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BBC's Boy Meets Girl trailer...

The six-part sitcom, which will air on BBC2 later this year, stars Harry Hepple and trans actress Rebecca Root.

The series was created by Trans Comedy Award winner Elliott Kerrigan along with Simon Carlyle and Andrew Mettam.

The show also stars Denise Welch of Waterloo Road as Leo’s mother, Janine Duvitski of Benidorm, Nigel Betts of Emmerdale, Lizzie Roper of Hollyoaks and Jonny Dixon of Coronation Street.

BBC Commissioning Editor Kristian Smith said: “Boy Meets Girl is a heart-warming romantic comedy that draws on the glorious differences that shape all of us.

“It’s a brilliant thing to be able to support comedy that is not only funny, but can also promote affirming messages of humanity and acceptance.”

The show is the first major role for Root, who usually works as a specialist voice coach heping trans people with their speaking voice.

TV for the Autumn...

Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris (NBC, September 15)

Emmy and Tony award winner Neil Patrick Harris has become quite a multi-talented entertainer and after several turns hosting some of the biggest award shows (Emmys, Tonys and Oscars), he steps in as the master of ceremonies in this live one-hour weekly show where anything can happen. Expect stunts, comedy skits, performances, audience giveaways and hidden camera pranks. Best Time Ever is based on the U.K. hit Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway.

Scream Queens (FOX, September 22)

The creators of Glee and American Horror Story are unleashing some hellishly good fun in their new series, which focuses on a string of murders that take place in a college campus and involve the sorority Kappa Kappa Tau. Co-creator Ryan Murphy has called the show “Halloween meets Heathers,” only this time the Heathers have been replaced by the Chanels. The show features an impressive all-star cast including Jamie Lee Curtis, Emma Roberts, Lea Michele, Keke Palmer, Abigail Breslin, Niecy Nash, Nasim Pedrad, Diego Boneta, Ariana Grande and Nick Jonas. However, don’t get too attached to anybody. Murphy has already disclosed that only four of the 25 characters will survive this first season.

Empire (FOX, September 23)

We were on the edge of our seats during the first season of this Lee Daniels and Danny Strong primetime drama that has been described as a modern-day Dynasty set in the world of the hip-hop music industry. Gay men who tuned in fell in love with Cookie Lyon (portrayed flawlessly by Taraji P. Henson), the street smart matriarch who is never at a loss for words, and her son Jamal (Jussie Smollett), the gay singer-songwriter whose homophobic father also happens to be the head of his music label. Get ready for more queer storylines during the second season as Jamal continues to navigate the music industry as an openly gay artist, as well as a guest starring turn from Marisa Tomei in the recurring role of a new character who is described as “a lover of hip-hop, social trends, high-end fashion and beautiful women.” Oh, and did we mention Mariah Carey will also be appearing on the show?

How To Get Away With Murder (ABC, September 24)

The show that gave us murder, jaw-dropping intrigue, one of the hottest man-on-man sex scenes to ever air on primetime network television, and Viola Davis’s character, Annalise, snatching the wig off her head before asking her husband, “Why is your penis on a dead girl’s phone?” returns for a second season in September. The first season’s cliffhanger set the stage for a new whodunit mystery, and viewers can also expect an HIV storyline courtesy of Connor Walsh’s (played by Jack Falahee) boyfriend Oliver. Hopefully, there will also be more gay sex scenes like the one previously mentioned. Watch the clip below if you need to refresh your memory.

Couples Therapy (VH1, October 7)

The series that examines the complex world of celebrity couples is back for a sixth season. (Spoiler alert: Most of the relationships featured in this show are dramatically dysfunctional and make our own disastrous dating lives seem mundane.) This time around Dr. Jenn Berman will counsel Janice Dickinson, Mob Wives’ Big Ang, Creed frontman Scott Stapp, and rapper Joe Budden along with their significant others. However, all eyes will be on trans model, actress and former RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant Carmen Carrera and her husband Adrian Torres.

American Horror Story: Hotel (FX, October 7)

Even though we’re still in mourning over Jessica Lange’s departure from the series, there’s plenty to get excited over. The show’s creator Ryan Murphy has promised a scary and sexy season that will be set in Downtown Los Angeles and also boast one of the most star-studded casts we’ve seen on TV in a while. Among the guests checking into AHS: Hotel are Cheyenne Jackson, Matt Bomer, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Naomi Campbell, Chloe Sevigny, Sarah Paulson and Lady Gaga.

Angel From Hell (CBS, November)

Jane Lynch has ditched the Glee tracksuit and traded it in for a pair of wings. In this new half-hour sitcom, Lynch stars as Amy, a guardian angel who doesn’t know the meaning of boundaries or how to sugarcoat the truth. Based on the promo clip for the show, we’re guessing this is what Sue Sylvester would have been like if she had a sense of humor, smiled a bit more and actually liked people.

Kristen Stewart speaks...

...after her mother outs her...

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If you feel like you really want to define yourself, and you have the ability to articulate those parameters and that in itself defines you, then do it,” she said.

