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Li Cheng talks about his movie that beat The Favourite to win the Queer Lion at Venice Film Festival

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With JOSE his sophomore movie shot in Guatemala LiCheng beat out the multi-Oscar nominated The Favourite to win the  prestigious Queer Lion at Venice Film Festival.

Cheng co-wrote this remarkable coming-of-age  movie with his producer GEORGE F. ROBERSON and they based their script on the hundreds of interviews that they conducted with locals in Guatemala.  Against the startling background of this impoverished city which ranks as the second most dangerous in the world. 19 year old Luis is looking for love as a way out of his daily drudge.

We talked to Cheng on the eve of the showing of his groundbreaking and powerful #LGBTQ movie at Miami Film Festival.

P.S. You can read our full review at  http://www.queerguru.com/2019/02/jose



Out Emmy Award winning writer LUIS SANTEIRO is finally swapping his shower for the Stage

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The disarmingly charming Luis Santeiro the out American/Cuban writer who has managed to win over twenty EMMYS (so far), sat down with QUEERGURU to talk about his new Cabaret Show From The Shower To The Stage. He’s found his singing voice and with Musical Director Paul Greenwood weaves some of his favorite sings with a wealth of stories about his fascinating life.

One of his grandfathers was a President of Cuba but the whole family had to leave the country when the Regime confiscated all their businesses and properties. Looking back now at when he arrived in Miami at the tender age of 12, Santeiro’ s memories are positive images of both his old and new lifes.

His first big break came when he became the head writer of ¿Qué Pasa, USA?,  a groundbreaking bilingual sitcom set in Miami’s Cuban exile community that traced the lives of three generations of Cubans trying to make it in their new homeland.   It won Santeiro his very first Emmy too.

His main claim to fame is the past 40 years as a writer on the iconic children’s show  SESAME STREET which has always been known for its progressive thinking on educating and entertaining children.  We naturally had to ask if Bert and Ernie are gay, and Santeiro spilt the beans.

Santeiro is also a very successful playwright, and we finished the interview talking about his latest play that is due to premiere in Miami in the Fall .



Queerguru’s TOP INDIAN QUEER MOVIES

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Loev

 

Although homosexulaity was only just de-criminalised in India last year, there has been a small steady flow of LGBT movies for a few years. Because of the legal situation and society’s taboos, many were made on the down-low and struggled to find a way to access the audience they deserved.. However some managed to get global releases, and although their community may have a different sensibility about their sexuality, many of the situations they deal with are exactly the same of ours. Queerguru welcomes these movies, and here are our top 7 must sees for you to watch.

KA Bodyscapes

 

EVENING SHADOWS

KA BODYSCAPES

LADIES & GENTLEMEN

LOEV

MARGARITA WITH A STRAW

NOBLEMEN

SISAK

For full reviews of these and more check out www.queerguru.com



The indefatigable RIKKI BEADLE-BLAIR a queer culture phenomenon

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The indefatigable Rikki Beadle-Blair is a queer culture phenomenon.  The face behind and also upfront in so many mega-successful projects, films and plays, is an unstoppable force who is always  plotting on how to keep entertaining and educating our community and beyond, This Brit is an actor, director, screenwriter, playwright, singer, designer, choreographer, dancer, songwriter, activist, producer and mentor.

We arranged an interview to talk with him via Facetime as he is currently directing a new play by Tom Wright called Undetectable at London’s Kings Head Theatre ….. although as usual that isn’t the only project he is working on.  Given such limited time we didn’t get to even touch on his impressive packed resume that includes creating the hit Tv series Metrosexuality etc etc .  Maybe next time.

This multi-talented gay renaissance man has an infectious humor and energy and within five minutes of meeting him you can easily see why we queens love him.  Even the real Queen does too and she awarded Beadle-Blair an MBE in recognition of his work, and for a Brit, things do not get much better than that.



Top Ten Transgender Movies of 2018

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2018 was a rather wonderful year for feature films and documentaries that educate, inform and entertain and generally continue the dialogue about so many spectrums of the transgender community. We are fortunate to see most of these, and have spent a great deal of time whittling them down to our 10 Best #Transgender Movies of The Year A Kid Like Jake #AnythingDenialTonga Leitis in WaitingLittle Miss Westie DocumentaryMAN MADE,   Pulse,   #TheTestofLove   TransformerTransMilitary and #Venus film



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