BFI Flare: Opening Night Gala – World Premiere CICADA

18th March 2020 at BFI Southbank

BFI Flare: Centrepiece Screening – UK Premiere DISCLOSURE: TRANS LIVES ON SCREEN

26th March 2020 at BFI Southbank

BFI Flare: Closing Night Gala – UK Premiere SUMMERLAND

28th March 2020 at BFI Southbank

London, Friday 14th February 2020 – The BFI is delighted to announce the Special Presentations of the 34th edition of BFI Flare: London LGBTIQ+ Film Festival (18th – 29th March at BFI Southbank), supported by The Pureland Foundation. Two are first features: Matt Fifer and Kieran Mulcare’s Opening Night Gala CICADA and Jessica Swale’s Closing Night Gala SUMMERLAND; and the Centrepiece Screening of DISCLOSURE: TRANS LIVES ON SCREEN is directed by documentary filmmaker Sam Feder (Kate Bornstein is a Queer & Pleasant Danger).

CicadaThe World Premiere of Matt Fifer and Kieran Mulcare’s CICADA opens the Festival on Wednesday 18th March. When Ben (Matt Fifer) and Sam (Sheldon D. Brown) randomly meet whilst browsing discount books at a street stall, they form an instant connection. But as they slowly let their guards down and reveal intimate details about their lives, both begin to recognise the need to confront past traumas if they are to truly let the other person in. 

DisclosureThe Centrepiece Screening of Sam Feder’s DISCLOSURE: TRANS LIVES ON SCREEN will take place on Thursday 26th March. DISCLOSURE is an unprecedented, eye-opening look at transgender representation in film and television, revealing how Hollywood simultaneously reflects and manufactures our deepest anxieties about gender. Leading trans thinkers and creatives, including Laverne Cox, Lilly Wachowski, Yance Ford, Mj Rodriguez, Jamie Clayton and Chaz Bono share their reactions and resistance to some of Hollywood’s most beloved moments, tracing a history that is at once dehumanising, yet also evolving, complex, and sometimes humorous.

SummerlandThe Festival will close on Saturday 28th March with Olivier Award-winning playwright and theatre director Jessica Swale’s feature debut, SUMMERLAND, starring Gemma Arterton and Gugu Mbatha-Raw.  In Kent, England 1940, fiercely independent writer Alice (Gemma Arterton) secludes herself in study: occupied by her work but also profoundly lonely, haunted by a love affair from her past. When spirited young Frank (Lucas Bond), an evacuee from the London Blitz, is dumped into her irritable care, his innocence and wonder awaken Alice’s deeply buried emotions.  Bravely embracing life’s miraculous unpredictability, Alice learns that wounds may be healed, and that hope and second chances do exist.

Michael Blyth, BFI Flare’s Senior Programmer said: With Matt Fifer and Kieran Mulcare’s CICADA and Jessica Swale’s SUMMERLAND, we are thrilled to be showcasing the works of three extraordinary new directorial voices for our Opening and Closing Night films. Alongside the Centrepiece screening of alumni filmmaker Sam Feder’s fascinating documentary DISCLOSURE: TRANS LIVES ON SCREEN, this trio of Special Presentations beautifully reflect the richness and diversity of contemporary queer cinema.

The Festival is thrilled and very grateful that the Pureland Foundation returns as the Main Supporter of BFI Flare: London LGBTIQ+ Film Festival. This year marks the third year of their critical and generous support.  This partnership is established in a shared commitment to empowerment and social wellbeing, which the Foundation so resolutely represents.

CICADA was developed with the support of Tribeca Film Institute’s TFI Network. Not only did Matt Fifer write the film based on his own experiences, he also stars and co-directs with Kieran Mulcare. CICADA is produced by Jeremy Truong and Ramfis Myrthil. The Film Collaborative is handling international sales.

Executive produced by Laverne Cox and produced by Sam Feder and Amy Scholder, Sam Feder’s DISCLOSURE: TRANS LIVES ON SCREEN reframes familiar scenes and iconic characters in a new light, provoking a startling revolution in how we see and understand trans people. International sales are being handled by The Film Collaborative.

Written and directed by Jessica Swale, SUMMERLAND is an intensely emotional journey of womanhood and self-discovery, love and friendship.  Produced by Guy Heeley and Adrian Sturges, the film stars Gemma Arterton, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Lucas Bond, Dixie Egerickx and Sian Phillips, and is distributed by Lionsgate UK.

The full programme for BFI Flare: London LGBTIQ+ Film Festival will be revealed on Tuesday 18th February.

Oscar 2020 Nominations & Winners...


Winners for the 92nd Academy Awards will be announced Sunday, February 9. The ceremony will air on ABC without a host.

Best Picture
“Ford v Ferrari” (Disney/Fox)
“The Irishman” (Netflix)
“Jojo Rabbit” (Fox Searchlight)
“Joker” (Warner Bros.)
“Little Women” (Sony)
“Marriage Story” (Netflix)
“1917” (Universal)
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” (Sony)
“Parasite” (Neon)

Best Director
Martin Scorsese (“The Irishman”)
Todd Phillips (“Joker”)
Sam Mendes (“1917”)
Quentin Tarantino (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”)
Bong Joon Ho (“Parasite”)

Best Actor
Antonio Banderas (“Pain and Glory”)
Leonardo DiCaprio (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”)
Adam Driver (“Marriage Story”)
Joaquin Phoenix (“Joker”)
Jonathan Pryce (“The Two Popes”)

Best Actress
Cynthia Erivo (“Harriet”)
Scarlett Johansson (“Marriage Story”)
Saoirse Ronan (“Little Women”)
Charlize Theron (“Bombshell”)
Renee Zellweger (“Judy”)

Supporting Actor
Tom Hanks (“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”)
Anthony Hopkins (“The Two Popes”)
Al Pacino (“The Irishman”)
Joe Pesci (“The Irishman”)
Brad Pitt (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”)

Supporting Actress
Kathy Bates, “Richard Jewell”
Laura Dern (“Marriage Story”)
Scarlett Johansson (“Jojo Rabbit”)
Florence Pugh (“Little Women”)
Margot Robbie (“Bombshell”)

Adapted Screenplay
Taika Waititi (“Jojo Rabbit”)
Steve Zaillian (“The Irishman”)
Anthony McCarten (“The Two Popes”)
Greta Gerwig (“Little Women”)
Todd Phillips and Scott Silver (“Joker”)

Best Original Screenplay
Rian Johnson (“Knives Out”)
Noah Baumbach (“Marriage Story”)
Sam Mendes and Krysty Wilson-Cairns (“1917”)
Quentin Tarantino (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”)
Bong Joon Ho and Han Jin Won (“Parasite”)

Animated Feature
“How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World”
“I Lost My Body”
“Missing Link”
“Toy Story 4”

International Feature Film
“Corpus Christi”
“Les Miserables”
“Pain and Glory”

Best Documentary
“American Factory”
“The Cave”
“Edge of Democracy”
“For Sama”

Best Cinematography
“The Irishman”
“The Lighthouse”
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

Best Costume Design
“The Irishman”
“Jojo Rabbit”
“Little Women”
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

Film Editing
“Ford vs. Ferrari”
“The Irishman”
“Jojo Rabbit”

Makeup and Hairstyling
“Maleficent: Mistress of Evil”

Original Score
“Little Women”
“Marriage Story”
“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”

Original Song
I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away,” “Toy Story 4”
“I’m Gonna Love Me Again,” “Rocketman”
“I’m Standing With You,” “Breakthrough”
“Into the Unknown,” “Frozen 2”
“Stand Up,” “Harriet”

Production Design
“The Irishman”
“Jojo Rabbit”
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

Sound Editing
“Ford v Ferrari”
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”
“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’

Sound Mixing
“Ad Astra”
“Ford vs. Ferrari”
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

Visual Effects
“Avengers: Endgame”
“The Irishman”
“The Lion King”
“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”

Documentary (Short Subject)
“In the Absence”
“Learning to Skateboard in a War Zone If You’re a Girl”
“Life Overtakes Me”
“St. Louis Superman”
“Walk Run Cha-Cha”

Short Film (Animated)
“Hair Love”

Short Film (Live Action)
“Nefta Football Club”
“The Neighbor’s Window”
“A Sister”

Glasgow Film Festival 2020...

Glasgow20 Banner David Anderson Cutler

FrightFest-2020Glasgow Film Festival: Wednesday, 26 February 2020 until Sunday, 08 March 2020

FrightFest Glasgow: Thursday, 05 March 2020 until Saturday, 07 March 2020

It's that time of the year...when we brace ourselves and head the warmth of the Glasgow Film Festival. As per usual, there is a staggering array of films with LGBT themes, characters and issues. Some will surprise, some will shock, some will make you howl with laughter...and, some will make you weep like there's no tomorrow.

So...we've lined up 40+ films to watch over the next 12 days...when it's this cold outside, there's no better place than to be all warm and comfy inside a cinema, glued to the screen! Let the show begin...

26 February / Day 1...

Proxima@GFF20Glasgow Film Festival 2020Proxima
by Alice Winocour

Juggling parenthood, an impending divorce and a career...not just any old career...but, that of an's a tough job with tough decisions...and they all centre around her daughter. The big question is: Will she or won't she the final frontier...and, perhaps, beyond to Mars!?!

This is a journey of [often raw] emotion rather than an intergalactic jaunt. It will disappoint those expecting to see the first [human] foot on Mars...but, it will resonate with women who have had to choose between career and child[ren]. The thing that makes this film tick is...this not about money and success. This is about living life and mortal risk. Some will argue that she is being selfish rather than selfless...towards her child. Others will applaud her achievement and bravery. But...what is achievement and bravery in the mind of a child? She just wants her mum...and, her mum just wants to leave the planet!

Two-thirds of the film is a fascinating exploration into a departing mother's psyche...alas, in the final third, it succumbs to unnecessary sentimentality that rattles at the core of plausibility. Quarantine does not have a revolving door!

Still...Eva Green delivers a cut-throat performance, slicing down a sexist Matt Dillon. She has that steely determination, an obvious requirement to make it to the final frontier...all that was missing was a razor sharp that highlights the sacrifices some people make to get where they want to be. Proxima swerves towards the having and the eating of the cake...with only a hint of ruthlessness...that ruthlessness should have been a great big in-your-face cherry on top!

27 February / Day 2...

Invisible LifeInvisible Life
by Karim Aïnouz

Sometimes...when you walk into a cinema, pick a film at are transposed into other lives, other stories...and, it can be magical. Invisible Life is magical...and, heart-warming...and, heart-breaking. This is story-telling at its absolute finest.

Two sisters a mistake. A mistake that any young woman can fall prey to...rose-tinted love! When that tint starts to wear off...reality hits. It's the 1950s, Brazil...with an unplanned, unwanted pregnancy, Guida returns [from Greece], hoping [needing] to be welcomed back into the family sanctuary...but, no. Because of her father's shame, she is thrown to the wind and her memory dissolved. Only her sister keeps her memory alive...and she has no idea that she returned...or, even, where she is.

What follows is an imagined, two--way communication between the with words, the other with music. Both are desperate, both are beautiful. Karim Aïnouz captures that proximity of being so-near-but-so-faraway with skin-tingling one point, you can actually hear the audience holding their breaths...waiting to release those collective gasps...with a 'finally' - this is the power of a director who knows how and when to manipulate an audience. It is truly thrilling...even down to Eurídice's husband, is he a good man or a bad man? Their wedding night will have you on the edge of your's an incredible balance between farce, fear and the feral!

This is the good, the bad, the ugly...and, the beauty of humanity...all rolled into 139 deeply immersive minutes. It's a joy. It's a heartbreak. It's story-telling the way it ought be. And...the piano playing is out of this world.

VivariumGlasgow Film Festival 2020 - Vivarium PremiereVivarium
by Lorcan Finnegan

Mind-blowing...and, a little perplexing...because, Vivarium gets to its destination [rather early on] and never leaves...oooh there has got to be some kind of deep and meaningful [totally hidden] message...and all will be revealed in the final scene...surely?

After a promising start and a scene-stealing performance by Jonathan all becomes a little repetitive. They are given a baby, who they are supposed to be released! Well, the baby grows at an alarming rate, screams the house down when he doesn't get what he wants, pretends to be a dog...and, remains nameless and unloved.

Jesse Eisenberg smokes and digs a hole. Imogen Poots moans and utters "I am not your mother" [often]...and, the kid keeps on growing. How will it end?

The moral of the story...absolutely no idea...other than, if you are ever given a baby to raise...let all those paternal and maternal instincts kick in [without reserve] it, love it, protect it, dote on it. With this self-absorbed couple, not one of those human instincts did kick in...they deserved everything they got. Oooh...was that the moral of the story?!?

You will either love it or loathe it.

by Peter Mackie Burns

A no-frills [or thrills], premature mid-life crisis...played out with neither respite nor humour...nor, [a much-needed] backstory. Other than a hint of that old cliché...distant, domineering father and a repressed, overly protective mother...resulting can guess the rest.

Colm is 46, in a sexless marriage [perhaps, not loveless], with a daughter, an absolutely horrible 19 year old son, a recently deceased [and despised] father, a needy mother, looming [obligatory] redundancy, a few suicidal tendencies and a drink problem. Happy days! Wait...there's more, he's also [strangely] besotted with a gay4pay [yawn] 19 year old rentboy. Their [sexual] encounters and his infatuation form the crux of the story. It really is a case of...what you see is what you get. There is no [much-needed] scratching below the surface. Is this [just] his mad half hour? Or, has he done this before? Or, will he do it again? Or, will he simply regress back into his sexless marriage?

Story-telling is reliant on why things happen, why people do the things they do...Rialto doesn't explain the whys! And when Colm says the [horrendous] things he says to his [horrible] son...well, there's no coming back from that intractable and unretractable place! And that is exactly where the film should have started...everything before, the run-up, could have taken 15 minutes to tell...followed by this knockout punch and the subsequent fallout and the decimation of a family. It wouldn't be pretty...but, there's nothing pretty about this's just too damn pragmatic...rather than being an emotional rollercoaster. Think about it...Colm cheats on his wife with a prostitute [aka survival sex worker]...a boy the same age as his son! This is an emotional minefield littered with IEDs. Yet, the only explosion comes from him! Question: Could you feel any compassion for a man like this? Let's face it...Colm is a working class man in absolute turmoil...he is neither a disgraced politician nor a much-loved celebrity! Was that a bit below-the-belt? The similarities are too striking not to be mentioned!

