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Ian McKellen...

...on growing up gay and coming out

Random Acts has partnered with Tate to present six films in response to Queer British Art. These provide glimpses into LGBTQ lives through intimate portraits of six individuals. The films use differing styles of storytelling, with each queer filmmaker bringing their own creative approach.

Scott Chambers gives an emotional performance evoking the feelings of a young Ian McKellen, as the acclaimed actor narrates his account of growing up in a time when there was no possibility of being out as a young gay man.

Queer British Art is on at Tate Britain until 1st October

Sheffield Doc/Fest 2017...

SheffieldExplosion of Creativity in Storytelling Triggers Groundswell Movement for Resistance & Change at Sheffield Doc/Fest

  • Opening Night Film Announced: World Premiere of Daisy Asquith’s Queerama With Performance from John Grant;
  • Alternate Realities World Premiere: WikiLeaks: A Love Story;
  • Peter Greenaway in Talks & Sessions Reveals Details of his New Martin Luther Documentary;
  • Films: Strong Island and Whose Streets Examines Race in America Today;
  • Film retrospective: 1967: Summer of Love and Disobedience.

Sheffield Doc/Fest is delighted to announce details of the Festival programme, taking place 9-14 June 2017. To mark 50 years since the Sexual Offences Act, the Opening Night film at City Hall, Sheffield is the world premiere of Daisy Asquith’s documentary Queerama followed by a live performance from singer songwriter John Grant. Created from the treasure trove of the BFI National Archive Queerama captures the relationships, desires, fears and expressions of gay men and women starting in 1919 - weaved with the lyrics and music of John Grant and Hercules & Love Affair. Queerama’s producer Catryn Ramasut was a recent recipient of a BFI Vision Award to develop and expand her ambitious slate of productions. Queerama is produced with the support of BBC Storyville, Ffilm Cymru Wales and the BFI.  

Fifty years since the Summer of Love, the Festival will explore rule-breaking and boundary- pushing artists who are creatively and politically forging new movements for Resistance & Change in 2017: in Alternate Realities, the Festival’s platform for digital and interactive innovation, emerging British artist Anna Ridler will present the world premiere of WikiLeaks: A Love Story; in Talks & Sessions the Festival will for the first time welcome maverick game-changer Peter Greenaway CBE; in the Film programme filmmakers Yance Ford (Strong Island) and Damon Davis and Sabaah Folayan (Whose Streets), have individually made unflinching examinations of race in America today. And also looking back 50 years, this year’s retrospective will focus on 1967: Summer of Love and Disobedience including the Festival coup of a very rare screening of Silent Revolution / Black Liberation, Edouard (Yves) de Laurot’s lost masterpiece of the civil rights movement featuring Malcolm X and narrated by Ossie Davis.

Says Liz McIntyre, CEO and Festival Director, “We’re stepping into the early scenes of a tragicomic new world story. This year at Doc/Fest we have our most urgent and loudest call to action to join the groundswell movements of Resistance & Change where we celebrate those who disobey and resist to shape the future global narrative.’’

In her interactive installation, Wikileaks: A Love Story, the emerging British artist Anna Ridler explores the conflict between issues of privacy versus public interest, which are at the heart of Wikileaks. Using an iPad, augmented reality uncovers an unlikely story of love in the workplace from a trail of 10,000 pages of leaked official government documents. 


Celebrated for pushing cinematic boundaries and flouting convention, acclaimed British director, screenwriter and artist, Peter Greenaway CBE, is widely regarded as one of the most original and important innovators of our time. Greenaway comes to Sheffield Doc/Fest for the first time to discuss his early, current and future work, including documentary about the life of the German theologian and religious reformist Martin Luther, marking 500 years since the Reformation, and to explore the forms that art takes when responding to social, cultural and political changes and examine where next for storytelling forms.

The Film programme will also present the UK premiere of filmmaker Yance Ford’s powerful and deeply personal documentary Strong Island about the senseless death of his brother, and the European premiere of Damon Davis and Sabaah Folayan’s Whose Streets about political protests in Ferguson.

The 1967: Summer of Love and Disobedience retrospective captures the international zeitgeist of the year. Among the eight works all made in 1967 are: Canadian filmmaker Allan King’s controversial feature length debut Warrendale, a cinéma vérité study of the lives of twelve emotionally disturbed children; despite winning awards at Cannes, it was never subsequently shown on the commissioning broadcaster CBC Television as King refused to edit the strong language. Revolutionary French New Wave filmmakers’ contempt for the Vietnam War is demonstrated in the portmanteau film Far From Vietnam which was produced by the inimitable Chris Marker and made by Jean-Luc Godard, Alain Resnais, Agnès Varda, Joris Ivens, William Klein and Claude Lelouch. Peter Whitehead’s Tonite Let’s All Make Love in London takes us to the heart of ‘67 via a series of psychedelic interviews and live performance by Pink Floyd and a cast of ‘Swinging London’ musicians and actors.

Listings:

Queerama with Performance from John Grant (World Premiere)
Opening Night Film and Performance
Venue: City Hall
Date: Friday 9 June
Time: 19.00
Tickets on sale: Tuesday 18 April

WikiLeaks: A Love Story (World Premiere)
As part of Alternate Realities
Venue: Millennium Gallery
Date: 9-14 June 2017
Times: 12.00-17.00 Daily
Cost: Free

Peter Greenaway CBE: Where Next for Storytelling?
As part of Talks & Sessions
Venue: Crucible Studio
Date: Sunday 11 June
Time: 18:30 – 19:45
Tickets go on sale: Thursday 6 April

Strong Island (UK Premiere)
As part of Film Programme
Venue: Showroom 4
Date: 11th June
Time: 21:30
Tickets go on sale: Thursday 6 April

Whose Streets (European Premiere)
As part of Film Programme
Venue: Showroom 4
Date: 12th June
Time: 21.15
Tickets go on sale: Thursday 6 April

1967: Summer of Love and Disobedience retrospective:

Silent Revolution / Black Liberation
Venue: Showroom 2
Date: Saturday 10 June
Time: 10.00
Tickets go on sale: Thursday 6 April

Warrendale
Venue: Curzon 1
Date: Monday 12 June
Time: 21.00
Tickets go on sale: Thursday 6 April

Far From Vietnam
Venue: Showroom 1
Date: Tuesday 13 June
Time: 09.15
Tickets go on sale: Thursday 6 April

Tonite Let’s All Make Love in London
Venue: Curzon 1
Date: Saturday 10 June
Time: 21.00

Tickets are available to buy in person from the Showroom Box Office or over the phone on 03301228870. You can also purchase tickets online at https://sheffdocfest.tickets.red61.com . For any access bookings or general enquiries please e-mail boxoffice@sidf.co.uk Please note all tickets purchased online or over the phone are subject to a 10% Booking Fee. 

Dr Who...and his lesbian companion...

Yes, it's true Dr Who has hooked up with an out, proud and feisty woman...

Pearl Mackie

“It shouldn’t be a big deal in the 21st Century. It’s about time isn’t it?” says Mackie (via the BBC).

She adds, “That representation is important, especially on a mainstream show. It’s important to say people are gay, people are black – there are also aliens in the world as well so watch out for them. I remember watching TV as a young mixed race girl not seeing many people who looked like me, so I think being able to visually recognise yourself on screen is important. [Being gay] is not the main thing that defines her character – it’s something that’s part of her and something that she’s very happy and very comfortable with.”

Vimeo...

LGBTQ+ Voices Channel...offers more than free 50 films to watch at your leisure...

Just click on the pic...

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Glitch 2017...

Glitch BannerGlitch is with us once again...it's been too long!

 

And, what a fine feast of films they are presenting...

The full programme can be found here

This is our itinerary...

All the films on the left...we're going to be watching @Glitch - all the films on the right, we've already seen...so, make sure you see them too!

PLUS...all screenings are FREE - get there early, it's first come, first served!

 

Moonlight Moonlight | Dir. Barry Jenkins

 

 

 

Portrait Of Jason (1967)

Portrait of Jason | Dir. Shirley Clarke

Enactone Enactone | Dir. Sky Deep

Jason And Shirley Jason and Shirley | Dir. Stephen Winter

Tchindas (2015) Tchindas | Dirs. Pablo García Pérez de Lara & Marc Serena

Weekends 2016 Weekends | Dir. Lee Dong-h

Hanky Code Hanky Code: The Movie | Dirs. Alex Albers & Siobhan Aluvalot

 Two Soft Things Two Soft Things, Two Hard Things | Dirs. Mark Kenneth Woods & Michael Yerxa

Poshida  Poshida: Hidden LGBT Pakistan | Dir. Faizan Fiaz

Madame Bucalao Miss Bulalacao | Dir. Ara Chawdhury

BKKY BKKY | Dir. Nontawat Numbenchapol

Check It Check It | Dirs. Dana Flor & Toby Oppenheimer

Big Father, Small Father And Other Stories (2015) Big Father, Small Father & Other Stories | Dir. Phan Đăng Di

 

Tropical Malady (2004)Tropical Malady | | Dir. Apichatpong Weerasethakul

 

 

 

 Cemetery Of Splendor (2015)Cemetery of Splendour | Dir. Apichatpong Weerasethakul

 

 

 

Southwest Of Salem (2014) Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four | Dir. Deborah S. Esquenazi

 

 

 

Kiki (2015) Kiki | Dir. Sara Jordenö 

Nunca Vas A Estar Solo 2016 You’ll Never Be Alone | Dir. Alex Anwandter

Major2 MAJOR! | Dir. Annalise Ophelian

The Same Difference The Same Difference | Dir.  Nneka Onuorah

The Younger The Younger | Dir. Chen Hao

Mommy Is Coming (2012) Mommy is Coming | Dir. Cheryl Dunye

El Canto Del Colibrí 1 El Canto del Colibrí | Dir. Marco Castro-Bojorquez

I Am Not Your Negro I Am Not Your Negro | Dir. Raoul Peck

Ovarian Psycos Ovarian Psycos | Dirs. Joanna Sokolowski & Kate Trumbull-LaValle

Strange Love Strange Love (Ajeeb Aashiq)| Dir. Natasha Mendonca

 The Handmaiden The Handmaiden | Dir. Park Chan-Wook

 

 

 

The Watermelon Woman (1996) Watermelon Woman | Dir. Cheryl Dunye

 

 

Five LGBT films unveiled...

...for groundbreaking online film campaign

 

With topics ranging from transgender parenting to dating apps, the #FiveFilms4Freedom will be available online and free of charge for audiences across the globe from 16-26 March.


You can watch them all here


A suburban train station, London’s riverside and the streets of Paris form some of the backdrops to the stories being screened at #FiveFilms4Freedom, the world’s widest-reaching LGBT online short film programme.

The line-up for #FiveFilms4Freedom, run by the British Council (the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities) and the BFI, this year explores topics ranging from transgender parenting to machismo and sexuality to dating apps.

The five short films will be made available online and free of charge for audiences across the globe from 16-26 March.

The programme has been selected from, and coincides with, BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival, and builds to a single campaign day – Tuesday 21 March – when people everywhere are encouraged to watch the films in solidarity with LGBT communities in countries where freedom and equal rights are limited.

On the 21 March, global audiences are encouraged to watch and share the films using the hashtag #FiveFilms4Freedom to recognise that love is a human right.

As the world’s widest reaching digital celebration of LGBT film, the initiative, now in its third year will be promoted through the British Council’s global network of over 100 countries, reaching audiences from the Americas, China and India, to Europe, the Middle East and beyond. This will be a chance for audiences, wherever they are, to enjoy LGBT cinema and to find out more about emerging LGBT filmmakers from around the world. For the first time – and commemorating the fact that 2017 marks 50 years since the decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK – all five of the selected films are British.

Last year, the campaign reached 140 million people in 179 countries, with the United Arab Emirates, Mexico, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, the Netherlands and Germany being among the countries where the films were watched the most.

2017 films

The five short films selected for 2017 include both drama and documentaries and tell stories of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender experiences. They range from the tentative steps of first love, through an intimate portrait of an extraordinary family, to an exuberant picture of underground cultural expression. They are:

Crush
Director Rosie Westhoff / UK 2016 / 8 mins
An almost wordless story of the flash of first love as a young girl waits for her train in Britain.

Where We Are Now
Director Lucie Rachel UK 2016 / 9 mins
An intimate documentary portrait of the relationship between a transgender parent and her bisexual daughter in Scotland.

Heavy Weight
Director Jonny Ruff / UK 2016 / 13 mins
A boxer finds his world turned upside down by the arrival of a new fighter at the club.

Still Burning
Director Nick Rowley / UK/France 2016 / 9 mins
Era, a young migrant from Guadeloupe living in Paris, introduces his brother to leotards, heels and the ‘fierce’ attitude of the dance movement ‘voguing’.

Jamie
Director Christopher Manning / UK 2016 / 9 mins
After chatting to a guy online, shy Jamie makes the bold step to meet up with him in person.

The five films will be available to watch online from 16-26 March on the British Council Arts YouTube channel and BFI Player.

Independent Spirit Awards 2017

The Independent Spirit Awards are an annual award given in the name of independent film, featuring plenty of those little indies which deserve the honor and recognition that they usually don't receive - celebrating their 32nd year. The 2017 winners of the Spirit Awards were announced Saturday before the Oscars at a ceremony out in Santa Monica. The big winner this year was Moonlight, winning six awards total in almost all of the categories it was nominated in, including Best Director (go Barry Jenkins!), Best Screenplay, Best Editing, and Best Cinematography. This seems like a strong message to the Academy about how great this films is, even if it doesn't win any Oscars.

