Birds of Prey & the Curse of Being Casually Queer – ‘Big Picture Film Club’

Birds of Prey & the Curse of Being Casually Queer – ‘Big Picture Film Club’

I’ve been burned before. The promise of queer representation dangled, cruelly, in front of me before it’s swiftly pulled away and edited out for China. Routinely, we’ve seen big studios get a lot of press by announcing the first ‘gay character’ in their particular franchise. It happened with Star Trek Beyond, Independence Day: Resurgence, Beauty and The Beast, Alien: [...]

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 [...]

Dear Straight Actors Who Want To ‘Play Gay’: Don’t. – ‘Big Picture Film Club’

Dear Straight Actors Who Want To ‘Play Gay’: Don’t. – ‘Big Picture Film Club’

'There is a utopia on the horizon, distant and hazy like tarmac in the heat. It’s one where people sit around in dark rooms watching films and say, without any level of irony or ignorance, that ‘acting is acting’. Where LGBTQ+ actors are playing straight and the straights are playing gay, trans folk are playing [...]