunt Coordination For a Drama Series, Limited Series Or Movie
Cort L. Hessler III (“The Blacklist”)
Christopher Place (“Blindspot”)
Norman Douglass (“Gotham”)
Jeff Wolfe (“MacGyver”)
James Lew (“Marvel’s Luke Cage”)

Stunt Coordination for a Comedy Series or Variety Program
Erik Marshall Solky (“Angie Tribeca”)
Norman Howell (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”)
Brian Smyj (“Saturday Night Live”)
Eddie Perez (“Shameless”)
Jill Brown (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”)

Special Visual Effects in a Supporting Role 
Ben Turner, Tom Debenham, Standish Millennas, Kim Phelan, Oliver Cubbage, Lionel Heath, Charlie Bennet, Stephen Smith, Carmine Agnone (“The Crown” — “Windsor”)
Eric Durst, Lenka Líkařová, Viktor Muller, Marek Ruth, Tomáš Kalhous, Lukáš Herrmann, Pavel Kolář, Petr Hastík, Vit Komrzý (“Genius” — “Einstein: Chapter One”)
Thomas Mahoney, Matthew Wheelon Hunt, Alex Gitler, Sina San, Michael Capton, Jon Anastasiades, Ryan Bauer, Mark Anthony Nazal, Randy Little (“Gotham” — “Heavydirtysoul”)
Brendan Taylor, Stephen Lebed, Leo Bovell, Martin O’Brien, Winston Lee, Kelly Knauff, Zach Dembinski, Mike Suta, Cameron Kerr (“The Handmaid’s Tale” — “Birth Day”)
Henry Badgett, Tracy McCreary, Angela Barson, Lucy Ainsworth-Taylor, Nic Birmingham, Simon Rowe, Alexander Kirichenko, Finlay Duncan, Colin Gorry (“Taboo” — “Episode 1”)

Special Visual Effects
Kevin Tod Haug, David Stump, Jeremy Ball, Bernice Charlotte Howes, Jessica Smith, Josh Carlton, Pierre Buffin, James Cooper, Aymeric Perceval (“American Gods” — “The Bone Orchard”)
Erik Henry, Terron Pratt, Ashley J. Ward, Kevin Rafferty, Paul Dimmer, Yafei Wu, Martin Lipmann, Nicklas Andersson, David Wahlberg (“Black Sails” — “XXIX”)
Lawson Deming, Cory Jamieson, Casi Blume, Nick Chamberlain, David Andrade, Bill Parker, Justin Fox, Danielle Malambri (“The Man in the High Castle” — “Fallout”)
Dominic Remane, Michael Borrett, Bill Halliday, Paul Wishart, Ovidiu Cinazan, Jim Maxwell, Kiernan McKay, Isabelle Alles, Tom Morrison (“Vikings” — “On the Eve”)
Jay Worth, Elizabeth Castro, Joe Wehmeyer, Eric Levin-Hatz, Bobo Skipper, Gustav Ahren, Paul Ghezzo, Mitchell S. Drain, Michael Lantieri (“Westworld” — “The Bicameral Mind”)

Sound Mixing For a Nonfiction Program (Single or Multi-Camera)
Brian Bracken (“Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown” — “Rome”)
Chris Jenkins, Cameron Frankley, Nathan Evans, Sam O’Kell (“The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years”)
Keith Hodne, Eric Di Stefano (“O.J.: Made In America” — “Part 2”)
Graham Wild (“Planet Earth II” — “Cities”)
Jeffrey Perkins (“13th”)

Sound Mixing For a Variety Special Series or Special
Josh Morton, Thomas Holmes, Mikael Stewart, Eric Schilling, John Harris, Ron Reaves, Thomas Pesa, Michael Parker, Eric Johnston, Pablo Munguia, Bob LaMasney (“59th Grammy Awards”)
Steve Watson, Charlie Jones, Steve Lettie, Jonathan Herrera (“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” — “Sub-Prime Auto Loans”)
Kristian Pedregon, Paul Sandweiss, Tommy Vicari, Pablo Munguia, Pat Baltzell, Michael Parker, Bob LaMasney, John Perez, Tom Pesa, Brian Flanzbaum (“The Oscars”)
Al Centrella, Susan Pelino, Jay Vicari, Dave Natale, Erik Von Ranson, Simon Welch (“2017 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony”)
Paul Sandweiss, Christian Schrader, Alex Guessard, Simon Higgs, Tom Pesa, Paul Ramsay, Pablo Munguia, Andre Bowman (“Super Bowl LI Halftime Show Starring Lady Gaga”)
Ryan Young, Brian Riordan, Michael Abbott, Eric White, Tim Hatayama, Randy Faustino, Kenyata Westbrook, Sterling Cross, Robert P. Matthews Jr., John Koster, Andrew Fletcher, Christian Schrader, Carlos Torres, William Dietzman, Michael Bernard (“The Voice” — “Season Finale”)

Sound Mixing For a Comedy Or Drama Series (Half-Hour) and Animation
Joshua Berger, Michael Barosky (“Master of None” — “Dinner Party”)
Dean Okrand, Brian R. Harman, Stephen A. Tibbo (“Modern Family” — “Basketball”)
Andy D’Addario, Gary Gegan, Marco Fiumara (“Mozart in the Jungle” — “Now I Will Sing”)
Elmo Ponsdomenech, Todd Beckett, Ben Patrick (“Silicon Valley” — “Intellectual Property”)
John W. Cook II, Bill Freesh, Bill MacPherson (“Veep” — “Omaha”)

Sound Mixing For A Limited Series or Movie
Gavin Fernandes, Louis Gignac, Brendan Beebe (“Big Little Lies” — “You Get What You Need”)
Martin Lee, Kirk Lynds, Michael Playfair, Michael Perftt (“Fargo” — “Who Rules the Land of Denial?”)
Bob Bronow, Mark Hensley, Petr Forejt (“Genius” — “Einstein: Chapter One”)
Nicholas Renbeck, Michael Barry, Felix Andrew, Larry Hoff (“The Night Of” — “The Beach”)
Howard Bargroff, John Mooney, Peter Gleaves, Nick Wollage (“Sherlock: The Lying Detective (Masterpiece)”)

Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One Hour)
Larry Benjamin, Kevin Valentine, Philip W. Palmer (“Better Call Saul” — “Witness”)
Nathan Nance, Scott R. Lewis, Lorenzo Milan (“House of Cards” — “Chapter 53”)
John W. Cook II, Bill Freesh, William Sarokin, Paul Drenning (“Mr. Robot” — “eps2.8_h1dden-pr0cess.axx”)
Joe Barnett, Adam Jenkins, Chris Durfy, Bill Higley (“Stranger Things” — “Chapter Eight: The Upside Down”)
Keith Rogers, Scott Weber, Roger Stevenson, Kyle O’Neal (“Westworld” — “The Bicameral Mind”)


 

Announcing: The Barbara Hammer Lesbian Experimental Filmmaking Grant

‘The Barbara Hammer Lesbian Experimental Filmmaking Grant is application-based and will be awarded to benefit projects in any stage of development, from concept to exhibition. Animation, documentary, narrative, cross-genre will all be considered, as long as they fall within the experimental genre. Applications for the first year will be open August 1 through September 30, and the winner will be awarded on December 4 by judges including filmmakers Cheryl Dunye and Dani Leventhal.’

She has teamed up with NYC-based non-profit Queer | Art to create an annual $5,000 grant for lesbian experimental filmmakers. The grant will be handed out by a rotating panel of judges.

More info here

YOUNG, GAY AND ILLEGAL - Then & Now...

Its been 50 Years since Homosexuality was decriminalised, and times have changed. So we sat down an openly gay 13 year Old Louis and an Openly Gay 78 year old Percy to have a chat about the differences 50 years have made on Gay Culture and Acceptance. Guys, Thankyou for watching, Hope you liked it and were able to learn something new!

EIFF Award Winners...

EIFF 2017AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED AT 71st EDITION OF THE EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

GOD’S OWN COUNTRY, GLORY, DONKEYOTE AND THE FULL STORY RECEIVE TOP AWARDS

BEST OF THE FEST FILMS ANNOUNCED

Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) today announced the Award Winners for this year’s 71st edition, as well as confirming the Best of the Fest films. 151 features from 46 countries screened at this year’s Festival, with the jurors viewing an extensive and varied selection of shorts, documentaries and features since the start of the Festival.

AWARD WINNERS

Commenting on the incredibly high standard of entries at this year’s Festival and the quality of the submissions they were judging, the juries stressed that they had some tough decisions to make in choosing one winner in each category, and gave special mentions to several films.

THE MICHAEL POWELL AWARD FOR BEST BRITISH FEATURE FILM

The winner of the prestigious Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature Film went to British filmmaker Francis Lee’s directorial debut, God’s Own Country, which received its UK Premiere at the Festival. The Michael Powell Award honours imagination and creativity in British filmmaking. The film was supported by the BFI and Creative England using funds from the National Lottery.

The winner was chosen by the Michael Powell Jury comprised of award-winning composer David Arnold, International Film Festival Rotterdam Artistic Director, Bero Beyer, and BAFTA-nominated film and television writer Andrea Gibb.

The Michael Powell Jury said:

“We present the Michael Powell Award to God’s Own Country, directed by Francis Lee, a film with a singularity of storytelling and consistency of vision. Assured direction with raw and endearing performances result in a film that has an authenticity that is both tender and brutal, a juxtaposition of landscape and emotion, which explores the question of what it means to be a man.”

Francis Lee said: 

“I am thrilled with this honour for God's Own Country, especially when you consider the British films that have won before. After premiering at Sundance and Berlin it has been wonderful to see how the film has created a real resonance with people and that is why the Michael Powell Award feels so brilliant.”

THE AWARD FOR BEST PERFORMANCE IN A BRITISH FEATURE FILM

The award for Best Performance in a British Feature Film went jointly to actresses Emily Beecham for her role in Daphne and Anne Reid for her roles in Kaleidoscope and Romans, and was also selected by the Michael Powell jurors.

The Michael Powell Jury said:

“In the category of Best Performance in a British Feature Film, the Michael Powell Jury recognises two actors, Emily Beecham and Anne Reid, portraying fascinating, complex and flawed characters who didn't strive for your affection but commanded your attention - real in the best sense of the word.”