But I am an actress, man. So I live in the fucking ambiguity of this life and I love it. I don’t feel like it would be true for me to be like, ‘I’m coming out!

No, I do a job. Until I decide that I’m starting a foundation or that I have some perspective or opinion that other people should be receiving…I don’t. I’m just a kid making movies.”

She should have said: mind your own fucking business ...instead of this garbled garbage!

Larry Kramer says...

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"Don't listen to the crazies. For some reason there is a group of 'activists' that insists on maintaining their prime importance and participation during this riot. Unfortunately there seems no one left alive to say 'it wasn't that way at all,' or 'who are or where the fuck were you.' As with so much history there is no way to 'prove' a lot of stuff, which allows artists such as yourself (and me I might add) to take essences and attempt to find and convey meaning and truth. I sincerely hope this boycott your film shit peters out. We are not dealing with another 'Cruising' here. Keeping your film from being seen is only hurting ourselves. Good luck and thank you for your passion." 

Larry Kramer, responding to the Stonewall boycott.

Dear Sweet Jesus...

Stonewall Poster...a tiny part of the world has gone stark raving mad.

 

A few people out there are getting their knickers in a twist...about a film...that they haven't seen yet!

That film is Roland Emmerich's Stonewall-inspired Stonewall...and these knicker-twisted 'activists' (for want of a better word) want everyone to boycott the film because...it is not a true representation of what happened...(because they weren't there, they haven't seen the film...wethinks: bandwagon, jumping).

Okay...let's take this a little further, this is not a complex extrapolation...why not call to boycott every Hollywood film on the same grounds?!?!

Remember The Imitation Game?!??! Not exactly the most truthful/accurate account of Mr Turing's life. Did we hear any outcries then? No.

Then why now?

(1). Because...history is being white/cis-washed by white cis gay men...this reason has been gleaned from the 2 minute trailer...via Pat Cordova-Goff, originator of the 20,000 plus signed petition...and a rather cringing YouTube film calling for action.

(2). Because - this reason has been gleaned from a life-time of being gay - these knicker-twisted 'activists' (for want of a better word) are - in the great scheme of things - merely children who expect the world to revolve around them and them alone. Children throwing all their toys out of their cradles because...they can...they have no voice...they have no history.

They've tied themselves up - inextricably - with ridiculous, post-post modernist, branding labels...queer, cis, binary, non-binary, normative, non-normative, gender this, gender that, pomosexual, pansexual, womyn, myn, *...total flatulence!!!

What is that asterix (*) all about? And, this reclamation/reappropriation of the word 'queer'...for many [men] that word still hurts, little girls were never called 'queer' in the schoolyards of yesteryear, the little boys were...and, yes, it hurts. It will always hurt.

Queer - one day - may become an all-encompassing, inclusive term. But, until we - who remember the pain - all shrivel and die...it will always be exlusive.

So...how about sharing your self-centred sensitivities and recognising that others in this so-called [great] LGBT community of ours have sensitivities too! Surely you must recognise the harm you can do when you paint everyone with the same brush? Or, do you?

Recently, in Glasgow, a knicker-twisted activist (for want of a better word) group banned drag queens from appearing in their splinter Pride event - because (you can't make this up)...drag queens offend the trans*(there's that asterix again) community. Seriously?!?!?! After a well-deserved Twitter barrage...they relented, with egg collectively smeared - ungloriously - over their faces...saying, we made a mistake. Well, sometimes, mistakes cannot be so easily rectified. Think! Before...oh don't bother, you will always come out with something more ridiculous than before...boycott Stonewall!!!

Admittedly, being LGBT now is different from being LGBT then...most of the groundwork has been done. In some parts of the world, the struggles are becoming less - Europe, North America... It must be jolly frustrating for these young armchair activists...find your role. We were the architects...you can be the designers, the decorators...but, be credible. You can't have everything your own way...no-one can.

Alas, in other parts, Asia, Africa...the struggles are struggling and need constant help and support.

So...if you are going to boycott Stonewall...make it count - donate your entrance fee to a worthy cause. Or, less worthy, shut-up and make your own film...there are 20,000 plus producers waiting to put their money where their electronic signatures are...it's time - armchair activists - to emerge from your comfy cradles, to throw off your descriptive labels and be you.

In our day, we had to hide, you don't need to...behind your labels, those erroneous causes...wake up, smell the coffee...it's delicious. You've never had it so good.

Stonewall - the film - may turn out to be a load of Hollywood twaddle. It may turn out to be the greatest film ever made. It doesn't matter, it's Hollywood. What does matter is...it got made.

It's not a question of who threw the brick...it's the fact that the brick got thrown.

Anderson Cutler...not queer...not cis...just gay.

Sense8 renewed...

Sens8

Netflix has re-newed the somewhat underwhelming Sense8.

Hopefully, we will be overwhelmed next time around.

Looking...once more!

