Lucy from The Chronicles of Narnia stars in an 8-minute LGBTQ+ love story

Rebecca Shoptaw released Girl, Sweetvoiced on June 30, 2019, to a chorus of applause from the wlw community. In a just eight minutes, she has created a minimalistic yet powerfully familiar portrayal of two young women yearning for one another on sight. In the eight minutes and forty-four seconds of the lesbian short film Girl, Sweetvoiced, starring Georgie Henley (Narnia) and Antoinette Belle, the waves of nostalgia were strong enough to knock me to my knees. The film is an accumulation of layers: worry, doubt, sensuality, attraction, longing and, as…

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YouTuber Dan Howell Just Posted A Transcendent Coming Out Video – Here’s Why You Should Notice

In a 45-minute masterpiece, Daniel Howell has kickstarted the journey towards a brighter future for young, LGBTQ+ people with an honest discussion about sexuality, gender, homophobia, and what it’s like to grow up in the midst of the confusion. Since his emergence as a YouTuber in 2009, Daniel Howell (formerly known as danisnotonfire), has been the subject of intense speculation over his sexuality, specifically relating to his best friend and YouTube partner Phil Lester (AmazingPhil). When I use the phrase ‘intense speculation’, this is not an exaggeration. People that refer…

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REVIEW: Prepare to be dragged into a fox hole of surreality and scrabble in Wollin’s ‘The Skin of the Teeth’ (2018)

Surrealism is a niche that has been largely unexplored by the LGBTQ+ filmmaking community. Experimental queer films tend to lean on the shock value of unusual storylines (see: Stranger by the Lake (Alain Guiraudie, 2013), a murder-twist embedded into a straightforward gay romance) rather than atypical film techniques. The lack of similar examples is an argument for the merit of The Skin of the Teeth (Matthew Wollin, 2018), which begins as a predictable tale, following Josef, the jittery everyman who displays endearing nervousness, hinting at inexperience. We first see Josef…

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REVIEW: Wanuri Kahiu’s ‘Rafiki’ is a Culturally Rich Sapphic Dream

If you have heard of Rafiki (Wanuri Kahiu, 2018), it is probably in relation to the controversial ban Kenya imposed on the film, preventing it from 2019 Oscar eligibility. The ban was on the grounds that the film advocates lesbianism – and yes, this is absolutely true – as Kenya, the location of the film, as well as the majority of Africa, forbids homosexuality by law. In Kenya, still, proof of gay relations is punishable by up to 14 years in jail. ‘The Kenyan Film Classification Board banned the film…

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No time for a full length Blockbuster? Why not try one of these LGBTQ+ Short Films

There’s no doubt that the LGBTQ+ creative community have long been in a drought for genuinely enjoyable, well-crafted cinema. Whilst the occasional blockbuster will come along and knock it out of the park – Brokeback Mountain, Moonlight, Carol – convincing LGBTQ+ characters and storylines are significantly lacking in consistency. Eager for a splash of new talent, Raid Randall looked at 5 short films that premiered at BFI Flare’s annual LGBTQ+ Film Festival.

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Monja Art’s Sapphic Love Story ‘Seventeen’, to be Released on DVD

In the contemporary climate of cinema, a growing number of films are diversifying their cast and themes to become more LGBTQ+ friendly, a welcome and long-overdue change. However, even with these developments, there is still a lean towards young, white male characters within the ‘coming of age’ genre. Films such as Call Me By Your Name (Luca Guadagnino, 2017) and Love, Simon (Greg Berlanti, 2018), have plots that are relatively formulaic, and tend to oversimplify. In comparison to the amount of films about young, homosexual men coming to terms with…

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