Emily Beecham said:

“I'm so honoured and thrilled, and would really like to thank the jury and the Edinburgh International Film Festival for supporting our film. It was an extraordinary experience working on the unique and special Daphne. I wouldn't have won this award without my wonderful team: Director Peter Mackie Burns, writer Nico Mensinga and producers Tristan Goligher and Valentina Brazzini! Thanks again EIFF, having once been a festival Trailblazer you have a very special place in my heart!”

Robbie Allan, Senior Screen Executive at Creative Scotland said: 

“We are delighted that Emily’s outstanding performance as Daphne has been recognised by the jury. Together with Nico Mensinga’s extraordinary script and Peter Mackie Burns' skilful direction, this collaboration has resulted in a striking debut feature. Creative Scotland is proud to have supported this talented team and we’re sure that audiences will be also be delighted by Daphne.”

Anne Reid said:

“How exciting to have won this prestigious award. And totally unexpected! Thank you to the jury who voted for me. And a million thanks to Rupert Jones who wrote and directed Kaleidoscope. He gave me such good advice. He's one of the best directors I've ever worked with. And it was the first time I've worked with Toby Jones. That was a joy. Romans I haven't seen yet - I can't wait!”

THE AWARD FOR BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE FILM

The award for Best International Feature Film went to Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov’s Glory, which received its UK Premiere at this year’s Festival. The winner was chosen by the International Jury comprised of film, stage and television actor Bernard Hill, actress and writer Shauna Macdonald, and Dallas Film Festival Artistic Director James Faust.

The International Jury said:

“Deftly acted, beautifully photographed and directed, we loved this film. The subtlety of the performances and the story-telling was defined with such a lightness of touch which led to the immoral and moral choices having a heavy impact on this Jury.”

Petar Valchanov said: 

“It is a great honour for us to receive this award from Edinburgh International Film Festival, which has been preserving the traditions of good cinema the longest and carrying them over the generations. This award is a recognition not only for us, but also for Bulgarian cinema, which is currently on the rise again. Thank you for being there!"

THE AWARD FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM

The award for Best Documentary Feature Film went to Chico Pereira’s contemplative Donkeyote, which studied Pereira’s uncle whose wonderful spirit of adventure belies all of his 73 years. Special mention was given to Thomas Riedelsheimer’s Leaning Into The Wind.

This year’s jury comprised British actor Ralph Ineson, award-winning documentary filmmaker Simon El Habre, and British Council Film Programme Manager, Wendy Mitchell.

The Documentary Jury said:

“For our main prize, we would like to honour a film that expertly blends the tools of documentary and fiction. Chico Pereira has a special relationship with his subjects, human and animal, and shows a warmth and respect for his characters. This truly cinematic film draws us in by slowly revealing its characters and emotions in a moving portrait.”

Chico Pereira said:

“On behalf of the entire Donkeyote team I'd like to say thank you so much for this recognition. For some of us who live or lived in Edinburgh, it holds an extra special meaning: our formative cinema experiences have been with EIFF, and just to return for our UK premiere is an honour in itself. I dedicate this also to my family, and in particular Manolo and Gorrión who teach us how to be truly modern and to enjoy life.”

Leslie Finlay, Screen Officer, Creative Scotland, commented:

“Huge congratulations to Director, Chico Pereira, Producer, Sonja Henrici and the rest of the team behind Donkeyote. This EIFF award is a significant recognition of their talent and hard work and is testament to the quality of documentary filmmaking coming out of Scotland. We’re very proud to have supported this wonderful production.”

THE AWARD FOR BEST SHORT FILM

The award for Best Short Film went to The Full Story, directed by Daisy Jacobs, with Kevin Pickering’s Close to the Bone and Gordon Napier’s 1745 receiving a special mention from the jurors. The jury was comprised of Screen International Star of Tomorrow Charity Wakefield, journalist and author Marina Richter, and journalist Matthew Turner.

The Short Film Jury said:

“For its originality, level of technical artistry and emotional poignancy, we are awarding the prize for best short film to The Full Story by Daisy Jacobs, and co-director, Christopher Wilder.  What struck us in particular was the perfect marriage between form and content, in particular the way in which the fluidity between the live action and animation perfectly represented the transitions between memory and the past.”

Daisy Jacob’s said:

“It is an honour to receive the Best Short Film Award from such a prestigious Festival, we are delighted.”

THE MCLAREN AWARD FOR BEST BRITISH ANIMATION

Voted for by the Festival audience, the McLaren Award for Best British Animation, supported by the British Council, this year goes to Paloma Baeza’s Poles Apart.

THE EIFF WORKS IN PROGRESS WINNER

The winner of this year’s EIFF Works in Progress and recipient of the £2,500 award is Piano to Zanskar by Michal Sulima.

Michal Sulima said:

“We are delighted to have been selected for the EIFF Works in Progress award this year. It was a real privilege to be part of the showcase and to pitch our documentary to an audience full of industry professionals, which resulted in a number of meetings and expressions of interest. It's only fair to say that we were heartily impressed by the quality of all the films presented, so the award comes to us as a great surprise! Given that our film has been entirely self-funded, it will go a long way towards helping us reach completion. We're very grateful to the wonderful team at the EIFF for giving us this opportunity.”

The aforementioned Award winners were announced today ahead of Sunday’s Closing Night Gala, which concludes the 12-day Festival with the World Premiere of Mark Gill’s highly anticipated England Is Mine.

Pitch Perfect 3 - Official Trailer...

The ladies are back...

Now graduated from college and out in the real world where it takes more than a cappella to get by, the Bellas return in Pitch Perfect 3, the next chapter in the beloved series that has taken in more than $400 million at the global box office.

After the highs of winning the World Championships, the Bellas find themselves split apart and discovering there aren’t job prospects for making music with your mouth. But when they get the chance to reunite for an overseas USO tour, this group of awesome nerds will come together to make some music, and some questionable decisions, one last time.

Edinburgh International Film Festival 2017

EIFF 2017

Oh joy be upon us...here we are at the 71st Edinburgh International Film Festival 2017...

We'll be covering as many films as we possibly can...and, we'll throw in a few shorts too!

The big news - this year - is the opening film: God's Own Country, directed by Francis Lee...for a mainstream film festival like Edinburgh to show an unashamedly 'gay' film as its opening gala will - no doubt - raise a few eyebrows. Our eyebrows are doing somersaults!

It's definitely a sign of our much-improved times! And, although we don't know much about the closing film, England is Mine, directed by Mark Gill...considering it's a portrait of Steven Patrick Morrissey, surely there will be a soupçon of subtext...! We shall wait and see/watch! Edinburgh has - most definitely - become the leading light in LGBT-friendly, mainstream film festivals. For that we applaud and thank you.


Without further ado...onto the films...below are the films we've selected. Without a doubt, others will be added as we gobble up recommendations faster than we can devour a packet of those delicious 'Sausage & Tomato' crisps...are they available anywhere other than Scotland?!?

We will be reviewing the films as we see them, Edinburgh gives the press ample opportunities to see as many films as possible...there are the press screening, the videoteque (a dark room full of computers!) and the public screenings! 

Reviews, featured on this page, will be short, succinct and devilishly informative...if the film is in our main database, a more verbose review will appear (in time)...just click on the poster and you will be taken to that page...but, please, be patient...we are running around like headless chickens...the full review will take a wee bit of time to appear!

For those of you who asked...we only tweet the films we liked/loved/adored...the others, well...those are [still] the pride and joy of their filmmakers & company...hours of hardship went into their making...they might not float our boat...but, we ain't gonna sink theirs! At least...not during the festival!


Day 1...

Gods Own Country

The rain stayed away for the red carpet...the celebs arrived, were duly photographed and after many double-cheek(y) kisses, settled into their seats. The customary opening speech...director and cast were introduced...the lights dimmed [as they do] and the opening film of the 71st Edinburgh International Film Festival began. 


Gods Own CountryGod's Own Country:
Directed by Francis Lee

Yes, yes, yes...we've heard all about this being the British 'Brokeback' - sheep farmers in the wilderness! But, this is so much more! 

It's raw and relatable. It's rural and real. It screams...love can be found in the remotest of places!

Bleak...most definitely. Heart-warming...the cockles of your heart will be on fire! Wanna see chemistry on-screen? This is a reaction like no other!

A deft, detailed, delicious triumph! Thank you Mr Lee, for sharing.


And now...it's time for the party!!! Heaven opened (not the one in London)...when it comes to rain, Scotland never disappoints! It's bouncing off of the cobbles!

I have died and gone to Heaven (not the one in London...but, this one will do just fine)...Gin bars everywhere!!! Reviews may be somewhat delayed....


Day 2...

Brother JakobBrother Jakob:
Directed by Eli Roland Sachs

Ooooh Gawd...oops, that should be Allah! 

This little prig changes his religion as often as he changes his knickers. Made by his brother, Jakob has absolutely nothing - worthwhile - to say. Yet, his brother insists on letting him spout on and on about his [temporary] beliefs! The urge to walk out was overwhelming...yet, I resisted. The urge to fall asleep...especially after all that Gin...to be honest, a few 'noddy' moments were to be had!

A film about a self-centred, dangerous boy (who ought to be in intensive therapy)...that needn't have been made, not only because it was excruciatingly boring...but, because...the film and Jakob are contemptible on so many levels! Disrespectful to a religion!


Raid DingueRaid Dingue (R.A.I.D. Special Unit):
Directed by Dany Boon

French farce is an acquired taste...it's like Marmite. I hate Marmite.

But...Alice Pol delivers a fine comedic performance. It's almost like watching an updated Private Benjamin...albeit, in French, transposed to the police and - sadly - falls apart halfway through!

There's a gay pride march, a couple of villainous transvestites...and, a damn fine firework display. Alice Pol makes it...unfortunately, the script breaks it!


Tom Of Finland Poster

Tom Of FinlandTom of Finland:
Directed by Dome Karukoski

Not being a fan of 'Tom of Finland' - this film was approached with a detectable amount of trepidation. Never pre-judge a film!

Seriously...this is not the film (nor a story) that was expected. It's been said - before - about an other film [see above]...this is so, so much more!

