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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Here’s the Punchline: A Queer Fan’s Hopes for the Jay and Silent Bob Reboot

You know what would be Kevin Smith’s biggest power move yet? He’s made a lot in his life and career. Like, a lot. But the biggest wouldn’t be going from a no-budget, no-big-name, no-studio-support indie movie to a huge, multimillion dollar franchise studded with more stars than a smog-free night sky (but wow, what a…

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The Online World of Shipping, and How Gay Teens Are Curating Their Own Media

There are communities on Twitter for almost any interest or hobby, and ‘Stan Twitter’ is a part of the site’s foundation. For every person tweeting pictures of their cat, there’s another logging on and stepping into a timeline where they comfortably scream into the virtual void about niches. This is nothing new for the internet,…

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Through David and Patrick, ‘Schitt’s Creek’ Imagines a Kinder Reality for LGBTQ+ Individuals

When the term “comfort show” is brought up in conversations about TV, what do you think of first? For many people, it’s situational comedies that are easily binge-able – shows like The Office, Parks & Recreation, or Friends. One example that I have noticed popping up more and more on people’s lists is the Canadian…

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He’s Not Like Us: ‘Midnight Special’s Queer Otherness

Watching Alton Meyers (Jaeden Lieberher) be introduced in Midnight Special was like being thrown back in time. We first see him cocooned in an old motel sheet; his hunched frame silhouetted by the flashlight he’s using to read the comic book balanced on his knee. At that exact moment, Alton exists, figuratively, on his own…

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Bears, Otters and Werewolves – Our Queer Love For Horror

On the surface, horror may seem like a simple genre; oozing straight-male energy where the only brains involved are dripping down a blood riddled wall. However, the loudest critics of the genre -brandishing this take with the ferocity of a wild axe murderer interrupting a teen party in the woods – seem to be ignoring…

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‘Gentleman Jack’ Season One: Anne Lister and Lesbian Visibility

Gentleman Jack is one of the most important shows on television right now. Sally Wainwright helms the new addition to BBC and HBO, which follows the historical figure Anne Lister (played by Suranne Jones) of 1830s Halifax as she manages her late uncle’s Shibden Hall estate and courts her future wife Ann Walker (played by…

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‘Booksmart’: Not Entirely By The Book

In the past couple of years, we have been very lucky to be blessed with a number of great coming-of-age films. In 2016 we got The Edge of Seventeen, we were then given Lady Bird in 2017, and just last year were given Eighth Grade. It wouldn’t be fair if the yearly tradition of relatable,…

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REVIEW: “A Subject Struck With Gold” – ‘Life In the Doghouse’ (2018)

To begin with, I will admit, with a heavy heart: Life In The Doghouse is not an outstanding documentary. The film finds itself abiding to a generic documentary style that does not make heads turn. However, and I cannot stress this enough, Life In The Doghouse has struck gold with its subject. Danny and Ron’s…

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