Looking(2014)

The boss of HBO - Michael Lombardo - has admitted that as a gay man he found it “very painful” to axe the channel’s flagship gay drama Looking earlier this year.

Lombardo told reporters at that the decision to end Looking at the conclusion of season two back in March was “very painful” for him on “a personal level”, DigitalSpy reports.

“I thought the show, creatively, was really doing something that I hadn’t seen on any other show, particularly dealing with gay lives,” he explained.

“As a gay man, in particular, I was very proud that there was a show that felt like it was dealing very honestly and openly with gay men and their lives, without putting them into a comedic mode.”

Lombardo added that ultimately, the show’s low ratings meant the channel couldn’t justify a third season.

Initially, over 60,000 fans signed a petition to save the Jonathan Groff and Russell Tovey-starring series from cancellation, but their disappointment was eventually allayed by the news of a feature-length movie continuation to provide the series with some closure.

The feature will appear in 2016...Looking had a weak start but gained momentum with the second series...alas, too late...the lesson: grab them from the beginning.

Zoolander 2 - why?!?!

Zoolander 2

The hideously untalented and over-paid Ben Stiller is at again...churning out more execrable junk.

Zoolander 2  is destined to hit cinemas in February of next year...if you can stomach it, here's the trailer...

Venice Film Festival...

DanishGirl

Tom Hooper's biopic of Lili Elbe: The Danish Girl will premiere @ Venice Film Festival.

Eddie Redmayne's first film after his Oscar win with The Theory of Everything...and he does it in a frock. A class act.

Alas, the film won't hit the cinemas until 1 January 2016.

Ab Fab Movie...

Abfab

It's confirmed...Ab Fab: The Movie starts shooting in October...not another excruciating resurrection!!!

Let us hope that Saunders has forgotten Viva Forever! Her Spice Girls musical that lost a staggering £5 million plus and received some of the worst notices in theatrical history.

You can't keep an old dog down...but, sometimes, you should just let sleeping dogs lie...

Muslim Drag Queens...

Muslim Drag Queens

UK pubcaster Channel 4 is set to explore Britain’s gay Asian community with Muslim Drag Queens (pictured) for its ‘First Cut’ doc strand.

Narrated by Sir Ian McKellen, the Swan Films-produced film is to explore the British drag scene – which includes an estimated 100 to 150 Muslim drag queens – and the cultural and religious sensitivities surrounding homosexuality within the Islamic faith, as well as the fight for acceptance from their communities.

Directed and produced by Marcus Plowright, the documentary will revolve around the lives of three British Asian drag scene members: 33-year-old British Pakistani Asif Quraishi, Britain’s first “out and proud” Muslim drag queen who performs as Asifa Lahore; 28-year-old British Pakistani Imran, who is searching for love and receives more interest as his drag persona Zareena Khan; and the Mauritian-born Ibrahim, who recently came out and now seeks the mentorship of Quraishi to realize his plans to perform in drag.

David Brindley, commissioning editor of documentaries at C4, commissioned the film, with Joe Evans and Neil Crombie serving as executive producers.

“This is an incredibly important, surprising and moving film,” Brindley said in a statement. “Those who have chosen to tell their stories have done so with immense bravery and speak so eloquently about the struggles they have faced. With piercing honesty, Muslim Drag Queens gets right to the heart of a community that have, up until now, remained hidden from the wider British public.”

Quantico...

Quantico

The Flash star Rick Cosnett has signed for a recurring role on ABC’s new drama series Quantico. He’ll play Elias Harper, an openly gay, incredibly funny former defense attorney who used his rhetoric and savvy against FBI cases. Recruited by Miranda (Aunjanue Ellis) as an analyst for his brilliant mind, Elias is a debate-team type who loves to be right but also has a soft and kind-hearted side. Quantico revolves around a group of young FBI recruits, all with specific reasons for joining, who battle their way through training at the Quantico base in Virginia. One will launch a devastating terrorist attack on the U.S.

The Forever War...

The Forever War

Will it ever see the silver screen?!?!?

Well...

In a bidding war, Warner Bros kicked Sony where it hurts and Richard Edlund is laughing all the way to the bank - he has had the rights for a staggering 27 years!

Channing Tatum is all set to star...in this obvious franchise...there are 2 other books in the series: Forever Peace & Forever Free (and a short story).

If you haven't read the book - shame on you - homosexuality is encouraged, if not enforced - in a bid to save the planet from over-populating itself.

Guess who the lone heterosexual will be?

Rainbow Family...

China has a gay sitcom...

Rainbow Family

The first season of Rainbow Family, an Internet-exclusive sitcom, has had more than 24 million views since its release last year.

Outfest Winners...

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And the winners are...