The colour palette is art. The insight is a revelation. His influence is indisputable. As for the backlash...a sad sign-of-those-tumultuous-tragic-times. This film is a remedy...

This film gives Touko Laaksonen a legacy...and, a legitimate, well-earned place in LGBT history.


Day 3...

Final PortraitFinal Portrait:
Directed by Stanley Tucci

Do a little research on James Lord beforehand...it will help understand the nuance of Armie Hammer's performance. Lord's homosexuality is subdued...almost to the point of invisibility...apart from one line, to paraphrase: I was getting excited... until I knew you were a woman!

By stark contrast, there is nothing subdued about Geoffrey Rush...as the chain-smoking, madcap, Giacometti. It's a safe bet to wager...Mr Rush will be collecting a few notable awards for the cantankerous charisma he bestows upon the artist. Deservedly so!

With an exceptional colour palette, Final Portrait is a visual feast...as you would expect for an 'art film' - our only gripe, the constantly moving camera! To be fair, in a post-film chat with a fellow reviewer who 'liked' the camera's movement...I stand firm: Art is static, the movement (and magic) are contained within the frame...that's what makes it art! No doubt, a discussion that will rage on...

A fine, fine film nonetheless.


OkjaOkja:
Directed by Bong Joon Ho

A kid's film about a super pig, genetically bred to feed the starving populace?!? It most certainly is not!

This is a cinematic smörgåsbord...it's like going to the finest Tapas Bar and ordering everything on the menu!

Heart-stopping, jaw-dropping, breath-taking, side-splitting, eye-watering, toe-curling cinema!!!

Annie's Song!?! Totally bizarre and genius.

We can enthuse no more...do yourself a favour...watch!


Song To SongSong to Song:
Directed by Terrence Malick

Hold onto your hats, babies...this ain't gonna be pretty! Ever heard the one about the Emperor and some new clothes?!? Well, that's what we think about Mr Malick...

Packed to the rafters with crowd-pulling A-listers...you can almost hear the audible, collective contempt as the entrance-paying audiences around the world realise that they have been conned out of their hard-earned cash and stripped of 129 precious minutes of their lives...for this!!!

Obviously improvised from start to finish, Mr Malick gives himself a writing credit...cue: Howls of ridicule and laughter. Well, Mr Malick if your filmmaking career ever goes tits up (as it should, if there is any justice in the filmmaking world)...rest assured, Hallmark cards will give you a job. You show an exemplary ability as a writer of [cringe-worthy] cheese.

Patti Smith, as much as we love you...it's time to wash! And, what the hell are you doing in this film? The same goes for Iggy and Rotten! And on that note...moving on...


Day 4...

Here are four films that deal with teenage sexuality...with varying degrees of success.

Freak ShowFreak Show:
Directed by Trudie Styler

This will certainly polarise opinion...young Mr Lawther gives a [damn fine] credible performance...but, as a rich-kid with gender identity issues and a penchant for camping it up [at every conceivable opportunity]...the audience may not [or may] get entirely behind him...at first. But...be patient, he does grow on you...amid the diamante and darkness. It's that...I'd-rather-be-sexually-confused-in-my-mansion-than-in-a-homeless-hostel kind-of-thing! Struggling heirs elicit little empathy! Mr Lawther does a remarkable job...in shifting that opinion!

Now, it has to be said...Bette Midler is tragically [and mind-bogglingly] under-used...she and Mr Lawther could have easily presented a little cabaret performance [in the mansion] for our delectation and titillation...alas, no...although the script was crying out for it! The director, perhaps, was not in-tune with the audience. It's Bette Midler for Christ's sake...you got her...use her! She ain't cheap!

Freak Show embraces and celebrates individuality and diversity. Despite our 'quibbly moanings', it's a great little film. It delivers the finest of messages...live and let live...all the world's a stage...I am what I am...

...if only the same could be said for our next film...a film we were looking so forward to...


EMO The MusicalEMO: The Musical:
Directed by Neil Triffett

First and foremost, we LOVED the short film.

Second...not all good shorts deserve to become a feature...especially when the writer/director doesn't have the material to fill the allocated time!

Look...there's absolutely no point in crucifying this film [it does that all by itself]...unlike Freak Show...this film delivers a message so contemptible [it hurts!]...conform to the norm! WTF...it ends up being a pro-Christian, happy-clappy assault to the senses. ..the EMO ditches his mascara and everyone ends up singing...apart from the gay kid?!? WTF! Not, what we suspect was...the director's intention...because, babycakes, it does come over a trifle homophobic! WTF! 


Bad Kids Of Crestview AcademyBad Kids of Crestview Academy:
Directed by Ben Browder

Remember Farscape...the face of...Ben Browder...well, this is his directorial debut...and, here end-eth that directorial career.

When will filmmakers accept the simple fact that you cannot make a cult film...the audience makes a film...cult!

There is a line in this catastrophe: This should be good - oops.

Quite easily, the worst film in the festival [thus far]...it even surpasses all that experimental poop!

 


Goodbye BerlinGoodbye Berlin [Tschick]:
Directed by Fatih Akin

There is a God!!!

And, there is Fatih Akin...who made the astounding Auf Der Anderen Seite...

We're not going to say too much about this fine film...because, it would ruin it.

Anand Batbileg is a revelation...he lights up the screen, even when vomiting...and, Tristan Göbel compliments this little duo beautifully.

Sit back, relax and enjoy...a lovely, lovely film.


Day 5...Experimental Sunday...

Serce MilosciA Heart of Love [Serce Milosci]:
Directed by Lukasz Ronduda 

A couple of performance artists are facing a crisis in their relationship...

The performance artist underworld is an unfathomable place for the uninvited/uninterested. Despite some striking imagery and some truly cacophonous music, Mr Ronduda's invitation to be a voyeur will only appeal to those who are unfathomable and connoisseurs of some truly cacophonous music!

Lost on us!


Una Vez Fuimos SalvajesWhen We Were Wild [Una Vez Fuimos Salvajes]:
Directed by Carmen Bellas

There's nothing wild about this film...in fact, there's absolutely nothing to this film.

It's merely an exercise in point-and-shoot whatever appears in front of the camera by a director who - obviously - forgot to say 'CUT'!

This is not a documentary...there's no artistry, no composition, no revelation. Nada!

It's a film festival, we expect and accept these little blunders!


Land Of Not KnowingLand of Not Knowing:
Directed by Steve Sanguedolce

Suicide is like a mirror...

Yeah...it's not the cheeriest of films...

Suicidal contemplations accompanied by random, splattered images.

Dare we repeat ourselves: It's a film festival, we expect and accept these little cinematic challenges! 


Day 6...

My Entire High SchoolMy Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea:
Directed by Dash Shaw

We were asked how we pick the films that go into this review...considering Edinburgh offers a multitude of cinematic delights, it's a good question to ask!

Obviously, anything with LGBT content goes in, anything we suspect that may have LGBT content (and, let's face it, most films nowadays seem to have a snifter of LGBT content somewhere between the opening and closing credits) and, to be truthful, just about anything that tickles our fancy. Attached names is a 'biggy' too...this film features the voices of Susan Sarandon and John Cameron Mitchell. Of course we're gonna watch this!

What a mistake...it looks like a work-in-progress that should progress no further! The animation is awful, the story (think Poseidon!) is nonsense...big voices don't necessarily make bad films good! We rest our case!


Vampire Cleanup DepartmentVampire Cleanup Department [Gao Geung Jing Dou Fu]:
Directed by Sin-Hang Chiu & Pak-Wing Yan

This is going to be quick...

When the old [bag] lady popped out of the box and the student delegation (in the audience) laughed uncontrollably...we walked out. Wasting a mere 7 minutes of our time.

Most definitely, not our cup-of-tea.


A WeddingA Wedding [Noces]:
Directed by Stephan Streker 

When the end credits started to roll...no-one moved, not a sound was heard.

When that happens...you know that you have just made a deeply affecting film...especially when it's a press screening!

It starts in a dark place...a young Muslim girl discusses abortion with a health care professional. The issues that this film addresses would raze the mightiest roof. From a Skype wedding to hymen reconstruction...this film goes where few [if any] have gone before.

In the current climate...this is bold, brave, dangerous filmmaking. This is what cinema is all about! We thank you.


Day 7...

Operation Mekong

Operation Mekong [Mei Gong he xing dong]:
Directed by Dante Lam

140 minutes of pure adrenalin...

China is - rapidly - proving that it can give Hollywood a run for its money...and some!

Unlike the Hollywood obligation to include inane sentimentality into its action movies...this has none. Okay, it's not perfect...it does have the villain coming across as a caricature...but, hey, if it works for Hollywood...

The body count is uncountable...the editing, cinematography...top notch. It's a rollercoaster ride...with a few glitches. Hollywood must be worried!


Attraction1Attraction [Prityazhenie]:
Directed by Fedor Bondarchuk

Russia is - rapidly - proving that it can give Hollywood a run for its money...

The SFX are pretty damn impressive...and, the score! A swelling beauty!

Admittedly, this does tick all the 'young adult' boxes...and, seemingly, the 'young adults' of Russia flocked to the cinemas to watch it!

Considering it was made in [dictator] Putin's Russia...it delivers some incredible [and risqué] messages...it's anti-war, there's a gay kid, government defiance...and, it's damn fine entertainment to boot!


The Little HoursThe Little Hours:
Directed by Jeff Baena

Film festivals deliver surprises, delights, disappointments and the downright awful...this is a sweet, sweet surprise. Foul-mouthed, frisky nuns with a soupcon of the demonic!

Pasolini & Boccaccio must be turning somersaults in their graves...the irreverence [of the source material] is a f**king revelation!

We loved it! To be honest...it could have gone so much further...but, alas, ratings dictate!


Just CharlieJust Charlie:
Directed by Rebekah Fortune

This is hard...we wanted - so much - to take this film into our hearts. Alas, it merely scratched at the surface...and, sadly, left no lasting impression.

The only insight...puberty blockers! Mentioned briefly, unexplained...and that was it for the complexity of the complexity of transition. Why use the footballing metaphor?!? Too damn obvious...the inference could be construed as a little insulting... football star of the future gives it all up to wear a dress...that's how it comes across!!! Just a little bit too tabloid.

