Set in a Chicago neighborhood nearly a decade after an occupation by an extra-terrestrial force, “Captive State” explores the lives on both sides of the conflict – the collaborators and dissidents.
In theaters March 2019.
Set in a Chicago neighborhood nearly a decade after an occupation by an extra-terrestrial force, “Captive State” explores the lives on both sides of the conflict – the collaborators and dissidents.
In theaters March 2019.
Tom Volf’s MARIA BY CALLAS is the first film to tell the life story of the legendary Greek/American opera singer completely in her own words.
Told through performances, TV interviews, home movies, family photographs, private letters and unpublished memoirs—nearly all of which have never been shown to the public—the film reveals the essence of an extraordinary woman who rose from humble beginnings in New York City to become a glamorous international superstar and one of the greatest artists of all time.
Assembling the material for the film took director Volf four years of painstaking research, which included personal outreach to dozens of Callas’s closest friends and associates, who allowed him to share their personal memorabilia in the film. When recordings of Callas’s voice aren’t available, Joyce DiDonato, one of contemporary opera’s biggest stars, reads her words.
The Oscar-nominated writer of Carol, Phyllis Nagy...is writing and [supposedly] directing a film about the late and great Dusty Springfield.
Entitled: So Much Love - the film will concentrate around 1968 when she recorded Dusty in Memphis - the film "will follow her as she navigates her way through the politics of the recording studio and the city, and will also explore her encounter with the music of Motown, her stand against apartheid policies during her aborted South African tour and her thorny brushes with men in the music industry.”
Gemma Arterton has already been lined up to play Dusty...this is Ms Nagy's second foray into the directing world, her first film Mrs. Harris  received 3 Golden Globe nominations...
In theaters September 21
Starring Odessa Young, Hari Nef, Suki Waterhouse, and ABRA. Written + Directed by Sam Levinson.
All Clara (Mackenzie Foy) wants is a key – a one-of-a-kind key that will unlock a box that holds a priceless gift from her late mother. A golden thread, presented to her at godfather Drosselmeyer’s (Morgan Freeman) annual holiday party, leads her to the coveted key—which promptly disappears into a strange and mysterious parallel world. It’s there that Clara encounters a soldier named Phillip (Jayden Fowora-Knight), a gang of mice and the regents who preside over three Realms: Land of Snowflakes, Land of Flowers and Land of Sweets. Clara and Phillip must brave the ominous Fourth Realm, home to the tyrant Mother Ginger (Helen Mirren), to retrieve Clara’s key and hopefully return harmony to the unstable world.
Starring Keira Knightley as the Sugar Plum Fairy and featuring a special performance by Misty Copeland, Disney’s new holiday feature film “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” is directed by Lasse Hallström and inspired by E.T.A. Hoffmann’s classic tale. In UK cinemas November 2018.
The new film from Harmony Korine.
THE BEACH BUM follows the hilarious misadventures of Moondog (Matthew McConaughey), a rebellious rogue who always lives life by his own rules. Co-starring Snoop Dog, Zac Efron, and Isla Fisher, THE BEACH BUM is a refreshingly original and subversive new comedy from director Harmony Korine (Kids, Spring Breakers).
Keira Knightley takes us behind the scenes as she plays one of the most famous artists of the last century.
In theaters September 21
Opening in theaters October 19th
Directed by: Paul Dano
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Carey Mulligan, Bill Camp, Ex Oxenbould & Zoe Margaret Colletti
IFC Films presents WILDLIFE, the directorial debut of Paul Dano (THERE WILL BE BLOOD, LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE), co-written along with Zoe Kazan (THE BIG SICK). Elegantly adapted from Richard Ford’s novel of the same name, Carey Mulligan (MUDBOUND, AN EDUCATION) delivers one of her finest performances to date as Jeanette, a complex woman whose self-determination and self-involvement disrupts the values and expectations of a 1960s nuclear family. Fourteen-year-old Joe played by newcomer Ed Oxenbould, is the only child of Jeanette (Mulligan) and Jerry (Jake Gyllenhaal)—a housewife and a golf pro—in a small town in 1960s Montana. Nearby, an uncontrolled forest fire rages close to the Canadian border, and when Jerry loses his job—and his sense of purpose—he decides to join the cause of fighting the fire, leaving his wife and son to fend for themselves. Suddenly forced into the role of an adult, Joe witnesses his mother's struggle as she tries to keep her head above water. With precise details and textures of its specific time and place, WILDLIFE commits to the viewpoint of a teenage boy observing the gradual dissolution of his parents’ marriage. The film premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, and will also screened as the opening night film in La Semaine de la Critique at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.
American Horror Story: Apocalypse premieres September 12 on FX.
The final season of House Of Cards premieres November 2, 2018.
