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Queer Japan: a look at the sheer diversity of the LGBTQ community

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  The LA based Canadian filmmaker Graham Kolbeins set himself an impossible task with his new documentary Queer Japan.  Although it is both intriguing and thoroughly entertaining it is also very obvious that 90 minutes is certainly not long enough to comprehensively cover the whole spectrum of LGBTQ culture in Japan. Although somewhat uneven in … Continue reading



Between The Shades : 50 people give their views on sexuality and gender

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  Filmmaker Jill Salvino’s fascinating documentary  ‘Between The Shades ‘so effectively articulates the continuing dialogue about gender and sexuality that many of us have been participating  in, even if has been conducted just inside our heads.  Rather than elicit the opinions of professional experts, Salvino gathered some 50 + people from all over the spectrum  … Continue reading



AFTER 82 : The Untold Story of the AIDS Crisis in the UK

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This remarkable and well-measured documentary re-counts the tragedy of the AIDS pandemic as it spread throughout the UK.  It’s the story of how the British handled the crisis of what was initially perceived as ‘the American disease in a very characteristically British manner.   It is certainly not intended to be a comparison with how the … Continue reading



Trixie Mattel : Moving Parts review

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  We had no idea of what to expect from this intriguing documentary on Brian Firkus aka Trixie Mattel who, second time around, became a winner on Ru Paul’s Drag Race, albeit a rather controversial choice.  Mattel is part of the current coterie of drag queens whose fame is based on their success rate on … Continue reading



WIG : the revival of WIGSTOCK with a look at its glorious past

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Chris Moukarbel‘s film WIG about the revival of the icon NY drag festival was always going to be a flattering and affectionate profile  as Neil Patrick Harris, and his husband David Burtka helped produce the film after they has partnered with Wigstock creator Lady Bunny to revive the event last year.   Moukarbel used ample archival … Continue reading



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