The transition was done via [hideous] hairbands [is that what you call them?!?] and some grubby-looking cardigans. She's a young woman...dress her as if she's a young woman!!! Why make her look so dowdy?!?  Disappointing...so, so disappointing.


Day 8...

I Dream In Another LanguageI Dream in Another Language [Sueño en otro idioma]:
Directed by Ernesto Contreras

Just when you least expect it...a magical little film pops up and - quite literally - takes your breath away. There are moments when you will gasp, cry, laugh and scream at the screen...in frustration...as this stubborn old bugger remains a stubborn old bugger.

It's a beautiful looking film. It's original. It's intelligent...it's everything you want from a film. It is - without a doubt - our best of the fest!


Double DateDouble Date:
Directed by Benjamin Barfoot

Bloody marvellous!

The snappiest of scripts...two actors born to bounce off of each other, a pace that never lets up and a thumping soundtrack.

Rest assured...British independent filmmaking is alive and well and kicking...the talent - on both sides of the camera - is plain to see.


RageRage:
Directed by Sang-il Lee

Way too long with not enough rage!

After a strong start, it fizzles out rather rapidly...it's a bit of a chore to get to the end!

There are three distinct storylines/suspects...one could have easily been cut, our preference would have been the 'Daddy's Girl' - she's so annoying - but, to be honest, any one could have gone...thereby ensuring a tighter, more intriguing film.


Strange WeatherStrange Weather:
Directed by Katherine Dieckmann

Holly Hunter plays Holly Hunter...as a tough-nut, non-conforming, grieving mother...and, to a certain degree, she pulls it off.

Now, there is actually a built-in ending that would have made this film fly into the stratosphere...instead, and [in our humble opinion] erroneously, Katherine Dieckmann chose to go down the safer route...what could have been a mighty statement on the individuality of grief and the grieving process...became a rather diluted affair.

Oooooh the potential to have a collective jaw-drop was there...if only...!


Day 9...

That Good NightThat Good Night:
Directed by Eric Styles

Lesson 1 - when adapting a stage play for the big screen...bring something new to the table.

Lesson 2 - when directing a stage play for the big screen...do not direct it as if it were a stage play.

Lesson 3 - stage acting does not transfer [well] onto the big screen...a couple of actors needed solid [film] direction.

Eric Styles ignored all these lessons...resulting in a badly-blocked, wooden film.


KaleidoscopeKaleidoscope:
Directed by Rupert Jones

The blurb basically ruins the film...this is a [dowdy, as in the dowdiest] modern-day Psycho...!

Where Psycho - in it's time - delivered a real shocker of a climax. Kaleidoscope is a mind-boggling trek through a shattered timeline...it's all over the place! You never know where you are from one minute to the next.

As much as we love Toby Jones and Anne Reid...you will feel nothing for their on-screen personas. By the end...well, we all know the end of Psycho...this 'end' was a major anti-climax.


Becoming Cary GrantBecoming Cary Grant:
Directed by Mark Kidel

An affectionate film...indeed, [selectively] informative...with a rather erratic timeline.

But...what about that great big elephant - dressed in a tutu - standing on one leg in the middle of the room whistling Dixie?!?

Cary Grant lived with a man for years...not a mention. You can almost hear - his daughter - Jennifer's demands for her appearance/endorsement...do NOT mention Randolph Scott! The LSD is fine! If Scott's in, I'm out!

A biography with great big chunks missing!


Access All AreasAccess All Areas:
Directed by Bryn Higgins

One for the kiddies...or, rather, young adults...not quite sure to be honest. It's a film that forgot to target an audience...if you're gonna go for wide appeal...make sure the film has wide appeal. Oooops.

This is Glee versus High School Musical on scooters...too silly to be taken seriously, too cheesy to appeal to the YAs...not enough toe-tapping songs for the kiddies.

Interesting to see how it will do at the box office...we may have gotten it completely wrong! 


Day 10...

Story Of A GirlStory of a Girl:
Directed by Kyra Sedgwick

It's a made-for-TV movie that packs one hell of a punch...and, it all hinges on one jaw-dropping revelation - where sympathies switch in a moment...It's almost like witnessing a paradigm shift!

Kevin Bacon's gay pizza-parlour-proprietor gets a little lost amid the hormones...but, he does supply a voice of reason (and some star-quality) to this directorial debut by his wife. Kyra Sedgwick has made a wise choice by starting small and delivering a rather significant emotional wallop. Impressive, to say the least.


The MarkerThe Marker:
Directed by Justin Edgar

UK independent filmmaking does not come any better than this little under-publicised surprise!

Tense...to say the least. Dark...as in the depths of night. Surely, big things will beckon for Frederick Schmidt, his intensity is mesmerising.

But...the star of the show has to be Justin Edgar's direction...crisp, clean, precise. All those close-ups...perfectly matches the prevailing menace that runs throughout, it never lets up. Seriously...edge-of-the-seat stuff!


The Dark MileThe Dark Mile:
Directed by Gary Love

What happened? Did the money run out? Did the ideas dry up? Because...just when the spookiness starts, it ends!

Look...the Scottish tourist board ain't gonna be liking this mismanaged affair...there's no friendly Scottish folk to be found anywhere...and, that tartan 'tammie' with ginger trim...not a good idea. Alas, the film was devoid of good ideas!

Sheila Hancock's accent...what was she thinking...that accent, this film...did she just happen to be in the neighbourhood filming Edie at the time?!? Quids in...quid pro quo!


In Dubious BattleIn Dubious Battle:
Directed by James Franco

James, James, James, James...you've done the commercial, you've done art-house, you've been 'gay' so often that Rupaul is considering having you on the next Drag Race!

Look...the problem is rather simple...few actor-cum-directors can direct themselves...Mr Franco, despite a fine cast and a damn fine story, an ego got in the way of the story-telling!

In future, it would be prudent to do one thing or the other...preferably, the other! 


Day 11...

The Erlprince

The Erlprince [Królewicz Olch]:
Directed by Kuba Czekaj

Sci-fi...perhaps the most difficult genre to do on a tight budget. Often...an overly-fertile imagination can compensate for the monetary restrictions...alas, not the case here.

That imagination goes somewhat awry and travels down many pretentious-lined boulevards...the singing preacher will have you slapping your forehead, the lesbian-infused, mud-wresting scene serves merely to bamboozle. Do we feel anything for the character(s) facing the apocalypse? Not a jot!


The MidwifeThe Midwife [Sage Femme]:
Directed by Martin Provost

Basically, this is a two-hander with Catherine Deneuve in the driving seat. The supporting cast needn't have bothered...they bring nothing to the table. All eyes are on Ms Deneuve...alas, not enough camera-time was spent on her.

It's a film that could have been so much more than it is...Monsieur Provost chose to underplay the sentimentality...what it needed was a great big dollop of the stuff...to get the waterworks flowing.

It's a devastatingly sad story of a life led with regrets, let the audience feel those regrets!


MenasheMenashe:
Directed by Joshua Z Weinstein

Few films have ever dealt with the Hasidic community...so, this is a welcome insight...what a miserable bunch they are!

Individuality is an absolute no-no...conform or be cast out! So, for poor Menashe - a bit of a bumbler, a bit of a free spirit - life ain't too sweet. 

It's a low-budget film and - in places - it certainly shows...but, Menashe Lustig gives a credible performance that carries the film to its - somewhat - predictable ending. Not the greatest film ever made...but, not bad.


RomansRomans:
Directed by Ludwig Shammasian & Paul Shammasian 

Do not expect the usual catholic-bashing, priest-abusing exposé that we have all become [too] familiar with in recent years...this is so much more...this gets under the skin, into the psyche...of the victim. As for the perpetrator...few words are spoken, none in defence...his self-loathing and the hate you feel for this man-of-the-cloth are spine-chillingly palpable.

Most assuredly, Orlando Bloom has cast off his elven mantle...he delivers a performance of such magnitude and dimension that - at times - your breath will simply be taken away. He makes you feel his...pain!

Everything is assured about this film...the direction, the writing...but, this Mr Bloom's film. A dark, intensely harrowing experience.


Day 12...

England Is Mine

England is Mine:
Directed by Mark Gill

The problem is...why make an unauthorised bio-pic in the first place? Without the endorsement of the eponymous [should that be, miserable] man himself...factual accuracy becomes a great big gladioli-waving elephant-in-the-room!

Fans of The Smiths will be bitterly disappointed...not a Smiths tune to be heard! Because...this is about Steven pre-Smiths. And, what a dreary young man he was...no wonder Morrissey didn't endorse...the boy - in the film - is a self-centred, prissy little prick! His depression...Jesus H. Christ...if everyone went into a debilitating downward spiral every time they got rejected for a job, the world would - quite literally - stop spinning. As for his self-proclaimed genius...and, there are those who do think he was/is/will be...well, we'll take a rain-check on that particular assumption! The film proffers no evidence.

It's not a bad film per se...it's just a film that ends where it ought to have begun...it does help if you are a dedicated follower of the eponymous [non-fictional] one! Ooooh you can hear all that idolatry crashing to the floor...incredulity smeared across the faces of the disciples...when they realise Mr Iscariot is alive and [well] making bio-pics...[according to this version of events] Steven pre-Morrissey was a prick who worked for the inland revenue! What a rebel!!!

Treason! Sacrilege! Slaughter the director!

As for the sequel?!? Exits cinema, howling with laughter!

What a way to end a festival...

And that folks...is it...thank you Edinburgh:)

 

 

 

 

Ian McKellen is Planning Something Interesting...

Sir Ian McKellen on the main Cannes Lions stage with The Brooklyn Brothers and Brown Eyed Boy: Inspiring brands to co-create authentic entertainment with talent and inviting brands to join them re-inventing our heroes

  • Sir Ian McKellen appeared at the Cannes Lions festival 2017 for the first time today to encourage and challenge brands to tell more authentic stories, co-create with talent, and ultimately to insert more diversity in their creative communications and join him on a mission to do so
  • Talk spear-headed by Jackie Stevenson, Founder of The Brooklyn Brothers, focused on how brands can tell stories with purpose that are entertaining
  • Debate ended with a rallying cry to invite brands to shake up Hollywood and entertainment status quo and include more LGBTQ heroes in storylines
  • Facebook has already pledged support

Today, The Brooklyn Brothers and Brown Eyed Boy shared the main stage with Sir Ian McKellen, acting legend, at the Lumière Theatre for Cannes Lions 2017.

