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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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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REVIEW: ‘Upstairs Inferno’ Remembers the Long Forgotten Largest Gay Mass Murder in US History

On June 24th 1973, as Queer people across the city and members of the local LGBT+ affirming church all celebrated the last day of the Gay Pride weekend, the Upstairs Lounge bar was set ablaze, taking 32 lives, including two clergy, and severely injuring many others. Additionally, one third of the LGBT+ affirming church, the Metropolitan Community Church (MCC), was also destroyed.

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REVIEW: Alejandro Andrade Pease’s Visually Stunning debut, ‘Seeds’

Seeds was the official pick of the Rome Film Festival in 2017 and won Pease the Best International Director award in Films Infest festival in 2019. If you enjoy films that deviate from the usual narrative choices then this film is worth watching. It is not perfect, but it is enjoyable. Your 88 minutes will be well spent.

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