BEST FEATURE
American Honey [IMDb]
Chronic [IMDb]
Jackie [IMDb]
Manchester by the Sea [IMDb]
Moonlight [IMDb]

BEST FIRST FEATURE
The Childhood of a Leader [IMDb]
The Fits [IMDb]
Other People [IMDb]
Swiss Army Man [IMDb]
The Witch [IMDb]

BEST DIRECTOR
Andrea Arnold - American Honey [IMDb]
Barry Jenkins - Moonlight [IMDb]
Pablo Larraín - Jackie [IMDb]
Jeff Nichols - Loving [IMDb]
Kelly Reichardt - Certain Women [IMDb]

BEST MALE LEAD
Casey Affleck - Manchester by the Sea [IMDb]
David Harewood - Free in Deed [IMDb]
Viggo Mortensen - Captain Fantastic [IMDb]
Jesse Plemons - Other People [IMDb]
Tim Roth - Chronic [IMDb]

BEST FEMALE LEAD
Annette Bening - 20th Century Women [IMDb]
Isabelle Huppert - Elle [IMDb]
Sasha Lane - American Honey [IMDb]
Ruth Negga - Loving [IMDb]
Natalie Portman - Jackie [IMDb]

BEST SUPPORTING MALE
Ralph Fiennes - A Bigger Splash [IMDb]
Ben Foster - Hell or High Water [IMDb]
Lucas Hedges - Manchester by the Sea [IMDb]
Shia LaBeouf - American Honey [IMDb]
Craig Robinson - Morris from America [IMDb]

BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE
Edwina Findley - Free in Deed [IMDb]
Paulina García - Little Men [IMDb]
Lily Gladstone - Certain Women [IMDb]
Riley Keough - American Honey [IMDb]
Molly Shannon - Other People [IMDb]

BEST SCREENPLAY
Barry Jenkins - Moonlight [IMDb]
Kenneth Lonergan - Manchester by the Sea [IMDb]
Mike Mills - 20th Century Women [IMDb]
Ira Sachs & Mauricio Zacharias - Little Men [IMDb]
Taylor Sheridan - Hell or High Water [IMDb]

BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY
Robert Eggers - The Witch [IMDb]
Chris Kelly - Other People [IMDb]
Adam Mansbach - Barry [IMDb]
Stella Meghie - Jean of the Joneses [IMDb]
Craig Shilowich - Christine [IMDb]

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Ava Berkofsky - Free in Deed [IMDb]
Lol Crawley - The Childhood of a Leader [IMDb]
Zach Kuperstein - The Eyes of My Mother [IMDb]
James Laxton - Moonlight [IMDb]
Robbie Ryan - American Honey [IMDb]

BEST EDITING
Matthew Hannam - Swiss Army Man [IMDb]
Jennifer Lame - Manchester by the Sea [IMDb]
Joi McMillon and Nat Sanders - Moonlight [IMDb]
Jake Roberts - Hell or High Water [IMDb]
Sebastián Sepúlveda - Jackie [IMDb]

BEST DOCUMENTARY
13th [IMDb]
Cameraperson [IMDb]
I Am Not Your Negro [IMDb]
O.J.: Made in America [IMDb]
Sonita [IMDb]
Under the Sun [IMDb]

BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM
Aquarius (Brazil) [IMDb]
Chevalier (Greece) [IMDb]
My Golden Days (France) [IMDb]
Toni Erdmann (Germany / Romania) [IMDb]
Under the Shadow (Iran / U.K.) [IMDb]

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD
Best feature made for less than $500,000.
Free in Deed [IMDb]
Hunter Gatherer [IMDb]
Lovesong [IMDb]
Nakom [IMDb]
Spa Night [IMDb]

ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD
Moonlight - Barry Jenkins [IMDb]
For Best Ensemble: Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, André Holland, Jharrel Jerome, Janelle Monáe, Trevante Rhodes, Asthon Sanders.

KIEHL’S SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD
Anna Rose Holmer - Director of The Fits [IMDb]

TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD
Hooligan Sparrow - Nanfu Wang [IMDb]

Glasgow Film Festival 2017...

Glasgow Film Festival 2017

Has it really been a year since #GFF16?!?

It most certainly has...time waits for no man and seems to quicken its step as the older you grow. Enough of the whining...!

#GFF17 is here...delivering a rather scrumptious package of films.

What makes the Glasgow Film Festival so special? A couple of things...it's compact, as in...you're never faraway from your next film...and, we journalists get to watch the films with a real-life audience - believe me, it makes such a difference rather than sitting in a cinema with stuffy film critics first thing on a Monday morning...

And that is exactly where I was...to watch the press screening of the opening film...respecting the review embargo, I had to sit on this little treasure for a couple of days...now, I can gush...


Day 1:

Handsome Devil

Handsome Devil: Directed by John Butler

You can only admire the [bold] decision that was made to open the festival...with an independent, small-budget 'gay' film...quite the contrast to last year's Hail, Caesar! extravaganza. A decision - wisely - made.

What an utter joy of a film...it does everything that an independent, small-budget 'gay' film isn't supposed to do...it delivers a mighty punch and a rebel-rousing cheer. Seriously, tears were rolling down my cheeks, my face ached with the over-stretched smile that spread across my face...and, I wanted to leap up and punch the air [pretending I knew something about rugby - which I don't]...I resisted, not wanting to be looked down upon by my peers.

 If...Hettie Macdonald's Beautiful Thing got your heart pounding...then, Handsome Devil will do exactly the same. Crowd-pleasing, uplifting, resonant...what a way to start a film festival!

Day 2:

Weirdos Poster

Weirdos: Directed by Bruce McDonald

Surprises and disappointments...they sure do come fast and furious at film festivals. Admittedly, it's only day 2...but, what a surprise!

Yesterday, saw Ireland addressing teen sexuality...today, Canada takes over that particular mantle. Weirdos is a journey...of mind, body and spirit. The spirit being Andy Warhol - no less!

Quirky, indeed it is...but, not too quirky. Composed...beautifully so, in visual and in pace. At the Q&A, Mr McDonald exuded warmth...explaining that budget restrictions dictated the film to be shot in black & white...praise be to 'budget restrictions' [wow, that's a first!] because...Weirdos looks [beautifully] and feels [nostalgically] like the 70s. The understated, perfectly structured final scene merited an audible 'Aaaaw' from the audience - deservedly so. It really is a lovely, lovely film...about how to recall a beautiful memory.

Yes, indeed, we are all weirdos.Multiple Maniacs

Multiple Maniacs: Directed by John Waters

Talking about weirdos...here's a whole host of them: 'Lady Divine's Cavalcade of Perversions' - it sounds [much] funnier than it actually is, sorry John. Having been restored and being re-released, Multiple Maniacs is not Mr Waters' nor the late great Divine's defining moment...it's a stepping-stone that led to [much] better and bigger things. It's always interesting to see the way directors and performers develop their craft...Multiple Maniacs demonstrates that not only was there room for improvement (by both director and star)...but, candidly speaking, there was no other alternative route.

Still, for some of us, memories came flooding back of yesteryear...in The Scala, scratching & sniffing. Or, in Heaven or the Hippodrome watching Divine shake it up...sometimes there is a little compensation for being a little older...there was/is/will be [only] one Divine. Good times.

The Autopsy Of Jane Doe

 The Autopsy of Jane Doe: Directed by André Øvredal 

Not quite being our remit...but, being a mighty admirer of Brian Cox...this spooky little number was just too tantalizing to ignore.

A nifty little horror...basically it's a two-hander with Mr Cox and Hirsch playing father and son in a morgue with a rather nasty corpse. A few frights and delights were had by all!

Day 3:

Frantz

Frantz: Directed by François Ozon

Walking into a François Ozon film is akin to the uncertainty of chance...you never know what you're going to get! In my humble opinion...he's had triumphs and catastrophes. Frantz - frustratingly - is neither!

It could have - quite easily - been an absolute triumph...but for the last 10 minutes or so. There were two points in the film that were natural, cliff-hanging endings. One of which would have made too big a demand on the audience, the other...a fitting conclusion. But, no...he had to go that extra mile, by-passing the finish line for no reason whatsoever. Shame.

It's a beautifully shot film...a totally immersive cinematic experience. Tears were [almost] constantly rolling down my face...at the beauty, with the incredible emotion wrought from such a fine story...and then he went and ruined it! Aaaaaaargh!

Moving swiftly along...and [practically] by-passing the next film...Hema Hema

Hema Hema: Sing Me a Song While I Wait: Directed by Khyentse Norbu

Directed by a Bhutanese Buddhist lama...this is Norbu's 4th film, if his first 3 were anything like this...walk on by!

Good premise, terrible execution. Great cinematography, lethal soundtrack. With all the masks and ritual, anthopologists will love it...but, when it goes from traditional-dippy-hippy-whistle-blowing to Ibiza-comes-to-Bhutan...then, Mr Norbu's philosophical meanderings fall flatter than a pancake. Look...when a film's closing credits are better than the actual film...great song with bloopers and the unmasking of actors...obviously, the producers couldn't say no to their lama!

That said, this is a film that will elicit much discussion among the pseudonese [and anthropologists, that is if they are not one in the same]. Give me substance over style any day, everytime.

And that is exactly what the next peach-of-a-film brought...

My Life As A Courgette

My Life as a Courgette: Directed by Claude Barras

I simply refuse to call a courgette...a zucchini (it doesn't sound right!). Talking about food...does 'Mushroom & Kale soup' sound appetizing? Thought not! It certainly didn't look it...won't be going back to that eaterie again! It sold organic, gluten-free beer that tasted like hay...or, perhaps, I have wonky tastebuds!

Anyway, back to the Courgette: Nominated for the 'Best Animated Feature' Oscar...indeed, a worthy nominee! How can you not love a film that talks - at length - about exploding willies!?! The kids in the audience were horrified, their parents...well, that was a sight to see! I was hysterical!

Seriously, this is a film that will touch you to the core...it will melt the hardest of hearts...and, as I am a great big sop...by the end, I was a puddle on the floor.

Day 4:

Personal Shopper Poster

Personal Shopper: Directed by Olivier Assayas 

Mr Assayas won 'Best Director' @ Cannes with this 'companion piece' to Clouds of Sils Maria...sometimes, the whole awards system makes you wonder! Especially when this film received a hefty 'boo-ing' followed by a standing ovation...how fickle!

It begins [well] with spookiness. It ends [not-so well] with spookiness. The problem is...what's in-between (apart from the [too few] spooky bits)...this eye-bashing testimony to [high-end] product placement. Ms Stewart's star power can certainly finance a film.

There's a 20-monotonous-minute text conversation that amounts to - hold on tightly to your hats, folks - Kirsten Stewart donning an expensive dress! There's a murder that amounts to the only suspect [possible] being - very quickly - arrested. There are a whole host of scenes showing Ms Stewart being rather nifty on a moped! There's even a ghost spewing ectoplasm!!!

Confused? This film certainly is!

Below Her Mouth

Below Her Mouth: Directed by April Mullen

Whenever I go to a 'lesbian' film...I hope [and pray] for three things not to happen. For the film not to open with a same-sex sex scene. It opened with a same-sex sex scene! For it not to include an acoustic guitar...you've guessed it, the butch roofer plays - for no apparent reason - that ubiquitous ghee-tar! Dildo scenes...say no more!

April Mullen's film is a 'saddling bore' - replete with Bowie-esque androgyny and every cliché that every 'lesbian' film should avoid...indeed, this is an extension to the what-does-a-lesbian-bring-on-her-second-date joke...overly punctuated with what-is-now-called feminist porn [it's still porn]...the couple in front of me walked out...and - too often, for too long throughout - I felt like I was sitting in a sleazy, porn cinema...in Soho.

Not a great day @ the movies...you win some, you lose some.

Day 5:

Heal The Living

Heal the Living: Directed by Katell Quillévéré

Cancelled, due to technical difficulties...oh my...I spy a Gin Bar...All This Panic

All This Panic: Directed by Jenny Gage

Three years in the making, three years in the lives of a disparate group of teenage girls...oops, young adults. There's the level-headed one, the sexually unconfused one, the scatter-brain, the [teenage] feminist...and then, there's Ginger...a volatile, high-maintenance nightmare of a young adult. She, alone, would put every potential parent off parenthood!

It's a thoroughly entertaining [for all the wrong reason...there's more laughing at than with], scrappy film...the camerawork is - for the most part - terrible. But...some of these 'characters' and their on-screen evolution is really rather riveting...for all the wrong reasons.

Day 6:

Boundaries

Boundaries: Directed by Chloé Robichaud

Women in politics...lives led in isolation, sacrifices made for the greater good...unrealised, disrespected and ridiculed...by men.

Still waters run deep...a film so subdued that it masks the raging current that lies beneath...this is clever, thoughtful filmmaking. And, timely...with all the political upheavals going on throughout the world, Boundaries sheds light on the machinations of a broken system. Let's face it, democracy is dead...let the people have their say...and, if you don't like their answer, pummel the populace until you get the answer you want! Robichaud turns the table on the big boys...astutely using 'referendum' as a political weapon...where have we heard that one before?!?

Boundaries is punctuated with breakdowns, meltdowns and letdowns...it's a controlled and composed piece of work...it's not all doom and gloom, there is a wry humour lurking within this windswept island...and then, there is a moment of genius and levity when [the great] Desireless' Voyage Voyage is played to great effect...time to let your hair down, let all your worries [temporarily] drift away...

It's a damn fine piece of filmmaking.Elle

Elle: Directed by Paul Verhoeven 

Difficult not to give too much away...it's Paul Verhoeven, expect the unexpected. Rest assured...it's not anything like Showgirls!

This is all about damaged people damaging people...it's not pleasant. But, it is engrossing...due to Isabelle Huppert's spellbinding performance in the aftermath of her rape. Yes, indeed, 'her rape' - she owns it. This is a film about possession, detachment and - it's Verhoeven afterall - perversity...gloriously misshapened and over-sized. There's cruelty, there's violence, there are mind-games aplenty...there's enough to keep you glued to the screen...for 130 gruelling minutes.

