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Based on the homonymous novel by Robert Bloch, Psycho is an Alfred Hitchcock classic that centres on the Bates Motel and Norman, a young man who seems to be constantly controlled by his overbearing mother. The film was released in 1960 and stars Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles, John Gavin and Janet Leigh.
One of the most straightforward and comprehensive films on masculinity, Deliverance was directed by John Boorman and aired in 1972. The American thriller stars John Voight, Ned Beatty, Burt Reynolds and Ronny Cox and is based on the homonymous novel by James Dickey, published 2 years prior to the movie’s release. Garnering five Golden Globe nominations and three Academy Awards, Deliverance tells the story of four Atlanta businessmen who embark on a canoeing trip down a river in the American South.
In the romantic drama Steel, Daniel a successful television host who suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. At risk of losing his career amongst heightened turmoil created by stress, a lifeline materialises when he meets angelic Alexander. Released in 2015, Steel is directed by Sven J. Matten and stars Chad Connell, David Cameron and Tamara Gorski.
Released in 1996 and directed by Mike Nichols, The Birdcage is a comedic film where a gay cabaret owner endeavours to put up a false “straight front” for the benefit of his son’s engagement. The film won the Outstanding Performance by a Cast award at the 1997 Screen Actors Guild Awards. Shot in Los Angeles, Miami and New York, the film features actors Robin Williams, Nathan Lane, Gene Hackman, and Dianne Wiest.
Released in 1988, this Canadian horror film is based on a novel by Andrew Neiderman and directed by Sandor Stern. Starring David Hewlett, Terry O’Quinn and Cynthia Preston, PIN is a psycho-thriller with supernatural undertones and homoerotic subtext that centers on the life of a young boy named Leon.
A crime drama about the hope for redemption and the search for the truth, Downriver released in 2015 is the feature debut of Australian filmmaker Grant Scicluna. The film follows James, a teenager who gets reintegrated into society after serving time in juvenile detention for having allegedly drowned a little boy when he was a child. The film stars Reef Ireland, Charles Grounds and Tom Green.
Released in 1972, A Reflection of Fear is an eerie psycho-thriller based on the novel Go To Thy Deathbed by Stanton Forbes. Starring Robert Shaw, Sondra Locke and Sally Kellerman, this obscure “devil doll” film was directed by William A. Fraker, the legendary cinematographer behind Rosemary’s Baby, and shot by the equally fabulous Laszlo Kovacs (Five Easy Pieces, New York New York).
Moonlight is the harrowing story of a young black gay man raised by a single mother with a drug addiction in a rough neighbourhood of Miami, told across three chapters symbolically titled: Little, Chiron and Black – the three names our protagonist is identified with as he grows from child into teenager and eventually into fully fledged adult.
Released in 2004 and directed by Gregg Araki, Mysterious Skin is a film about the long-term results of the sexual abuse two boys suffer from the same baseball coach, and coming to terms with their present. The film was nominated for many awards, and won the Interfaith Award at the Brisbane International Film Festival. Shot in Los Angeles and New York City, the film features actors Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Brady Corbet.
Well-known as “the gayest horror film ever made”, the popular sequel A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge was released on November 1st 1985, a week shy of the 1984 original Nightmare on Elm’s Street movie. Starring Mark Patton, Robert Englund, Kim Myers and directed by Jack Sholder, the notorious slasher film follows the horrific nightmares and murder of a new family that moves into the old house on Elm Street.
BearCity 3 is a fantastic conclusion to Langway’s trilogy and quite possibly his finest example of writing, editing, and filmmaking to date. And not surprisingly, Doug Langway delivers a acknowledgement to his real life bear family – the many bears and bear lovers who have contributed to Langway’s vision over the years and continue to help him weave humorous and dramatic stories.
2016 marks the tenth anniversary of the Iris Prize, the largest international prize available to an LGBT short filmmaker. Each winner is given a £30,000 budget to make another short film, and to date a total of seven new films have been produced and shown at film festivals around the world. This year saw a record number of films submitted for the Iris Prize, so let’s take a look at some of the best, as well as a previous winner and a film made with the prize itself.