Audience Awards

Documentary Short
A Place in the Middle, Directed by Dean Hamer

Dramatic Short
The Letter, Directed by Angeles Cruz

Documentary Feature
The Glamour and the Squalor, Directed by Marq Evans

Dramatic Feature
Fourth Man Out, Directed by Andrew Nackman

First US Dramatic Feature
Those People, Directed by Joey Kuhn

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Grand Jury Awards

Documentary Feature Special Recognition
For Excellence in Filmmaking we award a Special Jury mention to Tchindas, a masterfully crafted intimate portrait of the courageous Cape Verdian trans community

Documentary Feature
We award Best Documentary Feature to A Sinner in Mecca for gay filmmaker Parvez Sharma’s daring iPhone journey of acceptance into the heart of Islam.

Actor in a U.S. Dramatic Feature
For a richly multi-dimensional portraits of young gay men, balancing their forbidden relationship with their Muslim faith in post 9-11 New York. The Best actor in a U.S. Feature goes to Curtis Cook Jr and Kerwin Johnson Jr in Naz and Maalik. 

Actress in a U.S. Dramatic Feature
For capturing with a quick-witted humor the sympathetic qualities of a difficult character, and humanizing the issue of sex addiction the Best Actress in a US Feature goes to Judy Greer in Addicted to Fresno. 

Screenwriting in a U.S. Dramatic Feature
For its remarkable depth of character history and its sincere and complicated exploration of family, home, sexuality, and parenthood, the Best Screenplay Award goes to Sebastian. 

U.S. Dramatic Feature Film
For it deft use of humor and its unexpected subversion of expectations, the award for Best U.S. Narrative feature goes to Nasty Baby, Directed by Sebastian Silva. 

International Dramatic Feature
For its eerie elegance, audacious storytelling and carnal depiction of love, the International Dramatic Feature goes to Everlasting Love, Directed by Marcal Fores.

Documentary Short Film
For its inspiring portrait of a beloved young activist and advocate for transgender rights, the Jury Prize for Documentary is given to Brockington, directed by Maggie Sloane, Mason Sklut, Sergio Ingato. 

Experimental Short Film
For its confounding and provocative reflection, we award the Jury Prize for Experimental Short Film to The Lamps, by Shelly Silver.  

Dramatic Short Film
For its evocative cinematography that captures desire between two young men who seize the night – one an apprentice barber and the other a young man leaving for the military service, we award the Jury Prize for Short Narrative to Tremulo, Directed by Roberto Fiesco

Special Jury Mention
We can’t Live Without Cosmos – For its innovative storytelling that transcends language and redefines companionship through the animated portrait of two astronauts whose commitment to each other is out of this world, we award a Special Jury Prize to We Can’t Life Without Cosmos, directed by Konstantin Bronzit.

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Special Programming Awards 

Emerging Talent
For crafting a funny and moving portrait of a young trans man living his truth in rural North Carolina, reminding us all that love can prevail even in the face of intense bigotry and ignorance, the 2015 Programming Award for Emerging Talent goes to Hillevi Loven for Deep Run.

Freedom
For risking incarceration by telling the story of LGBTQ Kenyans in a country where homosexuality itself is a criminal offense, and for its deft balance of documentary and narrative filmmaking technique in capturing subjects who are forced to keep their identities secret, the 2015 Programming Award for Artistic Freedom goes to Jim Chuchu and the NEST Collective for Stories Of Our Lives.

Artistic Achievement
For moving trans cinema forward by placing its heroine firmly into genre storytelling, and for its powerful evocation of the Muxe culture of small-town Mexico, the 2015 Programming Award for Artistic Achievement goes to Rigoberto Pérezcano for Carmin Tropical.

Frameline Awards 2015...

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The Frameline39 awards were announced on June 28, 2015 at the Closing Night Party. Congratulations to all of our extraordinary filmmakers!

Frameline39 AT&T Audience Awards

Since 1984, our audience has been responsible for selecting the Best Feature Film, Best Documentary Film and Best Short Film of the Festival.

Best Feature Film

MARGARITA, WITH A STRAW, directed by Shonali Bose & Nilesh Maniyar
 
Best Documentary Film

GAME FACE, directed by Michiel Thomas
 
Best Short Film

ADRIFT IN SUNSET, directed by Narissa Lee
 
Frameline39 Jury Awards

Frameline has a long history of supporting pioneering films and filmmakers, and we continue that tradition with our seletions for the Wells Fargo First Feature Award and the Frameline39 Outstanding Documentary Awards.

First Feature - Honorable Mention

For its uniquely constructed mosaic of Kenyan LGBTQI lives, its stunning black-and-white cinematography, and as an act of artistic and political courage, the Frameline39 First Feature Jury awards an honorable mention to STORIES OF OUR LIVES, directed by Jim Chuchu.


Outstanding First Feature Award

For its sensitive, multi-layered exploration of sexual discovery, against the backdrop of the history of a Latin American city and culture…for the surprising depth and complexity in its performances and themes, and its appreciation for the gradations of sexuality, the Frameline39 Outstanding First Feature Award is proudly presented to IN THE GRAYSCALE, directed by Claudio Marcone.


