It’s always a bit odd when you first watch a filmed recording of a stage production. Initially it’s difficult to escape the feeling you’re watching it in the wrong medium. However if done well you quickly forget that what you’re watching was designed for a theatre setting and can just enjoy the show. Thankfully that’s very true of this filmed version of the 20th Anniversary Production of Jonathan Harvey’s Beautiful Thing.
The Artist proved that there’s room in the world for silent movies, but the Oscar-winner still felt the need to hark back to the pre-talkies era to get us to accept its premise. Adults Only is a far more contemporary dialogue-free short film (technically it’s not a silent movie, as it does feature ambient sounds), from writer/actor Heath Daniels and director Michael J. Saul. The film premiered at the Torino GLBT Film Festival on April 24th, and makes its US debut at the Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival on May 2nd, before moving on to other fests throughout the year. [Read more…]
During the documentary Out In The Open, director Matthew Smith talks about the fact that he doesn’t like the type of aggressive LGBT activism where you go and shout at someone in the hope of affecting change. This then is his friendlier, more heartfelt approach to changing hearts and minds, as well as saying it’s okay to be gay. [Read more…]
There aren’t that many festive gay movies. We got Make The Yuletide Gay a couple of years ago and now along comes Scrooge And Marley. To be honest it’s almost a surprise that nobody’s made a LGBT-themed version of A Christmas Carol before. It is, after all, the most adapted single story in the history of cinema (there are more Sherlock Holmes movies, but they’re based on a variety of tales), so the fact there hasn’t been a proper gay take until now has been a bit of an oversight.
But now that we’ve got one, is it any good? Well, yeah, it’s not bad at all. [Read more…]
It’s interesting that in the last few years a real gay movie ‘industry’ has sprung up, with its own actors and stars. Writer/director Rob Williams has previously made the gay-themed likes of 3-Day Weekend, Make The Yuletide Gay and Role/Play, and now he’s back with The Men Next Door. To help him he’s pulled together a cast who’ve been seen in various other gay movies, such as Benjamin Lutz (The Love Patient, Bite Marks), Mark Cirillo (The Seminarian), Christopher Schram (Requited) and Ronnie Kroell (Eating Out: Drama Camp, Into The Lion’s Den), along with some others who are newer to the LGBT flick game. [Read more…]
First a bit of history. In 2008, a California Supreme Court ruling decided that same sex couples had a constitutional right to marry in the state. The only way to overturn that was with a constitutional amendment voted for by the populace, and so in November of that, those against gay marriage ensured that Proposition 8 was on the ballot, which was designed to add a clause to the California constitution saying that, ‘only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.’ [Read more…]
This Aussie documentary follows director Jonathan Duffy and his boyfriend Vincent Cornelisse as they leave the Melbourne suburbs and head to rural Queensland, so that Vincent can take up a job as a doctor there, helping to pay back the scholarship he got during his studies.
They’re both concerned about how they’ll be received, as the country parts of Australia aren’t well known for their love of the gays. Jonathan in particular is worried, as he’s more noticeably gay and isn’t sure what his role will be once he gets to Mundubbera, a town of about 1,000 people. The film chronicles their arrival, the reaction of the locals and how Vincent and Jonathan find a way to fit in and be accepted in their new home. [Read more…]
Disability isn’t one of film’s favourite subjects (with the notable exception of the likes of Untouchable) and it’s even rarer in gay cinema, partly because until recently LGBT-themed movies were so concerned with the subject of gay identity they didn’t have much room for anything else. While Morgan does indeed deal with issues of identity, it’s more interested in how those issues impact someone dealing with being paralysed than in coming to terms with their sexuality.
Morgan (Leo Minaya) is not long released from rehabilitation after having an accident during a bicycle race that resulted in him being paralysed below the waist. He’s certainly not happy about his new status but finds hope when he meets Dean (Jack Kesy) at the park, and the two begin a tentative flirtation that soon buds into a full-blown relationship. Morgan isn’t sure how to deal with love as a paralysed man, partly because he’s still unsure of his own body and doesn’t even know if he’ll ever be able to get an erection. [Read more…]