How Subtext Saved (and Damned) Homosexuality on Screen

Gone wrong and gone right, film remains one of the most valuable artistic mediums in queer American history.

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PRIDE 2020: “It makes me feel free, or some shit” – Coming Out of Hiding as Portrayed in ‘Slap’ (2014) and ‘Miller & Son’ (2019)

Set within masculine environments, Slap and Miller & Son provides necessary criticism of societies’ narrow expectations of gender and how hurtful these expectations are for anyone transgressing them.

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How the ‘Moonlight’ (2016) Screenplay Uses Silence to Speak the Loudest

Moonlight is an epic story of one man’s personal life that utilises a particular style and writing voice. Jenkins juxtaposes earth-shattering narrative moments with words of stillness and quiet to amplify the effect it has on Chiron.

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The Best Queer Women in Horror Films

LGBTQ+ characters don’t often fare well in horror films. Typically, they are horrific monsters or killers, such as in the films Psycho (1960), Dressed to Kill (1980), and Silence of the Lambs (1991). Sometimes, though, lesbian, bisexual and/or queer women get to take the lead in horror, subverting negative stereotypes. The films below are a great start in watching horror films with queer characters that differ from the norm, paving the way for continued representation of queer women in horror.

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Our LGBTQ+ Awakenings

Editor’s note: Most interviewees are noted only with their first name to protect anonymity  When poets and hopeless romantics lament about love, they often discuss that “lightning bolt” moment. The experience of seeing someone for the first time and thinking “Oh wow”. Some people inflate this moment as a sign of first love, some dismiss…

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PRIDE 2020: ‘Sunday Bloody Sunday’ (1971) Uses Sexuality to Portray the Longing for Love

Released in 1971, Sunday Bloody Sunday made waves for depicting the first man-on-man kiss in mainstream British cinema, portraying a bisexual character and for portraying a polyamorous relationship.

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‘A Secret Love’ (2020): A Bridge Between Generations

When I found out about two women who had to keep themselves and their love a secret for sixty-five and a half years, I was shocked and sad. But at the same time, I admired their strength.

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‘Frankenstein’: One Big Queer Family

Someone who may not be an entirely obvious gay icon is a monstrous amalgamation of grave-robbed body parts. However, despite his odd origins, Frankenstein’s Monster is just that – an icon. Frankenstein has influenced queer art for decades, whether he’s starring in art installations or inspiring some of our favourite cult films like Rocky Horror…

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BFI FLARE REVIEW: ‘My Fiona’ (2020) Is A Heartfelt Look at Love And Loss.

Kelly Walker’s directorial debut plots Jane’s mourning for Fiona as she tries to find peace and space beside Fiona’s wife, Gemma (Corbin Reid), and Fiona’s seven-year-old son, Bailey (Elohim Nycalove).

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