Music. Christmas. Zombies.
In theaters this holiday season.
We absolutely love this film - read our review here
Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her iconic role as Laurie Strode, who comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.
In cinemas October 19...
Master of horror John Carpenter will executive produce and serve as creative consultant on this film, joining forces with cinema’s current leading producer of horror, Jason Blum (Get Out, Split, The Purge, Paranormal Activity). Inspired by Carpenter’s classic, filmmakers David Gordon Green and Danny McBride crafted a story that carves a new path from the events in the landmark 1978 film, and Green also directs.
Cast: Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Will Patton, Nick Castle, Andi Matichak, Omar J. Dorsey Director: David Gordon Green Writers: David Gordon Green & Danny McBride & Jeff Fradley Based on Characters Created by: John Carpenter and Debra Hill Produced by: Jason Blum, Malek Akkad, Bill Block Executive Producers: John Carpenter, Jamie Lee Curtis, David Gordon Green, Danny McBride
On September 28, the Gehitu association will present the Sebastiane Award 2018 to the film production screened at the San Sebastian Festival which best reflects the realities, liberties and social progress of the LGBTI collective. Said award, which celebrates its 19th edition this year, will be chosen from among 7 candidates selected in Horizontes Latinos, Perlak, Zabaltegi-Tabakalera and Made in Spain at the Festival’s 66th edition. A short film will participate out of competition.
Similarly, the opening film of the Horizontes Latinos section will be the winner of the Sebastiane Latino 2018 Award for best film of the year on the subject of LGBTI topics, Las herederas (The Heiresses) (Paraguay, Germany, Brazil, Uruguay, Norway, France), directed by Marcelo Martinessi.
The Gehitu association and its Sebastiane Award jury wish to highlight the participation of 13 festivals from 8 countries in the 4th Meeting of Ibero-American LGBTI Festivals. The gathering, which will take place from September 24-26, in collaboration with the San Sebastian Festival and Acción Cultural Española (AC/E) by means of its PICE (Programme for the Internationalisation of Spanish Culture), aims to build bridges and serve as a framework for reflection and gathering.
ARGENTINA – SPAIN
Carlitos is a seventeen-year-old youth with movie star swagger, blond curls and a baby face. As a young boy, he coveted other people’s things, but it wasn’t until his early adolescence that his true calling manifested itself: to be a thief. When he meets Ramon at his new school, Carlitos is immediately drawn to him and starts showing off to get his attention. Together they will embark on a journey of discoveries, love and crime. Killing is just a random offshoot of the violence, which continues to escalate until Carlitos is finally apprehended. Because of his angelic appearance, the press dubs Carlitos “The Angel of Death”. Showered with attention because of his beauty, he becomes an overnight celebrity. Altogether, he is believed to have committed over forty thefts and eleven homicides. Today, after more than forty-five years in jail, Carlos Robledo Puch is the longest- serving prisoner in the history of Argentina.
BELGIUM – NETHERLANDS
Lara, aged 15, dreams of becoming a ballerina. With her father’s help, she pushes herself to the limit in the interminable endeavour. But her body doesn’t lend itself easily to the discipline imposed upon it, because in fact she was born a boy.
PARAGUAY – GERMANY- BRAZIL – URUGUAY – NORWAY – FRANCE
Asunción, Paraguay. The relationship between Cela and Chiquita is deteriorating. Particularly since they started selling off the goods they had inherited to confront their complicated financial situation. When Chiquita, the most dynamic of the two, is sent to prison for fraud, Chela is obliged to leave the comfort of her petit bourgeoisie existence and start running a sort of taxi service with her own car, mainly for a group of elderly women. One day she meets Angy – the daughter of one of her clients – a younger and hugely extoverted woman. Together with her sudden work, this new relationship will deeply affect Chela’s life and trigger an internal revolution.
Ignacio Juricic Merillán
Nancy receives the offer from a TV programme on unsolved mysteries to participate in the episode telling the story of her daughter, a young lesbian beaten to death, a crime for which no-one has been declared guilty eight years after it was committed. Nancy confronts her family and each one’s version of the events, as she decides whether or not to participate in the space and learn more about the person her daughter was.
Martín Rodríguez Redondo
ARGENTINA – CHILE
Marcos, a 17 year-old farmhand, discovers his sexuality in a hostile atmosphere. Nicknamed “Marilyn” by the other village teenagers, he becomes an object of desire and discrimination. Marcos feels increasingly more penned in.
LAS HIJAS DEL FUEGO
Three women meet by chance at the end of the world and set out on a polyamorous journey which will change them to the extent of returning them to their native city as different people. Subjects who suffer from the established order, from the irreversible nature of passion and from the Utopian approach of a single love, they are caught up in the search for new kinds of relationships, far from possession and pain as the unavoidable finality of love and obeying none of the rules. That’s how they become The Daughters of Fire: a band dedicated to accompanying other women in the search for their own erotica, for the way each one wants to be in a world ignorant of the voluptuousness of detachment.
