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BFI Flare film recommendation: AIDS Diva
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BFI Flare film recommendation: AIDS Diva

Today is the last day of BFI Flare and there are so many great films to watch – I can pretty well recommend any of them. So dive in and enjoy a final day of fabulous queer film – features and shorts, dramas and documentaries. The film I want to talk about – AIDS Diva: The Legend of Connie Norman – is not the biggest or the best, but one which really spoke to me, probably because the threads of fighting a devastating virus and a lack of government care, trans oppression and police violence are still, tragically, as true today in the UK as they were in 1980s and 1990s Los Angeles. Connie Norman was an activist and member of ACT Up in Los Angeles, a trans woman who was HIV positive, a former drag queen and drug addict. She was angry at her oppression and the government’s dilatory approa...
BFI Flare film recommendation – Boy Meets Boy
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BFI Flare film recommendation – Boy Meets Boy

Boy Meets Boy is a tender debut film following Harry and Johannes as they spend a day together in Berlin. It is akin to Weekend set in Berlin, or a gay Before Sunset, and that is no criticism, seeing as those are two of my favourite films. Brit medic Harry is on a weekend break in Berlin and meets local dancer Johannes in a nightclub where they share a kiss – and then decide to spend the day together before Harry’s evening flight. The film rolls with them through their day where they talk about sex and relationships, go out for brunch, meet some Mormons, report a theft at the police station and discuss what happiness is. The actors’ chemistry is palpable and their dialogue funny, interesting and naturalistic – it sounds truthful, whether it was improvised or scripted. We root for the...
BFI Flare Film recommendation – My First Summer
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BFI Flare Film recommendation – My First Summer

This delicate, ethereal debut feature from Australia follows two teenage girls who meet after Claudia’s mother dies. Grace is bolder, more confident, and brings energy into Claudia’s life, expanding her horizons. Grace, an isolated young woman, finds deep friendship. Both of them are otherworldly and naïve, and their companionship brings them great joy as it develops into love. Like last year’s German film Cocoon, this film is gorgeously steeped in nature – the pair lie in the grass, use plums to dye their sheets, and revel in a country summer. Nature, particularly water, has its dangers but these girls are finding their way in the world, making the most of it and beginning to hit against what society wants of them. With a gorgeous, ethereal vibe, this is a film to bask in and enjoy ...
BFI Flare film recommendation – Mama Gloria
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BFI Flare film recommendation – Mama Gloria

BFI Flare, the UK’s biggest LGBTQ+ film festival runs from Wednesday 17 to Saturday 28 March. You can watch all of the festival film programme in the UK using BFI Player, the BFI’s video-on-demand service. You need to buy a ticket to watch a feature film on BFI Player – just as you would for a physical screening. Feature films will be available to watch at any time 17 to 28 March. You have 4 hours to finish watching the film after you have started. Short films are free to watch in the UK and can be watched without a BFI Player account and you can watch free events on BFI YouTube and BFI Flare Facebook anywhere in the world. So, from today, I’ll post a daily recommendation of a feature film worthy of your time and money. I’ll try to post about the shorts as well (it’s a scramble to fit i...
Road To Eurovision: Italy, Portugal and San Marino’s Entries.
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Road To Eurovision: Italy, Portugal and San Marino’s Entries.

What a week for Eurovision Lovers like us! Three entries, three new songs, and 2 almost unexpected entries to the competition in Rotterdam. The very first big surprise was given to us by Sanremo 2021 - the Festival of Italian Song - that crowned Måneskin as the winners of this edition with their song "Zitti e Buoni". Since a few years now, this Italian selection also decides who will represent the country - that almost won ESC in 2019 with Soldi by Mahmoud - on the stage of Eurovision contest. Måneskin come almost as unexpected winners because of their music background which is rock, explicit and real and goes far from the classical pop, melodic song that Sanremo got all Italians used to.  This group will surely rock the stage in Rotterdam putting the audience to choose which rock t...
Måneskin win Sanremo 2021 and fly to Eurovision 2021 to rock that stage
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Måneskin win Sanremo 2021 and fly to Eurovision 2021 to rock that stage

