It can be said that a good referral goes a long way, and this certainly applies to wedding planning. The producers of Jenny's Wedding, Michelle Manning and Gail Levin, are offering an extra incentive for those contributors who refer friends, colleagues, family members, etc., to their Indiegogo campaign targeting money necessary to fund a kick-ass Wedding soundtrack worthy of the film.Read more
I was intrigued to see this film by the presentation that it was about a lesbian Belle de jour and an exploration of female sexuality. The story centres around Abby who lives in suburban New Jersey with her wife and two kids. The film begins with an honest and telling description of the drudgery, tediousness and great joy that goes with the domestic routine that kids require.Read more
The day after her 40th birthday, a filmmaker who sacrificed her love life for her film career realises she has neither, and decides to get them both by adapting an all-female version of, "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"Read more
If you haven't read the write up on this film before watching, the opening scene could make you think that you are about to watch a version of Camp, Glee or High School Musical (which is exactly what happened to me!).Read more
'Kate' Bornstein (born March 15, 1948) is an American author, playwright, performance artist, and gender theorist. Having been assigned male at birth and then receiving sex reassignment surgery in 1986, Bornstein says, "I don't call myself a woman, and I know I'm not a man".Read more
#BFI Flare 'Outlist' dir Dustin Lance Black & 'The Battle of amFAR' documentary dirs Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman double billPosted by Editor on 26 March 2014
When AIDS strikes, two very different women Hollywood icon Elizabeth Taylor and research scientist Dr. Mathilde Krim join forces to create America’s first AIDS research foundation. Directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman the film chronicles the organization’s history and continuing importance in the fight against HIV/AIDS.Read more
The shorts are all always a favourite at this festival. It's never clear what the audience will get, a bit like an open mic night, but it's the chance for the BFI Flare Festival to go a bit experimental.
This year's Hearts female orientated collection You're the One Aren't You?is one of the best in a few years.
Beautifully shot over a Toronto Winter, this sweetly told story creates an unusual love story and journey. The eponymous Tru (Shauna Macdonald) is the typical "Shane", loving the ladies superficially, but not the depth of commitment a relationship would require. It transpires that she has good reason to use sex instead of love to be close to people.Read more
This unique take of a portrayal of 'Michelle' as told by Michelle Tea's memoirs, over a year in the life of a 90s dyke explores a 21st Century retrospective of what it meant to be a queer in San Fransisco then, and in doing so, now.Read more
Mary Dawson talks to the producers of Jenny's Wedding.
It's "Jenny's Wedding" - And You're All Invited.Read more
Shot with an incredible variation of framing, encapsulating the emptiness and absence in Alejandra (Andrea Portal)'s life, and with a clear nod to the golden age of Hollywood, the style of the film gives an extra depth to the story. Alejandra is a Hepburn-esque philosophical literate diva looking for some excitement. Maria (Naian Daeva) is a confident young artist interested in exploring sexuality and relationships and her adulthood.Read more
Emmy-‐winning and Golden Globe nominee Katherine Heigl (KNOCKED UP, 27 DRESSES), Alexis Bledel (GILMORE GIRLS) two-‐time Oscar nominee Tom Wilkinson (THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL, MICHAEL CLAYTON), two-‐time Tony Award nomine Linda Emond (JULIE & JULIA) and Grace Gummer (FRANCES HA, LARRY CROWNE) are set to star in the new dramedy, JENNY’S WEDDING, written and directed by Mary Agnes Donoghue (BEACHES), it has been announced by producers Donoghue, Gail Levin and MM Productions’ Michelle Manning. JENNY’S WEDDING is being financed by Merced Media Partners and PalmStar Media Capital and executive produced by PalmStar’s Kevin Frakes, Merced’s Raj Brinder Singh and Stuart Brown, as well as Lauren Selig.Read more
Tanner (Michael J Willet) and Brent (Paul Iacono) are two gay best friends in high school. Brent longs for the spotlight and believes that coming out will make him instantly popular as this year's must-have teen girl accessory; North Gateway High's very first G.B.F. (or Gay Best Friend). Tanner on the other hand, would rather fly under the radar and finish high school without ever being noticed.
When things don't go according to plan and Tanner is outed instead of Brent, the two boys go from B.F.Fs to instant frenemies. Enter the three most popular girls in school -- queen-of-mean bombshell Fawcett, drama club diva Caprice, and sweet, Mormon good-girl 'Shley, who launch an all-out social war to win Tanner's status-enhancing friendship.
The Abominable Crime is a documentary that follows the lives of two LGBT people from Jamaica, highlighting the homophobia in the country and the anti-gay violence which has been on the increase by around 400% since 2011.Read more
SUBMERGE explores the conflict that can arise from indulging one's desires in a modern, consumerist world of endless choice. Jordan, a 20 year old athletic university student has added another extracurricular activity to her over-scheduled life—seducing her tutor, Angie, while doing research work for Angie’s professor partner.Read more
Margarita is a pleasure to watch. It's an evolved lesbian storyline where for once the story isn’t to do with coming out, or difficulties of being lesbian.We spoke to directors Laurie Colbert and Dominique Cardona about the issues raised in this film. They said "MARGARITA is still screening at festivals throughout the world and has won several audience awards.Read more
Now I do have to add that I first filmed my review in a coffee shop in Soho. I was so emotional I needed to get it out straight away. Even talking about part of the film made me cry. Saying I connected to this film is an understatement. Sadly the sound in Costa Coffee was horrendous so I had to re-film it at home. No tears this time but hopefully still an interesting account of this film.Read more