I HATE NEW YORK
New York, 2007-2017. Over a decade, and filming only with a home video camera and no script, the director delves into the private world of Amanda Lepore, Chloe Dzubilo, Sophia Lamar and T De Long; four artists and transgender activists from the city’s underground scene. Little by little, their testimonies reveal fragments of a past –sometimes dramatic, always fascinating and simply extraordinary– that formed their identities and transformed their lives. Their words, fears and hopes take the audience from an outsider’s point of view to being emotionally invested in their destiny.
BRAZIL (22 min)
Luiz Roberto Galizia was an important theatre artist in the 1970s and 1980s. He was also my uncle although I did know him.
An incredible film...
Lazzaro is a beautiful peasant whose sweet nature finds people mistaking him for simple-minded – happily doing the bidding of anyone in his local village. An insular community, the village is ruled over by the Cruella-esque Marchesa who hasn’t let on that sharecropping is no longer legal. Set apart from the world by a bridge that no one can be bothered to fix, life here looks like it is unfolding a century ago, save for the odd Walkman and 1990s-era dance music. Lazzaro finds an unlikely friend in the Marchesa’s petulant, bleach-blonde son Tancredi, who convinces his hapless ally to help him stage his fake kidnapping to steal the ransom from his loathed mother. But their plans are soon derailed. Working again with Hélène Louvart (who also shot LFF films Maya and Petra) and shooting on lustrous 16mm, Rohrwacher concocts a trippy brew of Italian class struggle, folk tales, biblical allegory, pop culture references and a rich vein in cinema history. (There are echoes of Pasolini, Jarman and Fellini in terms of theme and the film’s anarchic style.) Rohrwacher deservedly shared the Best Screenplay award at Cannes for this kaleidoscopic work; like any gem, hold it up to the light and you’ll see something different each time.
A teenage girl struggles to survive and to find her younger sister during the July 2011 terrorist mass murder at a political summer camp on the Norwegian island of Utøya.
In theatres October 26.
Based on a true story that changed everything, Hugh Jackman is #TheFrontRunne...
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Vera Farmiga, JK Simmons
Five people will try to fulfill the destiny of eight billion.
The full, first season of The First premieres September 14 on Hulu.
Sean Penn leads an ensemble cast in this near-future drama about a crew of astronauts attempting to become the first humans on Mars. Under the direction of visionary aerospace magnate Laz Ingram (Natascha McElhone), the crew contends with peril and personal sacrifice as they undertake the greatest pioneering feat in human history.
In Theaters This Fall
Starring: Cory Michael Smith, Virginia Madsen, Michael Chiklis, Jamie Chung
Director: Yen Tan
Inspired by the award-winning short film of the same name, “1985” follows Adrian (Cory Michael Smith, “Gotham”), a closeted young man returning to his Texas hometown for Christmas during the first wave of the AIDS crisis. Burdened with an unspeakable tragedy in New York, Adrian reconnects with his brother (Aidan Langford) and estranged childhood friend (Jamie Chung), as he struggles to divulge his dire circumstances to his religious parents (Virginia Madsen and Michael Chiklis).
3 May 1938 - 25 August 2018
Rest in Peace - dear sweet, inspiring man.
A darkness swirls at the center of a world-renowned dance company, one that will engulf the artistic director, an ambitious young dancer, and a grieving psychotherapist. Some will succumb to the nightmare. Others will finally wake up.
Suspiria is in New York and Los Angeles theaters October 26, expanding nationwide November 2.
Starring Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton, Mia Goth, Lutz Ebersdorf and Chloe Grace Moretz.
From director Luca Guadagnino.
Good for you, Mr Pearce...it's acting, it shouldn't be about sexuality. Best woman or man for the job...that's what it should come down to...and, Mr Pearce did do a damn fine job as a drag queen!
“I do think it’s dangerous, personally. I feel, like, in any of this sort of stuff you have to take each situation… We copped a bit of flak at the time [when I played a drag queen alongside fellow straight actors Hugo Weaving and Terence Stamp in The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert], ‘Why are there three straight actors playing three gay roles?’ It’s a difficult subject to get into.
I think resilience is going out the window, which is a shame. People love to be offended, which is a really offensive thing to say. Somebody is going to be offended by me saying that.
Everybody has something in themselves they feel is fragile, delicate, misunderstood, not heard, and we want that part of ourselves to be heard. We’re not relating to each other, we’re just all going, ‘I need to be heard now and I’m going to be offended until I’m heard’.
