Breakfast with Scot is a pitch-perfect comedy about gay couple Eric and Sam
What do you do when a psychopathic killer is murdering old ladies in the area you live? You move your outspoken, chain-smoking, slightly deranged mother in.
Infestation is a great little movie with the tag-line “Prepare for Global Swarming”.
This show made me feel like a big kid again so I will be tuning in to the kids of McKinley High School for my weekly musical fix
24th BFI London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival
Next month sees the 24th BFI London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival begin its annual 2 week South Bank tour de force which, this year, looks to have some cracking films for all tastes.
It opens at 8pm Wednesday 17th March in Odeon West End 2 with “The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister”, a passionate period drama commissioned by BBC2 about the remarkable true story of Anne Lister (Maxine Peake) a 16th century Yorkshire diarist who refused to conform to society, living her life by her own rules, shocking and rocking the community around her. It‘s set to be a tempting LLGFF opener.
Closing the gala on 31st March at 8pm in the same venue is “Children of God”.
Set in the Bahamas it tells the love affair of white Bahamian artist Johnny and local boy Romeo who inspires a new creative drive as their love blossoms, just as the pastor’s wife sets out on a campaign to spread her anti-gay policies. This film tackles the issues of violent homophobia and social unease and I have no doubt this will be an extraordinary end to the festival.
Films to look out for are the two centrepiece screenings.
"I Killed My Mother” – a young defiant gay boy’s relationship with his mother becomes increasingly strained as he struggles with his vulnerability and self-doubts.
“The Topp Twins : Untouchable Girls” is a documentary about lesbian country singing twins. This is a real documentary set in New Zealand and shows us an effervescent duo whose sheer comic energy is entirely infectious.
Other film highlights are:
“Plan B” – a comedy of a straight guy who befriends his ex-girlfriend’s current boyfriend with the plan to break them up but their relationship takes a twist neither expect.
“Edie & Thea – A Very Long Engagement” is a heart-warming documentary of the long-life love affair of two New York based Lesbians who, after 42 years together, are finally getting married.
“Brotherhood”. Winner of the Best Film at the 2009 Rome Film Festival, it is the story of an ex-army sergeant who falls in with a group of neo-Nazis and then starts an affair with one of the members.
“And Then Came Lola”. With a Sapphic nod to Run Lola Run, this is a raunchy, funny and sexy comedy about photographer Lola who has 3 chances to save her girlfriend Casey from the clutches of predatory dyke Danielle.
“The Big Gay Musical” – it was only a matter of time! Drama onstage, backstage and around Manhattan, this is full of cute boys, great music and fancy dance numbers. Why resist?
“Dare” – a witty comedy that tells the story of friendship and sexual experimentation amongst a trio of high school seniors. This looks to be rather charming and promises to be wonderfully unexpected.
There is an enormous choice. Short films and vast arrays of documentaries - all ranging from the heart-wrenching (Prayers for Bobby, with Sigourney Weaver), the sublime (Dusty night – 27th March), the odd (Zombies of Mass Destruction) to the utterly ridiculous (On Your Back Woman!).
I wish I could list everything that has caught my eye because there is a long list I’m eager to see. In the meantime, you can’t go far wrong by logging onto the BFI website and checking out for yourself all that’s on offer...
The 24th LLGFF runs from Wednesday 17th March–Wednesday 31st March.
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