Peter Mackie Burns has delivered Mark O'Halloran's script as given...adequately, without any bells or whistles. Perhaps, a few bells and whistles would have been welcomed additions...because, this - indeed - is dour, dour stuff.

The True History Of The Kelly Gang

Glasgow Film Festival 2020 - The True History of the Kelly GangTrue History of the Kelly Gang
by Justin Kurzel

Take an historical figure...who has [inexplicably] become an Australian folk hero...turn him and his story upside down...and, shake them all about. Add a twist of fiction to the fact...what do you get? A true history...the revisionists will be either squealing or applauding...depending on their respective raisons d'être - fictionalising fact...or, factualising fiction. No matter, this 'true' history is the visual equivalent of a page-turner.

George MacKay's mulleted 'Ned' is [quite startlingly] all muscle and sinew..with - not only - an eye for the lassies...but, for the laddies too! He leads a motley crew of dress-wearing renegades...oh you just can hear the 'Ned Kelly' purists howling [at the screen] in abject horror!


28 February / Day 3...

Jesus Shows You The Way To The Highway Roys World Simple Women Martin Eden Our Ladies

29 February / Day 4...

Gutterbee The Death Of Dick Long 

1 March / Day 5...

Love Sarah Escapefrom Pretoria The Capote Tapes Standing Up Falling Down The Painted Bird Invisible

2 March / Day 6...

The Twentieth Century One Taxi Ride Moffie Ashley by Jamie Crewe

3 March / Day 7...

Bacurau A White White Day Gay Chorus Deep South

4 March / Day 8...

Les Miserables Disco James Vs His Future Self Oliver Sacks His Own Life

5 March / Day 9...

Days Of The Bagnold Summer Patrick Driveways

6 March / Day 10...

Bombay Rose Initials SG Radioactive The Garden Left Behind

7 March / Day 11...

Deerskin Two Of Us Saint Maud Make Up

8 March / Day 12...

The Other Lamb Billie How To Build A Girl


BAFTA 2020 Nominations & Winners...

Bafta 2020

BAFTA has announced the nominations for the 2020 EE British Academy Film Awards.

London, 7 January 2020: The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has announced the nominations for the EE British Academy Film Awards in 2020.

The EE British Academy Film Awards, which recognise the very best in film of the past year, take place on Sunday 2 February at the Royal Albert Hall, London. The ceremony will be hosted by Graham Norton and will be broadcast exclusively on BBC One and BBC One HD in the UK and in all major territories around the world.

A total of 39 feature films received nominations today. Highlights include:

  • 11 nominations for Joker
  • 10 nominations for The Irishman and Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
  • Nine nominations for 1917
  • Six nominations for Jojo Rabbit
  • Five nominations for Little Women, Marriage Story and The Two Popes
  • Four nominations for For Sama, Parasite and Rocketman
  • Three nominations for Bombshell, Judy, Le Mans ’66 and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
  • Two nominations for Bait
  • One nomination for each of the following feature films: American Factory, Apollo 11, Avengers: Endgame, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Booksmart, Diego Maradona, The Farewell, Frozen 2, The Great Hack, Klaus, Knives Out, The Lighthouse, The Lion King, Maiden, Only You, Pain and Glory, The Personal History of David Copperfield, Portrait of a Lady on Fire, Retablo, A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon, Sorry We Missed You, Toy Story 4 and Wild Rose
  • The following British short films were nominated: Azaar, Goldfish, Kamali, Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl), The Trap, Grandad Was a Romantic, In Her Boots and The Magic Boat

The nominations were announced by Ella Balinska and Asa Butterfield at BAFTA Piccadilly in London.


  • 1917 Pippa Harris, Callum McDougall, Sam Mendes, Jayne-Ann Tenggren
  • THE IRISHMAN Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, Martin Scorsese, Emma Tillinger Koskoff
  • JOKER Bradley Cooper, Todd Phillips, Emma Tillinger Koskoff
  • ONCE UPON A TIME… IN HOLLYWOOD David Heyman, Shannon McIntosh, Quentin Tarantino
  • PARASITE Bong Joon-ho, Kwak Sin-ae



  • 1917 Sam Mendes, Pippa Harris, Callum McDougall, Jayne-Ann Tenggren, Krysty Wilson-Cairns
  • BAIT Mark Jenkin, Kate Byers, Linn Waite
  • FOR SAMA Waad al-Kateab, Edward Watts
  • ROCKETMAN Dexter Fletcher, Adam Bohling, David Furnish, David Reid, Matthew Vaughn, Lee Hall
  • SORRY WE MISSED YOU Ken Loach, Rebecca O’Brien, Paul Laverty
  • THE TWO POPES Fernando Meirelles, Jonathan Eirich, Dan Lin, Tracey Seaward, Anthony McCarten



  • BAIT Mark Jenkin (Writer/Director), Kate Byers, Linn Waite (Producers)
  • FOR SAMA Waad al-Kateab (Director/Producer), Edward Watts (Director)
  • MAIDEN Alex Holmes (Director)
  • ONLY YOU Harry Wootliff (Writer/Director)
  • RETABLO Álvaro Delgado-Aparicio (Writer/Director)



  • THE FAREWELL Lulu Wang, Daniele Melia
  • FOR SAMA Waad al-Kateab, Edward Watts
  • PAIN AND GLORY Pedro Almodóvar, Agustín Almodóvar
  • PARASITE Bong Joon-ho
  • PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE Céline Sciamma, Bénédicte Couvreur



  • AMERICAN FACTORY Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert
  • APOLLO 11 Todd Douglas Miller
  • DIEGO MARADONA Asif Kapadia
  • FOR SAMA Waad al-Kateab, Edward Watts
  • THE GREAT HACK Karim Amer, Jehane Noujaim



  • FROZEN 2 Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee, Peter Del Vecho
  • KLAUS Sergio Pablos, Jinko Gotoh
  • A SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE: FARMAGEDDON Will Becher, Richard Phelan, Paul Kewley
  • TOY STORY 4 Josh Cooley, Mark Nielsen



  • 1917 Sam Mendes
  • THE IRISHMAN Martin Scorsese
  • JOKER Todd Phillips
  • ONCE UPON A TIME… IN HOLLYWOOD Quentin Tarantino
  • PARASITE Bong Joon-ho



  • BOOKSMART Susanna Fogel, Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins, Katie Silberman
  • KNIVES OUT Rian Johnson
  • MARRIAGE STORY Noah Baumbach
  • ONCE UPON A TIME… IN HOLLYWOOD Quentin Tarantino
  • PARASITE Han Jin Won, Bong Joon-ho



  • THE IRISHMAN Steven Zaillian
  • JOJO RABBIT Taika Waititi
  • JOKER Todd Phillips, Scott Silver
  • LITTLE WOMEN Greta Gerwig
  • THE TWO POPES Anthony McCarten



  • SAOIRSE RONAN Little Women



  • LEONARDO DICAPRIO Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood
  • ADAM DRIVER Marriage Story
  • TARON EGERTON Rocketman
  • JONATHAN PRYCE The Two Popes



  • LAURA DERN Marriage Story
  • FLORENCE PUGH Little Women
  • MARGOT ROBBIE Bombshell
  • MARGOT ROBBIE Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood



  • TOM HANKS A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
  • AL PACINO The Irishman
  • JOE PESCI The Irishman
  • BRAD PITT Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood



  • 1917 Thomas Newman
  • JOJO RABBIT Michael Giacchino
  • JOKER Hildur Guđnadóttir
  • LITTLE WOMEN Alexandre Desplat



  • JOKER Shayna Markowitz
  • MARRIAGE STORY Douglas Aibel, Francine Maisler
  • THE TWO POPES Nina Gold



  • 1917 Roger Deakins
  • THE IRISHMAN Rodrigo Prieto
  • JOKER Lawrence Sher
  • LE MANS ’66 Phedon Papamichael
  • THE LIGHTHOUSE Jarin Blaschke



  • THE IRISHMAN Thelma Schoonmaker
  • JOJO RABBIT Tom Eagles
  • JOKER Jeff Groth
  • LE MANS ’66 Andrew Buckland, Michael McCusker



  • 1917 Dennis Gassner, Lee Sandales
  • THE IRISHMAN Bob Shaw, Regina Graves
  • JOJO RABBIT Ra Vincent, Nora Sopková
  • JOKER Mark Friedberg, Kris Moran
  • ONCE UPON A TIME… IN HOLLYWOOD Barbara Ling, Nancy Haigh



  • THE IRISHMAN Christopher Peterson, Sandy Powell
  • JOJO RABBIT Mayes C. Rubeo
  • JUDY Jany Temime
  • LITTLE WOMEN Jacqueline Durran



  • 1917 Naomi Donne
  • BOMBSHELL Vivian Baker, Kazu Hiro, Anne Morgan
  • JOKER Kay Georgiou, Nicki Ledermann
  • JUDY Jeremy Woodhead
  • ROCKETMAN Lizzie Yianni Georgiou



  • 1917 Scott Millan, Oliver Tarney, Rachael Tate, Mark Taylor, Stuart Wilson
  • JOKER Tod Maitland, Alan Robert Murray, Tom Ozanich, Dean Zupancic
  • LE MANS ’66 David Giammarco, Paul Massey, Steven A. Morrow, Donald Sylvester
  • ROCKETMAN Matthew Collinge, John Hayes, Mike Prestwood Smith, Danny Sheehan
  • STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER David Acord, Andy Nelson, Christopher Scarabosio, Stuart Wilson, Matthew Wood



  • 1917 Greg Butler, Guillaume Rocheron, Dominic Tuohy
  • AVENGERS: ENDGAME Dan Deleeuw, Dan Sudick
  • THE IRISHMAN Leandro Estebecorena, Stephane Grabli, Pablo Helman
  • THE LION KING Andrew R. Jones, Robert Legato, Elliot Newman, Adam Valdez
  • STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER Roger Guyett, Paul Kavanagh, Neal Scanlan, Dominic Tuohy



  • IN HER BOOTS Kathrin Steinbacher
  • THE MAGIC BOAT Naaman Azhari, Lilia Laurel



  • AZAAR Myriam Raja, Nathanael Baring
  • GOLDFISH Hector Dockrill, Harri Kamalanathan, Benedict Turnbull, Laura Dockrill
  • KAMALI Sasha Rainbow, Rosalind Croad
  • LEARNING TO SKATEBOARD IN A WARZONE (IF YOU’RE A GIRL) Carol Dysinger, Elena Andreicheva
  • THE TRAP Lena Headey, Anthony Fitzgerald




MR. JONES: Official Trailer...

Gareth Jones, an ambitious Welsh journalist, travelled to the Soviet Union in 1933 and uncovered the appalling truth behind the Soviet "utopia". His quest quickly turned into a life-or-death journey… helping inspire Orwell’s Animal Farm.

SAG Awards 2020 Winners...

SAG Awards

Here are all the winners:

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture:

“Bombshell” (Lionsgate)
“The Irishman” (Netflix)
“Jojo Rabbit” (Fox)
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” (Sony)
“Parasite” (Neon) (WINNER)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role:

Cynthia Erivo (“Harriet”)
Scarlett Johansson (“Marriage Story”)
Lupita Nyong’o (“Us”)
Charlize Theron (“Bombshell”)
Renée Zellweger (“Judy”) (WINNER)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role:

Christian Bale (“Ford v Ferrari”)
Leonardo DiCaprio (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”)
Adam Driver (“Marriage Story”)
Taron Egerton (“Rocketman”)
Joaquin Phoenix (“Joker”) (WINNER)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries:

Mahershala Ali (“True Detective”)
Russell Crowe (“The Loudest Voice”)
Jared Harris (“Chernobyl”)
Jharrel Jerome (“When They See Us”)
Sam Rockwell (“Fosse/Verdon”) (WINNER)

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series:

“Big Little Lies” (HBO)
“The Crown” (Netflix) (WINNER)
“Game of Thrones” (HBO)
“The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu)
“Stranger Things” (Netflix)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series:

Sterling K. Brown (“This Is Us”)
Steve Carell (“The Morning Show”)
Billy Crudup (“The Morning Show”)
Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones”) (WINNER)
David Harbour (“Stranger Things”)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series:

Jennifer Aniston (“The Morning Show”) (WINNER)
Helena Bonham Carter (“The Crown”)
Olivia Colman (“The Crown”)
Jodie Comer (“Killing Eve”)
Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries:

Patricia Arquette (“The Act”)
Toni Collette (“Unbelievable”)
Joey King (“The Act”)
Emily Watson (“Chernobyl”)
Michelle Williams (“Fosse/Verdon”) (WINNER)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role:

Jamie Foxx (“Just Mercy”)
Tom Hanks (“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”)
Al Pacino (“The Irishman”)
Joe Pesci (“The Irishman”)
Brad Pitt (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”) (WINNER)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role:

Laura Dern (“Marriage Story”) (WINNER)
Scarlett Johansson (“Jojo Rabbit”)
Nicole Kidman (“Bombshell”)
Jennifer Lopez (“Hustlers”)
Margot Robbie (“Bombshell”)

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series:

“Barry” (HBO)
“Fleabag” (Amazon)
“The Kominsky Method” (Netflix)
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon) (WINNER)
“Schitt’s Creek” (CBC Television/Pop TV)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series:

Christina Applegate (“Dead to Me”)
Alex Borstein (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”)
Rachel Brosnahan (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”)
Catherine O’Hara (“Schitt’s Creek”)
Phoebe Waller-Bridge (“Fleabag”) (WINNER)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series:

Alan Arkin (“The Kominsky Method”)
Michael Douglas (“The Kominsky Method”)
Bill Hader (“Barry”)
Andrew Scott (“Fleabag”)
Tony Shalhoub (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”) (WINNER)

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture:

“Avengers: Endgame” (WINNER)
“Ford v Ferrari”
“The Irishman”
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series:

“Game of Thrones” (WINNER)
“Stranger Things”
“The Walking Dead”

Life Achievement Award: Robert De Niro.

Visible: Out on Television | Official Trailer...

Visible: Out on Television, a five-part documentary series, premieres exclusively on Apple TV+ February 14. Learn more now on the Apple TV app:

From Emmy-nominated filmmakers Ryan White and Jessica Hargrave, and executive producers Wanda Sykes and Wilson Cruz, Visible: Out on Television investigates the importance of TV as an intimate medium that has shaped the American conscience, and how the LGBTQ movement has shaped television. Combining archival footage with interviews with key players from the movement and the screen, the docuseries is narrated by Janet Mock, Margaret Cho, Asia Kate Dillon, Neil Patrick Harris and Lena Waithe.

