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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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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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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