And if you cast that person in that role, ‘I’m not heard, therefore I’m offended, therefore that’s wrong, end of conversation’.
What’s happening to us?
It’s like we’re all functioning in the world as if it’s road rage and these are our cars and we’re behind the safety glass of Twitter and all that stuff. There are a lot of people who are hideously offensive out there and that needs to be addressed, but there’s a whole gamut of stuff and [people jump] on bandwagons and it’s really hard for all of us to know what to say or do.”
Guy Pearce to The Guardian, discussing the casting “backlash” of straight actors playing gay/trans roles
IN CINEMAS NOVEMBER 6
From Academy Award®-winning director Steve McQueen (“12 Years a Slave”) and co-writer and bestselling author Gillian Flynn (“Gone Girl”), comes a blistering, modern-day thriller set against the backdrop of crime, passion and corruption: “Widows" is the story of four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands’ criminal activities. Set in contemporary Chicago, amid a time of turmoil, tensions build when Veronica (Oscar® winner Viola Davis), Alice (Elizabeth Debicki), Linda (Michelle Rodriguez) and Belle (Cynthia Erivo) take their fate into their own hands and conspire to forge a future on their own terms. “Widows" also stars Liam Neeson, Colin Farrell, Robert Duvall, Daniel Kaluuya and Brian Tyree Henry.
Leo is 22 and sells his body on the street for a bit of cash. The men come and go, and he stays right here - longing for love. He doesn't know what the future will bring. He hits the road. His heart is pounding.
A working-class Italian-American bouncer becomes the driver of an African-American classical pianist on a tour of venues through the 1960s American South.
Directed By: Peter Farrelly
Starring: Linda Cardellini, Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali
Mel Gibson's 2000 movie What Women Want gets a re-make!
Ali Davis (Taraji P. Henson) is a successful sports agent who’s constantly boxed out by her male colleagues. When Ali is passed up for a well-deserved promotion, she questions what else she needs to do to succeed in a man’s world… until she gains the ability to hear men’s thoughts! With her newfound power, Ali looks to outsmart her colleagues as she races to sign the next basketball superstar, but the lengths she has to go to will put her relationship with her best friends and a potential new love interest (Aldis Hodge) to the test.’
A kindergarten teacher discovers in a five year-old child a prodigious gift for poetry. Amazed and inspired by this young boy, she decides to protect his talent in spite of everyone.
SCHOOL’S A BLOODY NIGHTMARE…
Welcome to Slaughterhouse, an elite boarding school where boys and girls are groomed for power and greatness...and they’re about to meet their match. This ancient and ordered world is about to be shaken to its foundations - literally - when a controversial frack site on prized school woodland causes seismic tremors, a mysterious sinkhole, and an unspeakable horror to be unleashed. Soon a new pecking order will be established as the pupils and teachers alike become locked in a bloody battle for survival…
Sony Pictures Releasing International presents a Catalyst Global Media production in association with Stolen Picture and Sony Pictures International Productions Slaughterhouse Rulez. Starring Asa Butterfield, Finn Cole, Hermione Corfield, Michael Sheen with Nick Frost and Simon Pegg. Casting by Colin Jones. Co-Producer Huberta Von Liel. Visual Effects Supervisor Sebastian Barker. Costume Designer Colleen Kelsall. Music by Jon Ekstrand. Editors David Freeman, Victoria Boydell, Peter Christelis. Production Designer Matthew Button. Director of Photography John De Borman B.S.C. Executive Producers Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Diego Suarez Chialvo, Josephine Rose. Story by Luke Passmore and Crispian Mills & Henry Fitzherbert. Screenplay by Crispian Mills & Henry Fitzherbert. Produced by Charlotte Walls. Directed by Crispian Mills.
In theaters October 31.
15 outstanding LGBT+ films; 15 diverse stories representing the past, present & future of queer life here in the UK. These are your 2018 Iris Prize Best British Short nominees, sponsored by Pinewood Studios.
Director: Joseph A. Adesunloye
UK, 15 mins
Friends Adam (Guetan Calvin Elito) and Luke (Adam Strawford) are the life of the party. When they decide that Luke should host a party at his house, what was meant to be a fun, carefree night without responsibilities turns out to be a nightmare.
Joseph a. Adesunloye is an award winning British-Nigerian Filmmaker. Joseph graduated from the University of Aberdeen with a Masters of Arts English Literature & Film Studies. He later attended the London Film Academy where he completed a filmmaking diploma, focusing on directing and screenwriting. Joseph’s new short film 46 had its world premiere at the Raindance Film Festival in 2017, where 46 was nominated ‘Best UK Short’ for its outstanding and bold treatment of the subject.
