While the words ‘It Gets Better’ immediately bring to mind the campaign to try ensure bullied teens know that while things may be tough, there’s a silver lining, it’s also the name of a Thai film, looking at gender, sexuality and love in the country. The film traces three lives as they deal with social norms of gender, family and love in Thailand. Complete with an Alfa Romeo convertible and Jackie O sunglasses, a cosmopolitan woman finds herself in a rural village struggling with facing her small town roots, the person she has become, and the young lover who might complicate everything. Meanwhile, shame descends upon a family when a young boy is forced to become a monk after his widower father finds him dancing in his mother’s clothes. The third intertwined story is that of a young man who discovers that his estranged father has left him a cabaret that features ladyboy performers. Will he sell the club or will they charm him into honoring the stranger that was his father and keep the club open.
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I’m kind of intrigued by the growing number of gay-themed films emerging from South Korean and other Asian countries, partly because while we in the west have become increasingly used to movies about gay people, over there they’re still something of a novelty. As a result, they tend to tell stories that deal with themes and stories that come from the beginning of the LGBT story, almost as if they’re introducing audiences to gay people.
That seems to be true of South Korea’s Two Weddings And A Funeral, which is about a gay man who starts a fake relationship with a lesbian, so that they both have beard cover. Hyo-Jin (Ryoo Hyoun-Kyoung) is an obstetrician who really wants to adopt a baby with her girlfriend. To help make that possible, she arranges a fake marriage with Min-Soo (Kim Dong-Yoon), who is gay but wants his parents to think he’s straight.
The movie is currently doing the festival circuit, but there’s no info on when it might get a release in the west.
I have to admit I’d never heard of Jobriath, but perhaps that’s not that surprising. He was a flash in the pan before my birth, but as the new documentary Jobriath A.D. attempts to show, he was a very important and groundbreaking flash in terms of LGBT history.
Jobriath, born Bruce Wayne Campbell, was the first openly gay artist ever signed to a major record label, which almost amazingly happened back in 1972, when David Geffen (who is himself gay) signed him for the then astronomical $500,000. While he was given huge publicity and his debut album garnered generally positive reviews, the public wasn’t ready for a flamboyant star who actually admitted he was gay. The disc bombed amidst a hard backlash.
As many have commented, he was not the first camp, flamboyant, glam, seemingly ‘gay’ artist – it was, after all, a time when Bowie and Queen rode high in the charts – but actually saying the word publicly made a big difference at the time. Not long afterwards Jobriath’s music career was over, although he left a lasting legacy for acts that came after him, such as Soft Cell, Morrissey and Culture Club.
Tragically he became one of first celebrities to die of AIDS in 1983. Take a look at the trailer for what seems like it’ll be a fascinating documentary above, and find out more at the film’s website.
Keep The Lights On is undoubtedly the most buzzed about LGBT-interest title of the year (we’ve seen it and will be letting you know what we think soon), and will begins its UK roll-out soon with screenings at the London Film Festival, ahead of release on November 2nd. Now the film’s distributors, Peccadillo Pictures, have released a brand new UK trailer for the movie, so you can get a feel for the film.
Here’s the synopsis: ‘It’s 1997 and New York City is in a state of intense flux when documentary filmmaker Erik Rothman (Thure Lindhardt) first meets Paul Lucy (Zachary Booth), a handsome but closeted lawyer in the publishing field. What begins as a highly charged first encounter soon becomes something much more, and a relationship quickly develops. As the two men start building a home and life together, each continues to privately battle their own compulsions and addictions. A film about sex, friendship, intimacy and most of all, love, Keep the Lights On takes an honest look at the nature of relationships in our times.’
Some of the most interesting LGBT documentaries are about being queer in worlds that most of us know little about, whether that’s in a distant country with a very different culture, or still in the Western world, but in a subculture many people won’t have come into contact with. The latter certainly fits Dino Dinco’s Homeboy, a documentary about being gay and part of the LA gang world.
Here’s the synopsis: ‘Homeboy examines the lives of several gay Latino men living in and around the Los Angeles area who are either former gang members or who are currently active in gangs. These men range in age from their early-20’s to their mid-40’s, most of whom entered gangs while in their early teenage years. This is a story of their individual journeys. Through a series of interviews, Homeboy aims to provide a voice for a unique intersection of cultures until now previously unheard: contemporary Latino culture, gay culture and the world of gangs. These personal accounts weave together, illuminating both parallels and differences amongst the subjects’ experiences. We explore the transformation that these men have undergone, from membership within a gang – a world that is hyper-masculine and outwardly heterosexual – to the acceptance of being gay and how their lives have evolved.’
