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Filmmaker Tristan Aitchison talks about SIDNEY & FRIENDS

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When queer filmmaker Tristan Aitchison first left his home in the remote Scottish Highlands to visit his sister in Kenya almost 7000 miles away he had no intention of working, BUT he took his camera  along just in case.  Very soon after arriving he met Sidney a very shy intersex youth who’s family nit content enough with beating him up, actually threatened to kill him.

Through Sidney he met a small group that included trans and intersex youth facing daily struggles to stay alive . With no budget and no crew  Aitchison set about filming interviews and fast forward three years and a lot of heartache., the documentary SIDNEY & FRIENDS was complete,

It’s a powerful heart-wrenching film that  touches your very core when you realise exactly how impossible life for these LGBTQ youth, and how they can still find joy in the most unexpected ways.

Aitchison’s film has been remarkably successful picking up 11 awards already and on the eve of the film now being available to stream on AMAZON PRIME , he talks with QUEERGURU about his journey making Sidney & Friends

https://sidneyandfriends.com/

 

Plus you may like to check out QUEERGURU’S Full Review of the Film.

Sidney and Friends : the lives of a group of intersex and trans youth in Kenya



H.K .queer filmmaker Ray Yeung talks about his exceptional love story TWILIGHT’S KISS

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Twilight’s Kiss (aka 叔 • 叔 Suk Suk the Movie) is the third feature film from Ray Yeung one of the most successful queer filmmakers in #HongKong. It had its European Premiere at Berlinale – Berlin International Film Festival in January where it picked up a Nomination for a prestigious TEDDY AWARD. Since then the journey of this touching love story between two mature men has been stalled due to the global Lockdown.

However as it is about to be screened as part of Frameline Virtual Film Festival later this month, QUEERGURU tracked Yeung down in HK to film this interview with him via Facetime

https://frameline.org/festival/film-guide/twilights-kiss-(suk-suk) For all future screenings https://strandreleasing.com/

P.S. You can read QUEERGURU’s full review of the film HERE.



PAUL NEWMAN : Style Icon

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Academy Award Winner PAUL NEWMAN was an American actor, film director, producer, race car driver, entrepreneur, and philanthropist and also a style icon. In the days long before celebrity stylists invaded Hollywood, Newman had his own fine sense of style.

On Throwback Thursday QUEERGURU looks back at some of his great looks



LEON LOPEZ talks about filming queer stories during COVID 19 Lockdown

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Queer Brit actor, writer, director, singer-songwriter , filmmaker and advocate Leon Lopez is passionate about his work. Even in the COVID 19 Lockdown he cannot keep still and has created two short films about how it is  all affecting people and relationships  in DISTANCING and HEY GOOGLE …. we’ll confess the latter had us in tears.

So Queerguru tracked him down in the UK to talk about these wonderful wee films of his …… and also to spend sometime reminiscing about his remarkable career to date which is full of surprises

N.B. Both of the films can be watched in You Tube  HERE

http://www.leonlopez.com/



Daniel Monks : a new queer filmmaker so worth watching

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Queerguru talked with DANIEL MONKS the delightful queer Australian writer and star of PULSE his rather wonderful movie, directed by STEVIE CRUZ-MARTIN that was loosely based on Daniel’s life and  was about to have its European Premiere at BFI FLARE London’s #LGBTQ Film Festival in 2018.

This debut feature film is one of the most provocative stories that tackles gender identity and presents its own very different sci-fi take on this issue that is both innovative and intriguing.  You can read our full review of the film  http://www.queerguru.com/pulse/.

Now at last  the movie itself can be viewed in the US on VOD at http://darkstarpics.com/ or  via the HERE TV channel on Amazon Prime 

The interview was filmed by DEBBIESEARS at BFI SOUTHBANK for WWW.QUEERGURU.COM



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