Director: Asten Holmes-Elliott
UK, 16 mins
With contributions and participation from over 50 members of the LGBT+ community in and around Glasgow, A Long Line of Glitter is an often-touching overview of Queer life in Scotland’s largest city. Some interviewees grew up there, others saw Glasgow as a place of refuge, whether it was from hometowns further down the line or even – in one case – the far side of the world.
Asten Holmes-Elliott is an artist and filmmaker whose work examines ideas of identity, otherness and belonging. They use a variety of mediums including illustration, painting, photography and filmmaking to research, archive and historicise fringe communities and resist their erasure and exclusion. Asten uses unconventional gallery space to encourage accessibility and approachability whilst amplifying visibility and community cohesion. Many exhibitions are interactive, where both artist and audience become performer and subject. They have worked with the BBC, The Wellcome Collection, the GOMA and the Tate Artist Rooms – their work has been shown worldwide.
Director: Angela Clarke
UK, 15 mins
Bryan Bale grew up in Cardiff at a time when homosexual acts between men were still illegal. As a young man in the 1960s he moved to London, enjoying everything the city had to offer, and he met the love of his life. With stories that are funny and intensely moving in equal measure, Bryan reflects on the past, while embracing his present and future.
Currently Head of Development at Avanti Media, Angela has 14 years factual experience producing, directing and developing international co-production documentaries for television. In 2017, she decided to branch out into the world of independent filmmaking, and produced and directed her first independent short film, Bachelor, 38. She was also selected by Sheffield Docfest to attend their Future Producer School programme in 2018, and with her second short in production, she is now developing her first independent feature.
Director: Claire Lawrie
UK, 30 mins
From photographer and filmmaker Claire Lawrie, this charming documentary is a timely exploration of the role black British people played in the LGBT+ movement and how their voices and experiences were often airbrushed out of Queer history.
Claire Lawrie’s background is in still photography, her portraits and visual art projects often foreground the construction of identities. Claire Lawrie received her BA in Photography from the London College of Communication in 2011. She has won Bartur, Birth Rites, Life Framer and BJP Portrait of Britain. She lives in London, with her two teenage sons and her husband and works as a freelance photographer, and will be studying at UCA Farnham to gain her MFA photography this year.
Director: Jesse Lewis Reece
Producer: Ike Newman & Ania Polewiak
UK, 25 mins
Teenager Jay (Elijah Harris) moves to a new town and joins the local boxing gym, Sharky’s, where he’s taken under the wing of its owner, the aggressive disciplinarian Shane (Kru Lundy). But Jay and Shane have a shared history and a bond that goes beyond the ropes of the boxing ring, and secrets that will cause them to question everything they think they know.
Director: Sam Peter Jackson
Producer: Sam Peter Jackson & Ricardo Noel Frutuoso
UK, 23 mins
For American voice over artist Daniel (David Menkin), life in London is one long autopilot ride of demanding clients and awkward Grindr meets. But when his mother Stephanie (Nancy Baldwin) decides to visit with less than 24 hours’ notice, Daniel is forced to re-evaluate how fully and authentically he is living his life.
Sam’s play Public Property premiered at Trafalgar Studios and earned a 2010 WhatsOnStage Award nomination for Best New Comedy. A Berlin production and tour followed in 2014 and 2018. In 2013 he was selected for the BFI’s Think-Shoot-Distribute. His films Trick or Receipt and Baklava were nominated for the Reed Short Film Award and Trade Marked won Best Comedy at the Geek Short Film Festival. His film The Bathroom premiered at the BFI for LOCO 2015 and is regularly broadcast on Shorts HD. Sam recently worked as a Performance Director on Breaking Fourth’s new VR film Lucid.
Director: Andres Heger Bratterud
Producer: Devorah Corona
UK, 22 mins
72-year-old Stuart has been suppressing his sexuality since childhood. He is a Jehovah’s Witness, and a member of a tightly knit community, but going door-to-door to spread the word risks exposing his secret life to those around him, leading to their judgement and condemnation.
After studying philosophy and psychology at the university of Oslo, making shorts and commercials on the side, Andres got employed as a writer, producer and director for Gyro Media in Oslo, where he’s made award winning brand related films for small and big screens since 2007. In 2009/2010 he studied film production in NYC, and his screenplay for the feature film BOUND earned him a distinction on his MA at the London Film School. In 2017 he signed with Sølvsuper as a commercials director, and he is currently developing a drama series with Ape&Bjørn in Oslo.
Director: Emma Gilbertson
Producer: Amir Majlessi
UK, 4 mins
Two young men meet on an inner city housing estate, against a backdrop of high rises residential buildings. Are they about to fight or kiss? Crashing Waves explores the tension between both possibilities through expertly choreographed dance in the unlikeliest of settings.