Documentary - Honorable Mention

For its thrillingly told cautionary tale--executed with compelling craft--about the dangers of the virtual world and the deep drive for love and human connection, set against the struggle for queer rights and democracy in Syria and the challenges of our hydra-headed news media, the Frameline39 Documentary Jury awards an Honorable Mention to THE AMINA PROFILE directed by Sophie Deraspe.

 
Outstanding Documentary

For its heartbreaking testament to universal love across borders and longing across decades and its remarkable achievement in following a complex story as it unfolds before our eyes, raising challenging cross-cultural perspectives on homophobia, identity and fate, the Frameline39 Jury Award for Outstanding Documentary goes to ALEX & ALI, directed by Malachi Leopold.


Frameline39 Volunteer of the Year Award

Selected by honoree and 2015 Frameline Volunteer of the Year, Jackie Dennis.

STORIES OF OUR LIVES, directed by Jim Chuchu

 

Edinburgh International Film Festival 2015...

 

Edinburgh International Film Festival

Our first visit to the Edinburgh Internation Film Festival...

The sun is shining.

It's a beautiful city.

And, there's a serious amount of films to be watched.

Can life get any better than this?


We'll be tweeting and adding to this page throughout the festival...so, keep coming back...

We've combed through the catalogue and here are the films we've chosen...

Just click on the picture to read the review (when its available).

 For the girls...

Dope (2015) Fresno (2015) The Summer Of Sangaile (2015) Sand Dollars (2014) Das Zimmermadchen Lynn (2014) The Diary Of A Teenage Girl (2015)2

For the boys...

Battle Mountain (2015) The Road Within (2014) Cut Snake (2014) How To Win At Checkers (Every Time) (2015) The D Train (2015) Studio 54 DC

For the girls and the boys...

45 Years (2015)2 The Farewell Party (2014) The Overnight (2015)4 Out Of Nature The Stanford Prison Experiment (2015) Amy Movie Poster

Quite possibly...more films will be added...


**UPDATE**

No sooner said...then, amended...

Chatting as you do - with our ears flapping throughout the grapevine...we found a few more films to add to our list...

Desert Dancer6 Doll And Em3 Eadweard2 Manglehorn2 The Wolfpack

They may well be of LGBT interest...we will wait and see!


It's June 17...the red carpet has been rolled out...it's the premiere of:

The Legend of Barney Thomson

And, just to prove our presence...here's me, in a circle, waiting for the festivities to begin...

Edinburgh 2015 Barney Thomson

The celebrities start to arrive...here's a selection:

Mark Adams - EIFF Artistic Director Mark Adams: EIFF Artistic Director

Robert Carlyle Robert Carlyle

Brian Pettifer Brian Pettifer

Tom Courtney Tom Courtney

Kevin Guthrie Kevin Guthrie

James Cosmo James Cosmo

Martin Compston Martin Compston

Archie Panjabi Archie Panjabi & Asley Jensen

Denis Lawson Denis Lawson

Karen Gillan Karen Gillan


June 21...

Look who we bumped into...

Ewan McGregor Ewan McGregorand the inevitable selfie!

Doll and Em Doll and Em

Dol And Em2 Doll, Em, Ewan and Azazel Jacobs

Rodrigo García Rodrigo García

Director and Star...Last Days in the Desert Director and Star...Last Days in the Desert

Ewan McGregor Ewan McGregor

Just got to say...what a thoroughly decent chap Mr McGregor is...really rather charming.

All photographs © Anderson Cutler 2015


The End...

26 films watched, quite a few seminars attended, mingled with some notable names...all washed down with copious amounts of strong, sweet tea.

EIFF proved to be massive in scope and range...it definitely had...something for everyone.

From a press perspective...this is how you run a festival. Unrestricted access to all the films, a comfy place to sit and write, daily Press communications...and, none of those ludicrous press charges that some festivals have introduced...

Definitely, a festival for the people...and, for those starting out in the industry...the amount of student reviewers...staggering, encouraging and a joy to behold.

A special thank you must go to the volunteers, they were everywhere...helping lost souls find their films!

Thank you Edinburgh...a festival and city to be most proud of.

Edinburgh International Film Festival

FilmOut Festival Awards 2015...

FilmOutFilmOut Festival Awards:

2015 FilmOut Festival Awards Best Narrative Feature — Dean Francis — DROWN

Best First Narrative Feature — Justin Kelly — I AM MICHAEL

Best International Feature — Philippe Audi-Dor — WASP

Best Documentary — Jeffrey Schwarz — TAB HUNTER CONFIDENTIAL

Best Overall Short Film — Marc Cleary & Craig Robert Young — PEPPER

Best Male Short Film — Flavio Alves — TOM IN AMERICA

Best Female Short Film — Cristine Berglund & Sophie Vukovic — 09:55–11:05, INGRID EKMAN, BERGSGATAN, 4B