Day 7:

The Levelling

The Levelling: Directed by Hope Dickson Leach

Bleak, moody, grim, muddy and desolate...some may call it atmospheric. Others...misery on-screen. Hope Dickson Leach's first feature offers no respite from the gloom...a soupçon of humour would have helped! Ever heard of laughing in the face of adversity? Every cloud has a silver lining? No? Didn't think so! This film has clouds, no linings.

There is a big difference between subdued and monotonous. The chap next to me was sound asleep ten minutes in...Trespass Against Us

Trespass Against Us: Directed by Adam Smith

The first feature curse continues! What can possibly go wrong when you have Michael Fassbender and Brendan Gleeson in your cast?

Just about everything, it seems! Adam Smith should have re-written Alastair Siddons' script...if - indeed - there was a script. It reeks of improvisation...and, to be quite honest, none of these wholly unpleasant characters go anywhere at all. A static travelling community, just about sums it up!

Day 8:

I Am Not Your Negro

I Am Not Your Negro: Directed by Raoul Peck

A sold-out screening for an astonishing film. Oscar nominee...and, if there is any justice in this world, Oscar winner!

The words will - simply - take your breath away. Raoul Peck's senses of composure, composition and juxtaposition are - at times - mesmerising. The words, spoken by Samuel L Jackson are soothing in tone, horrifying in content. The words, written by James Baldwin 30 plus years ago, are prescient and precise, poetic and palpable.

I Am Not Your Negro is a cinematic experience - not to be missed. Watched in conjunction with the other Oscar nominee, Ava DuVernay's 13th...combined, they shed light on 'black lives' like 'white lives' have never seen before...of course #blacklivesmatter...of course #alllivesmatter...so, why do we continue to screw it all up? Are we not meant to learn from history, from our mistakes?

This is a film that should be shown to every teenage kid in every school throughout the world, to every adult...all measures taken to change this politician-made affront to civilisation.

Free Fire

Free Fire: Directed by Ben Wheatley

How many shots does it take before the bullets run out? How many times can a human being be shot before they die? Mere superfluous details that shouldn't concern us. They certainly didn't concern the director. And why should they...this is a full-powered, madly-violent, shoot-em-up, comedy romp.

Sharlto Copley as the be-suited Vernon steals every scene...followed closely by a smack-smacked Sam Riley as the unwashed Stevo. Two characters perfectly wrought from one straight-down-the-line snappy script. The words were written and the actors' reactions were given...Ben Wheatley captured it all, gloriously, hilariously. The audience ate it up! A hugely satisfying cinematic meal!

Day 9:

On my way to a press screening...and, it's snowing Doris...

All These Sleepless Nights

All These Sleepless Nights: Directed by Michal Marczak

Perhaps, I'm too old. Perhaps, I'm too long-in-the-tooth. Perhaps, I'm too harsh in saying that this is a film the world could do easily/gladly without. Perhaps, perhaps, perhaps...

Art students are insufferable at the best of times. Art students with a strong undercurrent of narcissism and no original thought are insufferable all of the time. This is less documental than a kindergarten-kid's diary. One party after another, one dismal drug-infused conversation after another, a couple of break-ups, a betrayal...a 'banging' bore. It was introduced as a 'banging' film...it couldn't even pop a cork!

100 minutes of gruesome self-absorption.

 Small Town Rage: Directed by David Hylan & Raydra HalSmall Town Ragel

Act-Up were in-your-face, out-of-your-comfort-zone, on-the-pavement activists. They not only ruffled feathers, they plucked them out, stripping the chicken, outing the hypocrites, bloodening the hands of the presecutors! So much so, their outright provocation polarised the LGBT community...but, ask yourself - regardless of which side of the fence you stood - where would we be [now] without them?

The Small Town Rage that once consumed the small city of Shreveport has dissipated [by the survivors & paricipants alike] into reflection, reminiscence and remembrance. A film that blooms with respect...blossoms with passion. Deservedly proud, dedicated people tell their stories...the emotion is overwhelming.

To date there have been over 35,000,000 deaths attributed to HIV/AIDS...if Act-Up hadn't acted up, who knows what that terrifying statistic would be now! Thank you to each and all...who stood [stands], shouted [shouts] and fought [fights]...to repair this broken world.

A Quiet Passion

A Quiet Passion: Directed by Terence Davies

Since The Long Day Closes - still - remains my favourite film, Terence Davies has been long my quiet passion. Lo and behold, the man - himself - is [to be] in attendance!

The film didn't disappoint and neither did Mr Davies...in the finest of fettles, he explained his film is about Emily Dickinson's words and her furious passion to protect her soul! Whether she was [or was not] a lesbian is immaterial...it's the poetry that matters - from a woman who did little else than write. And, Cynthia Nixon delivers those words and a performance with wry dexterity...in - what only can be described as - a surprising comedy of manners. She - like me - passionate about hyphens!

The wit that runs throughout the film is amplified by Mr Davies' innate talent to catch the reaction...the unspoken looks on the faces of the Dickinson sisters when serving tea...side-splitting stuff...in a film of remarkable light and shade.A Cure For Wellness

A Cure for Wellness: Directed by Gore Verbinski

How many botched escapes can you squeeze into a film that is basically about escaping? Well, with a running time of 226 minutes, quite a few! A couple could have been cut out without damaging the over-convoluted story whatsoever.

Money was thrown at this, the production design is mightily impressive...shame the same couldn't be said about the writing! The 'horror' bits are few and far between...the final 20 minutes (or thereabouts) should have been cut. The 'young adults' will love it...as did the 'young woman' who sat next to me with her feet on the seat in front, noisily eating smelly popcorn - for the entire 226 minutes - from an irritatingly noisy packet. She should either learn cinema etiquette...or, desist from disgracing a cinema in future. Or, I should choose my films more wisely!

Day 10:

Remembering The Man 2015

Remembering the Man: Directed by Nickolas Bird & Eleanor Sharpe

Having read the book, seen the play, watched the film, knew the boys...you'd think I would be a little tired of this story. Nothing could be further from the truth! Holding/Remembering the Man will always be a conduit to those memories...thank you.

In a tiny cinema on a rainy, Friday afternoon...a mere 6 of us watched...as I sobbed, smiled and, remembered those two boys...I remembered all the friends I have lost. It was a rainy day...punctuated with sunshine...my memories are precious.

My only complaint [nothing to do with the film]...the chap who introduced the film described Tim & John as a 'queer couple', they were NOT! They were a gay couple, having known them...they were - most definitely - a gay couple! This 'queer' thing is fine & dandy, if you identify as 'queer' - most gay men [possibly, of a certain age] do not. Stop this transference...respect the identities of others...as you demand the respect for your own identities.

Respect...is a two-way street :). Babies!

I shall now climb down from my soap-box. Respectfully. I shall now refrain from shouting at clouds...as I have been told - by the 'queer community' - I do, too often. I have always been gay...never queer, although the school bullies told me I was!

OrnithologistThe Ornithologist: Directed by João Pedro Rodrigues

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Check It

Check It: Directed by Dana Flor & Toby Oppenheimer

Strength in numbers...gangland culture ain't just for the straight boys. Tough, fierce, flaming screaming queens unite...you wouldn't wanna cross these kids! They are out of control!

Being gay and black...that's a whole different ball-game, they in a world of their own...they live in a system that has - undeniably - failed them. They live on a road that's 'dark and thin' - gangin', bangin', prostitution and drugs - chances of survival 50:50. Terrifying!

No doubt this film will come into its own...when revisited in 10 or 20 years, who survived and who died. This is a whole different world...filmed over 2 years, the filmmakers certainly earned their stripes. The - obvious - scaffolding of trust is plain to see!

There is a glimmer of hope in the apparent hopelessness. There's a home-made camarderie, a vital support network, a self-governing family. What's so special about Check It...they survive! Fabulous.

 In Between

In Between: Directed by Maysaloun Hamoud

Layla...what a woman! Strong, proud, independent and fierce. No man walks over Layla. She's the friend you want...when in need.

Palestinian patriarchy gets a bashing in this tale of creeping modernity. When the pious collide with the party girls...sparks are destined to fly. There are chills, thrills, tears and laughter as these women assert their independence...let no man put them asunder...God help them if they do!

Fine performances, solid direction and a powerful message...what more do you want from a film? A sequel? Well, that would be most welcome.

Day 11:

The Untamed

The Untamed: Directed by Amat Escalante

There's a sexually-voracious, bisexual alien in the woods! Yes...it is as ridiculous as it sounds.

Take out the alien, a few nips and tucks with the screenplay and this would have been a mighty fine domestic drama...a cheating husband, with his wife's brother no less! But...alas...there's that metaphor! The bisexual alien! Admittedly, it's a very creepy looking alien...but, what the hell is it doing in this film!?!

Is this a comment on bisexuality? The cheating husband is bi, the alien is bi...what happens when two 'bis' get together!?! Well, you'll just have to watch the film to find out!. Metaphors!!! Dontcha just luv'em!

Aquarius

Aquarius: Directed by Kleber Mendonça Filho

There are two ways to tell a story...the short-winded way and the long-winded way. Aquarius, with a running time of 142 minutes, is way too long to be riveting. A shame...because it is an [almost] engrossing character study of an aging, fiercely independent woman...with a fierce taste in music. The soundtrack is a joy.

There's a gay son, blink and you'll miss him...just one of the many unnecessary scenes that serve no purpose other than extending the film to an intolerable length. Less is more!

Day 12:

The final day...

A Kid

A Kid: Directed by Philippe Lioret

An understated film...that will warm the cockles of any old heart.

I am unashamed to admit that - by the end - the tears were rolling down my face...happy tears, well - perhaps, tinged with sadness. It's always a pleasure to watch a director use his actors to the best of their abilities...instead of telling, the director shows the welling emotion, a look that lasts just a little longer, a touch that would seem out-of-place. There is a delicacy here...a delicacy that is appropriate to such a delicate situation.

Secrets and lives led in lies and regret...A Kid is one of those rare films, when it ends...two things happen...you want to watch it again (trust me there is a genuine reason to do so)...and, you want to know when the sequel is being released. There are always new beginnings with a great ending.

Yes...it really is that good.Mad To Be Normal

Mad to Be Normal: Directed by Robert Mullan

The closing film...the stars, the director are in attendance...and, the heavens have opened. The red carpet is going to be a rushed affair!

R.D. Laing was [and remains] a divisive figure in the world of psychiatry...or, to be more accurate, within the anti-psychiatry movement. Definitely, a man worthy of a film. For those of you who know a thing or two about Laing's life and work...there will be disappointed in what they see on screen. This is not his life story...this is a chapter of a life led against the grain.

Unfortunately, due to the short time-frame covered, there is no character arc...and, Laing had an almighty arc! The film really does end where it should've began...

As an introduction to Laing, the man and his work...it does the job in an elementary way. Alas, there was so much more to Laing than what this film is able to tell you. Still, with some mightily fine performances, Tennant, Byrne and [of course] Gambon...Mad to Be Normal ticks a few boxes, it could have ticked them all! A film that played...too safe!

And that - as they say - is a wrap!

Many thanks to Glasgow Film Festival, to all the volunteers and, the press office. Good jobs done by all.

Dorian Awards: All the Winners...2009-2016

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GALECA and its annual Dorian Awards were founded in 2008 in Hollywood, California, by John Griffiths, television critic for Us Weekly magazine and longtime contributor to Emmy magazine of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.


2016

Category

Winner

Film of the Year

Moonlight

Director of the Year (Film or Television)

Barry Jenkins / Moonlight

Film Performance of the Year – Actor

Mahershala Ali / Moonlight

Film Performance of the Year – Actress

Viola Davis / Fences

LGBTQ Film of the Year

Moonlight

Foreign Language Film of the Year

The Handmaiden

Screenplay of the Year

Barry Jenkins / Moonlight

Documentary of the Year

O.J.: Made in America

Visually Striking Film of the Year

La La Land

Unsung Film of the Year

Christine

Campy Film of the Year

The Dressmaker

TV Drama of the Year

The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story (FX)

TV Comedy of the Year

Transparent (Amazon Studios)

TV Performance of the Year – Actor

Jeffrey Tambor / Transparent (Amazon)

TV Performance of the Year – Actress

Sarah Paulson / The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story (FX)

TV Current Affairs Show of the Year

Full Frontal with Samantha Bee (TBS)

TV Musical Performance of the Year

Kate McKinnon, "Hallelujah" / Saturday Night Live (NBC)

LGBTQ Show of the Year

Transparent (Amazon)

Unsung TV Show of the Year

The Real O'Neals (ABC)

Campy TV Show of the Year

RuPaul's Drag Race: All-Stars (Logo)

We're Wilde About You / Rising Star of the Year

Trevante Rhodes

Wilde Wit of the Year (honoring a performer, writer or commentator whose observations both challenge and amuse)

Carrie Fisher

Wilde Artist of the Year (TIE) (honoring a truly groundbreaking force in the fields of film, theatre and/or television)

Kate McKinnon Lin-Manuel Miranda

Timeless Star (to an actor or performer whose exemplary career is marked by character, wisdom and wit)

John Waters

2015

Category

Winner

Film of the Year

Carol

Film Director of the Year

Todd Haynes / Carol

Film Performance of the Year – Actor

Leonardo DiCaprio / The Revenant

Film Performance of the Year – Actress

Cate Blanchett / Carol

LGBTQ Film of the Year

Carol

Foreign Language Film of the Year

Son of Saul

Screenplay of the Year

Phyllis Nagy / Carol

Documentary of the Year

Amy

Visually Striking Film of the Year (honoring a production of stunning beauty, from art direction to cinematography)

Mad Max: Fury Road

Unsung Film of the Year

Tangerine

Campy Flick of the Year

Magic Mike XXL

TV Drama of the Year (TIE)

Fargo (FX) Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)

TV Comedy of the Year

Transparent (Amazon Studios)

TV Performance of the Year – Actor

Jeffrey Tambor / Transparent (Amazon)

TV Performance of the Year – Actress

Taraji P. Henson / Empire (Fox)