Emma Gilbertson is a UK filmmaker originally from Liverpool. She has a keen interest in films about working class, queer and female identity. She graduated from the University of Creative Arts last year, where her graduation film “DECKED” was nominated for a learning on screen award. With the support of Screen South, Emma recently completed “Crashing Waves” – a queer dance film which explores sexuality and working class themes. Emma currently interns for Hurricane Films where she reads scripts to review them for potential production. Her ultimate ambition is to be a feature film and music video director.
Director: Stephen Isaac-Wilson
Producer: Anais Bremond
UK, 16 mins
From the galvanising effect of “Section 28” through to the alternative fringe of the Second Summer of Love, nights such as HomoElectric and Flesh became a hub of the queer rave scene in Manchester. Fleshback is a celebration of those eventful times, exploring the vivid history, enduring legacy and present landscape of this colourful world.
Stephen Isaac-Wilson is a London based director who has directed films for Channel 4, i-D, Victoria Miro and the Tate, and worked with artists including Jorja Smith, Isaac Julien, Jay Boogie and Klein. Stephen grew up in south east London, and in 2013 was accepted onto the BBC’s prestigious production trainee scheme, where he began his filmmaking career. In 2015-16, he worked across the Emmy award-nominated series about LGBT rights, ‘Gaycation’, presented by Ellen Page.
Last year he was commissioned to direct a portrait film for the Tate’s Queer British Art exhibit and also produced a 40-minute Mykki Blanco documentary about black queer alternative culture in Johannesburg. Stephen combines both his journalistic background with his visual art sensibilities, to tell beautifully emotive and thought-provoking stories. His work has been screened at the ICA, Tate and the Barbican, as well as a handful of independent festivals.
Director: Abena Taylor-Smith
Producer: Loran Dunn
UK, 9 mins
Amma (Savannah Steyn) is paying a visit to the hairdressers. On the doorstep, she refuses a kiss from her girlfriend Jade (Jade Avia), in case anyone inside should see them. What follows is a slice of life, observed from the salon chair, as Amma dodges questions about why she hasn’t got a boyfriend and listens to the conversations of the women around her, which head into some uncomfortable territory.
Abena Taylor-Smith is a UK based writer and filmmaker from Sheffield. Her work has been published in award-winning magazines such as gal-dem, Black Ballad and Diva. Ladies Day is her first short film. It was made through ShortFLIX- a Creative England, Sky Arts and National Youth Theatre talent development scheme for new entrants to the film industry.
Director: Nathalia Syam
Writer: Nathalia Syam and Neetha Syam
Producer: Dominique Unsworth
UK, 4 mins
While a young man, Jas (Harvey Dhadda) prepares to impress his potential bride, his mind strays to a painful secret. In the briefest of snapshots, director Nathalia Syam highlights the conformities of tradition along with the freedom allowed by embracing your true identity.
Nathalia is a filmmaker who works on films between the U.K and India and has directed a total of four short-films, which has been screened at festivals. Her films often portray social themes where viewers can relate and connect to the characters through real-life situations that are plausible. Nathalia hopes to continue making films that reflects the conflicts faced by characters within their own diverse and socio-cultural environment.
Director: Dean Anderson
Writer: Matthew Bates
Producer: Sungjun Youn
UK, 16 mins
18-year-old Aaron (Aiden Nord) is stuck in a small town, helping his father Terry (Howard Harling) in a job he hates. His life is soon turned upside-down when he meets Mike (Miles Higson) at a party. Aaron tries to deny his feelings but an unexpected kiss changes everything. Soon, he discovers that some secrets are harder to keep than others.
Dean is a writer/director. He is studying his MFA in Filmmaking at the Northern Film School, where he is specialising in Directing. Dean has directed a number of micro shorts in the past but considers Poof his first major project. He is directing his next short in the coming months and is working on writing his first feature film.
Director: Garry Robson / Jane Farley
Producer: Adrian Turrell-Watts
UK, 28 mins
Mark Smith (Deaf Men Dancing), Garry Robson (Director of Fittings Multimedia Arts) and legendary Vogue “Mother” Darren Suarez formed the first ever “House” of deaf and disabled performers to walk in the Legendary House of Suarez Vogue Ball in 2017. The company, and this film, explore the traditions of the international Houses of the Vogue movement while bringing their unique perspective to the party.
Garry is one of the most respected directors and innovators in Disability Led performance, working both in the U.K. and internationally.
He’s directed over 30 professional productions, receiving Manchester Evening News Theatre Awards and a Herald Angel. He has been a Drama advisor for both the Arts Council of England and the Scottish Arts Council and was an Unlimited Awards panel member for the Cultural Olympiad. He was Artistic Director of DaDaFest International 2008 and 2010 , establishing DaDaFest as the key International Festival for Deaf and Disability Arts and performance worldwide.