Each hour-long episode will explore themes such as invisibility, homophobia, the evolution of the LGBTQ character, and coming out in the television industry. The docuseries features never-before-seen interviews with Ellen DeGeneres, Oprah Winfrey, Anderson Cooper, Billy Porter, Rachel Maddow, Don Lemon, Sara Ramirez, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and dozens more. Visible: Out on Television is directed and executive produced by Ryan White (Ask Dr. Ruth, The Case Against 8, The Keepers). Jessica Hargrave, Wilson Cruz and Wanda Sykes also serve as executive producers.

Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics: Dorian Awards 2020 Winners...

GALECA Dorian Awards LogoFilm of the Year

Little Women
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Pain and Glory
Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Director of the Year

Pedro Almodovar, Pain and Glory 
Greta Gerwig, Little Women
Bong Joon-ho, Parasite
Sam Mendes, 1917
Celine Sciamma, Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Film Performance of the Year — Actress

Awkwafina, The Farewell
Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story
Lupita Nyong’o, Us
Alfre Woodard, Clemency
Renee Zellweger, Judy

Film Performance of the Year — Actor

Antonio Banderas, Pain and Glory
Adam Driver, Marriage Story
Adam Sandler, Uncut Gems
Joaquin Phoenix, Joker
Taron Egerton, Rocketman

Supporting Film Performance of the Year — Actress

Laura Dern, Marriage Story
Florence Pugh, Little Women
Jennifer Lopez, Hustlers
Margot Robbie, Bombshell
Zhao Shuzhen, The Farewell

Supporting Film Performance of the Year — Actor

Tom Hanks, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Al Pacino, The Irishman 
Joe Pesci, The Irishman
Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Song Kang-ho, Parasite

LGBTQ Film of the Year

End of the Century 
Pain and Glory
Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Foreign Language Film of the Year

Pain and Glory 
Portrait of a Lady on Fire
The Farewell

Screenplay of the Year

Noah Baumbach, Marriage Story
Bong Joon-ho, Han Jin-won, Parasite
Greta Gerwig, Little Women
Céline Sciamma, Portrait of a Lady on Fire
Rian Johnson, Knives Out

Documentary of the Year

(theatrical release, TV airing or DVD release)

American Factory
Apollo 11
For Sama
One Child Nation

LGBTQ Documentary of the Year

Circus of Books 
Gay Chorus Deep South
The Gospel of Eureka
Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street

Visually Striking Film of the Year

(honoring a production of stunning beauty, from art direction to cinematography)

The Lighthouse
Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Unsung Film of the Year

Her Smell
Gloria Bell
The Last Black Man in San Francisco

Campy Film of the Year

Knives Out

TV Drama of the Year


TV Comedy of the Year

The Other Two 
Russian Doll
Schitt’s Creek

TV Performance of the Year — Actress

Natasha Lyonne, Russian Doll
Catherine O’Hara, Schitt’s Creek
Mj Rodriguez, Pose
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag
Michelle Williams, Fosse Verdon

TV Performance of the Year — Actor

Bill Hader, Barry
Dan Levy, Schitt’s Creek
Jharrel Jerome, When They See Us
Billy Porter, Pose 
Jeremy Strong, Succession

TV Current Affairs Show of the Year

Full Frontal with Samantha Bee 
The Rachel Maddow Show
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Leaving Neverland  

TV Musical Performance of the Year

Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga, "Shallow," The 91st Academy Awards
Lizzo, "Truth Hurts," VMAs 2019
Megan Mullally, "The Man That Got Way," Will & Grace
Annie Murphy, "A Little Bit Alexis," Schitt’s Creek
Michelle Williams, "Who’s Got the Pain?," Fosse/Verdon

LGBTQ TV Show of the Year

The Other Two
Schitt’s Creek
Tales of the City 

Unsung TV Show of the Year

Gentleman Jack
On Becoming a God in Central Florida
The Other Two
Years and Years

Campy TV Show of the Year

American Horror Story 1984
Big Little Lies
RuPaul’s Drag Race
The Politician

We're Wilde About You! Rising Star of the Year

Roman Griffin Davis 
Kaitlyn Dever
Beanie Feldstein
Florence Pugh
Hunter Schafer

Wilde Wit of the Year

(Honoring a performer, writer or commentator whose observations both challenge and amuse)

Dan Levy
Billy Porter 
Randy Rainbow
Taika Waititi
Phoebe Waller-Bridge

Wilde Artist of the Decade

(Special accolade)

Lady Gaga
Greta Gerwig
Ryan Murphy
Billy Porter
Phoebe Waller-Bridge

GLAAD Media Awards 2020: Nominations...

Glaad 2020The GLAAD Media Awards ceremonies will be held in New York at the Hilton Midtown on Thursday, March 19, 2020 and Los Angeles at the Beverly Hilton on Thursday, April 16, 2020. 

Outstanding Film – Wide Release
Bombshell (Lionsgate)
Booksmart (United Artists Releasing)
Downton Abbey (Focus Features)
Judy (Roadside Attractions)
Rocketman (Paramount Pictures)

Outstanding Film – Limited Release
Adam (Wolfe Releasing)
Brittany Runs a Marathon (Amazon Studios)
End of the Century (The Cinema Guild)
The Heiresses (1844 Entertainment)
Kanarie (Breaking Glass Pictures)
Pain & Glory (Sony Pictures Classics)
Portrait of a Lady on Fire (NEON)
Rafiki (Film Movement)
Socrates (Breaking Glass Pictures)
This Is Not Berlin (Samuel Goldwyn Films)

Outstanding Documentary
5B (RYOT Films)
Gay Chorus Deep South (MTV)
Leitis in Waiting (PBS)
State of Pride (YouTube)
Wig (HBO)

Outstanding Drama Series
Batwoman (The CW)
Billions (Showtime)
Euphoria (HBO)
Killing Eve (AMC)
The L Word: Generation Q (Showtime)
The Politician (Netflix)
Shadowhunters (Freeform)
Star Trek: Discovery (CBS All Access)
Supergirl (The CW)

Outstanding Comedy Series
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (NBC)
Dear White People (Netflix)
Dickinson (Apple TV+)
One Day at a Time (Netflix)
The Other Two (Comedy Central)
Schitt’s Creek (Pop)
Sex Education (Netflix)
Superstore (NBC)
Vida (Starz)
Work in Progress (Showtime)

Outstanding Individual Episode (in a series w/o a regular LGBTQ character)
“Love” Drunk History (Comedy Central)
“Murdered at a Bad Address” Law & Order: SVU (NBC)|
“Spontaneous Combustion” Easy (Netflix)
“This Extraordinary Being” Watchmen (HBO)
“Two Doors Down” Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings (Netflix)

Outstanding TV Movie
Deadwood: The Movie (HBO)
Let It Snow (Netflix)
Rent: Live (FOX)
Transparent: Musicale Finale (Amazon)
Trapped: The Alex Cooper Story (Lifetime)

Outstanding Limited Series
Mrs. Fletcher (HBO)
The Red Line (CBS)
Tales of the City (Netflix)
When They See Us (Netflix)
Years & Years (HBO) 

Outstanding Kids & Family Programming
Andi Mack (The Disney Channel)
The Bravest Knight (Hulu)
High School Musical: The Musical: The Series (Disney+)
The Loud House (Nickelodeon)
“Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone” Arthur (PBS)
Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling (Netflix)
She-Ra and the Princesses of Power (Netflix)
Steven Universe: The Movie (Cartoon Network)
“A Tale of Two Nellas” Nella the Princess Knight (Nick Jr.)
Twelve Forever (Netflix) 

Outstanding Reality Program
Are You the One? (MTV)
Bachelor in Paradise (ABC)
I Am Jazz (TLC)
Queer Eye (Netflix)
RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1)

Outstanding Music Artist
Adam Lambert, Velvet: Side A (More is More/Empire)
Brittany Howard, Jaime (ATO)
Kevin Abstract, ARIZONA BABY (Question Everything/RCA)
Kim Petras, Clarity (Bunhead)
King Princess, Cheap Queen (Zelig/Columbia Records)
Lil Nas X, 7 (Columbia)
Melissa Etheridge, The Medicine Show (ME Records/Concord)
Mika, My Name Is Michael Holbrook (Casablanca/Republic Records)
Tegan and Sara, Hey, I’m Just Like You (Sire)
Young M.A, Herstory in the Making (M.A Music/3D)

Outstanding Comic Book
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The Avant-Guards, written by Carly Usdin (BOOM! Studios)
Bloom, written by Kevin Panetta (First Second)
Crowded, written by Christopher Sebela (Image Comics)
Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass, written by Mariko Tamaki (DC Comics)
Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me, written by Mariko Tamaki (First Second)
Liebestrasse, written by Greg Lockard (ComiXology Originals)
Lumberjanes, written by Shannon Watters, Kat Leyh (BOOM! Studios)
Runaways, written by Rainbow Rowell (Marvel Comics)
Star Wars: Doctor Aphra, written by Simon Spurrier (Marvel Comics)
The Wicked + Divine, written by Kieron Gillen (Image Comics)

Outstanding Video Game
Apex Legends (Electronic Arts)
Borderlands 3 (2K Games)
The Outer Worlds (Private Division)
Overwatch (Blizzard Entertainment)
The Walking Dead: The Final Season (Skybound Entertainment)

Outstanding Broadway Production
Choir Boy, by Tarell Alvin McCraney
The Inheritance, by Matthew Lopez
Jagged Little Pill, book by Diablo Cody, lyrics by Alanis Morissette, music by Alanis Morissette, Glen Ballard
Slave Play, by Jeremy O. Harris
What the Constitution Means to Me, by Heidi Schreck

Outstanding Variety or Talk Show Episode
“Billy Porter Serves Cataract Realness, Fashion, and Tonys” The View (ABC)
“Ellen Meets Inspiring Mormon Valedictorian” The Ellen Show (Syndicated/Telepictures Productions)
“Jacob Tobia – Promoting a ‘Gender-Chill’ Exploration of Identity with ‘Sissy’” The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (Comedy Central)
“Jonathan Van Ness: Honey, She’s An Onion With All Sorts of Layers” The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (CBS)
“Lilly Is Struggling to Date Women” A Little Late with Lilly Singh (NBC)

Outstanding TV Journalism – Newsmagazine
“ABC News Pride Day” (WABC-TV/ABC News)
“All Her Sons” CBS Sunday Morning (CBS)
“Am I Next? Gay and Targeted in Chechnya” Nightline (ABC)
“Am I Next? Trans and Targeted” Nightline (ABC)
“Rainbow Railroad” 60 Minutes (CBS)

Outstanding TV Journalism Segment
“Black and Trans in Texas” Vice News Tonight (HBO)
“Don Lemon to Kevin Hart: Walking away right now is your choice” CNN Tonight with Don Lemon (CNN)
“Laverne Cox: We exist, we deserve human rights” Up with David Gura (MSNBC)
“One-on-One with Mayor Pete Buttigieg” The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC)
“Ryan Russell Reveals His Truth” ESPN (ESPN) 

Outstanding Newspaper Article
“L.G.B.T.Q. Community Finds ‘Sense of Home’ in the Bronx” by Rick Rojas (The New York Times)
“Military Reports No Discharges Under Trans Ban — But Advocates Have Doubts” by Chris Johnson (Washington Blade)
“Nearly 4 Million LGBTQ People Live in Rural America, and ‘Everything is not bias and awful’” by Susan Miller (USA Today)
“Texas Leads the Nation in Transgender Murders. After the Latest Attack, the Dallas Trans Community Asks Why” by Lauren McGaughy (The Dallas Morning News)
“Trump Pledged to End the HIV Epidemic. San Francisco Could Get There First” by Maria L. La Ganga (Los Angeles Times)

Outstanding Magazine Article
“2019 Sportsperson of the Year: Megan Rapinoe” by Jenny Vrentas (Sports Illustrated)
“In Her Element: Geena Rocero” by Geena Rocero (Playboy)
“Indya Moore Just Wants to Be Free” by Jada Yuan (ELLE)
“Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s Unlikely, Untested, Unprecedented Presidential Campaign” by Charlotte Alter (TIME)
“The Trans Obituaries Project” by Raquel Willis (OUT)

Outstanding Magazine Overall Coverage
Entertainment Weekly

Outstanding Digital Journalism Article
“Finding the Truth About Transgender Athletes in Women’s Sports” [series] by Cyd Zeigler, Dawn Ennis (
“How a New Class of Trans Male Actors Are Changing the Face of Television” by Trish Bendix (
“’This time is real’: Taiwan Counts Down to Asia’s First Same-Sex Weddings” by Beh Lih Yi (
“Trump Administration to LGBT Couples: Your ‘Out of Wedlock’ Kids Aren’t Citizens” by Scott Bixby (
“When Transgender Travelers Walk Into Scanners, Invasive Searches Sometimes Wait on the Other Side” by Lucas Waldron, Brenda Medina ( 

Outstanding Digital Journalism – Video or Multimedia
“Between Two Homes: The LGBTQ+ Refugees America Left Behind” by Judah Robinson (NowThis)
“LGBTQ+ Community Debates the Meaning of ‘Queer,’ Military Bans, & More” by Arielle Duhaime-Ross (VICE)
“The Life Threatening Dangers Of Gay Conversion Therapy” by Grace Baldridge (Refinery29)
“Sound On: Community, Representation and Identity” by Terron Moore and Rakhee Jethwa (MTV News)
“Stonewall 50: The Revolution” produced by Sekiya Dorsett, Brooke Sopelsa, Elizabeth Kuhr, Shahrzad Elghanayan, Wesley Oliver, Tim Fitzsimmons (NBC OUT and Nightly Films)

Outstanding Blog
Gays with Kids
My Fabulous Disease
Pittsburgh Lesbian Correspondents

Special Recognition
Special (Netflix)
Karen Ocamb, news editor, Los Angeles Blade
Mark Segal, founder and publisher, Philadelphia Gay News 


Outstanding Spanish-Language Scripted Television Series
Amar a Muerte (Univision)
El Corazón Nunca Se Equivoca (Univision)
El Juego de las Llaves (Pantaya)
Élite (Netflix)
Los Espookys (HBO)

Outstanding Spanish-Language TV Journalism – Newsmagazine
Después de Stonewall” (CNN en Español)
“Fallece Mujer Transgénero” Conclusiones (CNN en Español)
“Nosotrxs Somos” (RTVE)
“Orgullo” Despierta América (Univision) 

