In a filmic landscape where women are often represented through stereotypes, So Long, the latest film by Caitlin Farrugia and Michael Jones and premiering at the 2018 Melbourne Queer Film Festival, offers something different.
Porcupine Lake is an impressive drama about two characters caught between childhood and a forever elusive emotional maturity. With heartfelt and achingly real performances from its central actresses, this low-key coming of age tale is one of the best hidden delights to emerge from the recent LGBT festival circuit.
Nobody could mistake Love, Simon for realism – but its hopeful view of life outside the closet is exactly what teenage audiences need right now, and older audiences are certainly not going to be immune to its charms either. For many teenagers, this is likely to be the first film about a gay romance they ever see, and as an introduction to the wonders of LGBT cinema, you can’t really go wrong with this.
It’s a surprise that Screwed hasn’t been more of a fixture on the festival circuit over the past year. Director Nils-Erik Ekblom has crafted exactly what you’d want from a crowd pleasing coming of age movie; he manages to effectively blend an embarrassingly relatable cringe comedy with a relatable story of stepping out of the closet as awkwardly as possible.
Released over the course of seven years, The Terence Davies Trilogy centres on the troubled life of a closeted homosexual. Starring Robin Hooper and Valerie Lilley, the motion picture is divided into three different parts: Children (1976), Madonna and Child (1980) and Death and Transfiguration (1983) and was directed and written by Terence Davies.