The session titled “Telling a good story: Ian McKellen with The Brooklyn Brothers”, showcased and discussed Sir Ian’s best loved characters from Hamlet to Sherlock Holmes, from Marvel Comic’s Magneto to Tolkien’s Gandalf and how he’s taken on challenges in work and in life, to tell stories he believes need to be told, both factual and fiction.

Jackie Stevenson, Founding Partner and Global Managing Director of The Brooklyn Brothers sat down with Sir Ian to discuss how he combines creative fulfillment with campaigning around issues close to his heart and staying true to himself. In the second half of the session, Gary Reich, Founder and Managing Director of Production Company Brown Eyed Boy took to the stage sharing his personal stories and collectively, the three identified some lessons and behaviours brands can adopt to help tell stories in culture fit to inspire the next generation.

The session kicked off with an introduction by Jackie Stevenson who set the scene, talking of the current landscape between brands, talent, entertainment and the notion of purpose – subjects at the heart of Brooklyn Brothers creative DNA. The ensuing 45-minute stimulating discussion covered Sir Ian’s incredible career, the key moments in both his professional and personal life, including ‘coming out’ and what his journey taught him about stories well told, exploring lessons he has learned. To start he discussed his acting career, coming out and his work with schools and young people. Key outtakes included:

Entertainment with Purpose: 

  • Sir Ian stressed the importance in his life of being true to himself, coming out and choosing characters that inspired, interested and resonated with who he is
  • He spoke about how vital it is to look around you and be part of the world and tell stories that ask questions and try and see things from different but nonetheless real perspectives (such as the moral ambiguity of Magneto and the beautiful differences of all the X-men in society)
  • Believe in the stories you tell, the writing must be great and the story inspiring and challenging to tell, no matter what you worry an audience may or may not be interested in
  • The importance of talking to real young people and to inspire youth, McKellen showing he is himself at all times, giving them permission to be equally as free to explore themselves, without having all the answers
  • Resist labels (as children do) and tell stories of people in a fluid way, no-one real fits in a box
  • Today will always be yesterday at lightening speed especially for the young, so look forward all the time

The second part of the discussion focused on Sir Ian’s limited experience of brands in his work and why to date the idea of working with them has lacked appeal, as he had not encountered stories told particularly well or that felt authentic.

Talent wants Purpose 

  • Putting the story first and the audience profile second, allow people to make their own decisions on what interests them – if a story is inspiring and has a purpose that is what matters 
  • Break some rules, challenging convention and authority is okay and interesting if it means true stories are well told and get a platform or voice 
  • Stories that ask questions provoke conversations and conversations lead to action

Gary Reich of the Brown Eyed Brown Productions (producers of the world’s first prime time gay sitcom Vicious featuring Sir Ian and Derek Jacobi) then joined the stage. He recounted his own story of sexual awakening and subsequent bullying at school, coupled with the total lack of cultural role models available at that point until he saw Boy George on TV.  This was the start of his own journey to positively impact people through art and culture, the way he had been – by providing stories that helped individuals to feel recognized and valid.

The event culminated with a question to the audience and the broader entertainment world, to think about how much good it would do society and young people to see, relate to and admire more diverse role models in the stories we watch, offering more of a true and real reflection of society. And crucially what if a superhero or action star was gay or trans on screen? Sir Ian’s openness to now be willing to work with brands is part of this bigger question and the need for authentic stories like this to be told with brands as co-creators.

Creativity which is at the heart of the Cannes festival is often acknowledged to thrive from diversity of talent, but Hollywood is still trailing behind here, which gives brands the perfect opportunity to unite with talent and start the shift to create more authentic entertainment themselves.  The rallying cry at the end of the simulating talk was for people to get involved, to join the debate on twitter using the hashtag #LGBTheroes and to crucially invite brands to commission and work as co-creators with the team to make a series of short films re-casting our most loved heroes in a new more diverse light. The first short has the ambition to re-imagine a quintessentially British spy, which has already excitingly got interest from many “A’ list Hollywood LGBT talent. Facebook has already pledged their support to act as a live online premier broadcaster and to promote the film(s) with views. The remaining question is what brands will see this as an important story to tell?

To find out more you can also visit www.LGBTheroes.info or tweet using the hashtag #LGBThero

Britain on Film: LGBT Britain

Britain’s LGBT history is the inspiring subject of our fourth Britain on Film on Tour programme. With films spanning 1909 to 1994, it documents a century in which homosexuality went from crime to Pride, via decades of profoundly courageous activism, and the shifting attitudes to LGBT people and their rights across the board throughout a time of explosive social change. 

Including some of the earliest known representations of LGBT people on screen, the collection includes a 1925 film on ‘Cutie Cattaro’, a boxer more interested in flirting than fighting and a drag queen, ‘Percy’ competing for a prize in 1909. Exploring the struggles and identity politics of the ‘80s and ‘90s, the films cover early AIDS victims recounting their painful experiences; the formation of the Gay Black Group, an early instance of intersectional thinking; and the 1980 fight for transgender rights in the European Court.

It’s a moving and fascinating collection, a social document encompassing both the collective public fight for basic rights and equality and more personal, intimate and psychological ones: the shedding of shame and the ability to be open about one’s most private self; the claiming of the right to love and to say publicly, proudly: this is who I am.

Booking information can be found here


Films in the programme

Battling Bruisers: Some Boxing Buffoonery (1925)

‘Cutie Cattaro’ is the nicest man in boxing, with his elegant walk and camp gestures leaving us in no doubt that we are watching one of the earliest representations of gay men in British cinema. The kisses he and his opponent exchange as they enter the ring may read as a greeting – but the cumulative effect of hints on screen reveal a pair of boxers more interested in each other than the fight.



This Week: Homosexuals (1964) & This Week: Lesbians (1965)

In 1964, This Week produced a truly ground-breaking programme which gave a voice to gay men three years before homosexuality was legalised in the UK. The following year, they turned their attention to lesbianism. Despite the disparaging comments of the interviewer, many of which would be unthinkable on television now, the interviewees respond with both articulate and moving stories.



Hints and Hobbies No.11 (1926)

The Hints and Hobbies series amused and enlightened 1920s cinemagoers with invaluable advice which, we can only hope, few actually tried at home. This extract – Hints to the Ladies on Jiu-Jitsu – is a highlight of the eleventh edition, and perhaps a long-lost chapter from the history of lesbian erotica…



Gays: Speaking Up (1978)

"What's it like being a homosexual in modern, so-called permissive Britain?" asks presenter Llew Gardner in this Thames TV studio discussion. An ‘audience of gays’ patiently explain to Gardner – and by extension the straight world he represents – the challenges they face in coming out and the self-respect gained by acknowledging their true identity.

 

David is Homosexual (1978)

This Super8 educational film was made by the Lewisham branch of the Campaign for Homosexual Equality (CHE) and follows lead character David as he comes out to his family and finds new friends in the burgeoning gay rights movement. The extract includes rare footage of the 1976 Gay Pride march in London.



Gay Life (1980)

LWT’s Gay Life was the UK's first dedicated LGBT TV series. This episode, ‘Gay Geography’ celebrates the opening of gay nightclub Heaven in central London by exploring what the contemporary clubbing scene has to offer gay men of all persuasions, with tensions between the emerging factions – ‘camp’ vs. ‘masc’, drag queens vs. leather queens – dominating the programme.



How Percy Won the Beauty Competition (1909)

Drag has a long history in British culture and was popular with gay and straight audiences alike. This is one of the earliest surviving films to feature a man in drag, with protagonist Percy entering a female beauty contest in order to win a £100 prize.



AIDS: The Victims (1985)

Current affairs series TV Eye meets two AIDS sufferers who recount their experiences of living with the disease and facing society's suspicion, fear and misconceptions. When the programme was made 58 AIDS-related deaths had been recorded in Britain; by 2016 that figure had grown to almost 23,000.



Gay Black Group (1983)

The formation of the Gay Black Group was a landmark in black and Asian LGBT history. With regular meetings at Gay’s the Word bookshop in London, it offered a sounding board and support for queer people of colour during the 1980s. Outsiders by virtue of both their sexuality and ethnicity, the group attempted to negotiate a path through the interwoven complexities of cultural and sexual identity.



What Am I? (1980)

Broadcast as the right for transgender people to re-assign their birth certificates and to marry was being put to the European Court of Human Rights, this television report featured a range of interviews that revealed common misconceptions and assumptions of the day; in particular, the confusion between gender identity and sexuality.



Miss Norah Blaney (1932)

Norah Blaney and her partner Gwen Farrar were household names in the 1920s, with a music hall act incorporating popular songs and witty repartee combined with physical humour. Lovers from 1915 to 1931, their offstage partnership was no secret. This film captures one of Norah’s final performances, singing “Masculine Women, Feminine Men” - a popular song notable for its queer subtext.



Age of Dissent (1994)

This documentary followed a battle to lower British legislation on the UK gay male age of consent. We see confident, colourful footage of Pride 1993, as the march makes its way through the streets of central London to the open-air festival in Brockwell Park where revellers were promised ‘the most fun you can have with 50,000 people you’ve never met’.

C4 announces new season, 50 Shades of Gay...

50 Shades

Channel 4 is marking the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality with a new season of programmes: 50 Shades of Gay. In a documentary of the same name, Rupert Everett delivers his personal and frank take on the developments in gay life in Britain since decriminalisation. Not Guilty (w/t) shows how gay men continued to be persecuted long after the 1967 Act began to decriminalise homosexuality. Far from ushering in an end to prejudice, 1967 unleashed a backlash of homophobia. Epidemic [w/t] tells how an unlikely coalition of gay campaigners, Tory politicians, and pioneering doctors came together to fight AIDS in the 1980s – and changed Britain in the process. Born This Way (w/t) reveals that while campaigners were battling Parliament for legal reforms, pop music was changing hearts and minds, bringing gay culture into the living rooms of Britain. And in Britain’s Great Gay Buildings, famous faces such as Simon Callow, Lord Waheed, Anna Richardson and Mary Portas champion the buildings where extraordinary moments in Britain’s gay history took place. Exclusively on All4 Raised by Queers (w/t) sees Kieron Richardson (Hollyoaks) exploring parenting in the LGBTQIA community and speaking to those who have been on this journey. Finally, All 4’s Out on 4 Collection will offer up a celebration landmark Channel 4 shows including Queer as Folk, Terry and Julian and Muslim Drag Queens.