Outstanding Spanish-Language TV Interview
“Cómo y Cuándo Salir del Clóset” Un Nuevo Día (Telemundo)
“Conoce la Importancia de Apoyar a un Ser Querido Cuando ‘Sale del Clóset’” A Primera Hora (Univision 34)
“Deportada y Asesinada” Al Punto (Univision)
“Pareja Transgénero Quiere Tener Hijos” Un Nuevo Día (Telemundo)
“Tanya Saracho, Una Latina en Hollywood” Ojo Crítico (CNN en Español)

Outstanding Spanish-Language TV Journalism Segment
“Amor Sin Condición” Noticiero Univision 33 (Univision)
“Exigen Justicia Para Franco” Noticias 22 (Mundo Fox)
“Sabor a Comunidad” Noticiero Telemundo 48 (Telemundo)
“Ser Latina y Trans en EE.UU. Implica una Lucha Contra la Discriminación en Varios Frentes” Proyecto Ser Humano (CNN en Español)
“Triunfa el Amor por Ser Padres” Noticiero Telemundo 44 (Telemundo)

Outstanding Spanish-Language Digital Journalism Article
“Fue Negligencia de ICE: las Denuncias de Abusos y Discriminación de Mujeres Transgénero Tras Dos Muertes en un Año” por Patricia Clarembaux (
“Los Multiples Rostros de la Comunidad Transgénero en Estados Unidos” [series] (Al Día News)
“Una Pareja Gay Celebra su Primer Día de Madres, Algo que Pensaron Nunca Sería Posible” por Laura Rodriguez (Hoy)
“Queer en la Caravana: el Peligro de Ser Migrante LGBT Buscando Asilo” por Mabel Jiménez (
“Soy Gay y Estoy Orgulloso de Poder Decirlo: Jorge Luis Martínez, patinador mexicano” por Mario Villagrán (GQ Mexico)

Outstanding Spanish-Language Digital Journalism – Video or Multimedia
“América a Fondo: Brigitte Baptiste, el Rostro de la (bio) Diversidad” por David Casasús (EFE)
“Conoce a Jorge Luis Martínez Patinador que se Declaró Abiertamente Gay” (Quién)
“Latinxs Cuentan Qué Es Ser Latinx” (BBC Mundo)
“Santuario, el Inesperado Refugio de Indígenas Trans en Colombia” por Alejandro Millán Valencia (BBC Mundo)


Golden Globes 2020: Winners...

Golden Globes Awards LogoThe ceremony will take place in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, on 5 January next year and it will again be hosted by British comic actor Ricky Gervais...

Best motion picture - drama

Best performance by an actress in a motion picture - drama

  • Cynthia Erivo - Harriet
  • Scarlett Johansson - Marriage Story
  • Saoirse Ronan - Little Women
  • Charlize Theron - Bombshell
  • Renee Zellweger - Judy

Best actor in a motion picture - drama

Best motion picture - musical or comedy

Best performance by an actress in a motion picture - musical or comedy

  • Ana De Armas - Knives Out
  • Awkwafina - The Farewell
  • Cate Blanchett - Where'd You Go, Bernadette
  • Beanie Feldstein - Booksmart
  • Emma Thompson - Late Night

Best performance by an actor in a motion picture - musical or comedy

Best motion picture - animated

  • Frozen 2
  • How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
  • The Lion King
  • Missing Link
  • Toy Story 4

Best motion picture - foreign language

Best performance by an actress in a supporting role in any motion picture

  • Kathy Bates - Richard Jewell
  • Annette Bening - The Report
  • Laura Dern - Marriage Story
  • Jennifer Lopez - Hustlers
  • Margot Robbie - Bombshell

Best performance by an actor in a supporting role in any motion picture

Best director in a motion picture

Best screenplay - motion picture

Best original score

  • Motherless Brooklyn - Daniel Pemberton
  • Little Women - Alexandre Desplat
  • Joker - Hildur Gudnadottir
  • 1917 - Thomas Newman
  • Marriage Story - Randy Newman

Best original song - motion picture

  • Beautiful Ghosts - Cats
  • I'm Gonna Love Me Again - Rocketman
  • Into the Unknown - Frozen 2
  • Spirit - The Lion King
  • Stand Up - Harriet

Best Television series - drama

  • Big Little Lies
  • The Crown
  • Killing Eve
  • The Morning Show
  • Succession

Best performance by an actress in a drama series

  • Jennifer Aniston - The Morning Show
  • Olivia Colman - The Crown
  • Jodie Comer - Killing Eve
  • Nicole Kidman - Big Little Lies
  • Reese Witherspoon - The Morning Show

Best performance by an actor in a drama series

  • Brian Cox - Succession
  • Kit Harington - Game of Thrones
  • Rami Malek - Mr Robot
  • Tobias Menzies - The Crown
  • Billy Porter - Pose

Best television series - musical or comedy

  • Barry
  • Fleabag
  • The Kominsky Method
  • The Marvelous Mrs Maisel
  • The Politician

Best performance by an actress in a television series - musical or comedy

  • Christina Applegate - Dead to Me
  • Rachel Brosnahan - The Marvelous Mrs Maisel
  • Kirsten Dunst - On Becoming a God in Central Florida
  • Natasha Lyonne - Russian Doll
  • Phoebe Waller-Bridge - Fleabag

Best performance by an actor in a television series - musical or comedy

  • Michael Douglas - The Kominsky Method
  • Bill Hader - Barry
  • Ben Platt - The Politician
  • Paul Rudd - Living With Yourself
  • Ramy Youssef - Ramy

Best television limited series or motion picture made for television

  • Catch-22
  • Chernobyl
  • Fosse/Verdon
  • The Loudest Voice
  • Unbelievable

Best actress in a limited series or TV movie

  • Michelle Williams - Fosse/Verdon
  • Helen Mirren - Catherine the Great
  • Merritt Wever - Unbelievable
  • Kaitlyn Dever - Unbelievable
  • Joey King - The Act

Best performance by an actor in a limited series or a motion picture made for television

  • Chris Abbott - Catch-22
  • Sacha Baron Cohen - The Spy
  • Russell Crowe - The Loudest Voice
  • Jared Harris - Chernobyl
  • Sam Rockwell - Fosse/Verdon

Best performance by an actress in a supporting role in a series, limited series or a motion picture made for television

  • Meryl Streep - Big Little Lies
  • Helena Bonham Carter - The Crown
  • Emily Watson - Chernobyl
  • Patricia Arquette - The Act
  • Toni Collette - Unbelievable

Best performance by an actor in a supporting role in a series, limited series or motion picture made for television

  • lan Arkin - The Kominsky Method
  • Kieran Culkin - Succession
  • Andrew Scott - Fleabag
  • Stellan Skarsgård - Chernobyl
  • Henry Winkler - Barry

The best films of 2019...

In our humble [collective] opinions, these are the best films [although we haven't seen every film made] of 2019...

Top12 2019


Fims4FreedomBFI and British Council announce new LGBTQ+ short film commissions selected for #MOREFilms4Freedom

Three new short films have been commissioned by BFI Flare: London LGBTQ+ Film Festival, the British Council, and BFI NETWORK as part of the #MOREFilms4Freedom programme. The selected films - all cross-cultural collaborations exploring LGBTQ+ stories - build on the success of the original #FiveFilms4Freedom digital campaign, which originated in 2015 as a partnership between BFI Flare: London LGBTQ+ Film Festival and the British Council.

This year’s pilot #MOREFilms4Freedom programme supports urgent, creative collaborations exploring LGBTQ+ themes. The three selected projects will showcase a breadth of distinctive filmmaking voices and explore diverse themes including sexuality and conflict; intergenerational gay culture; and migration and family ties. They include two documentaries and one fiction project, with collaborations between UK filmmakers and Syrian, Palestinian and South African filmmakers currently based in Lebanon, Israel, and South Africa.

The three selected projects have each been awarded a grant from the British Council of £10,500 to cover all stages of production. Each team has been working with Executive Producer Loran Dunn (former Screen Star of Tomorrow, BFI Vision Awardee, and producer, A Deal With the Universe) whose support has been provided alongside their funding, to mentor both team and project from script through to edit. The projects are due for delivery in February 2020, with the possibility of screening at next year’s BFI Flare: London LGBTQ+ Film Festival in March, as well as appearing alongside the 2020 #FiveFilms4Freedom campaign.

The selected projects and teams are:

The Men Who Speak Gayle (Director Andrew Brukman, writer/storyteller Nathan Kennedy, producers Thembisa Cochrane and Georgie Paget). Young drag performer Nathan is one of the last people to speak Gayle - a secret language the gay community were forced to invent during Apartheid. He finds out about Louis, an original Gayle speaker living in a conservative desert town in South Africa and wants to put on a performance with him. These men, two generations apart and from different cultural and racial backgrounds have never met - and have no idea how the town will react.

Let My Body Speak (Director Madonna Adib, producer Noe Mendelle). Our bodies store memories. The body does not forget. A childhood in Damascus, OCD, the revolution, falling in love with a woman. My body remembers, it keeps the trauma. And after all the losses, I had to start listening to my body.

Nowhere (Writer-director Christopher Manning, producer Garry Paton, co-producers Laura Samara Hawa and Baher Agbariya). A young Palestinian woman crosses the Israeli border illegally to find her long-lost brother, who she hopes will be her ticket to a new life far from the West Bank. When she discovers the truth behind his exiled existence, her dreams of a happy reunion are shattered, and she must face her next steps alone.

The  #FiveFilms4Freedom digital campaign has generated views from nearly 14 million people in 202 countries and principalities since 2015. In previous editions of the campaign, a gap was found in projects and stories originating in countries within the African continent and the Middle East. In response, this year’s #MOREFilms4Freedom is supporting three collaborations between filmmakers in the UK and countries in those regions.

Briony Hanson, Director of Film at the British Council, says:

“One of the unexpected pleasures of our #FiveFilms4Freedom programme so far has been witnessing just how universal LGBTQ+ experience is wherever you are in the world. I am delighted that these first #MOREFilms4Freedom commissions will give voice to more international stories, and that three groups of UK filmmakers will have the chance to create new global connections as a result.”

Tricia Tuttle, BFI Festivals Director, said: 

“#FiveFilms4Freedom has brought moving, provocative, beautiful stories with global LGBTQ+ perspectives to audiences worldwide. With #MOREFilms4Freedom, British Council, BFI Network and BFI Flare London LGBTQ+ Film Festival wanted to offer UK filmmakers the opportunity to collaborate creatively with filmmakers from other parts of the world. It’s an important project which enables talented filmmakers to learn from each other and explore the similarities and differences of LGBTQ+ experiences and stories across cultures”

John Waters' Top 10 Films of 2019...

 It's that time of the year when John Waters announces his favourite films of the year. It is - as always - a mixed bag...with the awful The Souvenir and the hyped Once Upon a Time... receiving his undeserved praise.

Here they are:

Gaspar Noé, Climax, 2018, 2K video, color, sound, 96 minutes.Gaspar Noé, Climax, 2018, 2K video, color, sound, 96 minutes. 

CLIMAX (Gaspar Noé)

The best movie of the year gives new meaning to the term “bad trip.” Frenzied dance numbers combined with LSD, mental breakdowns, and childhood trauma turn this nutcase drama into The Red Shoes meets Hallucination Generation. Freak out, baby, freak out!


Bruno Dumont, Joan of Arc, 2019, 3K video, color, sound, 138 minutes. Jeanne d’Arc (Lise Leplat Prudhomme).Bruno Dumont, Joan of Arc, 2019, 3K video, color, sound, 138 minutes. Jeanne d’Arc (Lise Leplat Prudhomme). 

JOAN OF ARC (Bruno Dumont)

There is a God and his name is Bruno Dumont. His piously poisonous sequel to last year’s best film, Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc, is artier, holier, and will give you Catholic goose bumps. The ten-year-old star stares nobly and defiantly through the camera lens right into your soul and doesn’t even wait for the church authorities—she burns herself at the stake. 

Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time . . . in Hollywood, 2019, 35 mm, color and black-and-white, sound, 161 minutes. Center: Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio). Production still. Photo: Andrew Cooper.Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time . . . in Hollywood, 2019, 35 mm, color and black-and-white, sound, 161 minutes. Center: Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio). Production still. Photo: Andrew Cooper. 

ONCE UPON A TIME . . . IN HOLLYWOOD (Quentin Tarantino)

A real crowd-pleaser that deserves every bit of its critical and financial success for pulling the rug out from under America’s true-crime obsession and daring to give the Manson murders a feel-good happy ending that manages to be both shocking and terribly funny.  

Ali Abbasi, Gräns (Border), 2018, HD video, color, sound, 108 minutes. Vore (Eero Milonoff).Ali Abbasi, Gräns (Border), 2018, HD video, color, sound, 108 minutes. Vore (Eero Milonoff). 

BORDER (Ali Abbasi)

If Eraserhead had cousins, this transgressive troll couple would have welcomed them into their jaw-droppingly bizarre world of over-developed noses, maggot-eating diets, and pedophile-hunting duties. You won’t believe this one!

AMAZING GRACE (realized and produced by Alan Elliott)

Top-notch doc about the 1972 making of Aretha Franklin’s gospel album made all the more powerful by its drab church setting and the empty seats inside. Aretha never looked so talented or so lost, almost like an alien who is stunned by her own talents.


Penny Lane, Hail Satan?, 2019, 4K video, color, sound, 95 minutes.Penny Lane, Hail Satan?, 2019, 4K video, color, sound, 95 minutes. 

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HAIL SATAN? (Penny Lane)

Not since the Yippies have we seen such a hilarious pack of militant activists as the Satanic Temple. Their real-life pro-separation-of-church-and-state cult leader, Lucien Greaves, makes Anton LaVey look like Pat Boone. Don’t send money to Toys for Tots this Xmas; give it to these heretics.

PAIN AND GLORY (Pedro Almodóvar)

The first Almodóvar movie to shock me—it’s not one bit funny or melodramatic and even the colors are muted, yet it goes beyond the valley of maturity and over the top of riveting self-reflection to gay mental health. You’re not dying, Pedro, independent cinema is.


Faith Akin, Der goldene Handschuh (The Golden Glove), 2019, 2K video, color, sound, 110 minutes. Fritz Honka (Jonas Dassler).Faith Akin, Der goldene Handschuh (The Golden Glove), 2019, 2K video, color, sound, 110 minutes. Fritz Honka (Jonas Dassler). 


Even its own American distributor called this film reprehensible, and I agree, yet it’s so appalling, so grotesque, so well made and bravely acted that dare I suggest you give this serial-killer movie a watch? Shame on you, Fatih Akin, for making it. Shame on me for putting it on this Top Ten list. Shame on you if you like it.

