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/.
Five years ago I got to film my very first interview. Talk about starting at the very top as my guest was LARRY KRAMER the legendary outspoken gay activist, playwright, author, film producer, and public health advocate. He was also a personal hero of mine too.
Larry was in Provincetown with his husband the architectural designer David Webster for the screening on a new documentary of his life Larry Kramer in Love and Anger, directed by his friend Jean Carlomusto. Though very frail at the time he generously agreed to the interview that the crew of PTV filmed in his hosts garden.
I was as nervous as hell facing the great man that I had admired from afar for so long. As a AIDS widower I was so indebted for his unceasing work at ACT UP and GMHC to help all of us affected by that epidemic, and as gay man had been so utterly moved by reading The Normal Heart and Faggots.
I needn’t have worried Larry is the most generous of men and never let on if he recognised my total inexperience. I remember distinctly the pleasure I had of making him laugh more than once, and making one of my camera crew cry.
That afternoon will always forever stay with me, and now that it has just been announced that Larry Kramer died today at the age of 84, I’m sharing this interview again to remember (to paraphrase writer/actor David Drake) The Day I Met Larry Kramer. May He Rest In Peace
30 year Brit Freddy McConnell always wanted to be a parent and the fact that he is a transman was never going to stop him. He entrusted his friend Filmmaker Jeanie Finlay with the task of filming his journey in such a non-sensationalised way so that he could share all the trials and tribulations of him giving birth.
When a nice Irish Catholic queer ‘boy’ falls in love with a nice English Jewish queer ‘boy’ he frets about whether if he should change Gods too. TV Presenter/Producer SIMON ATKINS decided to check it out see if there’s more to the issue than just undergoing an (extremely painful) adult circumsion. His very entertaining search takes him from liberal North London to ultra Conservative Orthodox Jerusalem via Israel’s gay hotspot Tel Aviv.
Now with his documentary being available streaming on Amazon Prime in the US, Atkins talks to QUEERGURU about what happened