 

Not Guilty (w/t)

This film reveals how gay men continued to be persecuted long after the 1967 Act began to decriminalise homosexuality. Far from ushering in an end to prejudice, 1967 unleashed a backlash of homophobia enforced by the police and the courts, as many aspects of gay life continued to be illegal. The film tells the stories of some of the 15,000 men who fell foul of Britain’s homophobic laws during the past half century - and exposes how the injustice continues today.

Production company: Testimony Films

 

Epidemic (w/t)

This landmark film tells the behind-the-scenes uplifting story of how an unlikely coalition of Tory politicians, pioneering doctors and gay men came together to fight a deadly disease with no cure – and how Britain was changed forever by the battle against AIDS in the 1980s. Together they overcame a homophobic press, the ignorance of the medical establishment, and the outright hostility of Margaret Thatcher, in order to create a campaign that would change hearts and minds about AIDS – and gay men. Not only did their effort stem the tide of the AIDS plague – but by making us talk publicly about sex in a new way, they helped to create a more liberal Britain - that has lasted until today.

Production company: Blast Films

 

50 Shades of Gay

In this documentary, Rupert Everett delivers his personal and frank take on the developments in gay life in Britain since the decriminalisation of homosexuality 50 years ago. Rupert meets LGBT people of all ages and walks of life, from former royal butler Paul Burrell to the lesbian community of Hebden Bridge, and explores with them how the LGBT experience has changed on the journey towards the mainstream. Huge progress has been made - but has something of the edge and distinctiveness of gay identity also been lost?

Production company: Swan Films

 

Born This Way (w/t)

After homosexuality was legalised 50 years ago, this is the story of how it was pop music that won the battle for hearts and minds, and made it OK to be gay.

While politicians and protestors focused on legal reform, another struggle was going on – the battle for hearts and minds. The fight to win mainstream status for queer culture was waged, and won, by a group of pioneers who used popular music as the stage for a revolution. Put simply: it was pop music that made it OK to be gay. Channel 4 marks this momentous anniversary with the story of the fearless & flamboyant artists– from global icons to hidden heroes – who used pop music as gay culture’s Trojan Horse, seducing us all with a soundtrack to die for.

Production company: Alley Cats TV

 

Random Acts

Channel 4's dedicated short arts strand Random Acts is partnering with Tate on its Queer British Art 1861-1967 exhibition, which marks the 50th anniversary since the decriminalisation of male homosexuality in the UK. The six shorts, which will be directed by contemporary LGBTQ directors, will explore queer identity and will be shown in the exhibition at Tate Britain from April to October, and on Channel 4 as part of its LGBTQ programming.

 

Britain’s Great Gay Buildings.

In Britain’s Great Gay Buildings, presented by Stephen Fry, 7 famous gay faces champion the buildings that have helped define Britain’s gay history, revealing the groundbreaking events that happened in them and extraordinary people who lived and worked in them . The Reverend Richard Cole revisits Heaven Nightclub after many years to reveal its hedonistic past, Mary Portas visits Shibden Hall in Yorkshire to discover the secret diaries of a Yorkshire heiress, Craig Revel Horwood revels in the story of Britain’s drag scene at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern, Simon Callow tells the story of Oscar Wilde’s downfall at the Old Bailey, Rikki Beadle Blair visits the Theatre Royal Haymarket to discover how the British public showed their support for Sir John Gielgud after his arrest for cottaging, Liz Carr travels to Bletchley Park to visit the place that fostered one of Britain’s greatest scientists Alan Turing and Lord Waheed Alli tells the story of the Houses of Parliament’s recent battle for gay rights.

Production company: Spun Gold TV

 

Raised by Queers (w/t)

Kieron Richardson (Hollyoaks) will be exploring parenting in the LGBTQIA community and speaking to those who have been on this journey. The one-off (30 mins) documentary will release exclusively on All 4, Channel 4’s on-demand channel, and will see Kieron meet parents and children with first-hand experience of parenting within the LGBTQIA community, discovering more about the world of surrogacy and modern parenting, the challenges faced, and finding out how rewarding the experience can be.

Production company: Burning Bright Productions

 

Out on 4 Collection

All 4 will offer up a celebration of landmark Channel 4 shows including My Beautiful Launderette, Queer as Folk, Metrosexuality, , Terry and Julian featuring Julian Clary, Sugar Rush, Cucumber, Banana and Muslim Drag Queens.

iPhone Filmmaking...

Here's a rather nifty iPhone filmmaking kit...

 

gotta get a phone

 
  • 4.7-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit widescreen Multi-Touch display with IPS technology
  • New 8-megapixel iSight camera with 1.5µ pixels
  • A8 chip with 64-bit architecture. M8 motion coprocessor
  • 1080p HD video recording (30 fps or 60 fps)
  • Unlocked cell phones are compatible with GSM carriers like AT&T and T-Mobile as well as with GSM SIM cards (e.g. H20 and select prepaid carriers). Unlocked cell phones will not work with CDMA Carriers like Sprint, Verizon, Boost or Virgin.
 

 lenses...

 
  • Fisheye Lens, Wide-Angle Lens
  • 10x Macro Lens, 15x Macro Lens, 2 x Lens Cap

 

 

 

case

  • “olloclip-ready” for use with olloclip lens systems
  • Raised bezel keeps the screen from contacting flat surfaces
  • Rubberized bumpers for complete control
  • Sturdy scratch-resistant back for added protection
 

 tripod & grip...

 
  • RELIABLE GRIP. The JOBY GripTight GorillaPod Stand has a secure hold for phones with or without a case, for crystal clear images. The rubber foot grips and wrappable legs ensure your phone can be mounted to any surfaces, without a slip of the grip.
  • CAPTURE SUPERIOR PERSPECTIVES. Look at life from a different point of view with adjustable locking screw you can change the angle, as you easily maneuver your phone. The legs wrap securely around any surface as your phone stays securely in place, even on its side.
  • UNIVERSAL SMARTPHONE COMPATIBILITY. Take your mobile photography and videography to the next level with the GripTight GorillaPod Stand.
  • DURABLE DESIGN. With thoughtful engineering, the GripTight GorillaPod Stand is lightweight, but extremely strong. Made of sturdy ABS plastic, TPE, and stainless steel, it is made for the wear and tear of everyday life, or the rigor of every adventure.
  • GRIP, FLIP, & FIRE AWAY. Capture crisper photos, smoother videos, and optimal media consumption on your smartphone when using the GripTight GorillaPod Stand. With a ¼”-20 thread standard tripod mount, you can easily use it with other JOBY products.
 

 mic...

 
  • Deluxe microphone windshield for the RØDE Video Micro and VideoMic Me
  • Features open-cell foam covered by synthetic fur
  • Designed to minimize wind noise when recording outdoors
  • Compact TRRS cardioid microphone designed for iOS devices and smartphones
  • High-quality directional microphone that connects directly to the iPhone TRRS microphone/headphone socket
  • 3.5mm headphone output
 

 adaptor...

 
  • High-quality shielded adaptor
  • Designed to allow microphones with a 3.5mm output to connect to TRRS smartphones and tablets
  • Ideal for users wanting to connect their RØDE VideoMic to their iPhone
 

 battery...

  • The Anker Advantage: Join the 10 million+ powered by our leading technology.
  • Ultra-High Capacity: Weighs as little as a can of soup (12.5 oz) yet charges the iPhone 7 almost seven times, the Galaxy S6 five times or the iPad mini 4 twice.
  • High-speed charging: PowerIQ and VoltageBoost combine to deliver the fastest possible charge(does not support Qualcomm Quick Charge). Recharges itself in 10 hours with a 2 amp charger, phone chargers (generally 1 amp) may take up to 20 hours.
  • Certified Safe: Anker's MultiProtect safety system ensures complete protection for you and your devices.
  • What You Get: Anker PowerCore 20100 Portable Charger, Micro USB cable, travel pouch, welcome guide, our fan-favorite 18-month warranty and friendly customer service. Lightning cable for iPhone / iPad sold separately.
 
 

 software...

   Features include:
  • Intuitive User Interface
  • Standard, Manual and Hybrid shooting modes. A shooting style for whatever your level.
  • Variable Speed Zoom
  • Sync audio frame rates of 24, 25, 30, fps.
  • Action Slider with extensive controls for live shooting adjustments
  • Slow and Fast Motion FX options
  • Timelapse
  • Adjust Video Settings After Capture (Exposure, Contrast, Saturation, Tint, Color Temperature)
  • Downsampling
  • Customizable saved personal presets
  • Aspect ratio framing guides
  • Thirds guide for dynamic composition
  • Support for the Moondog Labs Anamorphic Adapter
  • Support for the DJI OSMO Mobile handheld stabilizer
  • Optimized for Android 5.0 and later for devices that support Android Camera 2 API.
 

A few optional extras...

   

wireless...

 
  • Series II, 2.4GHz digital transmission
  • 128-bit encryption
  • Up to 100 meters range
  • OLED display (on receiver)
  • One button pairing
 

headphones...

 
  • Neodymium magnets and 40mm drivers for powerful, detailed sound
  • Closed-ear design provides comfort and outstanding reduction of external noises
  • 9.8-foot cord ends in gold-plated plug and it is not deatachable; 1/4-inch adapter included
  • Folds up for storage or travel in provided soft case
  • Frequency Response: 10Hz - 20 kHz
  • These large diaphragm, foldable headphones feature a rugged construction, a secure, highly effective closed-ear design
 

 

 

 

 

OUT THIS WEEK: The Naked Civil Servant

...fully restored for blu-ray!