TV Current Affairs Show of the Year

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

LGBTQ Show of the Year

Transparent (Amazon)

Unsung TV Show of the Year

Looking (HBO)

TV Musical Moment of the Year

Aretha Franklin, "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" / 38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors (CBS)

Campy TV Show of the Year

Empire (Fox)

We're Wilde About You / Rising Star Award

Alicia Vikander

Wilde Wit of the Year (honoring a performer, writer or commentator whose observations both challenge and amuse)

Amy Schumer

Wilde Artist of the Year (honoring a truly groundbreaking force in the fields of film, theatre and/or television)

Todd Haynes

Timeless Star (to an actor or performer whose exemplary career is marked by character, wisdom and wit)

Jane Fonda

2014

Category

Winner

Film of the Year

Boyhood

Film Director of the Year

Ava DuVernay / Selma

Film Performance of the Year – Actor

Eddie Redmayne / The Theory of Everything

Film Performance of the Year – Actress

Julianne Moore / Still Alice

LGBTQ Film of the Year

Pride

Foreign Language Film of the Year

Mommy

Documentary of the Year

The Case Against 8

Visually Striking Film of the Year (honoring a production of stunning beauty, from art direction to cinematography)

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Unsung Film of the Year

Pride

Campy Flick of the Year

Into the Woods

TV Drama of the Year

The Normal Heart (HBO)

TV Comedy of the Year

Transparent (Amazon Studios)

TV Performance of the Year – Actress

Lisa Kudrow / The Comeback (HBO)

TV Performance of the Year – Actor

Jeffrey Tambor / Transparent (Amazon)

TV Director of the Year

Jill Soloway / Transparent

LGBTQ TV Show of the Year

Transparent (Amazon)

TV Currents Events Show of the Year

The Daily Show (Comedy Central)

Unsung TV Show of the Year

Getting On (HBO)

Campy TV Show of the Year

Jane the Virgin (CW)

TV Musical Performance of the Year

Neil Patrick Harris, "Sugar Daddy" / 68th Annual Tony Awards (CBS)

Video of the Year

"Chandelier" / Sia

We're Wilde About You / Rising Star Award

Gina Rodriguez

Wilde Wit of the Year (honoring a performer, writer or commentator whose observations both challenge and amuse)

John Oliver

Wilde Artist of the Year (honoring a truly groundbreaking force in the fields of film, theatre and/or television)

Jill Soloway

Timeless Award (honoring an actor or performer whose exemplary career has been marked by character, wisdom and wit)

George Takei

2013

Category

Winner

Film of the Year

12 Years a Slave

Film Performance of the Year – Actor

Matthew McConaughey / Dallas Buyers Club

Film Performance of the Year – Actress

Cate Blanchett / Blue Jasmine

LGBT Film of the Year

Blue Is the Warmest Colour

Foreign Language Film of the Year

Blue Is the Warmest Colour

Documentary of the Year

Bridegroom

Visually Striking Film of the Year (honoring a production of stunning beauty, from art direction to cinematography)

Gravity

Campy Flick of the Year

I'm So Excited

Unsung Film of the Year (TIE)

Kill Your Darlings Short Term 12

TV Drama of the Year (TIE)

Behind the Candelabra (HBO) Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)

TV Comedy of the Year

Girls (HBO)

TV Performance of the Year – Actor

Michael Douglas / Behind the Candelabra (HBO)

TV Performance of the Year – Actress

Jessica Lange / American Horror Story: Coven (FX)

TV Musical Performance of the Year

Shirley Bassey, “Goldfinger”, 85th Academy Awards (ABC)

LGBT TV Show of the Year

Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)

Campy TV Show of the Year

American Horror Story: Coven (FX)

Unsung TV Show of the Year

Getting On (HBO)

We're Wilde About You / Rising Star Award

Laverne Cox

Wilde Wit of the Year (honoring a performer, writer or commentator whose observations both challenge and amuse)

Rachel Maddow

Wilde Artist of the Year (honoring a truly groundbreaking force in the fields of film, theatre and/or television)

James Franco

Timeless Award (honoring an actor or performer whose exemplary career has been marked by character, wisdom and wit)

Lily Tomlin

2012

Category

Winner

Film of the Year

Argo

Film Performance of the Year – Actor

Daniel Day-Lewis / Lincoln

Film Performance of the Year – Actress

Anne Hathaway / Les Misérables

LGBT Film of the Year

Keep the Lights On

Documentary of the Year

How to Survive a Plague

Visually Striking Film of the Year (honoring a production of stunning beauty, from art direction to cinematography)

Life of Pi

Campy Flick of the Year (TIE)

Magic Mike The Paperboy

Unsung Film of the Year

Bernie

TV Drama of the Year (TIE)

American Horror Story: Asylum (FX) Homeland (Showtime)

TV Comedy of the Year

Girls (HBO)

TV Performance of the Year – Actor

Damian Lewis / Homeland (Showtime)

TV Performance of the Year – Actress

Jessica Lange / American Horror Story: Asylum (FX)

TV Musical Performance of the Year

Jennifer Hudson, "Tribute to Whitney Houston" / 54th Annual Grammy Awards (CBS)

LGBT TV Show of the Year (TIE)

Modern Family (ABC) The New Normal (NBC)

Campy TV Show of the Year

Liz & Dick (Lifetime)

Unsung TV Show of the Year

Happy Endings (ABC)

TV or Movie Title of the Year

Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 (ABC)

We're Wilde About You / Rising Star Award

Ezra Miller

Wilde Wit of the Year (honoring a performer, writer or commentator whose observations both challenge and amuse)

Jon Stewart

Wilde Artist of the Year (honoring a truly groundbreaking force in the fields of film, theatre and/or television)

Ryan Murphy

Timeless Award (honoring an actor or performer whose exemplary career has been marked by character, wisdom and wit)

Sir Ian McKellen

2011

Category

Winner

Film of the Year

Weekend

Film Performance of the Year

Meryl Streep / The Iron Lady

LGBT-Themed Film of the Year

Weekend

Documentary of the Year

We Were Here

LGBT-Themed Documentary of the Year

We Were Here

Unsung Film of the Year

50/50

Campy Flick of the Year

The Muppets

TV Drama of the Year

American Horror Story (FX)

TV Comedy of the Year

Modern Family (ABC)

TV Musical Program of the Year (TIE)

Glee (Fox) Lady Gaga Presents the Monster Ball Tour (HBO)

TV Performance of the Year

Jessica Lange / American Horror Story (FX)

LGBT-Themed TV Show of the Year

Modern Family (ABC)

Campy TV Show of the Year

Revenge (ABC)

Unsung TV Show of the Year

Suburgatory (ABC)

The We're Wilde About You Rising Star Award

Michael Fassbender

Wilde Wit of the Year Award

Kathy Griffin

Timeless Award

Betty White

2010

Category

Winner

Film of the Year

I Am Love

Film Performance of the Year

Annette Bening / The Kids Are All Right

LGBT-Themed Film of the Year

I Love You Phillip Morris

Documentary of the Year

Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work

LGBT-Themed Documentary of the Year

8: The Mormon Proposition

Unsung Film of the Year

Easy A

Campy Flick of the Year

Burlesque

TV Drama of the Year

The Good Wife (CBS)

TV Musical or Comedy of the Year

Glee (Fox)

TV Drama Performance of the Year

Michael C. Hall / Dexter (Showtime)

TV Comedy Performance of the Year (TIE)

Chris Colfer / Glee (Fox) Jane Lynch / Glee (Fox)

LGBT-Themed TV Show of the Year

Glee (Fox)

Unsung TV Show of the Year

Hung (HBO)

Campy TV Show of the Year

Hot in Cleveland (Lifetime)

We're Wilde About You / Rising Star Award

Darren Criss

Wilde Wit of the Year (honoring a performer, writer or commentator whose observations both challenge and amuse)

Rachel Maddow

Timeless Award (honoring an actor or performer whose exemplary career has been marked by character, wisdom and wit)

Angela Lansbury

2009

Category

Winner

Film of the Year

A Single Man

Film Performance of the Year

Colin Firth / A Single Man

LGBT-Themed Film of the Year

A Single Man

Campy Flick of the Year

Obsessed

TV Drama of the Year

Grey Gardens (HBO)

TV Musical or Comedy of the Year

Glee (Fox)

TV Performance of the Year: Drama

Drew Barrymore / Grey Gardens (HBO)

TV Comedy Performance of the Year: Musical or Comedy

Jane Lynch / Glee (Fox)

LGBT-Themed TV Show of the Year

Prayers for Bobby (Lifetime)

Campy TV Show of the Year

Glee (Fox)

We're Wilde About You / Rising Star Award

Gabourey Sidibe

Wilde Wit of the Year (honoring a performer, writer or commentator whose observations both challenge and amuse)

Rachel Maddow

Timeless Award (honoring an actor or performer whose exemplary career has been marked by character, wisdom and wit)

Cloris Leachman

 

 

The GLAAD Media Awards...2017

GlaadOnly two films nominated for Outstanding Film - Wide Release!!!

All bets are off...Star Trek doesn't stand a chance.

GLAAD certainly knows how to make a mockery of the awards season...with 'Oscar' following [very] closely behind.


The GLAAD Media Awards recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and the issues that affect their lives.

The winners of the L.A. awards are in Pink, the other winners will be announced in New York in May!!! What an utterly ridiculous event!

All the results are now in...phew, that was an anti-climax!

OUTSTANDING FILM – WIDE RELEASE
Moonlight
Star Trek Beyond

OUTSTANDING FILM – LIMITED RELEASE
The Handmaiden
Naz & Maalik
Other People
Spa Night
Those People

OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Grace and Frankie
Modern Family
One Mississippi
The Real O’Neals
Steven Universe
Survivor’s Remorse
Take My Wife
Transparent

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES
The Fosters
Grey’s Anatomy
Hap and Leonard
How to Get Away with Murder
The OA
Orphan Black
Shadowhunters
Shameless
Supergirl
Wynonna Earp

OUTSTANDING INDIVIDUAL EPISODE
“Attention Deficit” – The Loud House
“Bar Fights” – Drunk History
“Johnson & Johnson” – black-ish
“San Junipero” – Black Mirror
“Vegan Cinderella” – Easy

OUTSTANDING TV MOVIE OR LIMITED SERIES
Eyewitness
London Spy
Looking: The Movie
The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do The Time Warp Again
Vicious: The Finale

OUTSTANDING DOCUMENTARY
Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures
Out of Iraq
The Same Difference
Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four
The Trans List

OUTSTANDING REALITY PROGRAM
Gaycation
I Am Cait
I Am Jazz
The Prancing Elites Project
Strut


 

The Dorian Awards...Winners

DorianawardsFilm of the Year
Jackie (Fox Searchlight)
La La Land (Summit/Lionsgate)
Manchester by the Sea (Roadside/Amazon Studios)
Moonlight (A24) – WINNER
20th Century Women (A 24)

Director of the Year
(Film or Television)
Barry Jenkins, Moonlight (A24) – WINNER
Pablo Larraín, Jackie (Fox Searchlight)
Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester By the Sea (Roadside/Amazon Studios)
Park Chan-wook, The Handmaiden (Amazon Studios)
Damien Chazelle, La La Land (Summit/Lionsgate)

Film Performance of the Year — Actress
Annette Bening, 20th Century Women (A24)
Viola Davis, Fences (Paramount) – WINNER
Isabelle Huppert, Elle (Sony Classics)
Emma Stone, La La Land (Summit/Lionsgate)
Natalie Portman, Jackie (Fox Searchlight)

Film Performance of the Year — Actor
Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea (Roadside/Amazon Studios)
Mahershala Ali, Moonlight (A24) – WINNER
Ryan Gosling, La La Land (Summit/Lionsgate)
Trevante Rhodes, Moonlight (A24)
Denzel Washington, Fences (Paramount)

LGBTQ Film of the Year
Being 17 (Strand)
Closet Monster (Strand)
Moonlight (A24) – WINNER
Other People (Vertical)
The Handmaiden (Amazon Studios)

Foreign Language Film of the Year
Elle (Sony Classics)
Neruda (The Orchard)
The Handmaiden (Amazon Studios) – WINNER
Things to Come (Sundance Selects)
Toni Erdmann (Sony Pictures Classics)

Screenplay of the Year
Barry Jenkins, Moonlight (A24) – WINNER
Efthymis Filippou, Yorgos Lanthimos, The Lobster (A24)
Damien Chazelle, La La Land (Summit/Lionsgate)
Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea (Roadside/Amazon Studios)
Mike Mills, 20th Century Women (A24)

Documentary of the Year
(theatrical release, TV airing or DVD release)
I Am Not Your Negro (Magnolia)
O.J. Made in America (ESPN Films) – WINNER
13th (Netflix)
Tickled (Magnolia)
Weiner (Sundance Selects/Showtime)

Visually Striking Film of the Year
Arrival (Paramount)
Jackie (Fox Searchlight)
La La Land (Lionsgate) – WINNER
Moonlight (A24)
The Handmaiden (Amazon Studios)

Unsung Film of the Year
American Honey (A24)
Captain Fantastic (Bleecker Street)
Christine (The Orchard) – WINNER
Other People (Vertical)
Sing Street (The Weinstein Company)

Campy Film of the Year
Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (Fox Searchlight)
King Cobra (IFC Midnight)
Nocturnal Animals (Focus Features)
The Dressmaker (Broadgreen/Amazon Studios) – WINNER
The Neon Demon (Broadgreen/Amazon Studios)

TV Drama of the Year
Black Mirror (Netflix)
Game of Thrones (HBO)
Stranger Things (Netflix)
The Crown (Netflix)
The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (FX) – WINNER
Westworld (HBO)

TV Comedy of the Year
Atlanta (FX)
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (CW)
Insecure (HBO)
Transparent (Amazon) – WINNER
Veep (FX)

