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Queerguru @BFI Flare : THE DOSE a deliberately joyless movie

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Bear with us for a moment. When we tell you that Martin Kraut’s The Dose (La Dosis) is a depressing movie we might immediately lose you. It is important to add quickly that its depressing nature is its effect rather than its defect. This film is not out to affirm life but to remind you … Continue reading



AIDS DIVA The Legend of Connie Norman

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  In the second half of the last Century when the LGBTQ community found its very survival was at risk, even at its darkest moments there was usually also a bright beacon of light and hope.  As the AIDS pandemic devastated us indiscriminately in the 1980’s most of us felt overwhelmed and helpless,  but there … Continue reading



Queerguru @BFI Flare : SWEETHEART

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Throw aside any expectations that Marly Morrison’s Sweetheart will be an achingly Gen Z teen zeitgeist movie and embrace the fact that it belongs to the classic British genre of sexually awkward teen meets nightmare seaside family holiday. Go with it because that is what makes its humiliating inevitability so sweet. April Jane or AJ … Continue reading



Queerguru @BFI Flare : JUMP, DARLING ….. Cloris Leachman’s exquisite swan song

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When you reach the end of the road you are on, what can you do? There are two answers, you stop or change direction. In Cloris Leachman’s final film made prior to her death, both these alternates are explored, and the poignancy is inescapable. Leachman plays Grams, the aging grandmother grown tired, frail, and distanced … Continue reading



Queerguru @BFI Flare : FIREBIRD a tale of life, love and loss

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Firebird is an enormously satisfying and complete film. It tells a full tale of life, and love and loss from its beginning right up to an end that could never need or want a sequel.  Peeter Rebane‘s story of two Soviet military recruits, a pilot officer and a private, falling in love on a military base … Continue reading



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