Best International Short Film — Fábio Freitas — ÉDEN

Best Actor in a Feature Film — Matt Levett — DROWN

Best Actress in a Feature Film — Elly Condron — WASP

Best Actor in a Supporting Role — Harry Cook — DROWN

Best Actress in a Supporting Role — Emma Roberts — I AM MICHAEL

Best Direction — Justin Kelly — I AM MICHAEL

Best Screenplay — Andrea Grano & Tara Karsian — BFFs

Best Cinematography — Dean Francis — DROWN

Best Soundtrack — Ian Kitney — DROWN 2015

FilmOut Audience Awards:

Best Narrative Feature — Justin Kelly — I AM MICHAEL

Best International Feature — Josh Kim — HOW TO WIN AT CHECKERS (EVERY TIME)

Best Documentary — Jeffrey Schwarz — TAB HUNTER CONFIDENTIAL

Best Overall Short Film — Leandro Tadashi — TOMORROW

Best Actor in a Feature Film — James Franco — I AM MICHAEL

Best Actress in a Feature Film — Tie: Andrea Grano & Tara Karsian — BFFs

Best Actor in a Supporting Role — Zachary Quinto — I AM MICHAEL

Best Actress in a Supporting Role — Emma Roberts — I AM MICHAEL

Best Screenplay — Justin Kelly — I AM MICHAEL 2015

FilmOut Programming Awards:

The Festival and Programming Directors are responsible for these awards:

Freedom Award — Erica Tremblay — IN THE TURN

Outstanding Emerging Talent — Michiel Thomas — GAME FACE

Outstanding Artistic Achievement — Dean Francis — DROWN

Lifetime Achievement Award — Tab Hunter

Mika...Good Guys...

Where have all the gay guys gone?!?

I have no idea why...but tears stream down my face when I listen to this...

Grace & Frankie...

Grace And Frankie (2015)   

 

   Netflix has re-newed Grace & Frankie for a second season...why?!?!?

Brokeback writers to re-unite...

Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana won an Oscar for their script for Brokeback Mountain - that was 10 years ago, not much has spouted from their pens since!

And now...it has been announced, they are to reunite...for a gay-themed drama...with Cary Fukunaga set to direct

The film doesn’t have a title yet, but it is ‘Based on the true story of Joe and his son Jadin Bell, a 15-year-old Oregon teen who killed himself in 2013 after suffering vicious bullying for being gay, the drama will be penned by the Oscar-winning “Brokeback Mountain” team of Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana. After Jadin committed suicide, his father set out across America to promote awareness and to rally against prejudice and bullying.’

That's all the details we have...!

C4 to examine trans and gender diverse children in trio of docs...

Channel 4 Education has commissioned a season of three documentaries from Firecracker Films that will explore the complex world of gender dysphoria and diversity in young people. The three films will focus on young people in the US and UK.

Young And Trans (wt) will follow families in Britain as they navigate the world of childhood gender dysphoria and diversity, while contemplating the universal parenting dilemma of “what is best for my child?”. The documentary will follow the families as they share their situation with friends, and get to meet other families going through the same thing. Though many parents keep their experiences hidden, shying away from society’s judgement, this film will sensitively delve into this misunderstood world.

The Camp (wt) will follow a number of ordinary American families as they come together for a summer camp for trans and gender diverse 4 to 12 year olds held in the USA. These young people and their families will contemplate the next steps from counselling through to medical puberty blockers. The Camp (wt) will offer insight into the ever changing lives of these courageous families.

Channel 4 Education also previously announced The Testosterone Diaries (wt) which will follow a group of young trans men - who were assigned female at birth. Across the UK these young people are proudly broadcasting their lives to the world in online diaries. Combining present tense personal stories with candid web diaries, the programme will show their incredible “rebirth” alongside the emotional challenges presented by their families, friends and society, and find out why they are publishing their journeys online.

Testosterone Diaries (wt) was commissioned by Channel 4 Education commissioning editor Bec Milligan (maternity leave) and was overseen by Emily Jones. Young and Trans (wt) and The Camp (wt) were commissioned by Emily Jones. They will be produced by Firecracker Films with executive producers Tom Barry and Jes Wilkins and series director Nick Sweeney. Young and Trans (wt), The Camp (wt) and The Testosterone Diaries (wt) will all air on Channel 4 in 2015. 



Production Information:

Executive Producer: Tom Barry and Jes Wilkins

Production Company: Firecracker Films in association with Monomania

Series director: Nick Sweeney

Commissioning Genre: Education

Commissioning Editor: Emily Jones

Chad Allen Says Goodbye...

chad allenChad Allen has announced his retirement.
“It’s been an incredible journey… working on the incredible shows that I’ve been able to work on over the years. I’m incredibly grateful and always will be… My life has taken me on a very different trajectory and after 30-plus years as an actor. I made a decision a couple of years ago to let go of that side of my life go and I’ve been focusing on my education.”

 

 

Bruce & MoMA...

BruceLaBruce MoMa

23 April - 2 May 2015

Moma

 

Bruce is @ MoMA...!

Seriously...just goes to show - stick to what you believe in and recognition will come a-knocking!

 

The top 100 LGBT films...financially speaking...

 21 years and Robin Williams is still at the top...!

