MAKE A SCENE WEEKEND UPDATE 17/08/2018
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IN THE NEWS...
You want to hear Arianna Grande sing My Heart Will Go On, don't you?
Here's an intelligent article by The Guyliner about why Disney casting straight comedian Jack Whitehall as their first openly gay film character in upcoming Dwayne Johnson/Emily Blunt vehicle Jungle Cruise is totally inappropriate...
Queer Eye's Kamaro Brown is obviously designing his own range of silky bomber jackets...
Here's a first look at Lei Yifei as Disney's new live action Mulan...
Check out the trailer and preview article for intriguing, glittering. gender-blending, erotic The Wild Boys - the debut by queer French film-maker Bertrand Mandico!
The Miseducation of Cameron Post's Sundance Grand Jury award winning director Desiree Akhavan is rightly sick of queer female stories being told by men. This is a great interview with her ahead of the film's release...
Is The Oscars' new Achievement in Popular Film (aka Best Blockbuster) category the same as Trump and Brexit...the next in a long wave of pandering populism sweeping the globe?
The iconic Julian Clary announces new tour Born To Mince, coming to Manchester Opera House April 2019!
Classic, pioneering 90s gay film Trick gets a very belated sequel to celebrate it's 20th birthday!
And here is all of the amazing upcoming Autumn telly to get excited about including Toni Collette in Wanderlust and Sally Wainwright's Gentleman Jack about Anne Lister "the first modern lesbian"...
FILM OF THE WEEK
Not much out this week and not much queer or that interesting hanging around on the arthouse scene this week which means we get to focus on an amazing, quirky special film event coming later in the week...
On Thursday 23th August new female-led art collective and film programmers QUEEN presents a special edition screening of Alien Resurrection in conjunction with the exhibition of works by Sarah-Joy Ford and Charley Blake Banks at No 70 Oxford Street aka the old Cornerhouse.
QUEEN looks to re-envision female desire on screen away from the male gaze, outside of the tragedies they are so often commodified and besieged within.
Included in this special edition screening, Professor Jackie Stacey will give an introduction to the screening of Alien Resurrection based on her interests in body horror films and how we might read them in relation to the the queering of the body and of desire. These ideas will be put in a context of recent debates around genetic engineering and cloning in the cinema and how and why these representations have been responded to through concepts in feminist and queer theory.
After the screening there will be a 30 minute opportunity for discussion hosted by Dr Amy Chambers....this is so up our street it actually hurts! We hope they keep doing events as exciting as this.
TV OF THE WEEK
Short film series Random Acts is back for a fifth series, presented by Zawe Ashton and this week's episode features queer dance film Crashing Waves which stars Manchester's own Joshua Hubbard and his House of Decay dance partner Phoenix Chase as two young gay men expressing their for the first time on the public stage of their council estate - through dance. Director Emma Gilbertson's film is brutal, tender and epic, speaking of unspeakable love through dance.
More info on the film here in an interview with hostess Zawe Ashton:
This Crashing Waves episode is show at midnight on Tuesday 21st August and the episode will be available to watch online on All 4 the day after transmission. You can also see the film in the gallery space of the old Cornerhouse building at any point during the Bank Holiday Weekend at Manchester Pride's Superbia Weekend.
Full details of the weekend here:
This isn't really TV because it's on YouTube but it's about TV and and it's pretty long so it kinda counts...after their groundbreaking Variety cover article Laverne Cox, Chaz Bono, Alexandra Billings, Brian Michael, Jen Richards and Trace Lysette get together for an hour for a conversation about the realities of working in Hollywood while transgender and making film and TV in Hollywood in the last decade and the new landscape what they call a "Post-Pose era".
This roundtable is about an hour long and is a really entertaining, engaging, intelligent conversation between peers about where trans performers portraying trans lives on film and TV has been and where they hope it is heading...
Worth checking out on catch-up is Mark Gatiss on John Minton: The Lost Man of British Art which was on BBC Four last week and sees the League of Gentleman star and Dr Who/Sherlock writer Gatiss explore his big artistic crush - the artist John Minton who once was more famous than his contemporaries Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud and now he is largely forgotten.
It's great to see a contemporary gay man fanboying and shining a light on a bringing a new audience to an artist I and I'm sure many others had never heard of.
Random Acts is on Channel Four Tuesday 21st August at midnight and can be watch on All4 all day on Wednesday 22nd August.
Variety Trans Hollywood Roundtable can be found on YouTube
Mark Gatiss on John Minton: The Lost Man of British Art can be found on IPlayer