TV Performance of the Year — Actor
Riz Ahmed, The Night Of (HBO)
Sterling K. Brown, The People v. O.J. Simpson (FX)
Donald Glover, Atlanta (FX)
Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent (Amazon) – WINNER
Courtney B. Vance, The People v. O.J. Simpson (FX)

TV Performance of the Year — Actress
Claire Foy, The Crown (Netflix)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep (HBO)
Thandie Newton, Westworld (HBO)
Sarah Paulson, American Crime Story: The People V. O.J. Simpson (FX) – WINNER
Winona Ryder, Stranger Things (Netflix)

TV Current Affairs Show of the Year
Anderson Cooper 360 (CNN)
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee (TBS) – WINNER
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)
The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC)
Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO)

TV Musical Performance of the Year
Beyonce, “Lemonade,” MTV Video Music Awards (MTV)
Kelly Clarkson, “Piece by Piece,” American Idol (Fox)
Lady Gaga – “Til It Happens to You,” The 88th Academy Awards (ABC)
Jennifer Hudson, “I Know Where I’ve Been,” Hairspray Live! (NBC)
Kate McKinnon “Hallelujah,” Saturday Night Live (NBC) – WINNER

LGBTQ TV Show of the Year
Looking: The Movie (HBO)
Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)
RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars (Logo)
The Real O’Neals (ABC)
Transparent (Amazon) – WINNER

Unsung TV Show of the Year
Fleabag (Amazon)
Lady Dynamite (Netflix)
London Spy (BBC America)
Please Like Me (Pivot)
The Real O’Neals (ABC) – WINNER

Campy TV Show of the Year
Finding Prince Charming (Logo)
Fuller House (Netflix)
Hairspray Live! (NBC)
RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars (Logo) – WINNER
Scream Queens (Fox)
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Fox)

We’re Wilde About You! Rising Star of the Year
Millie Bobby Brown
Lucas Hedges
Connor Jessup
Ruth Negga
Trevante Rhodes – WINNER

Wilde Wit of the Year
(honoring a performer, writer or commentator whose observations both challenge and amuse)
Samantha Bee
Carrie Fisher – WINNER
Bill Maher
Kate McKinnon
John Oliver

Wilde Artist of the Year (tie)
(honoring a truly groundbreaking force in the fields of film, theater and/or television)
Beyonce
Viola Davis
Barry Jenkins
Kate McKinnon – WINNER
Lin-Manuel Miranda – WINNER

Timeless Star
(to an actor or performer whose exemplary career is marked by character, wisdom and wit)
John Waters (previously announced) – WINNER

89th Oscars Nominations 2017...& Winners

AcademyBEST PICTURE
Arrival
Fences
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
Hidden Figures
La La Land
Lion
Manchester by the Sea
Moonlight

BEST DIRECTOR
Denis Villeneuve, Arrival
Mel Gibson, Hacksaw Ridge
Damien Chazelle, La La Land
Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea
Barry Jenkins, Moonlight

BEST ACTOR
Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge
Ryan Gosling, La La Land
Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic
Denzel Washington, Fences

BEST ACTRESS
Isabelle Huppert, Elle
Ruth Negga, Loving
Natalie Portman, Jackie
Emma Stone, La La Land
Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water
Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea
Dev Patel, Lion
Michael Shannon, Nocturnal Animals

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Viola Davis, Fences
Naomie Harris, Moonlight
Nicole Kidman, Lion
Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures
Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Hell or High Water
La La Land
The Lobster
Manchester by the Sea
20th Century Women

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Arrival
Fences
Hidden Figures
Lion
Moonlight

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Arrival
La La Land
Lion
Moonlight
Silence

BEST FILM EDITING
Arrival
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
La La Land
Moonlight

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Deepwater Horizon
Doctor Strange
The Jungle Book
Kubo and the Two Strings
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
Arrival
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Hail, Caesar!
La La Land
Passengers

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Allied
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Florence Foster Jenkins
Jackie
La La Land

BEST MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING
A Man Called Ove
Star Trek Beyond
Suicide Squad

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Jackie
La La Land
Lion
Moonlight
Passengers

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
“Audition (The Fools Who Dream),” La La Land
“Can’t Stop the Feeling,” Trolls
“City of Stars,” La La Land
“The Empty Chair,” Jim: The James Foley Story
“How Far I’ll Go,” Moana

BEST SOUND EDITING
Arrival
Deepwater Horizon
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land
Sully

BEST SOUND MIXING
Arrival
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Kubo and the Two Strings
Moana
My Life as a Zucchini
The Red Turtle
Zootopia

BEST DOCUMENTARY
Fire at Sea
I Am Not Your Negro
Life, Animated
O.J.: Made in America
13th

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Land of Mine
A Man Called Ove
The Salesman
Tanna
Toni Erdmann

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT
Extremis
4.1 Miles
Joe's Violin
Watani: My Homeland
The White Helmets

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT
Ennemis Entreniers
La Femme et le TGV
Silent Nights
Sing
Timecode

BEST ANIMATED SHORT
Blind Vaysha
Borrowed Time
Pear Cider and Cigarettes
Pearl
Piper

Troye Sivan - HEAVEN ft. Betty Who

we have always been here. we will always be here. this video is dedicated to all who’ve come before me and fought for our cause and those who now continue the fight. in dark and light times, let’s love forever. love, troye x

2017 Razzies Nominations & Winners...

37th Annual Golden Raspberry (RAZZIE®) Award Nominations

RazWORST PICTURE
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Dirty Grandpa
Gods of Egypt
Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party
Independence Day: Resurgence
Zoolander No. 2

WORST ACTOR
Ben Affleck / Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Gerard Butler / Gods of Egypt & London Has Fallen
Henry Cavill / Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Robert de Niro / Dirty Grandpa
Dinesh D’Souza [as Himself] / Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party
Ben Stiller / Zoolander No. 2

WORST ACTRESS
Megan Fox / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
Tyler Perry / BOO! A Medea Halloween
Julia Roberts / Mother’s Day
Becky Turner [as Hillary Clinton] / Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party
Naomi Watts / Divergent Series: Allegiant & Shut-In
Shailene Woodley / Divergent Series: Allegiant

WORST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Julianne Hough / Dirty Grandpa
Kate Hudson / Mother’s Day
Aubrey Plaza / Dirty Grandpa
Jane Seymour / Fifty Shades of Black
Sela Ward / Independence Day: Resurgence
Kristen Wiig / Zoolander No. 2

WORST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Nicolas Cage / Snowden
Johnny Depp / Alice Through the Looking Glass
Will Ferrell / Zoolander No. 2
Jesse Eisenberg / Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Jared Leto / Suicide Squad
Owen Wilson / Zoolander No. 2

WORST SCREEN COMBO
Ben Affleck & His BFF (Baddest Foe Forever) Henry Cavill / Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Any 2 Egyptian Gods or Mortals / Gods of Egypt
Johnny Depp & His Vomitously Vibrant Costume / Alice Through the Looking Glass
The Entire Cast of Once Respected Actors / Collateral Beauty
Tyler Perry & That Same Old Worn Out Wig / BOO! A Medea Halloween
Ben Stiller and His BFF (Barely Funny Friend) Owen Wilson / Zoolander No. 2

WORST DIRECTOR
Dinesh D’Souza and Bruce Schooley / Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party
Roland Emmerich / Independence Day: Resurgence
Tyler Perry / BOO! A Medea Halloween
Alex Proyas / Gods of Egypt
Zack Snyder / Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Ben Stiller / Zoolander No. 2

WORST PREQUEL, REMAKE, RIP-OFF or SEQUEL
Alice Through the Looking Glass
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice: Dawn of Justice
Fifty Shades of Black
Independence Day: Resurgence
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
Zoolander No. 2

WORST SCREENPLAY
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Dirty Grandpa
Gods of Egypt
Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party
Independence Day: Resurgence
Suicide Squad

RAZZIE REDEEMER AWARD
Mel Gibson

70th Annual BAFTA Awards: Nominations & Winners

Bafta

BEST FILM
ARRIVAL Dan Levine, Shawn Levy, David Linde, Aaron Ryder
I, DANIEL BLAKE Rebecca O'Brien
LA LA LAND Fred Berger, Jordan Horowitz, Marc Platt
MANCHESTER BY THE SEA Lauren Beck, Matt Damon, Chris Moore, Kimberly Steward,
Kevin J. Walsh

MOONLIGHT Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Adele Romanski

OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM
AMERICAN HONEY Andrea Arnold, Lars Knudsen, Pouya Shahbazian, Jay Van Hoy
DENIAL Mick Jackson, Gary Foster, Russ Krasnoff, David Hare
FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM David Yates, David Heyman, Steve Kloves, J.K. Rowling, Lionel Wigram
I, DANIEL BLAKE Ken Loach, Rebecca O'Brien, Paul Laverty
NOTES ON BLINDNESS Peter Middleton, James Spinney, Mike Brett, Jo-Jo Ellison, Steve Jamison
UNDER THE SHADOW Babak Anvari, Emily Leo, Oliver Roskill, Lucan Toh

OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER 
The Girl With All the Gifts: MIKE CAREY (Writer), CAMILLE GATIN (Producer) 
The Hard Stop: GEORGE AMPONSAH (Writer/Director/Producer), DIONNE WALKER (Writer/Producer) 
Notes on Blindness: PETER MIDDLETON (Writer/Director/Producer), JAMES SPINNEY (Writer/Director), JO-JO ELLISON (Producer) 
The Pass: JOHN DONNELLY (Writer), BEN A. WILLIAMS (Director) 
Under the Shadow: BABAK ANVARI (Writer/Director), EMILY LEO, OLIVER ROSKILL, LUCAN TOH (Producers) 

FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
DHEEPAN Jacques Audiard, Pascal Caucheteux
JULIETA Pedro Almodóvar
MUSTANG Deniz Gamze Ergüven, Charles Gillibert
SON OF SAUL László Nemes, Gábor Sipos
TONI ERDMANN Maren Ade, Janine Jackowski 

DOCUMENTARY
13th Ava DuVernay
THE BEATLES: EIGHT DAYS A WEEK- THE TOURING YEARS Ron Howard
THE EAGLE HUNTRESS Otto Bell, Stacey Reiss
NOTES ON BLINDNESS Peter Middleton, James Spinney
WEINER Josh Kriegman, Elyse Steinberg

ANIMATED FILM
FINDING DORY Andrew Stanton
KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS Travis Knight
MOANA Ron Clements, John Musker
ZOOTROPOLIS Byron Howard, Rich Moore

DIRECTOR
ARRIVAL Denis Villeneuve
I, DANIEL BLAKE Ken Loach
LA LA LAND Damien Chazelle
MANCHESTER BY THE SEA Kenneth Lonergan
NOCTURNAL ANIMALS Tom Ford

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
HELL OR HIGH WATER Taylor Sheridan
I, DANIEL BLAKE Paul Laverty
LA LA LAND Damien Chazelle
MANCHESTER BY THE SEA Kenneth Lonergan
MOONLIGHT Barry Jenkins

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
ARRIVAL Eric Heisserer
HACKSAW RIDGE Andrew Knight, Robert Schenkkan
HIDDEN FIGURES Theodore Melfi, Allison Schroeder 
LION Luke Davies
NOCTURNAL ANIMALS Tom Ford

LEADING ACTOR
ANDREW GARFIELD Hacksaw Ridge
CASEY AFFLECK Manchester by the Sea
JAKE GYLLENHAAL Nocturnal Animals
RYAN GOSLING La La Land
VIGGO MORTENSEN Captain Fantastic

LEADING ACTRESS
AMY ADAMS Arrival
EMILY BLUNT The Girl on the Train
EMMA STONE La La Land
MERYL STREEP Florence Foster Jenkins
NATALIE PORTMAN Jackie

SUPPORTING ACTOR
AARON TAYLOR-JOHNSON Nocturnal Animals
DEV PATEL Lion
HUGH GRANT Florence Foster Jenkins
JEFF BRIDGES Hell or High Water
MAHERSHALA ALI Moonlight

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
HAYLEY SQUIRES I, Daniel Blake
MICHELLE WILLIAMS Manchester by the Sea
NAOMIE HARRIS Moonlight
NICOLE KIDMAN Lion
VIOLA DAVIS Fences

ORIGINAL MUSIC 
ARRIVAL Jóhann Jóhannsson
JACKIE Mica Levi
LA LA LAND Justin Hurwitz
LION Dustin O'Halloran, Hauschka
NOCTURNAL ANIMALS Abel Korzeniowski

CINEMATOGRAPHY
ARRIVAL Bradford Young
HELL OR HIGH WATER Giles Nuttgens
LA LA LAND Linus Sandgren
LION Greig Fraser
NOCTURNAL ANIMALS Seamus McGarvey

EDITING
ARRIVAL Joe Walker
HACKSAW RIDGE John Gilbert
LA LA LAND Tom Cross
MANCHESTER BY THE SEA Jennifer Lame
NOCTURNAL ANIMALS Joan Sobel

PRODUCTION DESIGN
DOCTOR STRANGE Charles Wood, John Bush
FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM Stuart Craig, Anna Pinnock
HAIL, CAESAR! Jess Gonchor, Nancy Haigh
LA LA LAND David Wasco, Sandy Reynolds-Wasco
NOCTURNAL ANIMALS Shane Valentino, Meg Everist

COSTUME DESIGN
ALLIED Joanna Johnston
FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM Colleen Atwood
FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS Consolata Boyle
JACKIE Madeline Fontaine
LA LA LAND Mary Zophres

MAKE UP & HAIR
DOCTOR STRANGE Jeremy Woodhead
FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS J. Roy Helland, Daniel Phillips
HACKSAW RIDGE Shane Thomas
NOCTURNAL ANIMALS Donald Mowat, Yolanda Toussieng
ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY Nominees tbc