THE SOUVENIR (Joanna Hogg)

An ugly-to-look-at but beautifully shot high-class art film based on the director’s disastrous first love affair with a junkie. If Marguerite Duras and Philippe Garrel had sex and Martin Scorsese adopted their cinematic offspring, this might have been what their film baby would look like. 

Todd Phillips, Joker, 2019, 35 mm, color, sound, 122 minutes. Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix).Todd Phillips, Joker, 2019, 35 mm, color, sound, 122 minutes. Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix). 

JOKER (Todd Phillips)

Irresponsible? Maybe. Dangerous? We’ll see. The first big-budget Hollywood movie to gleefully inspire anarchy. Bravo, Todd Phillips! Only you could get away with it. 

True History of the Kelly Gang - Official Trailer

Inspired by Peter Carey’s Man Booker prize winning novel of the same name, Justin Kurzel’s True History of the Kelly Gang shatters the mythology of the notorious icon to reveal the essence behind the life of Ned Kelly and force a country to stare back into the ashes of its brutal past.

Spanning the younger years of Ned’s life to the time leading up to his death, the film explores the blurred boundaries between what is bad and what is good, and the motivations for the demise of its hero. Youth and tragedy collide in the Kelly Gang, and at the beating heart of this tale is the fractured and powerful love story between a mother and a son.

Written for the screen by Shaun Grant and directed by the award-winning Justin Kurzel, it stars a spectacular cast of award-winning Australian and international stars, including George MacKay, Russell Crowe, Nicholas Hoult, Essie Davis, Claudia Karvan, Earl Cave and Charlie Hunnam.


The journey nears its end in this latest TV spot for the final chapter in the Skywalker Saga.

The film stars Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Anthony Daniels, Naomi Ackie, Domhnall Gleeson, Richard E. Grant, Lupita Nyong'o, Keri Russell, Joonas Suotamo, Kelly Marie Tran, with Ian McDiarmid and Billy Dee Williams

AJ and The Queen...

RuPaul stars as Ruby Red in AJ and The Queen - a new scripted comedy series arriving at Netflix on January 10.

RuPaul stars in this outrageous series as a down-on-her-luck drag queen traveling across America in a van with a tough-talking 11-year-old stowaway.

Yanis Marshall...

Dancer Yanis Marshall Struts His Stuff in High Heels from Great Big Story on Vimeo.

A dancer and choreographer who has worked with the likes of Celine Dion and Cirque du Soleil, Yanis Marshall is famous for dancing in high heels. You’ve probably seen his viral YouTube videos—he moves with confidence and grace atop three-inch stilettos, making it look effortless. But, behind those moves is a lot of hard work. Marshall has spent years mastering the art, and his reasons go beyond his love of dance. As a proud gay man, Marshall dances in heels to inspire men to express themselves in whatever way they see fit.

EMMA - Official Trailer...

Jane Austen’s beloved comedy about finding your equal and earning your happy ending, is reimagined in this delicious new film adaptation of EMMA. Handsome, clever, and rich, Emma Woodhouse is a restless queen bee without rivals in her sleepy little town. In this glittering satire of social class and the pain of growing up, Emma must adventure through misguided matches and romantic missteps to find the love that has been there all along.

Directed by Autumn de Wilde. Written by Eleanor Catton. Starring Anya Taylor-Joy, Johnny Flynn, Bill Nighy, Mia Goth, Miranda Hart, Josh O’Connor, Callum Turner, Rupert Graves, Gemma Whelan, Amber Anderson, Tanya Reynolds, and Connor Swindells.

WENDY | Official Trailer...

The classic story of Peter Pan is wildly reimagined in this ragtag epic from Benh Zeitlin, director of BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD. Lost on a mysterious island where aging and time have come unglued, Wendy must fight to save her family, her freedom, and the joyous spirit of youth from the deadly peril of growing up.

Directed by: Benh Zeitlin

JUMANJI: THE NEXT LEVEL - Final Trailer...

In Jumanji: The Next Level, the gang is back but the game has changed. As they return to Jumanji to rescue one of their own, they discover that nothing is as they expect. The players will have to brave parts unknown and unexplored, from the arid deserts to the snowy mountains, in order to escape the world’s most dangerous game.

Directed by: Jake Kasdan

Written by: Jake Kasdan & Jeff Pinkner & Scott Rosenberg theaters December 13.

Little Joe - Official Trailer...

LITTLE JOE follows Alice (Emily Beecham), a single mother and dedicated senior plant breeder at a corporation engaged in developing new species. She has engineered a special crimson flower, remarkable not only for its beauty but also for its therapeutic value: if kept at the ideal temperature, fed properly and spoken to regularly, this plant makes its owner happy. Against company policy, Alice takes one home as a gift for her teenage son, Joe. They christen it ‘Little Joe.’ But as their plant grows, so too does Alice’s suspicion that her new creation may not be as harmless as its nickname suggests.

Directed by Jessica Hausner

Starring Emily Beecham and Ben Whishaw

"Stand Up" by Cynthia Erivo

From the motion picture HARRIET, the Original Song "STAND UP" is written by Joshuah Brian Campbell & Cynthia Erivo.

Based on the thrilling and inspirational life of an iconic American freedom fighter, HARRIET tells the extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman's escape from slavery and transformation into one of America’s greatest heroes. Her courage, ingenuity, and tenacity freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history.

The Crown Season 3 | Official Trailer...

Times change. Duty endures.

As Queen Elizabeth II (Olivia Colman) faces a rapidly changing Britain, her family continues to struggle against the needs of the monarchy and the wants of their fracturing personal lives. 

Season Three of The Crown arrives November 17th.

Marriage Story | Official Trailer...

An incisive and compassionate portrait of a marriage breaking up and a family staying together. From Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Noah Baumbach and starring Scarlett Johansson, Adam Driver, Laura Dern, Alan Alda and Ray Liotta.

IrisPrize 2019: The Winners...


BLACK HAT, a drama set within LA’s Hasidic community and directed by Sarah Smith, wins the £30,000 prize for an international LGBT+ short film

Teen trans drama MY BROTHER IS A MERMAID, directed by Alfie Dale, wins the awards for Best British Short and the Audience and Youth Awards.

Winner announced by Queer as Folk/Years and Years writer Russell T Davies

Black Hat, directed by US director Sarah Smith, has been announced as the winner of Cardiff’s annual international LGBT+ short film award, the Iris Prize. Her film tells the story of a closeted Hasidic Jewish man living in Los Angeles and was a second nomination for Sarah and producer and writer Philip Guttman, who were shortlisted for their comedy D. Asian in 2015. She is the fourth woman to win the prize.

The £30,000 prize, supported by The Michael Bishop Foundation, allows Sarah to make another short film here in the UK. Eleven films have been produced by Iris Prize winners to date, the first being Colonial Godsfrom Academy Award-nominated writer and director Dee Rees (Mudbound).

My Brother Is A MermaidThe winner of the Best British award, sponsored by Pinewood Studios, is My Brother is a Mermaid; a magic-realist story about a trans teen living in a dilapidated seaside community. The film, directed by Alfie Dale, was also the winner of both Cardiff University’s Iris Prize Youth Award and the Buzz Magazine Audience Award.

And Then We DancedBest Feature went to And then We Danceda romantic drama set in a prestigious Georgian dance academy, with special mentions going to UK director Hong Khaou’s film Monsoon and the documentary Changing the Game.

Best Performance in a Male Role went to Monsoon’s star Henry Golding(Crazy Rich Asians, A Simple Favor), with Best Performance in a Female Role being won by Linda Caridi from the Italian comedy Mom + Mom (Mamma + Mamma).

The awards took place during the Iris Carnival at Cardiff’s Tramshed, with live music from BLɅCKƎLVIS, a “food village” supplied by Co-Op.

The winner of the Iris Prize was announced by writer and producer Russell T Davies (Queer as Folk, Doctor Who, Years and Years).

“Visually stunning… a perfectly crafted and concise work of art”

Speaking of Black HatInternational Jury chair Jake Graf said, “It shone a light on an often unseen community in a sensitive, tender and positive way, without casting judgement. We found the lead charming and likeable, the film visually stunning, and responded well to this perfectly crafted and concise work of art. Accomplished, enjoyable and captivating.”

In an event on Saturday, Black Hat was announced as one of three films in the final running for the Iris Prize, the other films being Ponyboi, directed by and starring intersex actor River Gallo, and Marguerite, directed by Marianne Farley, which was previously nominated for an Academy Award.

Marguerite elicited an unprecedented emotional response from our jury,” said Graf, “with many of us in floods of tears. Not only did it depict an underrepresented section of our community, but it did so with subtlety, empathy and charm.”

Speaking of Ponyboi he added that it was, “Original and dreamlike… a visual feast. The lead performances were as strong as the cinematography. Fresh, original filmmaking.”

Jungle Cruise Official Trailer...

Join the adventure of a lifetime and watch the action-packed new trailer for Disney’s JUNGLE CRUISE.

The trailer was launched via a fun-filled Instagram Live featuring Dwayne Johnson, interacting with a boat full of skippers from the Jungle Cruise attraction at The Disneyland Resort.

Inspired by the famous Disneyland theme park ride, Disney’s JUNGLE CRUISE is an adventure-filled, Amazon-jungle expedition starring Dwayne Johnson as the charismatic riverboat captain and Emily Blunt as a determined explorer on a research mission. Also starring in the film are Edgar Ramirez, Jack Whitehall, with Jesse Plemons, and Paul Giamatti.

Jaume Collet-Serra is the director and John Davis, John Fox, Dwayne Johnson, Hiram Garcia, Dany Garcia and Beau Flynn are the producers, with Doug Merrifield serving as executive producer.

Disney’s JUNGLE CRUISE opens in U.S. theaters on July 24, 2020.

Monos: 20 Sebastiane Award winner...

Sebastieane 20 NaranjaMonos 2019The MONOS movie by Alejandro Landes has won the 2019 edition of the Sebastiane Awards. The LGTBI awards of the 67th San Sebastian Festival.

This production of Colombia has a youth and choral cast to speak with great filmic power on issues such as violence, sexuality, inequalities … Where it seems that Colombia is talked about but in reality we are talking about all of us.

The jury of the 20 Sebastiane Prize said:

In a world in which the binary dichotomy is blurred; Monkeys offers us a story that is put on both sides of all things. But it is also placed nowhere. The films of good and bad, the gay and the straight, the separation between man and woman, victim and victimizer … are binomials that throw us away from the real debates. Disputes about violence, sexuality or social inequalities.

In the filmic development Alejandro Landes does not use the highlands, the jungle and the river as scenarios but as moods of a group. In that group the only moral compass is called Rambo and is a queer character.

BFI London Film Festival 2019...

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by David Anderson Cutler

The BFI London Film Festival is upon us again [that was a quick year!]...with a staggering choice of LGBT films and short films. It will be nigh on impossible to cover every [LGBT] film...but, we will try to do our very best. are the films on our watch-list...subject to changes and clashes...enjoy!

Wednesday 2 October 2019...

The Personal History Of David CopperfieldDev-PatelThe Personal History of David Copperfield
By Armando Iannucci

Here's a book...a wild re-imagining of an absolute classic...

Undoubtedly, the purists will loathe's akin to a cubist doing an interpretation of the Mona Lisa. Mr Iannucci has been a tad extravagant with the original material...rendering it into mainstream comedy [with generous dollops of sentimentality] rather than the satirical/cynical wit that he is best known for.

Those, unlucky enough to have never read the book...will be duly entertained. It is a fine production for the uninitiated. But...there remains that great big elephant [in the film] that needs to be addressed: The casting. Certainly, [one of] the boldest casting decisions ever made. In Mr Iannucci's defence, as he explained in the Q&A, he wanted to reflect a modern-day, multi-ethnic Dickens' time! A bold move, a bolder decision...but, does it work? Yes, it [in part] that ethnicity should never matter...and, for that [alone], this film should be applauded.

You Dont NomiYou Don't Nomi
By Jeffrey McHale

Definitely...a film for a small niche be part of the intended audience:

1. You have to have seen Showgirls.

2. You have to have either loved, liked [or - at least - appreciated] what Paul Verhoeven was trying to say!

3. You have to be able to - willingly - digest absolute fantasy...courtesy of Adam Nayman and his book: It Doesn’t Suck: Showgirls - without which, this film would probably never have been made.

The big question is: Does Jeffrey McHale's [almost] academic reappraisal - of one of the worst films ever made - manage to change hearts and minds? No, it's a simple as that!

No amount of analysis, re-analysis and proselytizing will change the fact that Showgirls is...garbage. Apart from some archive footage, Paul Verhoeven does not take part...shouldn't the man - himself - defend his own film instead of these two flunkies?!?

Without his input, You Don't Nomi  is reduced to nothing more than mere [flunky] fandom...and, just like its inspiration, is laughable...for all the wrong reasons.

Thursday 3 October 2019...

The King

Timothee-ChalametThe King
by David Michôd

Take a piece of history, give a nod to William Shakespeare, oomph it up with a few big names, some [historical] inaccuracies [aka poetic licence] and a budget to die for...the result is this...The King - a rather savage, sweeping and assured version of the 'facts'. 

Joel Edgerton @ London Film Festival 2019This is a film about manipulation and masculinity...moreover, this is about the brain behind the brawn. Watching Timothée Chalamet jostle to the tune of the puppet master(s) - until the penny eventually drops - is as revelatory as the revelation itself. This young man can will come as no surprise if he receives the nod from Oscar. In fact, this film has Oscar-worthiness written all over it...even Robert Pattinson's small [as in role] but perfectly formed Dauphin may bag him an award for best supporting actor! He steals the show...with his heavily accented menace.

Joel Edgerton deserves due praise for both being [gruff and amiable] John Falstaff and co-writer...the script manages the complexities of the story without being overly that's clever. Sentimentality does get a look in, without it being soppy. As we all [should] know, Prince Hal's mighty moment was Agincourt...the film's climactic battle scene does not disappoint. Filmed with breath-taking savagery while still retaining the absolute futility of it all. Impressive to say the least...and that is what this film is...impressive.

The Miracle Of The Sargasso Sea

The Miracle of the Sargasso Sea
by Syllas Tzoumerkas

Structure is everything...especially in film! Strong foundations are crucial...without them everything falls apart. Ironically, this film has the strongest of foundations - the opening scene is fierce. And then, sadly, it literally falls apart...for a while...waiting for something to happen...when that 'thing' eventually does [belatedly] happen, the audience couldn't care less. Why? Because...what Syllas Tzoumerkas [erroneously] did is to make his central character so bloody unlikeable that you don't give a hoot if this drunken police chief solves the [long awaited] crime or not. Obviously, she an absolute [inconceivable] flash!

