MAKE A SCENE WEEKEND UPDATE 12/07/2019
Who is that girl I see
Staring straight, back at me
Why is my reflection someone I don't know
Somehow I cannot hide
Who I am
Though I've tried
When will my reflection show....
...the Make A Scene Weekend Update!
BEFORE WE START...
There's a big donate-what-you-can Pride party happening on the Saturday of Pride and it has the best local queer DJ line-up going! It's post-parade and right by Pride Live at Mayfield and we're doing some pop-up screenings at it too!
Love Party has been running on and off for the last four years and has raised thousands of pounds for queer charities...for the 50th anniversary of Stonewall we need a big queer riot of a party so Love Party is back with the best LGBT disco, pop, dance and RnB DJs from the city's queer alt scene, live performances, an indoor Pride parade, a queer activism bazaar, pop-up cinema (that's us!) and way more still to be announced!
KISS ME AGAIN
LOVE PARTY SOUNDSYSTEM (made up of DJs from Pumping Iron, Hot Space and Drunk At Vogue)
BANKSIE & Miss LAURIE (Accept Yourself Cabaret)
MAKE A SCENE'S JUDY GARLAND STONEWALL TRIBUTE and POP UP QUEER CINEMA SCREEN
VISUALS BY TEST CARD
And more to be announced!
All profits go to LGBT charities that need our help this year more than ever...
MERMAIDS (supporting trans youth) and LESBIANS AND GAYS SUPPORT THE MIGRANTS.
Please give as much as you can when you're buying a ticket and go for the extra donation options if you can afford it. (or just rock up on the day and chuck coins in the bucket!) TICKETS SELLING FAST!!
IN THE NEWS...
Here's the trailer for the live action Mulan and bisexual icon Li Chang and the talking dragon are GONE, a respectful retelling of the Chinese tale is IN!
Eastenders had their first ever Pride episode to celebrate London Pride...
People want Jesy from Little Mix to show off her pitch perfect Jamaican accent as Sebastian the crab in the live action remake of The Little Mermaid!
Top Gear viewers praise Freddie Flintoff and Paddy McGuinness for standing against anti-LGBTQ+ laws in Brunai in an episode you would never have seen Jeremy Clarkson do!
The MIA documentary is on iPlayer incase you missed it in the cinemas...
And here's a Deep Dive into the gorgeous lesbian excellence of Sally Wainwright's wonderful and radical Gentleman Jack...
As Pride month has ended we must, like all big corporations, turn our back on the rainbow flag immediately so that means it is the last week of this picture of a kitten in front of the Pride flag. We shall be assessing if using the flag and the kitten has given us enough traction on social media with the gays and enough return on investment for us to bring it back next year.
"Meow! Pride is a protest! No corporations and cops at Pride!"
FILM OF THE WEEK
Have you taken time to rewatch The Matrix as a trans-allegory made by two trans women? Well this week is the week as it's out in cinemas with a 4k rerelease. It's showing at Odeon in The Great Northern in Manchester and the Wacowskis have personally overseen the 4k transfer scanning in the original footage and treating it like the genre-defining subversive classic is should be. Your body isn't real, your mind is reality...Blue pill or red pill?
Queer art-house slasher Knife+Heart might have gone from cinemas (check your listings) but you can get it on film streaming service MUBI which usually have a free trail period from 1 week to 1 month for you to try it. Whilst you're there check out vogueing doc Deep in Vogue and their other Pride selections.
The Matrix 4k Rerelease and out in cinemas today for limited showings.
Knife+Heart is int good arthouses and on MUBI for the next month.
TV OF THE WEEK
Just keep watching Drag SOS. That's it. That's still the recommendation.
Catch up on Gentleman Jack as well if you didn't watch it live the box set is on iPlayer and it is just a wonderful, entertaining, empowering, romantic queer tale that is way beyond a normal costume drama.
Drag SOS continues Tuesdays 10pm on Channel 4.
Gentleman Jack is on iPlayer.
FESTIVAL OF THE WEEK
What, if anything, is queer, what's free and what's inspiring in MIF's second week?
Head to Festival Square tonight for a fab queer cabaret - Fabaret! - with local LGBTQ artists bringing their amazing talents to the square.
You may remember Elizabeth Taylor as Maggie the Cat in Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, acclaimed American choreographer Trajal Harrell places her centre stage in a new dance work, a provocative fusion of high art and pop culture set to a soundtrack ranging from electro and pop to classical music, with dance influenced by everything from ancient Greek theatre to the Harlem voguing underground, it’s challenging, tragic, entertaining – and queer!
Laurie Anderson celebrates 50 years since the moon landings with a VR art piece at The Royal Exchange. To The Moon sounds really visually interesting and is one of the things you can do at the festival that only costs a fiver.
Fans of Phillip Glass' amazing soundtracks (The Hours) will enjoy new piece Tao of Glass with a chance to hear him perform his music in an unusual collaboration with performer-director Phelim McDermott. This runs until 20th July.
Studio Creole also runs this weekend an is a performance piece where we can hear writers read in their original language and simultaneously listen to a live translation by talented translators creating a cacophony of voices, accents and languages.
Manchester International Festival runs 4th - 21st July