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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Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut ‘Booksmart’ is a sharply witty coming-of-age comedy

The premise of the film is two graduating high school best friends set out to party on the last day of school. Amy (Kaitlyn Dever) and Molly (Beanie Feldstein) have concentrated on studying and have consciously left all partying and other high school experiences, which are classic to American teen comedies, so they can get into prestigious universities.

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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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