All this film needed was a brutal script editor, someone who could see the wood behind the trees. Quite possibly, Mr Tzoumerkas' intention was to present humdrum daily monotony as a foil against the abject disturbia that follows. It certainly is as disturbing as disturbing gets...but, the lead up, all that flaff...well, disappointingly so, let's just say that there was way too much flaffing around before the final event and leave it at that!

Matthias & Maxime

Matthias & Maxime
by Xavier Dolan

Xavier, Xavier, Xavier...where have you been?

After a cacaphonous and dissenting win at Cannes with the divisive It's Only the End of the World [although we loved this film]. And, following the full-on flatulent disappointment of The Death and Life of John F. Donovan, Monsieur Dolan [thankfully] returns to what he does best...with one almighty problem!

That 'problem' is none other than that old chestnut itself...being too close, doing too much. The importance of a script editor can never be exaggerated...M&M desperately needed one to shave off all the unnecessary bristle. In John F. Donovan, Monsieur Dolan infamously cut Jessica Chastaine from the entire film [he lost quite a few Hollywood Brownie points with that manoeuvre]...if he had employed that same tactic with M&M, by cutting out the entirely unnecessary scenes with Harris Dickinson...and, by listening to and acting on a script editor's advice, M&M would have been a far better film than it is.

Saying that...M&M is [still] a fine film...with so much heart and wounded soul. Boys born on different sides of the tracks...friends with aspirational benefits, friends destined to become so much more. Monsieur Dolan infuses his character with a decent, deep-down delicacy...he is everything that Matthias is not and vice versa. Yet, they fit. Their relationship is as lovely as it is frustrating to watch...with their histories concluded and their futures yet to be decided...this is all about will they or won't they.

All Matthias & Maxime needed was a closer shave to be more of a marvel than it already is...!

Friday 4 October 2019...

Bacurau 2019

Barbara Colen @ London Film Festival 2019Bacurau
by Juliano Dornelles & Kleber Mendonça Filho

When you cheer at someone's head being blown just know that these directors hit the nail squarely on that head!

Take one tiny pueblo in the middle of nowhere, populate it with some 'savoury' characters...throw in a flying saucer, some mind-altering drugs and a few murderous guns...Bacurau is a place you wouldn't want to visit...but, will definitely want to experience...from afar, from the comfort of your living room!

From where it starts to where it ends up is akin to popping a pill [or two] downed with a bottle of Mezcal...this is definitely a trip into foreign and strange territories. The cruelty is unnerving, the corruption is soul-destroying and the twists and turns are a hallucinogenic rollercoaster return to normality.

As a statement on poverty, Bacurau is relentless. This is a community that is - quite literally - preyed absolutely everyone, in ways you couldn't imagine. Yes, it's political. No, it's not a head-spinning whine against captialism. This is a thrilling, often hysterical, shot-gun approach to social commentary. This is what happens when evrything goes barking mad and the underdogs collectively raise their hackles. Seriously...the is sensational filmmaking.

Monos 2019

by Alejandro Landes

Lord of the Flies with a bit of Johnny Mad Dog, snippets of Deliverance and a soupçon of Apocalypse Now...yip, a sensorial smörgåsbord of cinematic references...with a [vital] difference. This is Colombia's dilapidated state-of-affairs...thrown out, for all the world to see...made accessible through the power of film.

Alejandro Landes grinds his axe...into a searing and scathing edge. For this is not fiction, this is the reality that Colombians have been living with for decades. The exploitation, the brain-washing, the arming of children is a practice so heinous...yet, it [inexplicably, criminally, negligently] persists all over the world.

Monos is a difficult film to it should be. It's finely crafted with some remarkable performances. There is little in the way of sympathy for these kids, there are a few nuggets of vulnerability...but, bearing in mind that these are just [manipulated] kids, the sympathy should gush...Señor Landes presents it as it is...asking the question: What would you do if this happened to your own child? A tough one to imagine, this film will help.



by Mariah Garnett

The trouble with Trouble is...there really isn't a very interesting story to be told.

Sorry to have to say that...but, what may have had potential [to be made into a film] proved to have little-to-no potential at all...rendering this to be a masterclass in getting blood out of a stone...with some bizarre [gender] identity issues thrown in, along with some drag queens, simply [it would seem] to increase the run-time to that of a feature.

For Mariah Garnett, this is a personal travelogue into her family history and beyond. After many years, she reunites with her estranged would think that this would be an emotional journey...surely, an emotional reunion...for the audience, it's not. If it was for her, she certainly doesn't show it on camera.

Apologies...but, some [most] familial stories really ought not to be shared...they are only interesting to those involved...even with the 'artistic' flourishes!

Saturday 5 October 2019...

The LighthouseThe Lighthouse @ London Film Festival 2019The Lighthouse
by Robert Eggers

Madness...pure and utter madness! You'll either love it or loathe it...we loved it!

Apart from a few brief appearances by a mermaid, this is a duel of words and a jousting of minds...between [equally matched] Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson...bothknock it out of the park unreseveredly. Robert Eggers sets the malignant tone from the off...stern black and white, claustrophobic aspect, wildly angular sets and a soundscape that will shake the bejeezuz out of you...that bellowing foghorn!

The Lighthouse @ London Film Festival's two men alone on a rock for weeks...surely, there's got to be some kind of subtext!?! Oooh there is, a smidgen. But, if you let your imagination run wild [as Mr Eggers did], that subtext is as subtle as a brick banged into your face. Robert Eggers, as he said himself: "Nothing good can happen when two men are trapped alone in a giant phallus." And nothing does!

It ain't pretty, it is bizarrely comic and it will invoke a few WTFs...all-in-all, this is just a brilliantly realised nightmare. Not one for the more prudish nor bird lovers!

This Is Not Berlin

This is Not Berlin
by Hari Sama

One for the underage kiddies who [all] desperately want to be overage!

The year is 1986 [in Mexico City]...for those of us who lived, loved and partied through the 80s, This is Not Berlin had the potential to cause a wave of nostalgia to wash over us. Apart from some of the song choices, it [sadly] didn't. And, for those of us who lived in big cities, balancing on the various stepping stones to full-out-and-proud homosexuality, This is Not Berlin will - quite possibly - infuriate...perhaps, even anger.

So...why all this negativity? This is Not Berlin is a victim of these politically correct times. This [film] may be set in the 80s...but, the sentiment is distinctly present day...the obvious target audience being the queer kids now. Hey, there was none of that [reclaimed] queer then...we were all just 'gay' trying to get on and feeling a bit safer in [big city] numbers. Remember, the 80s [and 90s] were decades of matter how much we [all] partied and rocked the establishment...the spectre of HIV/AIDS was never far matter where you were, machismo Mexico or hedonistic Berlin...

Hari Sama lays it on thick, too thick...his vision of the 'sexuality revolution' is more pastiche than the then reality. Still, the queer kids [of today] will probably give it an approving nod...because, none of them were born when this film took place...and, few of them realise and/or respect what their older generation did for them!

by Hong Khaou

Story-telling takes on many forms, Hong Khaou has his own style and voice...infused with delicacy and, surprisingly, [considering the many themes explored] serentiy. Quite easily, Monsoon could have slipped into a melodramatic deluge of emotion...thankfully, it doesn't. Instead, we are given room to think, moments just to watch a process of exploration and self-realisation. This is a carefully constructed mood, a thoughtful sense of being. The three tenses are given a voice...past, present, are the conditionals...what could/should/would have been/ for the future...well, that all depends on the here and now...those 'ifs' - this all sounds terribly complex and that is the innate beauty of this film, Hong Khaou manages to demystify the complexity...via a gentle and poised performance by Henry Golding...

Monsoon may [or may not] sweep you away emotionally...but, it will linger...asking - politely - where are you? Where is your place? Not many filmmakers are bold enough to ask such questions...Hong Khaou does, politely.

A lovely, careful film.


Jojo Rabbit @ London Film Festival 2019Jojo Rabbit
by Taika Waititi

Rib-tickling and spine-chilling...both, at the same time!

Taika Waititi has outdone's a director, an actor, a writer at the top of his own game...and, thankfully, doesn't take himself too seriously. His performance on the red carpet [@London Film Festival] was...nothing short of bizarre...and, a breath of fresh air!

From Charlie Chaplin to Mel Brooks, not many have taken on a caricature of Hitler [and succeeded]...Taika Waititi joins this 'elite' - with his camp, crazed, comical fü's sure to offend many.

Jojo Rabbit @ London Film Festival 2019It's a tricky road to navigate, war & Nazism seen through a young boy's eyes & mind...where do you draw the line? would seem, you don't...throw it all up into the air and if you have the gift of being able to direct young actors [especially in comedy]...then, for sure, you're quids in! Taika Waititi directs kids with a stuffed wallet. Roman Griffin Davis is a wee marvel as he jumps between naivety, innocence and curiosity...all awhile sensing the penny starting to's a daft and dark road to his enlightenment.

There are even a couple of gay Nazis...Sam Rockwell and Alfie Allen, are a not-so-subtle couple of contrasting screaming, sweet-and-sour Nellies...the uniform re-design [scene] is an instant classic in absolute absurdity.

Jojo Rabbit is absurd...and [weirdly], has garnered much [undeserved] criticism from critics [what do they know!?!]...way too cantankerous and analytical to enjoy a film that [brilliantly] mixes the highs and lows of childhood with the absolute horrors of war.

Kids will love it. Everyone will love it...apart from those daft critics! A wee gem of a film.

Sunday 6 October 2019...

Honey Boy

Honey Boy
by Alma Har'el

It's no surprise when Shia LaBeouf, he surprises in a way you wouldn't expect!

There is nothing wrong with the film per is a [fairly] finely crafted piece with two standout performances from Mr LaBeouf and Noah Jupe [playing father and son]. There are even moments of deft directorial flourishes. The only problem is...after all of his antics over the years, can you really take Mr LaBeouf seriously?

This is Shia's catharsis...thrown into the public realm...for all to see, for all to dish out their sympathies and empathies...of course, it's an uncomfortable film to watch. It is just as uncomfortable to witness...a child being utterly exploited presented via the cinematic equivalent of a tabloid front-page.

If this had not been written by the man himself, if this was not his story, if he had not played his own many 'ifs'...then, it wouldn't be the film it is. This is a head-line grabbing testimony. It's just that...that formidable reputation gets in the way...perhaps, wishfully, this is exactly what Mr LaBeouf needed...a grand venting of all the crap that life prematurely threw at him. Hopefully, this release will be followed by the 'relax' he so obviously needs. And then, who knows, he could become a credible, seriously-taken, he shows [amply]...he has the talent.

Still, as a statement on the consequences and repercussions of 'child stardom' - it packs a mightily powerful punch.

Sid & Judy

Sid & Judy
by Stephen Kijak

Seriously, she didn't stand a chance...being surrounding by vultures...who pecked and picked the very flesh off of her bones.

Gleaned from [some would say a dubious] memoir [by Sid Luft], personal photographs and archival footage...Sid & Judy is both pleasure and pain. Her star shone so brightly...she died, June 22, 1969, aged 47.

Judy Garland needs no introduction, her story is familiar territory for many...yet, Stephen Kijak has rooted and rummaged and assembled...Judy as you've never seen her before, Judy as you have never heard her before...and, Judy...a version of events, you did not know.The impeccable highs, the death-defying lows...the drugs, the alcohol, the marriages, those men...who eagerly snatched the money she earned without offering a helping hand...something she so desparately needed. Judy will always be an icon...when she sang...she sang with her heart on her sleeve. Torch and tragedy have never been so painfully [nor painstakingly] portrayed.

This is an astounding homage...punctuated with highlights; live on stage, singing with Ms Streisand. Truly, un-missable.

Dont Look Down

Don't Look Down [Haut perchés]
by Olivier Ducastel & Jacques Martineau

Odd...strangely compelling...but, definitely an absurdist sort of way.

Olivier Ducastel & Jacques Martineau seem to be channeling Jean-Paul Satre, there's a whiff of his 'No Exit' surrounding Haut perchés - so, you wouldn't be wrong in thinking that an existential vibe permeates throughout this peculiar offering. Not everyone's cup of tea and - quite possible - not everyone's cup of coffee is a challenging bit of work that would have benefited more from the few [rather bizarre] scenes of levity...the 'flossing' scene is an instant, weirdly and insanely out-of-place [in a good way] classic. The film just needed a bit more of that insanity.

Saying that...this is an insane film...and, considering there is only one set [an apartment with a rather lovely Parisian rooftop view], the cinematography is slick and colourful. The performances...each character has their moment...and, can't be faulted. It's an interesting, technically accomplished [too] has its moments, it just needed more of them and, perhaps, a few less words.

BlackbirdBlackbird @ London Film Festival 2019Blackbird
by Roger Michell

Get the hankies ready...this is raw emotion with a [last-minute] realised dysfunction that really screams: It's never too late to make amends.

A re-make of the Danish film, Silent Heart...with some big names attached. This is ensemble acting at its absolute best...held together by a director who knows how to treat his actors.

This is the peeling off of layers until you get to the hearts of all that, sexuality and fidelity all take their respective bows...but, it's the assisted suicide that takes centre stage. Taking charge, taking control...before it's too late...Susan Sarandon gives everything and more.

Blackbird @ London Film Festival 2019There are no judgments...each states their case, for or against...and all just want one [maybe two] more days, weeks, months. But, when that indelible line is would take something and more to back down.

Sam Neil delivers a quiet and contemplative performance...both as husband and doctor, he segues away from the Hippocratic Oath and marital vows...further strands to add to the complexity of the situation.

And, this is a situation that most will neither want nor be able to contemplate...yet, Roger Michell's direction offers a familiar squabbles and family secrets persist even in the face of finality.

How would you cope? That's what the film asks, there are no right or wrong answers. There is only respect and to be respectful...indeed, a difficult film to watch...all kinds of emotions will well up...but, ultimately, it will leave you with only one...respect.

Again-Once-AgainAgain Once Again
by Romina Paula

Not much ado about practically nothing!

This is a bit of a peculiar hybrid...a playwright/theatre director's first film...part fiction, part autobiographical, part documentary, part drama. As a whole, it's underwhelming to say the least.