Director: Kenneth O'Toole
Producer: Darren Baba and Kenneth O'Toole
UK, 8 mins
Nathan (Asan N’Jie) and Zoe (Merika Vine) are catching up in a late night café and discussing plans for Zoe’s wedding and hen party, but when Nathan dons a feather boa, he catches the attention of another customer, Omar (Michael Fatogun). What follows is the story of two possible outcomes, one of hatred and one of desire, but which is the fantasy and which is the reality?
Born and raised in the city of Liverpool, Kenneth is a London-based director. His first film, DENISE, a silent short about an ageing drag queen, played at ten international film festivals including OUTFEST. Kenneth worked throughout production on several feature films, including A UNITED KINGDOM and GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN, before writing and directing TWO, his second short film.
Director: Harry Lighton
Writer: Harry Lighton & John Fitzpatrick
Producer: Sorcha Bacon
UK, 11 mins
It’s the day after Christmas, and Father Conor, a priest from County Cork, drives his nephew to prison to visit one of the inmates. This is modern Ireland, a country that’s often critical of tradition and willing to embrace modern values, but within the prison walls different rules apply, and life is often overshadowed by the threat of violence.
Harry is an BAFTA-nominated writer and director based in London. His first short film, “Sunday Morning Coming Down”, was nominated for Best British Short at the U.K. Film Festival and Iris Prize Festival and officially selected by BAFTA and Academy recognised festivals including Edinburgh, East End and New Orleans. In 2017, the BFI named him as one of six emerging LGBT filmmakers to receive year-long mentorship. Wren Boys is his second short which premiered in competition at the BFI London Film Festival and went on to be nominated for a British Independent Film Award. Since then it’s won a number of awards including Best Short Film at the UK Film Festival and the London Calling Jury award, as well as being nominated for a BAFTA. Harry is currently in development for his first feature with BBC Films.
Is this the letter that will kill all tran*films and series stone dead?
It certainly looks that way...especially after the Scarlett Johansson debacle!
Producers, directors and A-list celebrities are going to run - à toute vitesse - in the opposide direction from trans*stories...with these her demands!
It is actually quite simple...who wants to be told how to spend their own money.
Yes, by all means, be involved...in consultation, in production...but, Hollywood is big business...and, big names can turn a frog into a prince.
Scarlett Johansson could have turned Rub & Tug from a small film into a massive one...she has that star power! Now, production has been pulled and - more than likely - this story will never be told...with such a huge budget!
Well done...you have all gone and shot yourselves in your collective foot!
GLAAD & 5050by2020 are behind this...they have done more damage than good!
And, for Jill Soloway to be a signatory is staggering...she who cast a cis-man in a trans*role...!
From your transgender and nonbinary colleagues, and our allies
We know that the best storytelling is diverse storytelling, and it’s clear that Hollywood is at a tipping point. Studios and production companies are bringing more people into the creative process, hearing their stories, and creating better films and TV shows because of it. It is time for transgender people to be included in this conversation.
First, some things you should know. As a community, trans people are fighting every day to be seen and accepted as human beings. The Administration in Washington D.C. is trying to erase trans people from our culture by banning us from serving in the military, allowing health insurance companies to deny us medical care, and refusing to protect trans youth in schools. In the past 18 months, at least 44 trans people have been murdered in the U.S., almost all of them trans women of color. The unemployment rate of trans people is 3 times the national average – and 4 times for trans people of color. Thirty percent of trans people live in poverty – twice the national average. When visiting the doctor, one in three trans people have been verbally harassed by the doctor or denied medical care. Transgender Americans face bullying in school, discrimination on the job, and violence on the street. Perhaps most alarmingly, because the culture is so transphobic, 40% of trans people report attempting suicide, compared to 4.6% of the general population.
That’s a lot of negative information, but we hope it helps explain why transgender people are pushing so hard to be heard. It's because we are struggling to survive.
The world is unsafe for trans people - and we can do better.
In the US, 80% of people say they don't know a trans person in their family, workplace, or school. That’s where Hollywood comes in. Hollywood tells the stories that help people understand how to feel about themselves and how to feel about people around them who are different. As Roger Ebert said, film is an empathy machine. We know projects like Ellen, Will & Grace, Brokeback Mountain, Milk, and Moonlight helped destroy stereotypes about gay and lesbian people, and the timeline for marriage equality would have been remarkably different without them. Recently, women and people of color have made it clear they want more authentic stories about their lives in films and on TV. Trans people feel the same way.