SOUND
ARRIVAL Sylvain Bellemare, Claude La Haye, Bernard Gariépy Strobl
DEEPWATER HORIZON Dror MoharMike Prestwood Smith, Wylie Stateman, David Wyman
FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM Niv Adiri, Glenn Freemantle, Simon Hayes, Andy Nelson, Ian Tapp
HACKSAW RIDGE Peter Grace, Robert Mackenzie, Kevin O’Connell, Andy Wright
LA LA LAND Mildred Iatrou Morgan, Ai-Ling Lee, Steve A. Morrow, Andy Nelson

SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS
ARRIVAL Louis Morin 
DOCTOR STRANGE Richard Bluff, Stephane Ceretti, Paul Corbould, Jonathan Fawkner
FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM Tim Burke, Pablo Grillo, Christian Manz, David Watkins
THE JUNGLE BOOK Robert Legato, Dan Lemmon, Andrew R. Jones, Adam Valdez
ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY Neil Corbould, Hal Hickel, Mohen Leo, John Knoll, Nigel Sumner

BRITISH SHORT ANIMATION 
THE ALAN DIMENSION Jac Clinch, Jonathan Harbottle, Millie Marsh
A LOVE STORY Khaled Gad, Anushka Kishani Naanayakkara, Elena Ruscombe-King 
TOUGH Jennifer Zheng

BRITISH SHORT FILM 
CONSUMED Richard John Seymour
HOME Shpat Deda, Afolabi Kuti, Daniel Mulloy, Scott O’Donnell
MOUTH OF HELL Bart Gavigan, Samir Mehanovic, Ailie Smith, Michael Wilson
THE PARTY Farah Abushwesha, Emmet Fleming, Andrea Harkin, Conor MacNeill
STANDBY Jack Hannon, Charlotte Regan

EE RISING STAR AWARD (voted for by the public) 
ANYA TAYLOR-JOY
LAIA COSTA
LUCAS HEDGES
RUTH NEGGA
TOM HOLLAND

Bafta

The Golden Globe Awards 2017: The Winners

Golden Globes

The Golden Globe Awards 2017:

Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series – Drama
Rami Malek-“Mr. Robot”
Bob Odenkirk-“Better Call Saul”
Matthew Rhys-“The Americans”
Liev Schrieber-“Ray Donovan”
Billy Bob Thornton-“Goliath” *WINNER

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture
Mahershala Ali-“Moonlight”
Jeff Bridges-“Hell or High Water”
Simon Helberg-“Florence Foster Jenkins”
Dev Patel-“Lion”
Aaron Taylor Johnson-“Nocturnal Animals” *WINNER

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy
Rachel Bloom-“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”
Julia Louis Dreyfus-“Veep”
Sarah Jessica Parker-“Divorce”
Issa Rae-“Insecure”
Gina Rodriguez-“Jane the Virgin”
Tracee Ellis Ross-“black-ish” *WINNER

Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy
“Atlanta” *WINNER

“black-ish”
“Mozart in the Jungle”
“Transparent”
“Veep”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Felicity Huffman-“American Crime”
Riley Keough-“The Girlfriend Experience”
Sarah Paulson-“People v. OJ Simpson” *WINNER
Charlotte Rampling-“London Spy”
Kerry Washington-“Confirmation”

Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
“People v OJ Simpson” *WINNER

“The Dresser”
“The Night Manager”
“The Night Of”
“American Crime”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Sterling K. Brown-“People v OJ Simpson”
Hugh Laurie-“The Night Manager” *WINNER
John Lithgow-“The Crown”
Christian Slater-“Mr. Robot”
John Travolta-“People v OJ Simpson”

Best Original Score – Motion Picture
“Moonlight”
“La La Land” *WINNER
“Arrival”
“Lion”
“Hidden Figures”

Best Original Song – Motion Picture
“Can’t Stop the Feeling”-“Trolls”
“City of Stars”-“La La Land” *WINNER
“Faith”-“Sing”
“Gold”-“Gold”
“How Far I’ll Go”-“Moana”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture
Viola Davis-“Fences” *WINNER

Naomie Harris-“Moonlight”
Nicole Kidman-“Lion”
Octavia Spencer-“Hidden Figures”
Michelle Williams-“Manchester by the Sea”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Olivia Colman-“The Night Manager” *WINNER

Lena Headey-“Game of Thrones”
Chrissy Metz-“This Is Us”
Mandy Moore-“This Is Us”
Thandie Newton-“Westworld”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Colin Farrell-“The Lobster”
Ryan Gosling-“La La Land” *WINNER
Hugh Grant-“Florence Foster Jenkins”
Jonah Hill-“War Dogs”
Ryan Reynolds-“Deadpool”

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
“La La Land” *WINNER

“Nocturnal Animals”
“Moonlight”
“Manchester By The Sea”
“Hell or High Water”

Best Motion Picture – Animated
“Kubo and the Two Strings”
“Moana”
“My Life as a Zucchini”
“Sing”
“Trolls”
“Zootopia” *WINNER

Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language
“Elle” *WINNER

“Neruda”
“The Salesman”
“Toni Erdmann”
“Divines”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Riz Ahmed-“The Night Of”
Bryan Cranston-“All the Way”
John Turturro-“The Night Of”
Tom Hiddleston-“Night Manager” *WINNER
Courtney B. Vance-“People v. OJ Simpson”

Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series – Drama
Caitriona Balfe-“Outlander”
Claire Foy-“The Crown” *WINNER
Keri Russell-“The Americans”
Winona Ryder-“Stranger Things”
Evan Rachel Wood-“Westworld”

Best Television Series – Drama
“The Crown” *WINNER

“Game of Thrones”
“Stranger Things”
“This Is Us”
“Westworld”

Best Director – Motion Picture
Damien Chazelle-“La La Land” *WINNER

Tom Ford-“Nocturnal Animals”
Mel Gibson-“Hacksaw Ridge”
Barry Jenkins-“Moonlight”
Kenneth Lonergan-“Manchester by the Sea”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy
Anthony Anderson-“black-ish”
Gael García Bernal-“Mozart in the Jungle”
Donald Glover-“Atlanta” *WINNER
Nick Nolte-“Graves”
Jeffrey Tambor-“Transparent”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Annette Bening-“20th Century Women”
Lily Collins-“Rules Don’t Apply”
Hailee Steinfeld-“Edge of Seventeen”
Emma Stone-“La La Land” *WINNER
Meryl Streep-“Florence Foster Jenkins”

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
“20th Century Women”
“Deadpool”
“Florence Foster Jenkins”
“La La Land” *WINNER
“Sing Street”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
Casey Affleck-“Manchester by the Sea” *WINNER

Joel Edgerton-“Loving”
Andrew Garfield-“Hacksaw Ridge”
Viggo Mortensen-“Captain Fantastic”
Denzel Washington-“Fences”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
Amy Adams-“Arrival”
Jessica Chastain-“Miss Sloane”
Isabelle Huppert-“Elle” *WINNER
Ruth Negga-“Loving”
Natalie Portman-“Jackie”

Best Motion Picture – Drama
“Hacksaw Ridge”
“Hell or High Water”
“Lion”
“Manchester by the Sea”
“Moonlight” *WINNER

 

 

Thank God Michelangelo was gay!

This passionate talk from Dr. James O'Keefe MD gives us a deeply personal and fascinating insight into why homosexuality is indeed a necessary and extraordinarily useful cog in nature's wheel of perfection.

John Waters Shares His List of the Top 10 Films of 2016

by
December 1, 2016
Source: Art Forum

It's that time again! With the end of the year approaching, everyone begins revealing their own Top 10 best of the year lists. One of our favorite lists that kicks off this time is from filmmaker John Waters' - his Top 10 favorite films from this year. For 2016, Waters has chosen yet another (expected) eclectic mix of films, including Paul Verhoven's controversial Elle, Todd Solondz's divisive Wiener-Dog, as well as David Farrier & Dylan Reeve's outstandingly creepy documentary Tickled, among some other oddball picks. A few years back his top film was Spring Breakers, and last year it was a film titled Helmut Berger, Actor. I always like hearing about Waters' favorites because he has such unique taste and his quick comments are fun to read.

Waters includes a short one/two-sentence explanation with each pick, so head to ArtForum to read all of his thoughts on his Top 10 of 2016. I've included a few of his comments in quotes below for some of the films where he said some interesting things. Without further ado, here are John Waters' Top 10 Films of 2016:

1. Krisha (dir. Trey Edward Shults) "This hilariously harrowing portrait of a family reunion ruined by an alcoholic relative and too many dogs is told with verve and lunacy and features a top-notch performance by Krisha Fairchild, the director’s own aunt. Other people’s hell can sometimes be so much fun."
2. Tickled (dir. David Farrier & Dylan Reeve)
3. Everybody Wants Some! (dir. Richard Linklater) "The best accidentally gay movie ever made by a known heterosexual director features the most talented and sexy ensemble cast of the last decade."
4. Roar (dir. Noel Marshall)
5. Wiener-Dog (dir. Todd Solondz)
6. Elle (dir. Paul Verhoeven) "Do daughters of mass murderers like to get raped? In France they sometimes do, and only Isabelle Huppert could play this hetero-deviant, Claude-Chabrol-meets-Radley-Metzger character with feminist dignity. Isn’t she the best actress in the whole wide world?"
7. Julieta (dir. Pedro Almodóvar)
8. Like Cattle Towards Glow (dir. Dennis Cooper & Zac Farley) "Arty teenage death, Gallic rimming, and a maddening passion for punk penises make this Eric Rohmer–like porno a real French tickler for the fucked-up literary set."
9. Valley of Love (dir. Guillaume Nicloux)
10. A Quiet Passion (dir. Terence Davies) "The grim curse of Emily Dickinson’s poetic talent has never been shown with such depressing clarity. If you can’t enjoy suffering along with her, you should be dead too."

What do you make of Waters' Top 10 list? How many of these has anyone else even seen? As always, his list is full of some of the most oddball picks but nonetheless damn good films. I haven't even heard of a few of these (such as Like Cattle Towards Glow) and a few of them are my favorites as well (such as Everybody Wants Some!). Another one of his very interesting picks is Roar, which is actually a 1981 film with real lions and tigers that was re-released by Alamo Drafthouse last year. Waters explains why he chose it: "I finally got to see Tippi Hedren’s real-life snuff movie starring her entire family that was made in 1981 but not released in the US until 2015. Watch, slack-jawed, as Tippi is scalped and her daughter Melanie Griffith mauled by the wild-animal extras who turn out to be the real stars of this nutcase action film." Hard to argue with that.

 

100 Years of Drag Queen Fashion...

...from Vanity Fair

Explore the history of drag queens and how their fashion, makeup, and style has changed over the past 100 years, from the glamour-inspired, “passable” looks of the the 1940s, to the bolder, more sensational presentations of today. 

Starring: Shangela Laquifa Wadley, Detox Icunt, Sutan Amrull (Raja), and Kim Chi.

Artist: Amaany, Track: Kill Shot
Artist: Buried Beds (Clementine & the Galaxy Remix), Track: Stars

Will & Grace...2016!!!

Ten years after the finale of "Will & Grace", the cast reunites for the first time ever to take on the 2016 Presidential Election in their own inimitable way.

Queer Lion Nominees 2016...

Queer Lion

Cast, credits and synopses of the 10 movies in competition for Queer Lion Award 2016; and the calendar with the screening schedule during the Venice Film Festival

Hjartasteinn (Heartstone) by Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson with Søren Malling, Gunnar Jónsson (Denmark, Iceland, 129’)
A remote fishing village in Iceland. Teenage boys Thor and Christian experience a turbulent summer as one tries to win the heart of a girl while the other discovers new feelings toward his best friend. When summer ends and the harsh nature of Iceland takes back its rights, it’s time to leave the playground and face the acrimony of adulthood.

L’estate addosso by Gabriele Muccino with Taylor Frey, Joseph Haro (Italy, 103’)
18 year-old Marco, in the summer of high-school final exams, unexpectedly ends up on a road trip to San Francisco with Mary, a classmate of his, nicknamed ‘the nun’. Mary’s company is, to Marco, a real catastrophe. When in California, the two of them will be guests of Matt and Paul, a young gay couple: the four will have to face problems and prejudices and will live an experience that will forever change their lives.

Le ultime cose by Irene Dionisio with Fabrizio Falco, Christina Rosamilia (Italy, France, Switzerland, 85’)
In Torino, a bittersweet crowd is bringing its own belongings to a pawn shop, waiting for a ransom or the final auction. Between the thousands of faces that tell the human inventory of the crisis, three stories intertwine unconsciously in the thin line of moral debt. Sandra, a young trans, in order to escape her past sells her fur coat. Her gaze will cross Stefano’s, a novice who just started working at the bank, and who drags her towards a tender obsession. Michele, a retired porter, asks for a loan to a family member, who will turn out to be fatally the wrong person to ask a favour from.

Pamilya ordinaryo (Ordinary People) by Eduardo Roy Jr. with Ronwaldo Martin, Hasmine Killip (Philippines, 107’)
A family portrait of Jane, sixteen, and her boyfriend, Aries, making a living out of stealing on the chaotic streets of Manila. Fate hits back at them when, one month after having become parents, their child is stolen by a transgender who wants to sell it to another couple. In an effort to get the baby back, the couple will be forced to take extreme measures.

Jours de France by Jérôme Reybaud with Pascal Cervo, Arthur Igual (France, 141’)
A man leaves everything behind to travel aimlessly through France, letting himself be guided only by the people and landscapes he encounters: four days and four nights of wandering, during which his lover tries to locate him via Grindr, a smartphone dating app.

Réparer les vivants by Katell Quillévéré with Emmanuelle Seigner, Anne Dorval (France, Belgium, 103′)
It all starts at daybreak, three young surfers on the raging seas. A few hours later, on the way home, an accident occurs. Now entirely hooked up to life-support in a hospital in Le Havre, Simon’s existence is little more than an illusion. Meanwhile, in Paris, a woman, mother of two children, music lover, who started a relationship with a charming and talented female pianist, awaits the organ transplant that will give her a new lease on life.

