LOVE, SIMON

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Greg Berlanti Stars: Nick Robinson, Katherine Langford, Jorge Lendeborg jr, Alexandra Shipp, Logan Miller, Jennifer Garner, Josh Duhamel, Keiynan Lonsdale, Miles Heizer, Joey Pollari, Tony Hale, Natasha Rothwell, Talitha Eliana Bateman, Clark Moore. I liked Simon a lot, but I didn’t love Simon! This enjoyable queer teen love story deals with themes of sexual orientation, coming out, friendship, bullying, family, peer pressure, which gives it a universal appeal. It is also refreshing to see a Continue reading

MELBOURNE QUEER FILM FESTIVAL 2018 – interview with Program Manager Spiro Economopoulos

by GREG KING   The Melbourne Queer Film Festival continues to showcase the best in LGBTIQ cinema from around the world. This year the festival features some 120 features, documentaries and short films, including two Australian feature debuts. The opening night film is Freak Show, the closing night film is Becks. Highlights include Love, Simon, a queer coming of age film that will get a commercial release shortly after the festival, and a screening of Prick Up Your Ears, a biopic of playwright Joe Continue reading

BPM – interview with writer Philippe Mangeot

by GREG KING BPM is a fictional drama based on the activities of ACTUP, an AIDS activist group in Paris in the 1990s. Philippe Mangeot and filmmaker Robin Campillo (Eastern Boys, etc) were both members of the group. They have drawn upon their experiences and memories for this powerful and confronting drama - a rousing call to arms that delves into the politics of the group. At the centre is also a beautiful love story. BPM (Beats Per Minute) screens at the Melbourne International Queer Film Festival on Sunday March 24, and the Alliance French Film Festival in March. Continue reading