A Different Kind of Happy Ever After: LGBTQ Fandom and the Modern Fairytale Retelling

Author Mark Twain once said, “There is no such thing as a new idea. It is impossible. We simply take a lot of old ideas and put them into a sort of mental kaleidoscope. We give them a turn and they make new and curious combinations”. Twain’s words, first recorded in the nineteenth century, ring…

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BHFF REVIEW: LGBTQ+ Horror Shorts ‘Slayed!’ Present An Exciting New Chapter for Horror

Whether we’re protectively defending our favourite misunderstood “monsters”, thirsting after a vengeful witch, or intricately dissecting the plot’s subtext to match our queer theories; it’s a genre we’ve passionately invested in despite our community’s seeming absence from its stories.

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Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival 2019 Festival Highlights

Now in its thirteenth year, the Iris Prize Film Festival returned to Cardiff earlier this October, and is the world’s largest LGBT+ short film award. International and inclusive, unapologetic and eclectic, Iris provides a platform for a staggeringly diverse range of voices and stories that remain underrepresented and underserved by mainstream cinema. Here are a…

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LFF REVIEW: “Personal and poignant telling of an iconic gay landmark” – Circus Of Books (2019)

★ ★ ★ ★ “Crucially, Circus of Books remains honest to the intentions of the Mason family.” Rachel Mason’s documentary is about her parents, a bookshop and the gay community.  In 1982, Karen and Barry Mason took over Circus of Books: a gay book and pornographic store in West Hollywood. But for the Mason family…

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REVIEW: “So Bad it’s Laughable” – Downton Abbey (2019)

“It would have honestly been better had it returned as a two-part Christmas special on ITV”  How does one even explain the Downton Abbey film? Well, a few words could be: inaccurate, cheesy and slightly painful.  The film begins in 1927 as a continuation of where the 2015 Christmas special finale left off… it should have really…

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Going to Church with the Rocky Horror Picture Show

It’s October, Halloween is quickly approaching, and though I love costume parties and free candy, my favourite way to celebrate October 31 may be a little unconventional. Every year on Halloween, my friends and I transform into our favourite characters from the 1975 cult classic, Rocky Horror Picture Show, and head to a midnight screening…

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LFF REVIEW: “A charming and witty display of affection from Dolan” – Matthias & Maxime (2019)

“Dolan’s vision of love and loss comes to life in the most earnestly heartfelt of ways.” Returning with another majestic demonstration of youthfulness, romantic pining and a journey of self-awakening, Matthias & Maxime is a charming and witty display of affection from Xavier Dolan. Childhood friends Matthias (Gabriel D’Almeida Freitas) and Maxime (Xavier Dolan) are life-long companions…

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LFF REVIEW: “A quiet, bittersweet gem” – ‘Monsoon’ (2019)

“Shy efforts to build connections with the world around him feel tender and real” Hong Khaou’s second feature opens with an overhead shot of a traffic junction in Ho Chi Minh City. Hundreds of cars, bikes and scooters approach from multiple directions, pushing forward and giving way as they negotiate the road together. It’s a…

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