The Naked Civil Servant1Originally broadcast on British TV in 1976, The Naked Civil Servant was the compelling drama that won John Hurt his first Best Actor BAFTA, it tells the remarkable true story of Quentin Crisp, self-proclaimed England’s Stately Homo, who lived an openly homosexual lifestyle from the 1930s in London at a time when it was a criminal offence.  Following his openly flamboyant life through the haunts of Belgravia, Chelsea and Soho, it brings us into the 1970s.  His best-selling autobiography, The Naked Civil Servant forms the basis for Philip Mackie’s script for this highly acclaimed drama, directed by and produced by Verity Lambert (Doctor Who). BAFTA-nominated for best Single TV Drama and winning the prestigious Prix Italia Award, The Naked Civil Servant provides John Hurt with a career-defining performance.  

Voted fourth in BFI’s Top 100 TV programmes of 20th Century, the film has been fully restored in high-definition from the original film elements and still retains its power and social relevance. It remains one of the most significant LGBT dramas of all time as well as a fitting tribute to a much loved actor.

"Never keep up with the Joneses. Drag them down to you level"  -  Quentin Crisp

The Naked Civil Servant is released by Network.  

Available on BluRay/ DVD on 5th June  RRP  £14.99/£12.99

Read our review here

 

Sense8...Cancelled!!!

After binge-watching the second series...we here at CGiii.com were, despite a couple of dodgy performances, smitten! The scale of this production is nothing but impressive...

Sense8

Hark...the angels are not singing...Netflix cancels its most ambitious series to date...with a paltry excuse!

“After 23 episodes, 16 cities and 13 countries, the story of the Sense8 cluster is coming to an end. It is everything we and the fans dreamed it would be: bold, emotional, stunning, kick ass and outright unforgettable,” said Cindy Holland, vice president of the streaming video service’s original content, in a statement. “Never has there been a more truly global show with an equally diverse and international cast and crew, which is only mirrored by the connected community of deeply passionate fans all around the world. We thank Lana, Lily, Joe and Grant for their vision, and the entire cast and crew for their craftsmanship and commitment.”

Now, notoriously, Netflix refuses to publish its viewing figures...with each episode of Sense8 costing an alleged $9 million dollars...it doesn't take a genius to figure out the real reason behind the cancellation!

Not enough people watched it!!!

Over 450,000 people have signed an on-line petition against the Netflix executives' decision...wow, that'll make a difference! But, you never know...it just might!

Get signing here...

If we may offer a suggestion...scale it down, get rid of the weaker performances/storylines...cull the cluster!

And, to everyone out there...if you don't support LGBT TV shows, they get cancelled just like non-LGBT shows! That's life...it's a business!

 

Cannes 2017: The Winners...

Cannes2017

Palme d'Or (Golden Palm):
The Square directed by Ruben Östlund

Grand Prix (Runner Up):
120 Beats Per Minute directed by Robin Campillo

70th Anniversary Award:
Nicole Kidman

Best Director:
Sofia Coppola for The Beguiled

Jury Prize:
Loveless (Nelyubov) directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev

Best Screenplay:
Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthymis Filippou for The Killing of a Sacred Deer
(tied with) Lynne Ramsay for You Were Never Really Here

Camera d'Or (First-Time Filmmaker):
Montparnasse Bienvenue (Jeune Femme) directed by Léonor Serraille

Best Lead Actor:
Joaquin Phoenix in Lynne Ramsay's You Were Never Really Here

Best Leading Actress:
Diane Kruger in Fatih Akin's In the Fade (Aus dem Nichts)

Un Certain Regard

Un Certain Regard Prize:
A Man of Integrity (Lerd) directed by Mohammad Rasoulof

Jury Prize:
April's Daughter (Las Hijas de Abril) directed by Michel Franco

Special Prize for the Best Poetic Narrative:
Barbara directed by Mathieu Amalric

Best Directing Prize:
Taylor Sheridan for Wind River

Best Actress Prize:
Jasmine Trinca for Fortunata directed by Sergio Castellitto

Queer Palm 2017 winners...

Feature...

120 Battements par minute / 120 Beats per Minute

Directed by Robin Campillo

120BattementsParMinute

Short film...

Les Îles / Islands

Directed by Yann Gonzalez

Les Iles

Un Certain Regard 2017 Prizes...

 
The Jury and the winners of 2017 Un Certain Regard

The Jury and the winners of 2017 Un Certain Regard © Christophe Bouillon / FDC

Un Certain Regard 2017 presented in competition 18 films hailing from 22 different countries. Six of the works were first films. The Opening film was Barbara by Mathieu Amalric.

Under the presidency of Uma Thurman (actress - United States), the Jury was comprised of Mohamed Diab (director - Egypt), Reda Kateb (actor - France), Joachim Lafosse (director - Belgium) and Karel Och (artistic director of the Karlovy Vary Film Festival – Czech Republic).

“We feel enormous gratitude to have had the honor of serving on the Jury for this historic 70th anniversary of the Festival de Cannes. We are proud to present an esthetically diverse and beautiful awards list for Un Certain Regard.”

“UN CERTAIN REGARD” PRIZE


LERD (UN HOMME INTEGRE – A MAN OF INTEGRITY) by Mohammad Rasoulof

 

PRIZE FOR BEST ACTRESS

JASMINE TRINCA for FORTUNATA by Sergio Castellitto

 

PRIZE FOR THE BEST POETIC NARRATIVE

BARBARA de Mathieu Amalric

 

PRIZE FOR BEST DIRECTION

Taylor Sheridan for WIND RIVER

 

JURY PRIZE

LAS HIJAS DE ABRIL (APRIL’S DAUGHTER) by Michel Franco

2017 GLAAD Studio Responsibility Index...

2017SRI

Oh noooo...!!!

It's that time of the year when GLAAD releases its Studio Responsibility Index...

Sadly, for us...that means we have to trawl through the dross that Hollywood produces...(with the odd exception)...as we sit back, reluctantly ready to watch the likes of...

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, Dirty Grandpa, Zoolander 2...

...we ask ourselves: Why bother? GLAAD: why bother with this unnecessary report? Especially in the year that a 'gay' film 'won' the Oscar for best picture!

Redundancy...is a word that springs to mind!


Overview of Findings...

  • Of the 125 film releases GLAAD counted from the major studios in 2016, 23 (18.4%) contained characters identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer. This is an increase of nearly one percentage point from the 17.5% of films (22 of 126) found to be inclusive in 2015.

  • Gay men continue to be the most represented by a significant margin with 83% of the inclusive films featuring gay male characters. This is an increase of six percentage points from the previous report (77%). Representation of lesbian characters is up with 35% of inclusive films including lesbians, a significant increase of 12 percentage points from the year before. There was also an increase in bisexual representation: 13% of major studios’ inclusive films counted bi characters compared to 9% in last year’s report. GLAAD counted one transgender-inclusive film (Paramount’s Zoolander 2), similar to the previous report.SRISocial 1

  • GLAAD tallied 70 LGBTQ characters among all mainstream releases in 2016, up from 47 in 2015. It is important to note that 14 of these characters were part of a single musical number in Universal Pictures’ PopStar: Never Stop Never Stopping, which misleadingly inflated the numbers. Male characters again vastly outnumbered females by two to one (47 to 22), compared to 36 men and 11 women in 2015’s major studio releases. One character (All, Paramount’s Zoolander 2) was counted as non-binary.

  • The racial diversity of LGBTQ characters again decreased in films tracked in 2016 after another dramatic drop the year before. In 2016, only 20% were people of color, compared to 25.5% the year before and 32.1% in films released in 2014. Of the 70 LGBTQ characters counted, 48 were white (69%), nine were Black/African American (13%), one was Latinx (1%), and four were Asian/Pacific Islander (6%). Eight characters (11%) were non-human (Disney’s Zootopia, Sony’s The Angry Birds Movie and Sausage Party).
    As has been the case each year since GLAAD began this report, comedies remain the most likely major studio films to be LGBTQ-inclusive. Of the 125 films tracked, GLAAD identified 39 films as comedies, of which 12 (31%) were inclusive. By comparison, GLAAD counted 44 films as genre films (action, sci-fi, fantasy/horror), of which six (14%) films were inclusive. Additionally, two of 27 dramas (7%), and three of 15 animated/family films (20%) included LGBTQ characters. GLAAD did not count any documentaries from the major studios in 2016.

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  • Paramount and Universal Pictures tied as the most inclusive major studios tracked in this year’s report. Five of Paramount’s 15 films (33%) were LGBTQ-inclusive, and Universal’s five of 17 total films equates to 29%. Warner Brothers is next with four of 19 films (21%), followed by 20th Century Fox at three of 16 films (19%), and Lionsgate with three of 24 films (13%). Two of Sony’s 21 films were inclusive (10%), and Disney rounds out the group with one of 13 (8%). In last year’s reporting, both Paramount and Disney were found to completely exclude LGBTQ characters from their slates.

  • Download the full publication in PDF format.

BFI to Mark 50th Anniversary of Sexual Offences Act...

...with major film and TV programme...

Fifty years after the historic passing of the Sexual Offences Act, the programme will include BFI Southbank seasons, touring films and My Beautiful Laundrette on Blu-ray.

 
Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971)

Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971)

The BFI today announces its full programme marking the 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act 1967 from June onwards. This includes a major two-month film and TV season, Gross Indecency, and a one-month Joe Orton season at BFI Southbank, a new online BFI Player collection LGBT Britain on Film, a UK-wide touring programme of archive film kicking off at Pride in London, an international touring programme of classic LGBT shorts from directors including Derek Jarman, Isaac Julien and Terence Davies and a new BFI release of Stephen Frears’ and Hanif Kureishi’s groundbreaking, Oscar-nominated My Beautiful Laundrette (1985) on Blu-ray for the first time.

Though the ’67 Act, which saw the partial decriminalisation of male homosexuality in England and Wales, didn’t put a stop to persecution, it was a step forward in a climate of fear and ignorance. The films and television programmes presented reveal Britain’s pioneering yet problematic relationship with on-screen homosexuality.

