Homosexuality is a taboo subject in India, with Sridhar Rangayan’s gay-themed films only receiving acclaim outside of his home country – where he is still more known as a human rights activist than a director. Evening Shadows feels like the film that could change that.
The performances from the entire ensemble cast are what help elevate director Jalil Lespert’s biopic Yves Saint Laurent; Lespert aims to document the highs and lows of the fashion designer’s personal and professional lives between the late fifties and mid-seventies, and its the strengths of the performances that make covering such a sizeable time period feel palatable.
On the surface, Just Charlie is a sensitive and tenderly told story of a transgender girl coming out. Yet the film’s strength doesn’t lie solely within this central character struggle – instead, director Rebekah Fortune’s film draws its power from attempting to empathise with the confusion of Charlie’s family as much as Charlie’s own confused gender identity.
Ulysses is a quiet and infinitely shy teenager, a sensitive soul who doesn’t fit in with his peers, and feels increasingly like an outcast as he progresses through his formative high school years. Due to being born with effeminate features, he’s the subject of casual bullying without even opening his mouth, as well as being treated with suspicion by members of his own, deeply religious family.
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.
Is the gay community as welcoming as it likes to perceive itself towards men of all ages, races, kinks, disabilities and HIV statuses, or does it leave the majority of gay men unhappy by telling them to chase an idealistic body image and personality that is more likely to get them accepted – rejecting their own identity in the process?