It’s not clear when the movie might get a release, but the trailer certainly makes it look intriguing.
Out In The Open seems to have a simple but interesting premise, with gay celebs, politicians and other folks talking about being out and proud, and what they think about homo issues, and the importance of being openly gay in the public arena.
Now a trailer and extended featurette for the documentary have been revealed, with the makers of the movie setting up a Kickstarter campaign to get the film completed. They’re looking for an ambitious $75,000, which represents the final 20% of the costs (the rest was charity funded). The money will pay for ‘Post Production costs – Editing – Color correction – Sound and Music – Travel and equipment rental for final interviews – Print and Advertising – Distribution costs.’
It certainly looks like a doc that will be worth watching, featuring interviews with Olympic diver Greg Louganis, professional poker player Jason Somerville, actor and ally Eric Roberts, and various others, all under the direction of actor Matthew Smith, who decided to come out even though he’d lived in fear of losing acting jobs if he did.
Smith says, “Out in the Open began during Pride Week 2010 in Los Angeles, California as a way to prove to people that the LGBT community is not the way it has been portrayed to the rest of the world. I remember sitting in my hotel room watching tv and thinking to myself “I’m so boring and normal! These stereotypes about the LGBTQ community is bogus, why doesn’t anyone know this?” Since then, Out in the Open has taken on a life of its own, blossoming into beautiful true life stories that will leave you inspired to be out and be open.”
Take a look at the trailer and featurette above and below, and if you fancy giving some cash or just want more information, head over to Kickstarter.
Monty Python’s Graham Chapman was a bit of a unique character, so it is perhaps fitting that he’s made a new movie, 23 years after he died. It’s the sort of silliness he’d have loved. The animated film is based on his recently uncovered reading of his memoir, A Liar’s Autobiography. The movie, directed by Terry Jones’ son, also features the voices of the other Pythons (except Eric Idle), with 14 different animation companies working on various parts of the film to tell the story of the great gay comedy performer. It looks suitably anarchic and could well be a fascinating ride, as Chapman was certainly an interesting guy.
Thanks to an interview with director Patrick Wang over at The Advocate, we were tipped off to the trailer and some clips for In The Family, which looks like it could be a fascinating and morally complex film about the difficult journey of a gay father. It’s been getting some great reviews at screenings across the US, although there’s no news on when it might be reaching the UK.
Here’s the synopsis: ‘In the town of Martin, Tennessee, Chip Hines, a precocious six year old, has only known life with his two dads, Cody and Joey. And a good life it is. When Cody dies suddenly in a car accident, Joey and Chip struggle to find their footing again. Just as they begin to, Cody’s will reveals that he named his sister as Chip’s guardian. The years of Joey’s acceptance into the family unravel as Chip is taken away from him. In his now solitary home life, Joey searches for a solution. The law is not on his side, but friends are. Armed with their comfort and inspired by memories of Cody, Joey finds a path to peace with the family and closer to his son.’
Take a look at the trailer above and we have some clips below.
They’re really playing up the lesbian undertones of Passion, although I have a horrible feeling it’s more to appeal to the baser instincts of straight men than because this will actually be a good depiction of women’s desire. Brian De Palma teams up with Noomi Rapace and Rachel McAdams for a thriller about a young businesswoman plots murderous revenge after her boss and mentor steals her idea. The movie is a remake of the French movie, Love Crime. No release date is currently set.
Keep The Lights On has has an incredibly a successful festival run, screening at Sundance, Berlin and most recently Tribeca, and garnered some rave reviews. Now a new trailer for the gay themed film has arrived, ahead of the movie’s US release on September 7th. Here’s the synopsis: ‘It’s 1997 and New York City is in a state of intense flux when documentary filmmaker Erik Rothman (Thure Lindhardt) first meets Paul Lucy (Zachary Booth), a handsome but closeted lawyer in the publishing field. What begins as a highly charged first encounter soon becomes something much more, and a relationship quickly develops. As the two men start building a home and life together, each continues to privately battle their own compulsions and addictions. A film about sex, friendship, intimacy and most of all, love, Keep the Lights On takes an honest look at the nature of relationships in our times.’