It's a bit of's a bit static, it's a bit sparse. She's a bit lesbian, a bit heterosexual...probably, although unstated, totally bisexual. She's either left her partner or is [just] on a little break...and, it all amounts to a dithering disinterest.

If this had been a straightforward documentary about Romina Paula's mother [her actual mother plays her mother in the film]...then, yes, something interesting could have been gleaned from this mundane misadventure. She [the mother] certainly has a rich and untapped history about immigration and re-settlement...but, alas, the director's creativity got in the way.

All in all, this is a mid-life crisis that is neither mid-life nor critical. It's just a film that doesn't know what it is! Not exactly a glittering debut!

Monday 7 October 2019...


The Two Popes @ London Film Festival 2019The Two Popes
by Fernando Meirelles

Complete and utter fantastical fiction...encased in fact!

Pope Benedict vs Pope Francis vs Pope Benedict...and, the words of Anthony McCarten [surely, he must get the Oscar!], this is like a court transcript with all the theatricality you would expect from two of the most high-profile defendants/claimants...ever!

Fernando Meirelles - miraculously - makes his audience the judge. God doesn't feature [much]...perhaps, he's the lone [unnecessary] juror...a little lost in the struggles of defence, duty and destiny. This is not about 'Him' - this is about two men with [questionable] histories [possibly & probably] unbefitting of the office in which they occupy.

Anthony Hopkins is - truly - terrifying as Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger [Benedict], from Hitler Youth to the Holy See, an intellectual homophobe and the 'cleaner' & 'fixer' of many of the many child abuse crimes. How he 'fixed' them is an entire film of its own...and, Señor Meirelles & Mr McCarten deliver a masterstroke, eschewing any presumption and/or controversy...they simply leave this man's [full] story open for investigation by the audience. It's clever in fact that Ratzinger becomes - in front of our very eyes - a darling little old man who has a child's excitement for new discoveries.

The Two Popes @ London Film Festival 2019Pizza. Fanta. ABBA...wholly hysterical.

More worldly-wise, Jonathan Pryce's Francis is a stark contrast. Benedict is painted from shade to light...Francis, quite the reverse. A different kind of homophobe...but, still...a homophobe. The great reformer...but, still...has not reformed. His part in the Dirty War...and, yes...more sex abuse scandals...Julio Grassi, convicted by the State, admonished but not him. Really, the question simmers for a while...then, boils to the point of asking: Is this man fit for his office?

You decide.

Massive questions, massive intellect...and, massively entertaining...with equal amounts of laughter, tears and anger. Expect the unexpected...for it does come! Superb direction. Performances without criticism. But...the star that shines brighter is...the writing.

Bravo...seriously, BRAVO. 


And Then We Danced
by Levan Akin


Where [exactly] did tradition get us? Absolutely nowhere, that's where! Okay, okay...a slight concession [for the purists]'s a good place to start [evolution] from! Evolve...we must.

Levan Akin's film is its view of [toxic] masculinity within a context that turns its back against any form of toxicity...the world of dance. But, in Georgia...a country landlocked by tradition, constrained by conservatism and dominated by religious is manly, dance is tradition. Dance does not deviate from its origin.

This is a country that sits on a geographical crossroads...and, as Western influences unrelentingly flow in, the strict orthodoxy is being the youth...and, by the President who has declared his desire to join the European Union. In 2000, Georgia adopted the Council of Europe's standards relating to the decriminalisation of homosexuality. However, homophobia is a major cause for concern...the Georgian Orthodox Church does not shy away from expressing its [absolute] revulsion of homosexuality.

So...this is where a young, gay, talented dancer finds himself...quite literally, stuck between a rock and a hard place. He finds [requited] love, a [reviled] community and [repressed] expression...he is the 'new' Georgia...with an unenviable fight on his hands.

That fight is expressed through a sensational dance routine...a dance that pays homage to the tradition while daring to evolve. It is dazzling.

And Then We Danced is not an easy watch...but, it is absolutely gripping from start to finish. There are moments of joy, of cruelty, of anger, of frustration, of heartbreak and sadness...of a determined young man. Levan Gelbakhiani, a professional dancer, in his first film role, simply excels in the vast array of emotions that his character is forced to face, manage and, possibly, conquer.

Levan Akin's film is the voice of the disgruntled. It's bold and brave and beautiful. Easily, one of the finest films of the year. 


by Lukas Moodysson

If ever a TV series was made to make you scream at the screen...then, this is it! Mr Moodysson shows humanity in all of its glory...and, all of its horror. This is the undiluted exploitation of kindness. It's horrible, heart-warming and hysterical.

Gösta is kindness with a capital 'K' - and, at every opportunity, his kindness is abused...and yet, as trodden upon as he is...he goes into every situation with a smile and an out-stretched helping hand. You would be forgiven for screaming 'sucker' - but, because he is some damn lovely, you actually feel the pain that he should feel. Those deep-rooted protective instincts certainly do kick in...Mr Moodysson manipulates both his characters and his audience. The effect is a little unnerving...unsettling even, asking: Have you ever abused the kindness of strangers, of friends, of family? Look inward, answer truthfully...this is what Gösta achieves...some serious soul-searching. How remarkable is that!

Our only quibble...only 4 episodes were screened. Talk about leaving you wanting more!


The Disappearance of My Mother
by Beniamino Barrese

Benedetta Barzini does Greta Garbo...I want to be alone! She wants to disappear.

What makes this film/portrait a little bizarre [and hard to swallow] is that she throws herself...onto any old catwalk, in front of any old camera...and then, there's this film! Not exactly the way to go when you want to disappear!

It would be an understatement to say that Ms Barzini is a tough, difficult, opinionated woman...she's definitely is this film. It's all just a bit too oedipal...her son, the filmmaker, is besotted with his mother and - weirdly - decided to share his feelings with the rest of the world.

And...just when you think it can't get any does. He brings in younger models and dresses them like his mother [as she was in her heyday] replete with fake mole! Absolutely bamboozling and pointless.

Although this is a film about Benedetta Barzini...but, with all the various detours, it really does become more about the filmmaker himself. Now, there are two ways of interpreting this this a premature obituary? Or, a vicarious stab at fame? Whatever it is, there's something not quite right about it...whether it be the abject invasion of privacy or the unnerving obsession, it's film that needed some objectivity. Being too close to the subject is fraught with they all are! 

Tuesday 8 October 2019...


Portrait of a Lady on Fire @ London Film Festival 2019Portrait of a Lady on Fire
by Céline Sciamma

As delicious as it gets! This is direction!

Céline Sciamma's back catalogue is mightily impressive, especially her writing. But, with this portrait, this [daring] auteur leaps out of her comfort zone and jumps into the world of period drama and romance...

And, breathtakingly, reveals her alarming [an enviable] artistry...too few films have, too many directors forget [or, are incapable of]...the artistry. Portrait of a Lady on Fire is paint-by-emotion...

This is a film to watch and feel. There are no deafening abstractions, there are no unnecessary words...all that there craft, precision and delicacy. It just seems so effortless...and, as a result, becomes as immersive as any film can be.

Portrait of a Lady on Fire @ London Film Festival 2019Portrait of a Lady on Fire @ London Film Festival 2019What's more startling...this is a political film...without the throat-ramming politics! This is feminism...without the adjunct aggression. But...there is anger...and, as resigned as it's there, knee-deep in the futility of the situation. This about familial expectations and reluctant acceptance...this is about love...unmentionable, unexpected, intolerable, intricate love. Nothing last forever...but, as long as it lasted for a can take that away. This bittersweet, cinematic memory.

A tear-inducing beauty. 


End of the Century
by Lucio Castro

Lucio Castro demands - perhaps - too much from his audience. Quite literally...nothing happens in the first 10 minutes. An overwhelming sense of dread creeps in...maybe...nothing will happen in next 74 minutes!

As they say, patience is a virtue...and, all good things come to those who wait. Señor Castro takes his time, his actors - also - take their time to settle into their roles...and then, the magic starts to happen. Seriously, this story will resonate with many...those with emotional baggage, those with regrets, those who let 'the one' get away!

Ever wondered where [your] ex-lovers are, what they're doing, how they got to where they are wherever they are? Those moments of quiet reflection accompanied by a sad [or wry] smile...perhaps, a tear?

This is exactly what Lucio Castro has captured...'what ifs' and regrets mixed with temporal joy and ever-lasting sorrow...because of the man who got away! The road gets rougher, it's lonelier and tougher...where's Judy when you need her!?!

This is torch song without the song, this is agony without the pain...this is magic with all the trickery that illusion requires. This will ache - possibly break - many a heart...and leaves you quietly reflecting...

What a way for a film to leave you...wiping those bittersweet tears from your cheeks. very moving.

by Nathalie Biancheri

A tiny budget...a wealth of talent.

Wednesday 9 October 2019...


London Film Festival 2019Walking with Shadows
by Aoife O'Kelly

This is a bit of a 'Irish lass' [that's how she describes herself] directs a story about a gay man...set in Nigeria, adapted from the 2005 eponymous book by Nigerian writer, Jude Dibia.

So...a few firsts. First feature by Aoife O'Kelly. First Nigerian book and the first Nigerian/British co-production ever to deal with homosexuality...yes, there is a great big elephant in the room that needs to be addressed, how on earth did Aoife O'Kelly get involved?

In these days when [a growing number of] voices are [quite rightly] screaming about more inclusivity and more diversity [within the film industry]'s an African, black gay man's story...directed by a white [northern hemispherical] woman! Yes...we do want more women directors...but, at the risk of sounding like a bit of a reactionary...couldn't 'they' [the producers] have found someone more suited to this material? Perhaps, someone who wasn't so far out of their [cultural] comfort zone?

The other big question is: Does the film suffer because of the director? In some ways it does...rather than getting under the character's skin, it's more a case of looking in on other words, everything is shown rather than felt. This story needed tangible and monumental feelings of...anger, frustration, betrayal...desolation and disappointment. For example, the exorcism scene had all the necessary ingredients for a potent [and pivotal]  duel between fury and terror, doubt and devotion. It should have been climactic...but, alas, no. What Walking with Shadows lacks is...passion. It's just a little too safe and understated.

It's not a bad film [especially for being a first feature]...and, it has to be applauded for its obvious bravery. could have been...but, it's nowhere near to being a Moonlight...a multi-Oscar-winning [small] film, directed by a gay African-American man about a gay African-American man. When you can get this close to the subject, you can get right under the skin. 


by Ala Eddine Slim

Bamboozling, infuriating...a wasted opportunity!?!





Thursday 10 October 2019...


Premiere of 'Moffie' @ London Film Festival 2019Moffie
by Oliver Hermanus

When a filmmaker hits the nail on the head, capturing an experience, a memory, something that will resonate deep within...that is a filmmaker who demands and deserves attention.

This goes out to all the 600,000+ boys and men who were conscripted during the South African Border War which lasted for 23 years, 6 months, 3 weeks and 2 days.

This goes out to all the men who remember their first instances of same-sex attraction...Oliver Hermanus captures that moment with harrowing perfection and precision.

Premiere of 'Moffie' @ London Film Festival 2019Way before the nude-infested internet, a naked man rarely [mostly never] appeared on screen. Swimming pool changing rooms were the place where young [gay] boys could - furtively - glimpse at a mature naked man. It was thrilling, dangerous, heart-thumping...and, breath-taking. Being 'caught' was unimaginable...because, we really did not know what we were really doing...but, we knew it was [somehow] wrong. It was an amalgamation between looking, wishing, hoping and desiring. It was curiosity and innocence all rolled into's all here, in Moffie.

Premiere of 'Moffie' @ London Film Festival 2019And...this goes out to all those boys and men who ended up in Ward 22. A 'hospital' where gay and conscientious objectors were 'treated' by Aubrey Levin...a man most foul.

Here's to the survivors of that war and of Ward 22...and, here's to the dead on both sides. It's time for your stories to be told...Christiaan Olwagen's [exceptional] Canary brought South Africa's contemporary history to a new audience. Oliver Hermanus continues the story...two very different films, different voices...both, mighty fine films of the same inexhaustible story.

Easily, one of the best films to come out of 2019.

And,'s to all those who opposed Apartheid. Let your voices and stories continue to ring out! 


by Claudio Giovannesi

Boys will be boys...poor boys who want to be rich boys...aye, there's the rub! Crime pays...temporarily.






Lost LivesLost Lives
by Dermot Lavery

Quite simply...a work of extraordinary emotion and art.

No judgments. No sides taken. No political statements. Just testimony and remembrance of lives lost...through fault of their own, through no fault of their being in the wrong place at the wrong time, by being in the right place at the wrong time. This 'war' - euphemistically called 'The Troubles' - call it what you will, it was/is and will always be a war...and, war is as indiscriminate as it is a profound indictment on humanity's ongoing and persistent failures.

This is a requiem...that soars. This is a monument...and, a monumental piece of work wrought out of concern and compassion. Visually beautiful. Audibly gracious. Emotionally...rivers of tears...respectful, reflective...and, hopefully, reparative. 

Let this not just be a film to mark the 50th anniversary of 'The Troubles'...let this be an end and a beginning. And, as the 3,700+ names roll...whoever you are, wherever you are, whatever you may is precious. The very last name...Lyra McKee. RIP...each and all.

Earthquake-BirdEarthquake Bird @ London Film Festival 2019Earthquake Bird
by Wash Westmoreland

Earthquake Bird has [nearly] all the ingredients to make a mighty fine film, Oscar-winning actress, a director who directed Julianne Moore to Oscar glory, Ridley Scott as producer and Chung-hoon Chung as the, what went wrong?

The script...that's what went wrong. It's so...lacklustre and, in places, [totally] incomprehensible...not in an intended psychological way either. For example, Alicia Vikander goes on a weekend trip to a small island with her boyfriend and friend...climbing up a hill, she becomes all woozy and - basically - conks out. When she wakes, she finds that her BF and friend have buggered off to continue - without her - their sightseeing! WTF! Ask yourself: What would you do if that had happened to you? Earthquake Bird @ London Film Festival 2019C'mon, it would be an abrupt end to both relationships. But, no...she goes chasing after them [and finds them rather quickly]. Duh!

Earthquake Bird @ London Film Festival 2019Then...there's the big reveal. Sharp in-take of breath, it wasn't as predictable as it seemed. Phew. The only problem is...the big reveal turned out to be a major glitch in the script! And from that point on...the film and the story [totally] collapse in on themselves. sure does look good! Just goes to show...even with the best recipe, no matter how good it looks, the proof is in the tasting. Eathquake Bird leaves no lasting, pleasure-inducing flavour. 

