After 82 is a new feature length documentary directed by long-term partners Ben Lord and Steve Keeble about what really happened in the UK during the early years of the AIDS pandemic. The film took almost six years to make and started as a short film.
Last year was the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalization of homosexuality in the United Kingdom. Director Simon Napier-Bell created a documentary, 50 Years Legal, to coincide with the anniversary. The film is described as an engaging but informative journey through LGBT rights in Britain since 1967, and how changes in politics and social attitudes, for better or worse, have evolved over the subsequent decades.
After creating the web series known as Danny The Manny, a series about a gay male living in Hollywood trying to juggle life as a babysitter and a struggling actor, director Mike Roma has re-collaborated with the star of his show, Patrick Reilly, to make the innovative yet heartfelt dramedy Dating My Mother which is Roma’s feature film debut.
The family of director Ed Gaffney has been the foundation of his filmography since he has collaborated with them on each of his projects. His latest feature with them, Russian Doll, is edgy and ventures to some dark places. It is a noir thriller depicting a web of intrigue that will have you gasping by the very end. The film stars Gaffney’s two children, Jason T. Gaffney and Melanie Brockmann Gaffney, with Jason playing the main antagonist and Melanie playing the detective on his trail.
“Sex is about who you want to sleep with; gender is about who you want to sleep as,” says Dr. Bruce Hensel, co-director and executive producer of a new documentary, Beyond the Opposite Sex, which premiered on Showtime on March 16. The protagonists of the documentary, Rene and Jamie, are two very different people who went through very different journeys since their long-awaited gender affirmation surgeries.
The FIVE Provocations moves and was shot in chronological order to allow character development to continue throughout filming. Changes in their narrative were prompted by performances of some of Australia’s top stars of the cabaret scene, embodying the title provocations. These can be described as surreal experiences for the characters that allow them to see their choices differently and provide them with an opportunity to take a different path.
Romas Zabarauskas wanted to make an apolitical queer film that takes place in a country that is discriminatory towards gay people. In Lithuania, there are laws prohibiting same-sex marriage and partnerships and there’s strict legislation towards the trans community, preventing them from identifying with their desired sex. But artists like Zabarauskas are determined to rebel against this discrimination by crafting films, books, plays, music, etc. that pertain to the queer experience.
“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.”
Boys for Sale (売買ボーイズ) interviews several current and past sex workers about how they got into the sex industry, why they chose this work, their experiences as such and their life plans for once they move on from it – or, if they’re no longer working as such, what they’ve done since. The reasons are surprising and the stories are compelling – though at times, some are also bit sad and others even heartbreaking.