BFI Southbank will host a major two-month film and television season from 1 July – 31 August; Gross Indecency will span two decades from the late 50s, around the time of the Wolfenden Report, to the late 70s. Sheffield Doc/Fest will offer a sneak preview of the season with a drag double bill capturing the UK drag scene of the late 60s, from the northern drag circuit to London’s legendary Royal Vauxhall Tavern. Also taking place at BFI Southbank in August will be a season dedicated to the masterful Joe Orton, a playwright and author whose work was imbued with themes of sex, death and homoeroticism, and whose life was cut brutally short when he was murdered in 1967. As part of the BFI’s ongoing Britain on Film project, there will be a new online collection of films available to view on BFI Player from 1 June; LGBT Britain on Film will comprise more than 50 films, shorts and features, fiction and documentary, looking at LGBT life in the UK.

The BFI will also partner with the Independent Cinema Office (ICO) to present a feature length compilation of material drawn from the BFI National Archive in partnership with the Media Archive for Central England (MACE). The curated programme will launch on Tuesday 27 June as part of the Pride in London Festival before touring cinemas and community groups nationally. The BFI will also take part in the PRIDE parade on the Saturday 8 July with a BFI Pride Bus. Hanif Kureishi and Stephen Frears’ groundbreaking Oscar-nominated drama My Beautiful Laundrette (1985) will be presented on Blu-ray in the UK for the first time, released by the BFI on 21 August. Internationally, the BFI will partner with the British Council to present a touring programme of classic British LGBT features and shorts including films by Derek Jarman, Terence Davies, Isaac Julien, Bill Douglas, Ron Peck and John Maybury.

Gross Indecency – two-month season at BFI Southbank (July – August)

British cinema boasts a long history of carefully coded queers, but taboo-busting gathered steam from the late 1950s. The two-month season Gross Indecency: Queer Lives Before and After the ’67 Act spans two decades, bracketed by the 1957 Wolfenden Report and the onset of AIDS. A highlight of the season will be a screening of Daisy Asquith’s Queerama (2017), the world premiere of which will open this year’s Sheffield Doc/Fest. Created from historical footage held by the BFI National Archive, Asquith’s film tells the story of gay life in Britain since the end of the First World War, taking us into the relationships, desires, fears and expressions of gay men and women throughout the 20th century, against a soundtrack that includes John Grant, Goldfrapp and Hercules & Love Affair. Also included in the season will be special previews of BBC documentary The People’s History of LGBT+ (2017) and new drama The Man in the Orange Shirt (BBC, 2017).

Part one of the season in July looks at the lead-up to the Act, notable for the cinematic milestone Victim (Basil Dearden, 1961), which will be re-released by Park Circus on Friday 12 July and screen on extended run during the season. Victim denounced the poisonous, institutionalised homophobia gay men of all classes faced, and cleverly packaged the politics within an accessible crime-thriller. The film, and Dirk Bogarde’s courageous appearance in it, helped propel public discourse towards the 1967 Act and beyond – changing lives in the process.

Victim (1961)

Victim (1961)

This period also saw major progress on the small screen. Britain’s earliest surviving gay TV drama South (Play of the Week, Granada Television, 1959), starred Peter Wyngarde as Lt Jan Wicziewsky, who visits a southern plantation as the American Civil War looms; Peter Wyndgarde will take part in a Q&A following a screening of the drama on Monday 3 July. The season will be launched with a screening of On Trial: Oscar Wilde (Granada Television, 1960), the gripping recreation of one of the most infamous trials in British legal and queer history. The screening will be followed by a stimulating discussion with experts who will explore the significance of Wilde as a queer historical icon and discuss the role of TV and film in shaping public moral attitudes towards homosexuality in the UK.

Other highlights of part one will be two provocative BBC documentaries broadcast just weeks before the legislation was passed (Consenting Adults 1. The Men and Consenting Adults 2. The Women), British cinema’s first film to hint at a lesbian relationship The World Ten Times Over (Wolf Rilla, 1963) and a story of ‘Romeo and Romeo in the south London suburbs’ The Leather Boys (Sidney J Furie, 1964).

Black Cap Drag (1969)

Black Cap Drag (1969)

Part two in August will focus on television and film made after the Act, showing that it was a double-edged sword in its effect on real lives and on depictions of the LGBT community. Queer London was reimagined to misanthropic, even exploitative effect on foreign soundstages for The Killing of Sister George (Robert Aldrich, 1968) and Staircase (Stanley Donen, 1969); a world away from the tender bisexual love triangle of Sunday Bloody Sunday (John Schlesinger, 1971). We hope to welcome star of Sunday Bloody Sunday Glenda Jackson to take part in a Q&A following a screening of the film in August. TV mined the drag renaissance for anarchic performances and we’ll screen some of the best in a special drag double-bill of the riotous What’s a Girl Like You… (LWT, 1969) and Black Cap Drag (Dick Benner, 1969); the screenings will be followed by an after-party in BFI Southbank hosted by alternative queer East End night-spot The Glory.

Audiences will also be able to see television’s first gay kiss between Ian McKellen and James Laurenson in the BBC’s broadcast of the Prospect Theatre Company production of Christopher Marlowe’s Edward II (BBC, 1970), Two Gentlemen Sharing (Ted Kotcheff, 1969) featuring a rare black gay character, and I Want What I Want (John Dexter, 1972), which saw cinema highlight trans issues. In 1975, Quentin Crisp put queerness on our cultural radar and the season will feature a screening of the newly remastered The Naked Civil Servant (Thames TV, 1975) starring the late John Hurt, as well as a screening of documentary World in Action: Quentin Crisp. Completing this survey, as the tragedies and triumphs of the 80s beckoned, will be Britain’s first explicitly gay feature film Nighthawks (Ron Peck, Paul Hallam, 1978).

Joe Orton season (August)

Original, controversial and obscenely witty, these are just some of the descriptions used to reference the work of playwright Joe Orton. Like all great geniuses, Orton was ahead of his time, as the initial failure of the theatre production of Loot attests (the 1970 film version will screen here), but as the austerity of the 50s gave way to the sexual revolution of the 60s, his work caught the spirit of the age. Ruthlessly exposing the hypocrisies of the establishment his delight in causing offence is palpable in every play, but always harnessed to a razor sharp wit and purpose. Across the TV plays and films presented in this season it is possible to chart his ever growing mastery of both stage and screen as he sets out his overriding themes of sex, death and homoeroticism from their first incarnations in The Ruffian on the Stair (ITV, 1973) to his perfectly formed last great masterpiece What the Butler Saw (BBC, 1985). 50 years since Orton’s bizarre murder that so strangely mirrored the world of his plays, he deserves reassessment as a most singular talent.

Prick Up Your Ears (1987)

Prick Up Your Ears (1987)

The season will include an extended run of Stephen Frears’ Prick Up Your Ears (1987), re-released on Friday 4 August by Park Circus and starring Gary Oldman, Alfred Molina and Vanessa Redgrave. Based on the life of Orton and his relationship with Kenneth Halliwell (his lover who ended up killing Orton), the screenplay was written by Alan Bennett and won acclaim on its initial release, including the prize for Best Artistic Contribution at Cannes in 1987. Other titles screening in the season will include Funeral Games (ITV, 1968), Entertaining Mr Sloane (Douglas Hickox, 1970) and an Arena documentary Genius Like Us A Portrait of Joe Orton (BBC, 1982).

LGBT Britain on Film

LGBT life is explored in an online collection of over 50 newly digitised archive film and television titles taken from the BFI National Archive and other regional archive partners. LGBT Britain on Film will be made accessible to audiences in the UK via the BFI Player, with many titles free to view. These newly digitised titles from 1909 through to the mid-1980s, span film and television drama, documentary, current affairs and amateur footage. The collection includes Miss Norah Blaney (1932), where the pioneering lesbian music hall star performs ‘Masculine Women and Feminine Men’, and David is Homosexual (1978), a new BFI National Archive acquisition. This Super8 educational film made by the Lewisham branch of the Campaign for Homosexual Equality (CHE) follows David and the support he receives in coming out as well as featuring rare footage of the 1976 Gay Pride march in London.

ITV’s leading current affairs TV slot, This Week, broadcast two groundbreaking LGBT documentaries; This Week: Homosexuals (1964) and This Week: Lesbians (1965). This was the first time that the topic of homosexuality was directly addressed on British television, including interviews with gay men and women about their experience of social ostracism, miserable marriages and homophobia, as well as some tales of contentment. Although presented through a conservative lens, these documentaries marked a broadcast watershed moment in representation, and a major step for visibility.

LGBT Britain on Film also includes material from the Yorkshire Film Archive (YFA); We Who Have Friends (1969), looking at contemporary views on homosexuality and gay life in Leeds and London in the wake of the Sexual Offences Act, plus from Media Archive for Central England (MACE); What Am I? (1980), a very rare regional television documentary about the life of a trans woman and Gay Black Group (1983), exploring the formation of the landmark group in gay black history, featuring interviews with members about their experience, including filmmaker Isaac Julien. All of these archive offerings will be available to view on the BFI Player from June alongside contemporary queer hits such as Weekend (Andrew Haigh, 2011) and classic LGBT shorts and features including the work of Derek Jarman, Terence Davies and more.

The Independent Cinema Office (ICO) will tour a special feature length compilation of archival material from LGBT Britain on Film to cinemas and community groups nationally, in partnership with MACE, launching with a special screening at Pride in London Festival on Tuesday 27 June.

My Beautiful Laundrette

My Beautiful Laundrette (1985)

Presented on Blu-ray in the UK for the first time, Hanif Kureishi’s and Stephen Frears’ Oscar-nominated, My Beautiful Laundrette (1985) will be released by BFI as a Dual Format Edition on Monday 21 August. Their first film collaboration, Kureishi and Frears’s cross-cultural gay love story starring Gordon Warnecke and Daniel Day-Lewis was a cultural landmark of Thatcher-era film representing South Asian British experience on screen.

 

Sad News...

ABC Cancels 'The Real O'Neals'

No doubt fuelled by those right-wing, bible-bashers...and, it has to be said...Noah Galvin's [career-ending] revelatory and libellous/slanderous outburst...didn't exactly help.

Sad news indeed...this was a beautifully written, sprightly little show that poked fun at an antiquated, out-moded, hate-mongering institution...isn't it about time that these sanctimonous bastards were ignored by the TV execs?!?

Put them out to pasture...not The Real O'Neals!

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