La región salvaje by Amat Escalante with Ruth Ramos, Simone Bucio (Mexico, Denmark, France, Germany, Norway, 100’)
Young mother Alejandra is a working housewife, raising two boys with her husband Angel in a small city. Her brother Fabien works as a nurse in a local hospital. Their provincial lives are upset with the arrival of the mysterious Veronica. Sex and love can be fragile in certain regions where strong family values, hypocrisy, homophobia and male chauvinism exist. Veronica convinces them that in the nearby woods, inside an isolated cabin, dwells something not of this world that could be the answer to all of their problems.

Questi giorni by Giuseppe Piccioni with Margherita Buy, Filippo Timi (Italy, 120’)
Questi Giorni is the story of a group of college-age girls from the provinces, an age in which decisions about the future become more pressing, and can no longer be delayed. A provincial Italian town. Inside the old city walls, in late-night forays along the seafront, in the enchantment of a temporary incursion into nature, the four girls play out their daily rituals and nurture their expectations; their friendship has not sprung from overwhelming passion, shared interests or great ideals. They are bound not by affinity but by habit, by occasional enthusiasm, by guileless clashes, and feelings they cultivate in secret. Yet their bond is as unique and inimitable as the days they travel together to Belgrade, where they will find a mysterious friend and an unlikely job opportunity.

Boys in the Trees by Nicholas Verso with Toby Wallace, Gulliver McGrath (Australia, 112′)
Halloween 1997 – the last night of high school for Corey, Jango and their skater gang, The Gromits. Childhood is over and adult life beckons. But for Corey, his past has some unfinished business. When he encounters Jonah, a former childhood friend but now victimised by Jango’s cruel streak, Corey takes pity on him and agrees to walk him home for old time’s sake. What starts off as a normal walk through empty suburban streets descends into something darker and magical, as trip through their memories and ghosts of the past, and Corey is surprised to discover how much he still has in common with his abandoned friend. And even the most buried truths will find a way of coming to life. Best unproduced screenplay award at the 2011 New York Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.

Ang babaeng humayo (The Woman Who Left) by Lav Diaz with Charo Santos-Concio, John Lloyd Cruz (Philippines, 226’)
After spending the last 30 years in prison, Horacia is immediately released when someone else confessed to the crime. Still overwhelmed by her new freedom, she comes to the painful realization that her aristocratic former lover had set her up. As kidnappings targeting the wealthy begin to proliferate, Horacia sees the opportunity to plot her revenge.

The IV Sebastiane Latino Award...

The Award given by Gehitu goes to the film that best represents sexual and gender diversity...@ San Sebastian Film Festival...

San Sebastian Film Festival

The coming edition of the San Sebastian Festival will include screening of the winner of the Sebastiane Latino Award, presented by the Basque gay, lesbian, transsexual and bisexual association, GEHITU. The Award goes to the Latin American feature film released during the previous year to best defend the demands and values of lesbian, gay, transsexual and bisexual people.

The Sebastiane Latino Award Jury, composed of members of GEHITU, has selected as finalists the films Amores urbanos, Mãe só há uma, Nunca vas a estar solo, Rara, Santa y Andrés and Uio: sácame a pasear. Four of the six finalist films are directed by women.

In 2015 the Sebastiane Latino went to the Argentinian production Mariposa, by Marcos Berger, a film selected for Zabaltegi following its screening in the Panorama section at the Berlinale. If last year’s overriding subject was transsexuality, this year the spotlight focusses on the adolescent point of view.

This fourth edition of the award renews its support of Latin American cinema at the San Sebastian Festival, an event well known for its backing of Latin American productions. In addition to presenting the award to the winner, to be announced on the 18th, the 2nd Meeting of Ibero-American LGBT Film Festivals will also take place at the coming edition of the Festival.

AMORES URBANOS (RESTLESS LOVE)
Vera Egito (Brazil)
Amores Urbanos is a comedy-drama telling the tale of three friends who live in the same building in the city of São Paulo. Julia, Diego and Micaela are young anti-heroes who deal with their ups and downs in love and work with humour and heaps of personality.

MÃE SÓ HÁ UMA (DON’T CALL ME SON)
Anna Muylaert (Brazil)
On discovering that he was stolen as a child by the woman he thought was his mother, Pierre (also known as Felipe) must face up to the consequences of his mother’s actions and try to deal with his biological family.

NUNCA VAS A ESTAR SOLO (YOU’LL NEVER BE ALONE)
Alex Anwandter (Chile)
After the violent assault of his gay teenage son Juan, a withdrawn manager at a mannequin factory, struggles between paying his son’s exhorbitant medical bills and his last attempt at becoming partner with his boss. As he runs into dead-ends and unexpected betrayals, he discovers that the world he thought he knew was waiting to be violent with him too. Juan has already made too many mistakes, but his son can still be saved.

RARA
Pepa San Martín (Chile)
A story taking its inspiration from the real-life case of a Chilean judge who lost custody of her children for being a lesbian, narrated from the point of view of her eldest daughter, Sara, aged 13. The screenplay is based on a true story which could be told as a tale of lawyers and courts, of lawsuits, plaintiffs, defendants and victims, but is, instead, the story of a family.

SANTA Y ANDRÉS
Carlos Lechuga (Cuba)
1988, Andrés is a homosexual writer with counterrevolutionary ideas. He lives confined by the government in a cabin deep in the mountains of eastern Cuba. When a political meeting is about to be held they send Santa, a local girl, to keep an eye on him for three days. Although the odds seem to be stacked against them, they soon realise that they have far more in common than they thought.

UIO: SÁCAME A PASEAR (UIO: TAKE ME FOR A RIDE)
Micaela Rueda (Ecuador)
Sara is in her last year of high school, doesn't have many friends and is trapped between a dominating mother and an inattentive father. But everything changes when she meets Andrea, her new schoolmate, and the two become involved in a secret intimate relationship.


Edinburgh International Film Festival 2016...

Eiff

We have now ploughed our way through the programme and these are the little beauties that we're going to watch and [hopefully] enjoy...just click on the poster to watch the trailer, read the synopsis...and, the review...when it's written!

Angry Indian Goddesses Viva (2105) The Fits Little Men Bleak Street (2105) Seat In Shadow

Slash 2016 The Lure Sick The Pretty Ones Spa Night Regrouping

We are going to be adding more films as we progress through the festival...

Colonia Diving Into The Unknown Forsaken Ithaca Maggies Plan Poster A Conspiracy Of Faith

The Carer The Rezort The White King Whisky Galore Finding Dory Mammal

We were asked how we choose the films that we watch...

Well...anything with LGBT content will obviously go on the list...these films are gleaned from past LGBT film festivals, the programme, press releases and recommendations.

The other films...well, big names will always attract our attention...as will the attending talent. And, anything else that tickles our fancy!

CGiii.com doesn't live in a bubble...LGBT content can now be found in a vast array of films, in a multitude of genres...that's why we cover mainstream film festivals...we have popped our LGBT bubble...and, when you think about it, LGBT film festivals could be considered rather exclusive...which poses a bit of a conundrum in these enlightened days where the more vociferous voices (i.e. the gobby activists) within the LGBT community are screaming for a more inclusive society...yet they advocate, promulgate and promote their own brand of exclusivity...the Queer Film Festival.

Well, dear hearts, this is how we read the situation...LGBT film festivals are becoming more inclusive, all-encompassing and, welcoming to the non-LGBT general public...Queer film festivals...well, they are a different kettle of fish entirely.

Let the queers have their exclusivity...let the mainstream and the LGBT festivals unite...the result: A bigger, better and more diverse audience!

Quite possibly...not the answer that was expected...it does sound as if we have an axe to grind. And, we do...not all of us identify as 'queer' - that word made many of our lives miserable. Word reclamation - what a load of nonsense!


And, unlike last year, we have included a selection of short films...

Grimm Street Carousel The Lamps Loiseau De La Nuit

Man Code Red Hux Night In Tokoriki

Grimm Street - Siri Rodnes/UK/2015/17 min

Carousel - Kal Weber/UK/2015/5 min

The Lamps - Shelly Silver/USA/2015/4 min

L’Oiseau de la Nuit (O Pássaro da Noite) - Marie Losier/Portugal, France/2015/20 min

Man - Maja Borg/Sweden, UK/2016/13 min

Code Red - Sabrina Doyle/USA/2016/15 min

Hux - Mageina Tovah/USA/2016/12 min

A Night in Tokoriki (O noapte în Tokoriki) - Roxana Stroe/ Romania/2016/18 min


Day 1...

The opening film...

Tommys Honour

Good old Scottish weather...the heavens opened and gave us all a jolly good soaking...needless to say, no-one lingered on the Red Carpet...except for the photographers...

In the photgraphers pen, we were all dreaming of a canopy and a poster! Strange...the opening film with no publicity material on show. Clearly, someone is not doing their job!

Anyway...here are a few of the more recognisable faces...

Peter Mullan/Jack Lowden/Jason Connery

 

 

 

From Tommy's Honour...

Peter Mullan (Tom Morris)

Jack Lowden (Tommy Morris)

&

Jason Connery (director)

 

 

 

 


Dougray Scott

Dougray Scott

...on the Documentary Jury
and starring in The Rezort
(Directed by Steve Barker)


Clancy Brown

Clancy Brown...star of...Highlander...The Shawshank Redemption

Michael Powell Juror


Sadie Frost

 

 

Sadie Frost...

International Juror

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The one and only...

Kim Cattrall...

Kim Cattrall


 

The Queer Palm 2016...

Queer Palm

And, the nominees and winners are...

Features...

•    Mademoiselle de Park Chan Wook
•    Ma Loute de Bruno Dumont
•    The Neon Demon de Nicolas Winding Refn
•    Aquarius de Kleber Mendonça Filho
•    Rester Vertical d'Alain Guiraudie
•    Le Cancre de Paul Vecchiali
•    La Danseuse de Stéphanie Di Giusto
•    Divines de Houda Benyamina
•    Fiore de Claudio Giovannesi
•    Les Vies de Thérèse de Sébastien Lifshitz
•    Apnée de Jean-Christophe Meurisse
•    Grave de Julia Ducournau
•    Willy 1er de Ludovic & Zoran Boukherma, Marielle Gautier, Hugo P. Thomas

Short Films...

•    In The Hills de Hamid Ahmadi (court métrage)
•    Gabber Lover de Anna Cazenave-Cambet (court métrage)
•    Prenjak (In the Year of Monkey) de Wregas Bhanuteja (court métrage)
•    Le Soldat vierge de Erwan Le Duc (court métrage)
•    Superbia de Luca Tóth (court métrage)

The Rocky Horror Remake...

Aaaaaaaaaaaaargh!

From the director of High School Musical 1, 2 & 3...

Aaaaaaaaaaaaargh!

The trailer...

 

 

The Real O'Neals...

Real Oneals

 

 

...gets a second series...

 

 

 

Despite 1,000,000 bible-bashing Moms declaring it to be the depraved work of satan.

Jesus H. Christ can catholics not take a joke?!?

They certainly can...by pulling the wool over their eyes when it comes to child abuse...by their venerable cock-sucking priests.

Sometimes those TV execs get it right!

 

The Rocky Horror Remake...

Rocky HorrorAaaaaaaaargh!

 

 

 

We were sure that a sensible television producer - somewhere in the Fox building - would have pulled the plug on this debacle...months ago.

But...no! It's going ahead...

Here's the first image of:

Laverne Cox as Frank-a-la-burlesque...

And...

Ben Vereen as Dr. Everett von Scott...replete with a bad wig and very big stuck-on eyebrows.

 

Aaaaaaaaargh!

 

Studio Responsibility Index

GLAAD SRIOh no...it's that time of the year again...

GLAAD have released their "Studio Responsibility Index" - quite possibly the most worthless report ever to be committed to paper.

In essence, it's a list...of the worst that Hollywood has dished out over the last year...all these films have some sort of LGBT representation...which means...we have to watch them.

17.5% contained LGBT characters...that's 7.5% more than in real life...so, what are you moaning about?!?

 

Here they are...(if it doesn't have an * don't bother)...

Spy (2015) - Paul Feig

Unfinished Business (2015) - Ken Scott

Victor Frankenstein (2015) - Paul McGuigan

***Youth (2015) - Paolo Sorrentino - mentioned but not counted...WHAT?!?

A La Mala (2015) - Pedro Pablo Ibarra

American Ultra (2015) - Nima Nourizadeh

Child 44 (2015) - Daniel Espinosa

Cooties (2014) - Jonathan Milott

The Duff (2015) - Ari Sandel

Freeheld (2015) - Peter Sollet

**Love the Coopers (2015) - Jessie Nelson

Huevos: Little Rooster's Egg-Cellent Adventure (2015) - Gabriel Riva Palacio Alatriste

Chi-Raq (2015) - Spike Lee

**Stonewall (2015) - Roland Emmerich

Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (2015) - Steve Pink

The Night Before (2015) - Jonathan Levine

Ricki and the Flash (2015) - Jonathan Demme

The Wedding Ringer (2015) - Jeremy Garelick

The Diary of a Teenage Girl (2015) - Marielle Heller

Grandma (2015) - Paul Weitz

Lambert & Stamp (2014) - James D. Cooper

Saint Laurent (2014) - Bertrand Bonello

**Testament of Youth (2014) - James Kent

Legend (2015) - Brian Helgeland

Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) - Elizabeth Banks

Sisters (2015) - Jason Moore

Ted 2 (2015) - Seth MacFarlane

Trainwreck (2015) - Judd Apatow

5 Flights Up (2014) - Richard Loncraine

*The Danish Girl (2015) - Tom Hooper

*A Little Chaos (2014) - Alan Rickman

*Maps to the Stars (2014) - David Cronenberg

Batkid Begins (2015) - Dana Nachman

Entourage (2015) - Doug Ellin

Get Hard (2015) - Etan Cohen

Hot Pursuit (2015) - Anne Fletcher

Magic Mike XXL (2015) - Gregory Jacobs

Knock Knock (2015) - Eli Roth


Well...thank God that's over...exhausting, draining and mummifying.