 

Rank

Title (click to view)

Studio

Lifetime Gross / Theaters

Opening / Theaters

Date

1

The Birdcage

MGM

$124,060,553

2,285

$18,275,828

1,950

3/8/96

2

Interview with the Vampire

WB

$105,264,608

2,604

$36,389,705

2,604

11/11/94

3

The Imitation Game

Wein.

$91,125,683

2,402

$479,352

4

11/28/14

4

Brokeback Mountain

Focus

$83,043,761

2,089

$547,425

5

12/9/05

5

The Talented Mr. Ripley

Par.

$81,298,265

2,369

$12,738,237

2,307

12/25/99

6

Philadelphia

TriS

$77,446,440

1,604

$143,433

4

12/24/93

7

In & Out

Par.

$63,856,929

2,452

$15,019,821

1,992

9/19/97

8

The Crying Game

Mira.

$62,548,947

1,097

$101,107

6

11/27/92

9

Bruno

Uni.

$60,054,530

2,759

$30,619,130

2,756

7/10/09

10

The Hours

Par.

$41,675,994

1,010

$338,622

11

12/27/02

11

To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar

Uni.

$36,474,193

1,489

$9,019,180

1,294

9/8/95

12

Monster

NM

$34,469,210

1,093

$86,831

4

12/24/03

13

Alexander

WB

$34,297,191

2,445

$13,687,087

2,445

11/24/04

14

Milk

Focus

$31,841,299

882

$1,453,844

36

11/26/08

15

The Object of My Affection

Fox

$29,187,243

1,990

$9,725,855

1,890

4/17/98

16

Rent

SonR

$29,077,547

2,437

$10,016,021

2,433

11/23/05

17

Capote

SPC

$28,750,530

1,239

$324,857

12

9/30/05

18

Victor/Victoria

MGM

$28,215,453

615

$139,634

3

3/19/82

19

Dallas Buyers Club

Focus

$27,298,285

1,110

$260,865

9

11/1/13

20

Frida

Mira.

$25,885,000

794

$205,996

5

10/25/02

21

Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil

WB

$25,105,255

1,312

$5,233,658

824

11/21/97

22

Moonlight (2016)

A24

$22,111,528

1,104

$402,075

4

10/21/16

23

The Kids Are All Right

Focus

$20,811,365

994

$491,971

7

7/9/10

24

La Cage aux Folles

MGM

$20,424,259

-

$18,709

5

3/30/79

25

Cruising

MGM

$19,798,718

-

n/a

-

2/15/80

26

Kiss of the Spider Woman

IsAl

$17,005,229

204

$55,962

1

7/26/85

27

Far From Heaven

Focus

$15,901,849

291

$211,279

6

11/8/02

28

The Next Best Thing

Par.

$14,990,582

2,035

$5,870,387

2,007

3/3/00

29

Threesome

TriS

$14,815,317

1,218

$4,001,024

1,212

4/8/94

30

Y Tu Mama Tambien

IFC

$13,839,658

286

$408,091

40

3/15/02

31

Carol

Wein.

$12,711,491

790

$253,510

4

11/20/15

32

Chasing Amy

Mira.

$12,021,272

553

$52,446

3

4/4/97

33

Making Love

Fox

$11,897,978

380

$3,015,497

363

2/12/82

34

Boys Don't Cry

FoxS

$11,540,607

365

$73,720

2

10/8/99

35

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

Gram.

$11,220,670

192

$219,433

7

8/10/94

36

The Danish Girl

Focus

$11,114,018

794

$187,318

4

11/27/15

37

Kinsey

FoxS

$10,254,979

588

$169,038

5

11/12/04

38

A Single Man

Wein.

$9,176,000

354

$217,332

9

12/11/09

39

Transamerica

Wein.

$9,015,303

656

$46,908

2

12/2/05

40

The Deep End

FoxS

$8,823,109

412

$141,852

6

8/10/01

41

Boat Trip

Art.

$8,600,126

1,803

$3,815,075

1,714

3/21/03

42

Mulholland Drive

Uni.

$7,220,243

247

$587,591

66

10/8/01

43

Kissing Jessica Stein

FoxS

$7,025,722

319

$346,999

26

3/13/02

44

La Cage aux Folles 2

MGM

$6,950,125

-

n/a

-

2/15/81

45

The Wedding Banquet

Gold.

$6,933,459

113

$134,870

7

8/6/93

46

The Closet (Le Placard)

Mira.

$6,678,894

145

$311,022

44

6/6/01

47

The Rules of Attraction

Lions

$6,532,619

1,437

$2,532,410

1,437

10/11/02

48

Gods and Monsters

Lions

$6,451,628

149

$75,508

6

11/6/98

49

Six Degrees of Separation

MGM

$6,405,918

201

$53,058

2

12/10/93

50

My Own Private Idaho

FL

$6,401,336

98

$68,452

3

9/27/91

51

Mambo Italiano

IDP

$6,253,026

183

$734,570

178

9/19/03

52

Partners

Par.

