TOM SHEPARD started his excellent and unsettling documentary about the plight of a handful of LGBTQ refugees in what we now wistfully call the ‘good old days’ i.e. pre 2016. Up to then this country stood by its centuries old policy of giving refugee to all those in need. His cameras show us the risks that refugees are prepared to take to escape persecution and death back home to try to be one of the lucky few that our very reluctant Administration will allow in .
Then we learn that even if they do eventually make it here, that their struggle is in fact far from over, as the system is stacked so heavily against them,
On the eve of the documentary being broadcast by PBS and the World Channel, Queerguru talked with Shepard about the impact his compelling film was making, and also about the continuing tragic queer refugee situation
P.S. You may also like to to check out Queerguru’s full review of the film
If Blaise Singh had not been compelled to give up his job as an Secondary School Teacher, then we would never have gained a talented filmmaker with a fresh new voice about being Asian/Black and gay in the UK today. His passion and commitment to LGBTQ/human rights is infectious and as we see in this debut documentary that he wrote/directed/produced it is important for all of us to listen and support younger generations in our community.
As PRIDE & PROTEST is about to have a VIRTUAL SCREENING as part of BFI PRIDE House Party on Sunday June 28th, QUEERGURU tracked Singh down in London to talk about film
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
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
He now has a wonderful brand new film …. his first one shot in English …. and starring John Benjamin Hickey and newcomer #NivNissim. Queerguru tracked him down in Tel Aviv to talk with him about this new heart-warming romance that is perfect for these times