Monday, February 15, 2021

Jump Darling, Bayard Rustin, Banned, Kisses, Queer TV Characters & MORE!

Scene from film X, a queer campy erotic thriller

Movie Review: New Campy Thriller, “X”
From filmmaker Scott J. Ramsey, "X" is a queer campy erotic thriller that kept me guessing. It might not be for everyone, but if you’re into weirdness and confusion, you’ll likely have a good time. "X" delivers a queer campy erotic thriller full of twists. More.

WATCH: Trailer for movie, "X".

20 Fantastic LGBTQ+ Film Festivals Around the Globe

What’s queerness without community? With the closure of bars, clubs, bookstores, community centers, gyms, and yes *winces* movie theaters due to the COVID-19 pandemic’s quarantine orders, LGBTQ folk around the world are hurting. LGBTQ film festivals of all different affiliations and specializations, all across the world have had to adapt like everyone else. But that undaunted spirit of survival and inclusivity shines through with particular brilliance. Festival organizers ran the gamut from going fully virtual, to holding in-person and streaming events in tandem, to taking intentional hiatuses to focus on mutual aid and community development. Here are 20 of the best, brightest, and queerest film festivals around the globe to keep your eye on for 2021.
Scene from 2020 film The Christmas House starring openly gay actor Jonathan Bennett

“This is all well and good, but you had the same job during the very non-diverse period of Hallmark. Were you aware at that time of how non-diverse it was? When you look back now, are there some things where you think you should have done a better job at that time? And also, one thing to address in general, there was a period where a Black actor would be inserted in the cast, but would always just be the friend of the main character, would never be the prime character." More.
Kissing scene from film Bohemian Rhapsody

The South Korean broadcaster SBS came under fire for its decision to make edits to the 2018 drama, which starred Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury. According to the Korean Herald, the Saturday evening broadcast made a number of edits to cut out scenes of men kissing, as well as using a manual blurring effect to obscure background shots where gay couples were visible. Incredibly, the broadcaster defended its conduct, dubiously suggesting that it would do the same thing to heterosexual kiss scenes. More.

"Jump, Darling" New Film About a Drag Queen and His Grandmother

Thomas Duplessie and Cloris Leachman in LGBTQ drama Jump Darling

Phil Connell’s debut film, "Jump, Darling" follows the story of an actor turned drag queen Russell (Thomas Duplessie), who finds himself returning to the Canadian countryside to live with his grandmother (Cloris Leachman). The LGBTQ drama will have its international premiere next month at the digital edition of BFI Flare: London LGBTQ + Film Festival. The film stars the late Hollywood legend Cloris Leachman and will be seen online at the UK’s largest LGBTQ film festival, taking place digitally from March 17-28 this year. More.

WATCH: Trailer for film, "Jump, Darling"

Bayard Rustin

The biopic—titled Rustin—is a project being created under Michelle and Barack Obama’s Higher Ground production company. The film will chronicle the journey of the openly gay activist who hailed from Pennsylvania and his fight for racial justice and gay rights. Rustin was on the frontlines fighting against the segregated public transit system and was also jailed because of his sexuality. He was instrumental in organizing the March on Washington in 1963 where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his historic “I Have a Dream” speech. He served as an advisor for Dr. King during the 1950s and ‘60s. Rustin was posthumously awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom by former President Barack Obama eight years ago. Rustin will be directed by George C. Wolfe, who served as the director for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. Dustin Lance Black will serve as a writer and producer. More.

50 Essential LGBTQ Movies

(L) Scene from film, "How to Survive a Plague", (R) Scene from film "Pariah"

LGBTQ films — from comedies to dramas, documentaries to cult classics, underground experimental work to studio blockbusters. It is nowhere near a comprehensive rundown of every great movie to feature out-and-proud heroes and villains, or a queer sensibility, or even just visible (and/or risible) examples of gay life in cinema; we could have easily made this list twice as long. Rather, consider this a primer that helps illustrate the relationship between queer culture and the silver screen. More.

Thank-you for reading Stonewall Gazette.
Never miss a post! Subscribe by email and follow on Twitter.