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The Chaperone : Take off the corset and put on the slippers

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  If a chaperone is the person who is supposed to be there to stop anything too racy happening this is an aptly named movie. It’s the story of a woman who manages to mentally and physically throw off her corsets while making the audience feel like they are easing into a pair of slippers. … Continue reading



Peterloo : Mike Leigh’s take of one of the UK’s darkest moments from the past

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Veteran British Filmmaker the 7 time Academy Award Nominee Mike Leigh’s latest film takes a look back at a disgraceful part of English history that most people are totally unaware of. This epic length drama is from one of the most lauded auteurs in indie cinema whose work however never really enjoys mush commercial success,.  … Continue reading



Red Joan: Judi Dench plays a spy in this rather leaden drama

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  The most traitorous act about this British spy story would be to admit that one didn’t like (Dame) July Dench’s performance as the octogenarian widow suddenly arrested by the Authorities for what she got up to at University in the 1940’s.  The hesitation is not a reflection of her in anyway, but in the … Continue reading



Gentleman Jack : HBO’s new scorching lesbian period drama

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  Hot on the heels of The Favourite comes another scorching lesbian drama that judging by the trailer alone, looks like it is going to be another enormous hit.  HBO’s drama GENTLEMAN JACK is based on the true story of British aristocrat Anne Lister who can lay claim to having the UK’s first ever lesbian … Continue reading



Vita & Virginia : a tale of literary lesbian love

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  It is plain to see why, on paper, Vita & Virginia was an easy choice to pick as the flagship opening movie for the 2019 British Film Institute Flare LGBT festival. It checks all the boxes. British costume drama? Literary heritage? Lesbians? Gays? Transexual narrative? Sex? Flawless period costumes? Sets like oil paintings? Check. … Continue reading



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