Fanny Lye Deliver'd

Fanny Lye Deliver'd
by Thomas Clay

Think back to those films that left a distinct chill in your bones...The Wicker Man, Witchfinder General, The Devils and the ilk...this is the territory where Thomas Clay is going with this one.

Alas...a hodge-podge of style and theme is the result. As they say, less is more...and, Mr Clay dishes it out in great big generous other words, he throws everything at the screen...some material sticks and some...lands on the floor with an audible splodge.

There are two couples, one spewing religious repression, the other extolling the virtues of free and unbridled love...cue: Lesbian/bisexual pas de trois. And...rather graphic it is too...with Freddie Fox displaying [in the blink of an eye] a rather large, engorged, prosthetic willy...only to be upstaged [and blinded] by his gleaming white teeth. Dentistry in 1657 was state-of-the-art, it would seem!

Not only do we have these co-habiting, incongruous couples...throw into the mix, a badly acted, laughable [for all the wrong reasons] comedy Cromwell's law-men. They dish out the law with neither remorse nor compassion...nor any credulity whatsoever.

With a strong start, a [too] theatrical middle, a rather rushed, ultra-violent ending and an epilogue that ought not to have made it into the final cut...Fanny Lye delivers too much more and not enough less...rather than feeling a chill in your bones, you will feel as if you have been walloped across the face with a muddy shovel.

Friday 11 October 2019...

Yves Saint Laurent: The Last Collections

Yves Saint Laurent: The Last Collections
by Olivier Meyrou

Filmed in the late 90s, a [pulled] release in 2007...then, duly, shelved [due to it being too revealing]...until now! Was it worth the wait?





Zombi Child
by Bertran Bonello

Quite easily the most boring 'zombi' film ever made...but, to be fair, this is - most definitely - not the zombie flick where decomposed corpses drag themselves slowly towards fresh juicy flesh. This goes behind that myth, into the voodoo, delving deeper to uncover the zombie truth!

It sounds quite interesting, doesn't it? Alas, frustratingly, no...

Cut to...present day, a privileged, Catholic girls school...replete with a vile teen sorority imbued with sapphic desire. Back to Haiti in the 60s. Back and forward it deliriously goes. It's a film of two halves that never - satisfactorily - come together. Contrasting and comparing between the then and the now...

Yes, we get the message, loud & clear...this is cultural appropriation and the bastardisation of that culture...done to satiate that white privilege bloodlust.

What was Bertrand Bonello thinking? This is shabby allegorical mayhem...rather than zombie mayhem. And, good grief, does Monsieur Bonello - quite literally - like to lecture!?! To such an extent, he actually presents an elongated scene of a teacher delivering a fatuous, meandering, historical monologue...

More back and forth...and, then, it becomes horrible horror...with - quite possibly - the worst demonic lyp-synching ever to be seen on the big screen...way back in 1973, The Exorcist managed to do a damn fine job with demonic possession...what happened in 2019?

It has to be said...this a director who has produced some [truly] remarkable films...this is not one of them.

Zombie fans will loathe it. Anthropologists will probably consider it a masterwork!

Two Of UsTwo of Us
by Filippo Meneghetti

Perfectly laid plans crushed by reluctance, secrets and circumstances [and people] beyond your control...this is Filippo Meneghetti's [mighty] debut feature.

This is poised and elegant film-making. A film that will rip at your heartstrings and make you consider the bigger picture...if this was you, what would you want? When decisions are taken away from you...what else have you got left?

Life is all about pick and choose, rightly or wrongly, rejoice or regret...and, with age, there is the opportunity to take stock, to reflect, to smile, to grimace...perhaps, even, to make amends.

Two of Us delivers many a potent message...

Don't dilly-dally, grab the bull by the horns...before it's too late. Because, you never know when it's too late!

Be prepared for the unthinkable...because, sad but true, the unthinkable invariably [and eventually] happens.

Respect your mother, her life, her wishes, her past, her secrets, her wishes.

And, finally, respect those who love those you love.

This is a monumentally mature piece of work...graced by two precise and comparative performances. Opposites attract and the hand fits perfectly inside the glove...this is all of its joy and terror.

This is immaculate and heartbreaking film-making...merci pour cela.

Saturday 12 October 2019...

Beautiful-Day-in-the-NeighbourhoodA Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood
by Marielle Heller

What an unexpected and [pleasantly] surprising film...this is not a warts-and-all bio-pic of Fred Rogers. It's something entirely unlikely friendship...that packs an emotional wallop.







Death Will Come and Shall Have Your Eyes
by José Luis Torres Leiva

The great leveler...Death. It comes to us all.

This is - truly - an agonising watch. Not just because of the subject matter...a woman with terminal cancer refuses any further treatment...she has reached her enough-is-enough. Her wife has to grin and bear her decision. When someone makes such a mighty decision as this, to disagree with it is akin to shouting at's pointless, it's worthless...and, a little selfish. But...every minute together counts.

This is not one of those bucket list finales. This is like reading the final chapter of a tragic book, José Luis Torres Leiva - quite literally - gives these ladies neither background nor backstory. Leaving you to guess [or, colourfully imagine] the series of events that led to where these ladies are now. That - indeed - is a very big ask.

The success of the film really does rely on your own state of mind...some will - indeed - find it too slow and excessively morose. Others will be able to relate and and over this finality. It is a difficult and paradoxical see, there really is nothing difficult about death, it happens...regardless.

Definitely...a film that supplies much food for existential thought. 

Sunday 13 October 2019...


The Irishman
by Martin Scorsese







The films we wanted to watch...but, alas, those damn clashes!!!

Finis Terræ
by Jean Epstein

The Aeronauts Knives Out Lingua Franca Ema 2019 Beanpole Bombay Rose By The Grace Of God House Of Hummingbird Cunningham Mr Jones Muscle On A Magical Night The Weeping Woman Tremours  Rialto 2019

Cunningham - Official Trailer...

CUNNINGHAM traces Merce’s artistic evolution over three decades of risk and discovery (1944–1972), from his early years as a struggling dancer in postwar New York to his emergence as one of the world’s most visionary choreographers. The 3D technology weaves together Merce's philosophies and stories, creating a visceral journey into his innovative work. A breathtaking explosion of dance, music, and never-before-seen archival material, CUNNINGHAM is a timely tribute to one of the world’s greatest modern dance artists.

Directed by Alla Kovgan

In theaters December 13th.

DARK WATERS - Official Trailer...

Inspired by a shocking true story, a tenacious attorney (Ruffalo) uncovers a dark secret that connects a growing number of unexplained deaths due to one of the world's largest corporations. In the process, he risks everything – his future, his family, and his own life - to expose the truth.

Starring: Mark Ruffalo, Anne Hathaway, Tim Robbins, Bill Camp, Victor Garber, Mare Winningham, William Jackson Harper, Bill Pullman

Directed by Todd Haynes

In Theaters November 22

BLOOD MACHINES - Official Trailer...

Two space hunters are tracking down a machine trying to free itself. After taking it down, they witness a mystical phenomenon: the ghost of a young woman pulls itself out of the machine, as if the spaceship had a soul. Trying to understand the nature of this entity, they start chasing the woman through space… Blood Machines is directed by the French filmmaking team known as Seth Ickerman

2019 Sebastiane Awards: Nominations...

Sebastiane 20Sección Oficial


Aitor Arregi

Jon Garaño

Jose Mari Goenaga

España – Francia

Higinio y Rosa llevan pocos meses casados cuando estalla la Guerra Civil y la vida de él pasa a estar seriamente amenazada. Con ayuda de su mujer decidirá utilizar un agujero cavado en su propia casa como escondite provisional. El miedo a las posibles represalias, así como el amor que sienten el uno por el otro les condenará a un encierro que se prolongará durante más de 30 años.


José Luis Torres Leiva

Chile – Argentina – Alemania

Dos mujeres que han compartido toda una vida juntas se ven enfrentadas a la enfermedad de una de ellas. La mujer enferma decide no seguir ningún tratamiento y ambas se mudan a una pequeña casa en el bosque hasta el día que la muerte llegue a sus vidas. Es así como volverán a reencontrar el amor que con el tiempo fue sepultado por la rutina. Poco a poco fortalecerán su relación mientras fuera de la cabaña la muerte aguarda su momento.


Gonçalo Waddington

Portugal – Alemania

Mário, un niño de 8 años secuestrado en el centro de Portugal en la primavera de 1999, reaparece 12 años después en una celda en París. El periodo de desaparición esconde un terrible secreto y todas las complejidades de este misterioso personaje.

New Directors


Delphine Lehericey

Suiza – Bélgica

Verano del 76. Una ola de calor está provocando que el campo suizo se seque a toda velocidad. En un ambiente sofocante, Gus, que tiene trece años y es hijo de un granjero, ve cómo su entorno familiar y su inocencia se resquebrajan: está viviendo el fin de un mundo. Segundo largometraje de su directora.

Horizontes Latinos


Romina Paula


Romina vuelve a la casa familiar después de haber sido madre. Alejada del padre de Ramón, su hijo, se refugia en la casa de su madre, Mónica. Allí se ve sumergida en la temporalidad de su madre, de ella como hija, e intenta dilucidar qué desea. De visita en Buenos Aires, Romina da clases de alemán, intenta retomar su vida de soltera, salir de noche. Quiere saber cómo era antes de la experiencia del amor a su hijo. Necesita comprender quién es, retornando a sus orígenes y reconstruyendo algo de la historia familiar. Debut en la dirección de la escritora, dramaturga y actriz Romina Paula. Presentado en la sección Bright Future del Festival de Rotterdam.


Sebastian Muñoz

Chile – Argentina – Bélgica

Cine en Construcción 34

San Bernardo, Chile, 1970. En una noche de borrachera, Jaime, un joven de 20 años solitario y narcisista acuchilla a su mejor amigo en un aparente arrebato pasional. En la cárcel conoce a El Potro, un hombre mayor y respetado a quien se acerca necesitado de protección, ternura y reconocimiento. Jaime se convierte en El Príncipe y descubre el amor y la lealtad mientras asiste a la violenta lucha de poder en la prisión. Seleccionada en la Settimana della Critica del Festival de Venecia.


Alejandro Landes

Colombia – Argentina – Países Bajos – Alemania – Suecia – Uruguay

En la cima de una imponente montaña, donde lo que a primera vista parece un campamento de verano, ocho niños guerrilleros apodados ‘Los Monos’ conviven bajo la atenta mirada de un sargento paramilitar. Su única misión es clara: cuidar a la doctora, una mujer americana a la que han tomado como rehén. Cuando esta misión comienza a peligrar, la confianza entre ellos empezará a ponerse en duda. Premio Especial del Jurado en Sundance.


Jayro Bustamante

Guatemala – Francia – Luxemburgo

Pablo es un hombre de 40 años, casado y padre de dos maravillosos niños. Es un modelo a seguir y un cristiano evangélico practicante. Pero su perfecta vida tradicional comienza a quebrarse cuando se enamora de un hombre y sus sentimientos entran en conflicto con sus creencias. Su vida se convierte en un infierno de intolerancia represiva cuando su familia y su iglesia deciden hacer lo que sea preciso para curarle, forzándole a reprimir sus impulsos mediante terapia. Presentado en la sección Panorama de la Berlinale.



Céline Sciamma


Bretaña francesa, 1770. Marianne es una pintora que debe realizar el retrato matrimonial de Héloise, una joven que acaba de dejar el convento. Héloise no acepta su destino como mujer casada y se niega a posar, por lo que Marianne debe trabajar en secreto. Para ello, se hace pasar por dama de compañía, para así observarla de día y pintarla de noche. Entre ellas surgirá una relación muy especial.



Iban del Campo


Dirty Martini y Tigger!, estrellas del underground neoyorquino, nos descubrirán algunos de los secretos de sus provocativas y reivindicativas formas de expresión artística en night-clubs y cabarets del off-off Broadway de Nueva York. Al mismo tiempo, nos permitirán entender desde su intimidad cotidiana los motivos, las luchas y las claves que les mantienen como figuras y referentes del neo-burlesque, más de 20 años después de que todo este fenómeno explotara en Nueva York en la década de los 90.

Made in Spain


Pedro Almodovar


Dolor y Gloria narra una serie de reencuentros de Salvador Mallo, un director de cine en su ocaso. Algunos de ellos físicos, otros recordados: su infancia en los años 60, cuando emigró con sus padres a Paterna, un pueblo de Valencia en busca de prosperidad, el primer deseo, su primer amor adulto ya en el Madrid de los 80, el dolor de la ruptura de este amor cuando todavía estaba vivo y palpitante, la escritura como única terapia para olvidar lo inolvidable, el temprano descubrimiento del cine y el vacío, el inconmensurable vacío ante la imposibilidad de seguir rodando. Dolor y Gloria habla de la creación, de la dificultad de separarla de la propia vida y de las pasiones que le dan sentido y esperanza. En la recuperación de su pasado, Salvador encuentra la necesidad urgente de narrarlo, y en esa necesidad encuentra también su salvación.


David Fernández de Castro

Marc Parramon


Dos familias muy distintas con un punto en común: en ambas, un menor transgénero. Violeta, que acaba de cumplir 11 años, decidió hace tiempo que quería tener nombre de niña y vestirse como tal. Sus padres, desconcertados, tardaron un tiempo en asumir su nueva identidad, y hoy Violeta lleva una vida feliz. La historia de Alan es todo lo contrario: fue víctima de acoso en el instituto y el apoyo de su familia no fue suficiente para evitar un final que conmocionó su ciudad natal.

Fuera de Concurso

Cortometrajes Zabaltegi


Manuel Abramovich

Argentina – Alemania

¿Qué buscás? ¿Me tenés ganas? Vamos a divertirnos… Siete trabajadores sexuales rumanos en Berlín son retratados mientras escuchan y reaccionan a grabaciones de sus propias experiencias. La cámara se vuelve cliente y el proceso de explotación se convierte en espectáculo, resaltando la inevitable performatividad de las relaciones de poder. 

Series Moviestar+


Leticia Dolera


María, Esther y Cristina son tres mujeres adultas y complejas que se encuentran en plena crisis vital. Se han dado cuenta de que los planes que tenían para sus vidas no les han dado la felicidad anhelada y prometida. Juntas aprenderán a buscar alternativas y tomarán decisiones que las alejarán de lo que la sociedad tradicionalmente espera de ellas. Las veremos descubrir que su vida no tiene que ser, obligatoriamente, como siempre imaginaron. Serie de ocho capítulos.

Categoría: 2019 Sebastiane Latino


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