In The Piano, Jane Campion and Holly Hunter navigate silence – ‘The Spool’

In The Piano, Jane Campion and Holly Hunter navigate silence – ‘The Spool’

'“The voice you hear is not my speaking voice,” Ada (Holly Hunter) explains inThe Piano’s opening voiceover. It is her “mind’s voice” explaining that she has been mute since she was six and no one, not even she knows why. There is no medical explanation, so those around her think her silence grows from sheer will, that [...]

Sex and the Single Woman: How An Unmarried Woman Changed the Game – ‘The Spool’

Sex and the Single Woman: How An Unmarried Woman Changed the Game – ‘The Spool’

’Sex is not shocking anymore. After years of cable television, the advent of pornography on the internet, and the “tasteful nude”, we’ve acclimatized to the idea of sex on screen. When An Unmarried Womanpremiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 1978 this was not the case. Both on-screen and off, sex was still a taboo.’ [...]

I gave up drinking and felt like I lost my queerness – ‘Metro UK’

I gave up drinking and felt like I lost my queerness – ‘Metro UK’

'After a friend’s birthday in March 2018, we arrived home at 5:30am and he threw up in the driveway. Shots and strong doubles had consumed us with no concern for our overdrawn bank accounts. We’d danced, laughed, danced some more, and had semi-philosophical-sometimes-existential-but-mostly-nonsensical-conversations while we smoked on the roof terrace.' You can read the full [...]

Everything My Straight Friends Told Me About Sex Was Wrong – ‘Huffington Post UK’

Everything My Straight Friends Told Me About Sex Was Wrong – ‘Huffington Post UK’

'My first time hadn’t gone as I’d anticipated. A stocky man with hair on his chest scrolled through his emails on the bed and made no attempt to cover his nakedness. He occasionally glanced at me as I pulled on my jeans and shirt. The hotel room felt like an Edward Hopper painting, lit by [...]

Are Queer Coming Of Age Films Accurate Portrayals Of 2020 America? – ‘Brightest Young Things’

Are Queer Coming Of Age Films Accurate Portrayals Of 2020 America? – ‘Brightest Young Things’

'“Sixteen will be the year I finally figure out what I want,” says Victor, a teenager coming to terms with his sexuality in Georgia on the new Hulu show Love, Victor (June 19th). The series, a spin-off from the 2018 film Love, Simon, looks like the corny teen rom-coms of my youth, the ones I lived vicariously through. The [...]

And Then We Danced, Robyn, and Music in Queer Cinema – ‘Big Picture Film Club’

And Then We Danced, Robyn, and Music in Queer Cinema – ‘Big Picture Film Club’

'No, you’re not going to get what you need. Baby, I have what you want. Merab stands, cigarette in hand, topless, a crucifix on a chain around his neck. Come get your honey. Orange light floods the conservatory. Irakli’s dark eyes watch him as he puts on a white hat, adorned with feathers. I got your honey, baby. Then [...]

Cause of Death: An Autopsy of Romance – ‘Chester Debating Society’

Cause of Death: An Autopsy of Romance – ‘Chester Debating Society’

‘Our dating scene needs to go back to the 50s:  Carnivals. Diners.  Drive-ins. Bowling.  Ice cream parlours. Bring that mindset back.’ A friend of mine posted this on Facebook not long ago, and for some reason, it really irked me. At first, I thought it was the fluffy idea of love, something to which I [...]