We watched them all and can confirm that GLAAD do a mighty fine job at picking the worst and most trivial films to come out of Hollywood...that feature LGBT characters.

We love Vito Russo...but, the 'Vito Russo Test' is a joke! No-one lives in an ideal world...so, to demand that all LGBT characters have to be portrayed in a positive light is ludicrous. How many nasty old queens do you know?

Rather than wasting money compiling such a worthless list...focus on the great LGBT films that have been made...promote them instead!

This 'Studio Responsibility Index'...waste of money, waste of time, a total irrelevance.

Needless to say...we are not looking forward to next year's list!

Watch and admire...

Headway est un projet expérimental mélangeant slackline et musique classique.

THE CREDIT : Producer : Nicolas Romieu (https://www.facebook.com/yeahdudefr/?...)
Brainchild : Yohann Grignou (https://www.facebook.com/yohann.grign...)
Director : Yohann Grignou and Nicolas Romieu
Cameraman : Nicolas Romieu, Clémence Sgarbi, Patrick Niangouna, Yohann Grignou
Composer : Alexis Maingaud (https://www.facebook.com/Alexis-Maing...)
Violonist : Nicolas Alvarez
Set Design : Andréa Rolland (https://www.facebook.com/ladelicatepa...)
Slackliner : Louis Boniface (https://www.facebook.com/Louis.Bonifa...)
Actress : Nanoo Romieu
Editor : Yohann Grignou
Grading : Pierre Morsard
Sound Design : Julien Riquier

Cannes 2016...

 Cannes Blog

Here are the films...

We've highlighted those that will be of particular interest to us...

In Competition

Opening Film

 

 

Woody ALLEN (USA)

CAFÉ SOCIETY

Out of Comp.

 

***

 

Maren ADE (Germany)

TONI ERDMANN

 

Pedro ALMODÓVAR (Spain)

JULIETA

 

Andrea ARNOLD (United-Kingdom)

AMERICAN HONEY

 

Olivier ASSAYAS (France)

PERSONAL SHOPPER

 

Jean-Pierre DARDENNE, Luc DARDENNE (Belgium)

LA FILLE INCONNUE

 

Xavier DOLAN (Canada)

JUSTE LA FIN DU MONDE

(IT'S ONLY THE END OF THE WORLD)

 

Bruno DUMONT (France)

MA LOUTE

(SLACK BAY)

 

Nicole GARCIA (France)

MAL DE PIERRES

 

Alain GUIRAUDIE (France)

RESTER VERTICAL

 

Jim JARMUSCH (USA)

PATERSON

 

Kleber MENDONÇA FILHO (Brazil)

AQUARIUS

 

Ken LOACH (United-Kingdom)

I, DANIEL BLAKE

 

Brillante MENDOZA (Philippines)

MA' ROSA

 

Cristian MUNGIU (Romania)

BACALAUREAT

 

Jeff NICHOLS (USA)

LOVING

 

PARK Chan-Wook (South Korea)

AGASSI
(THE HANDMAIDEN)

 

Sean PENN (USA)

THE LAST FACE

 

Cristi PUIU (Romania)

SIERANEVADA

 

Paul VERHOEVEN (Netherlands)

ELLE

 

Nicolas WINDING REFN (Denmark)

THE NEON DEMON

 

 Un Certain Regard

Behnam BEHZADI (Iran)

VAROONEGI
(INVERSION)

 

BOO Junfeng (Singapore)

APPRENTICE

 

Delphine COULIN, Muriel COULIN (France)

VOIR DU PAYS
(THE STOPOVER)

 

Stéphanie DI GIUSTO (France)

LA DANSEUSE
(THE DANCER)

1st film

Mohamed DIAB (Egypt)

ESHTEBAK
(CLASH)

 

Michael DUDOK DE WIT (Netherlands)

LA TORTUE ROUGE
(RED TURTLE)

1st film

FUKADA Kôji (Japan)

FUCHI NI TATSU
(HARMONIUM)

 

Maha HAJ (Israel)

OMOR SHAKHSIYA
(PERSONAL AFFAIRS)

1st film

Eran KOLIRIN (Israel)

ME’EVER LAHARIM VEHAGVAOT
(BEYOND THE MOUNTAINS AND HILLS)

 

KORE-EDA Hirokazu (Japan)

AFTER THE STORM

 

Juho KUOSMANEN (Finland)

HYMYILEVÄ MIES
(THE HAPPIEST DAY IN THE LIFE OF OLLI MÄKI)

1st film

Francisco MÁRQUEZ, Andrea TESTA (Argentina)

LA LARGA NOCHE DE FRANCISCO SANCTIS
(FRANCISCO SANCTIS'S LONG NIGHT)

1st film

Bogdan MIRICA (Romania)

CAINI
(DOGS)

1st film

Stefano MORDINI (Italy)

PERICLE IL NERO

 

Michael O’SHEA (USA)

THE TRANSFIGURATION

1st film

Matt ROSS (USA)

CAPTAIN FANTASTIC

 

Kirill SEREBRENNIKOV (Russia)

UCHENIK
(THE STUDENT)

 

 Out of Competition

Shane BLACK (USA)

THE NICE GUYS

 

Jodie FOSTER (USA)

MONEY MONSTER

 

NA Hong-Jin (South Korea)

GOKSUNG

 

Steven SPIELBERG (USA)

DISNEY’S THE BFG

 

 Midnight Screenings

Jim JARMUSCH (USA)

GIMME DANGER

 

YEON Sang-Ho (South Korea)

BU-SAN-HAENG
(TRAIN TO BUSAN)

 

 Special Screenings

Thanos ANASTOPOULOS (Greece)
Davide DEL DEGAN (Italy)

L'ULTIMA SPIAGGIA
(THE LAST RESORT)

 

Mahamat-Saleh HAROUN (Chad)

HISSEIN HABRÉ, UNE TRAGÉDIE TCHADIENNE
(HISSEIN HABRÉ, A CHADIAN TRAGEDY)

 

Rithy PANH (Cambodia)

EXIL

 

Albert SERRA (Spain)

LA MORT DE LOUIS XIV
(LAST DAYS OF LOUIS XIV)

 

Paul VECCHIALI (France)

LE CANCRE

 

 

THE 2016 SHORT FILMS COMPETITION - we have no information on any of the short films!
 

This year, the selection committee received 5,008 short films – 458 more than in 2015.
The 2016 Short Films Competition comprises ten films, mostly from Europe and Latin America, with one representative from Asia and one from Africa.


These films are all in the running for the 2016 Short Film Palme d’or, to be awarded by Naomi Kawase, President of the Jury, at the official award ceremony of the 69th Festival de Cannes on 22th May.

 THE SHORT FILMS COMPETITION

 Lotfi ACHOUR

LA LAINE SUR LE DOS

Tunisia, France

15’

Sara DUNLOP

DREAMLANDS

United-Kingdom

14’

Juanjo GIMENEZ

TIMECODE

Spain

15’

Raymund GUTIERREZ

IMAGO

Philippines

15’

Simón MESA SOTO

MADRE
(Mother)

Colombia, Sweden

14’

João Paulo MIRANDA MARIA

A MOÇA QUE DANÇOU COM O DIABO
(The Girl who Danced with the Devil)

Brazil

14’

Félix MOATI

APRÈS SUZANNE

France

15’

Catalin ROTARU,
Gabi Virginia SARGA

4:15 P.M. SFARSITUL LUMII
(4:15 P.M. The End of the World)

Romania

15’

Farnoosh SAMADI,
Ali ASGARI

IL SILENZIO
(The Silence)

Italy

15’

Simon VAHLNE

FIGHT ON A SWEDISH BEACH

Sweden

14’

 

THE 2016 CINÉFONDATION SELECTION  

To mark its 19th year, the Cinéfondation Selection has chosen 18 films (14 works of fiction and 4 animations), from among the 2,300 works submitted this year by film schools from all over the world. Fifteen countries from three continents are represented.

Seven of the films selected come from schools taking part for the first time, and it is also the first time that a film school from Venezuela has reached the selection stage. More than half of this edition's movies are directed by women, with 10 out of the 18 films selected.

 The three Cinéfondation prizes will be awarded at a ceremony preceding the screening of the prize-winning films on Friday 20th May in the Buñuel Theatre.

THE CINÉFONDATION SELECTION

Hamid AHMADI 

IN THE HILLS

The London Film School
UK

21'

Mounia AKL 

SUBMARINE 

Columbia University School of the Arts
USA

21'

Nadja ANDRASEV

A NYALINTÁS NESZE 
(The Noise of Licking)

Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design
Hungary

09'

Alexandru BADEA

TOATE FLUVIILE CURG ÎN MARE
(All Rivers Run to the Sea)

UNATC "I. L. Caragiale"
Romania

24'

Mélody
BOULISSIÈRE

AILLEURS
(Somewhere)

École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs
France 

06'

Anna CAZENAVE CAMBET

GABBER LOVER

La Fémis
France

13'

Jac CLINCH

THE ALAN DIMENSION

NFTS
UK

08'

Alexandre GILMET
 

POUBELLE
(Trash)

INSAS
Belgium

19'

Marta HERNAIZ PIDAL

DOBRO
(Fine)

film.factory

Bosnia and Herzegovina

15'

Michael LABARCA

LA CULPA, PROBABLEMENTE
(The Guilt, Probably)

Universidad de Los Andes 

Venezuela

14'

Ernesto MARTÍNEZ BUCIO

LAS RAZONES DEL MUNDO
(The Reasons in the World)

Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica

Mexico

37'

PARK Young-ju

1 KILOGRAM

Korea National University of Arts

Republic of Korea

29'

Fereshteh PARNIAN

 ARAM

Université Lumière Lyon 2
France

17'

Saurav RAI

GUDH
(Nest)

Satyajit Ray Film & TV Institute
India

28'

Laura SAMANI

LA SANTA CHE DORME
(The Sleeping Saint)

Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia
Italy

19'

Remo SCHERRER

BEI WIND UND WETTER

(Whatever the Weather)

Hochschule Luzern - Design & Kunst
Switzerland

11'

Or SINAI

ANNA

The Sam Spiegel Film & TV School
Israel

24'

Malena VAIN

BUSINESS

Universidad del Cine

Argentina

20'

Grace and Frankie - Season 2 Trailer...

Season 2 will start streaming on Netflix on May 6th.

Here's the trailer...

With their ex-hubbies now married to each other and their clans more integrated than ever, Grace and Frankie continue to struggle to make sense of the brave new world that is their lives. Frankie copes by getting more involved in Brianna's business.

27TH ANNUAL GLAAD MEDIA AWARDS...

Glaad...IN LOS ANGELES THE BEVERLY HILTON, APRIL 2, 2016

The 27th Annual GLAAD Media Awards aired on Logo on Monday, April 4 at 10pm ET/PT.

Following is a complete list of GLAAD Media Awards presented on stage, and the individuals that accepted the awards:

  • Vanguard Award:  Demi Lovato (presented by Nick Jonas)
  • Stephen F. Kolzak Award:  Ruby Rose (presented by Taylor Swift)
  • Outstanding Reality Program: TIE: I Am Cait (E!) and I Am Jazz (TLC) [accepted by: Caitlyn Jenner and Jazz Jennings]
  • Outstanding TV Movie or Limited Series: Bessie (HBO) [accepted by: Queen Latifah]
  • Outstanding Drama Series: Sense8 (Netflix) [accepted by: Lilly Wachowski, co-creator of Sense8]
  • Outstanding Spanish-Language Television Interview: "Orientación sexual y acoso escolar" Realidades en Contexto (CNN en Español) [accepted by: CNN en Español anchor Mercedes Soler and Marcos Saldivar]

The following is a list of other award recipients announced at the 27th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles:

  • Outstanding FilmWide Release: Carol (The Weinstein Company)
  • Outstanding Comedy Series: Transparent (Amazon Instant Video)
  • Outstanding Documentary: Kumu Hina (PBS)
  • Outstanding Daily Drama: The Bold and The Beautiful (CBS)
  •  Outstanding Music Artist: Troye Sivan, Blue Neighbourhood (Capitol Records)
  • Outstanding Comic Book: Lumberjanes, written by Noelle Stevenson, Shannon Watters, Kat Leyh (BOOM! Studios)
  • Outstanding Talk Show Episode: "Janet Mock" Super Soul Sunday (OWN)

GLAAD previously announced that it was acknowledging two web series, Beautiful As I Want To Be (Logotv.com) and This is Me (Amazon Instant Video) with Special Recognition Awards.

SPANISH-LANGUAGE NOMINEES

  • Outstanding Novela:  Rastros de mentiras (MundoMax)
  • Outstanding Music Artist:  Ricky Martin, A quien quiera escuchar (Sony Music Latin)
  • Outstanding Local Television Interview: "La nueva transgeneración" Enfoque Los Ángeles (KVEA-Telemundo 52 [Los Ángeles])
  • Outstanding Local TV Journalism: "Cada 29 horas" Noticias 19 (KUVS-Univision 19 [Sacramento])
  • Outstanding Newspaper Article: "Padres transgénero - El único requisito para ser papá es el amor por los hijos" by Virginia Gaglianone (La Opinión)
  • Outstanding Digital Journalism Article: "Perú: violaciones correctivas: El terrible método para 'curar' a las lesbianas" by Leire Ventas (BBCMundo.com)

Additional awards will be presented at the GLAAD Media Awards event at the Waldorf Astoria in New York on Saturday, May 14.

The GLAAD Media Awards recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community and the issues that affect their lives.  They also fund GLAAD's work to amplify stories from the LGBT community that build support for equality. GLAAD Media Award nominees were published, released or broadcast between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015.

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