“I’ve been a fan of horror since I was very young,” recalls Erlinger Óttar Thoroddsen, director of the Icelandic horror film, Rift. “I remember being six or seven years old, being at the video store and browsing the horror section. I wasn’t allowed to rent those movies, so I’d make up stories in my mind of what they were about based on the cover art.”
Mixing humor with music, Poppy Goes To Hollywood is an excellently choreographed comedy about the issues transgendered people face every day in third-world countries and it is the first LGBT-themed film in Cambodia (and one that garnered a majorly positive reaction, at that!). If you’re prepared for stoic, stodgy movie about social injustice then you will be disappointed. This is as light-hearted as one can get when discussing far-reaching matters like prejudice, bigotry and crime. But it works – Visal’s film is rich, engaging, refreshing and a genuine pleasure to watch.
A classic satire in gay cinema, But I’m A Cheerleader is a feature film which was released in 1999. Written by Brian Wayne Peterson and directed by Jamie Babbit, the romantic comedy follows the story of a young lesbian cheerleader who is sent by her parents to conversion therapy. The film stars Natasha Lyonne and features Michelle Williams, Clea DuVall and RuPaul among many others.
Bent was released in 1997 and won awards at Cannes Film Festival. Gijon International Film Festival and Torino International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. The film screen play was written by Martin Sherman adapted from his play. Directed by Sean Mathias, the star filled cast included Lothaire Bluteau, Clive Owen, Mick Jagger, Jude Law and Ian McKellen. Filing took place in Ayrshire, Scotland and Tring, UK.
For his third feature length effort, director Tom Gustafson has made the ambitious decision to adapt acclaimed off-Broadway musical Hello Again for the big screen. Michael John LaChiusa’s rapturously received stage production details several different romantic encounters, across a 100 year period, all linked together via thematically recurring details in the lyrics and dialogue between the different partners.
Released in 2015, Radiant Sea (Lichtes Meer) was written by Jan Künemund and Stefan Butzmühlen and is based on a novel entitled An Iceland Fisherman, by French author Pierre Loti. The film follows the story of a trainee on a freighter. Starring Martin Sznur, Jules Sagot and Katharina Melchior, the motion picture was directed by Stefan Butzmühlen.