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Andrew Hebden reviews The Wanderings of Ivan : from begging and theft to thuggery.

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  There is an awful lot of wandering about in the 1 hour and 15 mins of this Claude Chamis film and ultimately it leads nowhere. However Chamis almost manages to get away with it by a softly teasing appreciation of beauty that pulls the viewer in further and longer than a less discerning perspective … Continue reading



The Queen of Paris : and may she reign for ever

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  This delightful French TV mini series THE QUEEN OF PARIS (aka Clément, reine de la nuit) directed by Holy Fatma and Anne Flore Trichilo is the story of 30 year chemist called Clément.  When his working day finishes this disarmingly charming young man transforms into Veronika a much beloved drag queen that performs with … Continue reading



PROUD : an intergenerational feel-good drama about growing up gay in France in the 1980″s

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  From French TV comes  PROUD a powerful three part mini series that is a three-generation family drama about being gay in France from the 1980’s on. It’s how a committed Socialist working-class family had to cope with the reality that the outspoken liberal views of the father were severely challenged when he could not … Continue reading



Global Gay : the journey towards the universal decriminalization of homosexuality

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This excellent French TV documentary about the journey towards the universal decriminalization of homosexuality was made in 2014,  and sadly very little progress has been made since then  President Obama had supported UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon efforts at what he called ‘the final  frontier in human rights“.  Out of 196 UN member states, … Continue reading



Equation to an Unknown : a 1980 masterpiece of French queer porn lovingly restored

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  Queer US film distributor ALTERED INNOCENCE was founded in 2015 and is dedicated to releasing LGBTQ & Coming-of-Age films with an artistic edge.  With increasing censorship brought about by powerfully biased homophobic Social Media, there are less opportunities for alternative filmmakers to get their art in front of the audiences they so deserve. One … Continue reading



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