Reviews / 14.09.2022

A story about a gay man with commitment issues is hardly groundbreaking narrative fodder. Still, it is a damn near revelation when it's at the forefront of a theatrical release from a major studio. That's the history-making background of Bros, the first gay romantic comedy from a mainstream distributor to feature an almost-exclusively LGBTQ+ cast and starring and co-written by an openly gay man. Yes, it's taken a bloody long time to arrive at this point. Too long, in fact. Thankfully, the film is an absolute triumph. Hysterically amusing...

Reviews / 20.06.2022

Back in 1995, Amy Heckerling reimagined Jane Austen's Emma into one of the greatest teenage comedies of all time, Clueless. The film and Heckerling's quietly brilliant screenplay ultimately highlighted the timeless nature of Austen's writing and how her characters and narratives can be plonked into a modern setting and miraculously still work flawlessly. Taking a cue from Heckerling, stand-up comedian/actor Joel Kim Booster has taken Austen's Pride and Prejudice and deftly spun it into one of the best gay rom-coms of recent times. A gorgeous ode to the power of friendship and a...

Reviews / 17.05.2022

In a case of auspicious timing, a queer love story set in the days of the Soviet Union will arrive in Australian cinemas at a time when Russia faces global condemnation for its horrifying war on Ukraine. However, special one-night-only screenings of Peeter Rebane's Firebird are actually timed to coincide with International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia on May 17. A sweeping epic that's somewhat damaged by its hokey screenplay, Firebird ultimately soars on the backs of its two leads whose intoxicating chemistry crafts a captivating gay romance...

Reviews / 02.09.2021

Almost three decades ago, one little Aussie film sought to put drag culture on the map. And it succeeded. The unassuming camp classic that is The Adventures of Priscilla: Queen of the Desert became a cultural phenomenon and the art of drag was celebrated on screen like never before. With the recent success of shows like RuPaul's Drag Race and Pose, drag culture has edged into the mainstream while still retaining its nonconformist sensibilities. Entering this new celebratory world of everything drag comes Everybody's Talking About Jamie, the glittery,...

Awards Season, Reviews / 02.12.2020

We're drawing closer to the end of a year we'd all rather forget, and what better way to say farewell to the flaming garbage pile that was 2020 than with a big, glitzy dose of Broadway musical magic. Alright, so that's not going to be everyone's answer to brightening up such a dark period of history, but, for those who love their musicals loud, proud, and extra-extravagant, The Prom is everything you need right now. Unapologetically campy and infectiously joyous, The Prom wears its enormous heart on its sleeve...

Reviews / 21.11.2020

Deck the halls and string up the lights, it's the festive time once again. Yet, with lockdowns and social distancing restrictions, this is likely to be a Christmas like no other. As depressing as that thought is, we can always count on the film industry to pump out a new Christmas-themed piece of escapist cinema just in time for the silly season. As fate would have it, 2020 is blessing us with a holiday movie that feels all sorts of revolutionary. An early Christmas present to enjoy at home...

Reviews / 09.11.2020

Living with repressed trauma is an unfortunate fact of life for many gay men. Whether that trauma results from experiencing homophobia, dealing with the difficult journey of accepting one’s sexuality, or, at worst, suffering sexual abuse at a young age, it’s something many queer filmmakers have frequently cathartically injected into their work. Such is the case with Matthew Fifer‘s quietly powerful feature film debut Cicada, which draws from his own experiences to craft one of the year’s finest films. On its deceptively simple surface, Cicada feels reminiscent of your...

Awards Season, Reviews / 27.09.2020

Earlier this year, we were given the rare treat of experiencing a moment in Broadway history in our living rooms with the Disney+ release of Lin Manuel Miranda's miraculous musical Hamilton. In many ways, Joe Mantello's The Boys in the Band seeks to offer something similar. While not a live stage recording of the Tony Award-winning 2018 Broadway revival of Mart Crowley's seminal 1968 play, Mantello reassembles the entire sublime ensemble cast of openly gay actors to reprise their stage roles and deliver this divisive work to a...

Reviews / 22.09.2020

Not even a pandemic could stop this year's Queer Screen Film Fest, which has re-branded itself as an "online-plus" film festival to match the evolved film experience of 2020. Available on more screens than ever, the 8th Queer Screen Film Fest will be online and on-demand and can be accessed from anywhere in Australia. Featuring 29 Australian premieres, the full program comprises over 40 feature films, documentaries and shorts – 90 percent of which can be accessed by LGBTIQ+ communities and allies around the country for 11 days from...

Reviews / 18.08.2020

Ever since the launch of gay "dating" app Grindr in 2009, sex has become increasingly more transactional in the gay community. With roughly 30 million users (of which almost 4 million are classified as daily users) around the globe, it's never been quicker and easier for gay men to find someone nearby for a randy NSA (no-strings-attached) rendezvous. Whether this is a blessing or a curse for the gay community likely depends on your views of casual sex. For those uninitiated with this world, something like Samuel Van Grinsven's...