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Mankind : escaping to a new (gay) life on Mars

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  A sci-fi queer film is at best a rarity.  Maybe filmmakers still think that there are enough earthly issues that the LGBTQ community are still connecting with before we take flight. Mankind, an immaculate and compelling short directed and co-written by Brit Layke Anderson,  is about Will (Ricky Nixon) a restless young man who … Continue reading



Becoming Leslie : the story of the crossdresser who really succeeded in Keeping Austin Weird

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Leslie Cochrane was something of an acquired taste.  He was a very loud middle-aged scantily clad cross-dressing homeless man who was the self-styled leader of a movement called Keep Austin Weird. In his intriguing new documentary from Tracey Frazier we don’t initially know he ended up in this conservative Texas city that he proclaimed was … Continue reading



Third Wedding : but its not all about love

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  The latest drama from Cannes Winner Belgian Filmmaker David Lambert (Beyond The Walls) is farce-like comedy that plays fast and loose with a Belgian ‘Green Card’ situation. When silver-headed gay bear Martin (Bouli Lanners) buries his younger husband after a fatal car crash he is left with his grief and very large debts.  On … Continue reading



The Blonde One : a sensual romance from gay Argentinian auteur Marco Berger

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  When Juan’s brother moves out of his apartment in a Buenos Aires suburb he must find a roommate to replace him.  He settles for Gabriel …… who he dubs the Blonde One ….. who is a colleague at the Woodworking shop where they are both employed. The two men couldn’t be more different as … Continue reading



The Ice King : the story of the iconic gay champion ice skater John Curry

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  This long overdue profile on John Curry the gay Olympic and World Champion who single-handedly changed the sport of ice skating into an extraordinary art form, celebrates the man but also shows how racked he always was with both doubts and depressions through his entire life. Born in 1949 into a conservative middle-class family … Continue reading



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