We are grateful that Hollywood is starting to embrace these myriad points of view. We also know that some people feel we are being overly sensitive about exactly how these trans stories are developed and told. As trans people, we have grown up watching stories told about us by people who haven’t done their homework when it comes to the trans community. We have been portrayed almost exclusively as tragic victims, psychotic killers, and one-dimensional stereotypes. We have been confused with drag queens, seen our history erased in historical films, and been ridiculed for gender expressions that don’t conform to social norms.
We believe that we are at an unprecedented cultural moment -- a moment when we can ask Hollywood to use its power to improve the lives of trans people by changing America’s understanding about who trans people are. We want to help you tell our stories - and we need your help to do it.
This is about more than diversity and inclusion. It’s about empowering trans people and sharing with us the tools and access that have been offered to you throughout your career. It's about offering people who are different from you the confidence and the sense of belonging that inspires the very best art.
We know Hollywood is a business, as well as a creative community. We are not asking you to stop making money. We are asking to be brought to the table, so that our knowledge, talent, and stories can help improve your work and increase its value.
TRANSform Hollywood, a guidebook created by GLAAD and 5050by2020, downloadable HERE in color and HERE in black and white, is an invitation to begin co-creating this future by changing the way trans people are portrayed in media and culture. In the guide, you’ll find:
We believe that when trans people are empowered to help Hollywood tell our authentic stories, it will improve how trans people are treated in the real world. Those negative statistics above will become a part of our history, not our present. Let’s work together to create a beautiful, diverse, and inclusive world in which trans people are fully accepted as equal human beings.
Laura, a Spanish woman living in Buenos Aires, returns to her hometown outside Madrid with her Argentinian husband and children. However, the trip is upset by unexpected events that bring secrets into the open...
Academy Award® nominee Chloë Sevigny (Boys Don’t Cry, “Big Love”) stars as Lizzie Borden, the notorious woman at the heart of one of the most enduring mysteries in American history. After a lifetime of loneliness, Lizzie finds a kindred spirit in housemaid Bridget Sullivan (Kristen Stewart) and their secret intimacy sparks an unthinkable act. Director Craig William Macneill (The Boy (2015), “Channel Zero: Candle Cove”) explores the days leading up to the savage crimes in a dark tale of repression, exploitation and thwarted dreams.
Sometimes, some people should think before they speak...Ms Mortez, star of the [other] conversion therapy drama The Miseducation of Cameron Post, has spoken to the Los Angeles Times...something she will [hopefully] live to regret. We could use [much] stronger words to describe the nonsense she spouted...but, we'll just use the word 'silly' - we have only one question: If [all] 'queer' films are to be made by 'queer' people, it follows that only 'queer' people can play 'queer' characters? Oops!
Sour grapes and appropriation...what a hideous combination!
And...please remember many LGBT people do not identify as 'Queer' - stop using this word as a collective. It - most definitely - is not!
“Buddies,” was the first feature film about AIDS released in 1985, preceding An Early Frost by two months. It was a snapshot of the incredible struggle and fight between life and death for gay men in New York City during the darkest hours of the epidemic.
The movie made its debut at the Castro Theater in San Francisco on Sept. 12, 1985, and then went on to independent art-house runs in New York, Boston, Chicago and other cities before being lost and forgotten for over 30 years.
“Buddies” is about Robert (Geoff Edholm), a 32-year-old gay man dying of AIDS, who is visited at the hospital by David (David Schachter), a 25-year-old volunteer “buddy.” Man gay men (and lesbians) volunteered as “buddies” in New York City to take care for the many gay men who were alone and came down with the deadly disease . Robert and David develop a friendship that eventually becomes intimate. The film ends with Robert’s death; David, emboldened by Robert’s activist spirit, pickets the White House.(Ronald Reagan who was President at that time turned his back on thousands of gay men who were dying from the dreaded disease.)
Our review is here
To buy it, click on the pic!
Recently divorced and reeling, Edgar returns to his childhood home to regroup his life. When Edgar finds a nefarious looking puppet in his deceased brother's room, he decides to sell the doll for some quick cash. Girl-next-door Ashley and and comic book pal Markowitz join Edgar for a doomed road trip to an auction at a convention celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the infamous Toulon Murders. All hell breaks loose when a strange force animates the puppets at the convention, setting them on a bloody killing spree that's motivated by an evil as old as time.
Arriving in limited theaters and on Digital HD and VOD platforms August 17, 2018.
Del (Peter Dinklage) is alone in the world. After the human race is wiped out, he lives in his small, empty town, content in his solitude and the utopia he's methodically created for himself - until he is discovered by Grace (Elle Fanning), an interloper whose history and motives are obscure. Worse yet, she wants to stay.
After deadly terrorists abduct his niece at a soccer match, an ex-soldier with lethal fighting skills (Dave Bautista) wages a one-man war to save her and prevent mass destruction.