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: [...]

Is Queer Autobiographical Cinema Subtly Political? – ‘Big Picture Film Club’

Is Queer Autobiographical Cinema Subtly Political? – ‘Big Picture Film Club’

'‘It’s about my inability to love… but I’m fine now,’ says Benjamin, the titular filmmaker at the heart of queer comedian Simon Amstell’s latest film. It’s a film about intimacy and it’s challenges, about pressure and it’s ramifications, and it finds itself in an interesting position. It’s at the intersection between two genres; autobiographical cinema [...]

‘Pain and Glory’: What makes us who we are? – ‘Storyhouse’

‘Pain and Glory’: What makes us who we are? – ‘Storyhouse’

'In Pain and Glory, Pedro Almodóvar’s latest feature, there is a moment during a flashback scene that I distinctly recognised. A young boy sees a grown man naked for the first time. Eduardo (César Vincente) is a truly beautiful man, with delicate features and deep brown eyes, who has been helping the family fix up [...]