Historical win for the long-lasting Festival of the Italian Song - Sanremo 2021 - that sees a rock band winning the competition against all odds. It was already over 2 am in Italy and the Festival of Sanremo 2021 crowned their winner. Måneskin triumphed on that stage and demonstrated (again) to the whole world - actually shocking Italy - that talent shows do work and are able to discover amazing talents. Månesking is an Italian rock band consisting of lead vocalist Damiano David, bassist Victoria De Angelis, guitarist Thomas Raggi, and drummer Ethan Torchio. The band rose to fame after ending up second in the 12th Italian version of XFactor (2017). "Zitti e Buoni" (tr. shut up and calm) is a rock song that will shake the stage of Eurovision Song Contest 2021 in Rotterdam, were Månes...
Film recommendation: I Care a Lot
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Film recommendation: I Care a Lot

I Care A Lot is a hugely entertaining thriller, a side-swipe at 21st century capitalism n the US, and a joyous film of representation. Rosamund Pike is on top form as the (beautifully suited) Maria Grayson, a court-appointed guardian for elderly people who need care and support. Well, that is how she presents, but in fact she asset-strips them, seizing their homes to pay for her (inflated) services, care home bills – working with her business and life partner Fran (Eiza González) to fund their glamorous life style. All is going well until they move in on their latest mark, Fran (the wonderful Dianne Wiest), a wealthy retiree with no living family. But it turns out she has her own shady links and Maria and Fran soon come up against a volatile gangster (impeccably played by Peter Dinkl...
Forget “basic”, welcome awesomeness with Tia Kofi’s first music video
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Forget “basic”, welcome awesomeness with Tia Kofi’s first music video

During her participation to RuPaul's Drag Race UK she was accused of being "basic"... we b*#@$es... she is back and there is nothing basic. Tia Kofi won by far a great number of RPDR UK's fans with her sympathy and sense of humor, but also because she has demonstrated to all of us that she can be a great entertainer. She released her fist song last Friday, and we spoke about her debut single here. Today she is out with her music video, and believe us: you will love her awesomeness! https://youtu.be/MKSIjZsrCg4 Tia Kofi spoke to Metro about her career transition: "It's something that's always been sort of inside, in my head and something that I've always sort of aspired to, but I never dreamed that I'd have the platform or the ability to do it. . . . I've actually written songs...
Tia Kofi releases her first music single – Outside In – and is a blast!
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Tia Kofi releases her first music single – Outside In – and is a blast!

A bid for pop-drag-superstardom with a song, an anthem title Outside In. It is a triumphant and fierce electro-pop song written by Little Boots, Tom Aspaul and Gil Lewis, the one that Tia Kofi decided to use as debut single. An honest invitation to look “beyond the surface”. Tia Kofi had to Sashay Away in yesterday’s episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK (Season 2) but she was able to win the hearts of thousands of viewers from the UK and from around the world with her honesty, uniqueness and persona. Amongst all the other queens of season 2 in UK, she was the one remained absolutely true to her-self and her drag-alter-ego.  Speaking to GayTimes she said: “It unleashes the things you’ve always wanted to do. My drag has always been about that pop princess energy and living that life, ...
Road To Eurovision: The UK has selected their representative
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Road To Eurovision: The UK has selected their representative

If last year James did not get the chance to compete on the stage in Rotterdam, he will surely get the chance this year. Yesterday, 18h Feb 2021, BBC announced that James Newman - who because of the pandemic did not get the chance to sing on the stage of Eurovision 2020 - will be representing the UK at Eurovision Song Contest 2021 in Rotterdam. As also reported on the official website of ESC, James said: "I’m so excited and honoured to be getting a second chance at representing my country in the Eurovision Song Contest. I haven’t stopped making new music in lockdown and I can’t wait for everyone to hear the song I’m taking to Eurovision in 2021.” https://twitter.com/JamesNewmanUk/status/1362671027382321152 The BBC also announced that there's a renewed collaboration with BMG recor...
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