The word from the UK is that the National Theatre’s very first film is something of a smash hit. In its 5-star review, The Guardian called this Romeo and Juliet ‘an ingenious triumph”. This production of Shakespeare’s classic love story was created solely for the screen and it was shot on a single stage, over … Continue reading
Queer filmmaker Matt Wolf was born in 1982 a year after the first cases of AIDS were reported in the US. He may have been too young to remember the pandemic at its height, but his excellent new short documentary captures it so succinctly that it will stir up memories that some of us … Continue reading
We may be spoilt for choices with so much culture now being streamed online right now, but here is one real treat we would not dream of missing. This Friday, July 17, PBS’s Great Performances will present the Metropolitan Opera’s 2019 production of George and Ira Gershwin and DuBose and Dorothy Heyward’s Porgy and Bess. Directed by … Continue reading
Some days if feels like the Lockdown has empowered people to create so many new online possibilities we may never want to leave our houses ever again. Today the Webby Award-nominated PBS Short Film Festival returns for a ninth year from Monday, July 13 – Friday, July 24 to all PBS and station digital platforms, including … Continue reading
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