$6,062,898

877

$2,318,801

877

4/30/82

53

The Hunger

MGM

$5,979,292

775

$1,832,898

775

4/29/83

54

The Opposite of Sex

SPC

$5,881,367

165

$102,385

5

5/22/98

55

Beginners

Focus

$5,790,894

170

$141,340

5

6/3/11

56

Personal Best

WB

$5,672,311

236

$549,878

142

2/5/82

57

Three of Hearts

NL

$5,495,507

793

$1,928,076

792

4/30/93

58

Farewell My Concubine

Mira.

$5,216,888

3

$69,408

3

10/15/93

59

Bad Education

SPC

$5,211,842

106

$147,370

3

11/19/04

60

Torch Song Trilogy

NL

$4,865,997

135

$70,022

6

12/16/88

61

Longtime Companion

Gold.

$4,609,953

85

$50,525

2

5/11/90

62

Flawless (1999)

MGM

$4,488,529

483

$1,590,155

478

11/26/99

63

Before Night Falls

FL

$4,242,892

127

$85,230

8

12/22/00

64

Priest (1995)

Mira.

$4,165,845

154

$113,430

8

3/24/95

65

Bound

Gram.

$3,802,260

262

$900,902

261

10/4/96

66

Paris is Burning

Mira.

$3,779,620

91

$310,127

23

8/9/91

67

Jeffrey

OrionC

$3,487,767

63

$185,909

10

8/4/95

68

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

FL

$3,067,312

101

$156,724

9

7/20/01

69

Heavenly Creatures

Mira.

$3,049,135

57

$31,592

2

11/16/94

70

Love! Valour! Compassion!

FL

$2,977,807

-

n/a

-

5/16/97

71

Walk on Water

IDP

$2,713,932

47

$60,465

10

3/4/05

72

Naked Lunch

Fox

$2,641,357

102

$64,491

5

12/27/91

73

The Dreamers

FoxS

$2,532,228

116

$142,632

5

2/6/04

74

Desert Hearts

Gold.

$2,492,088

-

n/a

-

3/7/86

75

My Beautiful Laundrette

OrionC

$2,451,545

-

n/a

-

3/7/86

76

Maurice

Cinc

$2,438,304

1

$49,278

1

9/18/87

77

Go Fish

Gold.

$2,405,285

-

n/a

-

Jul 1994

78

Love is Strange

SPC

$2,262,223

138

$117,276

5

8/22/14

79

Two Girls in Love

FL

$2,210,408

-

n/a

-

6/16/95

80

But I'm a Cheerleader

Lions

$2,205,627

115

$60,410

4

7/7/00

81

Blue Is the Warmest Color

IFC

$2,199,787

142

$100,316

4

10/25/13

82

Ma Vie En Rose

SPC

$2,162,043

63

$76,212

14

12/26/97

83

Wilde

SPC

$2,158,775

7

$69,424

7

5/1/98

84

Trick

FL

$2,087,228

94

$118,594

6

7/23/99

85

Strawberry and Chocolate

Mira.

$2,080,805

-

n/a

-

1/20/95

86

Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss

Trim.

$2,070,399

-

n/a

-

7/24/98

87

I Love You, Phillip Morris

RAtt.

$2,037,459

100

$112,520

6

12/3/10

88

Better Than Chocolate

Trim.

$2,015,406

130

$84,584

15

8/13/99

89

High Art

Oct.

$1,960,216

4

$47,499

4

6/12/98

90

Happy, Texas

Mira.

$1,955,933

146

$72,056

8

10/1/99

91

Kiss Me Guido

Par.

$1,918,497

-

n/a

-

7/18/97

92

I Shot Andy Warhol

Orion

$1,875,527

58

$57,053

3

5/1/96

93

The Broken Hearts Club

SPC

$1,746,585

62

$109,694

7

9/29/00

94

Even Cowgirls Get the Blues

FL

$1,708,873

533

$676,978

533

5/20/94

95

Prick Up Your Ears

Gold.

$1,654,743

36

$38,643

1

4/17/87

96

Camp

IFC

$1,629,862

116

$54,294

3

7/25/03

97

Farewell My Queen

Cohen

$1,597,998

64

$72,100

4

7/13/12

98

Beautiful Thing

Sony

$1,548,120

2

$33,931

2

10/9/96

99

Pride (2014)

CBS

$1,446,634

124

$100,040

10

9/26/14

100

The Celluloid Closet

SPC

$1,400,591

38

$95,047

9

3/15/96

TOTAL (All Movies):

$1,664,180,144

-

-

-

-

AVERAGE (All Movies):

$4,938,220

184

$614,439

103

-

TOTAL
(Wide Releases Only):

$1,259,216,962

-

-

-

-

AVERAGE
(Wide Releases Only):

$38,158,090

1,496

$10,766,070

1,724

-

 

Source: http://www.boxofficemojo.com/genres/chart/?view=main&sort=gross&order=DESC&pagenum=1&id=gay.htm

Updated: 28 Feb 2017

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