To watch out for in 2011: Film
Featuring the magnificent Fiona Shaw (the “Harry Potter” series, and countless stage and film productions) among the cast members, who include Brad Pitt and Sean Penn. The story centers around a family with three boys in the 1950s. The eldest son witnesses the loss of innocence. Due for release in the USA on 27th May 2011.
Starring Glenn Close as the eponymous, genderqueer Albert who struggles to survive in late 19th century Ireland. The film is an adaptation of an off-Broadway play originally written and performed by Close and co-creators. Filming recently began in Dublin, and the work is due for release in 2011.
Directed by Phyllida Lloyd. Starring the incomparable Meryl Streep. (Both of “Mama Mia”.) The film examines the actions taken by UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in the days leading up to the Falklands War in 1982. Due for release in 2011.
Starring Juno Temple (“Cracks”, “Atonement”, “Wild Child”), Riley Keough (“The Runaways”) and Kylie Minogue (only bloody fabulous!). Jack and Diane, two teenage girls, meet in New York City and spend the night together. Diane’s charming innocence quickly begins to open Jack’s tough skinned heart. But, when Jack discovers that Diane is leaving the country in a week she tries to push her away. As a bonus, Kylie stars as Tara, a be-tattooed lesbian. Due for release in 2011.
Selected for 2011’s Sundance Film Festival. A Brooklyn teenager juggles conflicting identities and risks friendship, heartbreak, and family in a desperate search for sexual expression. Due for release in 2011.
Additionally selected for 2011’s Sundance Film Festival. A documentary uncovering how American mainstream media’s limited and disparaging portrayals of women contribute to the under-representation of women in power positions – creating another generation of women defined by youth, beauty and sexuality, and not by their capacity as leaders. Due for release in 2011.
- A Few Days of Respite (Quelque Jours de Repit)
Also selected for 2011’s Sundance Film Festival. An Algerian-French production, the film depicts the experiences of two gay men who have escaped from Iran and seek safety in a small French village, where a lonely middle-aged woman offers aid.
Yet another title selected for 2011’s Sundance Film Festival. A wealthy Iranian family struggles to contain a teenager’s growing sexual rebellion and her brother’s dangerous obsession. (More…)
Misfits Slate and Kelly are wannabe police officers who both get kicked out of the police academy – Slate for being over-zealous with her weapon; Kelly for being too scared to pick his up. When Slate and her girlfriend are held at gunpoint and her girlfriend is shot and killed, Slate is powerless to help her. That event is the driving force behind her desire to become a police officer, but her uncontrollable anger stops her from making it through, despite her mental and physcial agility. She now scans the police scanner and shows up at crime scenes in an effort to find a clue that might solve a crime, and force Captain Bishop to reconsider her expulsion from the Academy. With Jill Bennett and Cathy DeBuono. (More…)
In 19th Century Styria, Laura Sheridan meets Carmilla as the result of a coach accident and falls in love with her, much to the annoyance of her suitor Kurt and her sister Faith. But is Carmilla all she seems? Laura finds herself drained after spending the night with Carmilla whilst in the village girls are turning up dead with mysterious bites. Is there some evil beast on the loose? Yes, but not in the hideous incarnation which the locals suspect. Lesbian vampire flick based on the Sheridan Le Fanu novella. We’ve been here before, I fear. (More… And more…)
When Maggie Connor steps onto the soccer pitch, there’s only one thing that matters above all: perseverance, no matter what the obstacles…until she meets high school transplant, Niko Taylor, a brash, confident, wild child who shows up to play and gives Maggie a run for her money. Maggie and Niko go head to head, battling for control, until they find a commonality, until the mutual love and respect for the game and life has them falling in love with one another. Due for release in mid-2011. (More…)
A queer romantic comedy (with musical numbers!). Jamie is moving from Chicago to New York hoping to become a famous actress. Her best friend and roommate, Jessica, isn’t happy about it, because she is losing more than a friend. Jessica is not-so-secretly in love with Jamie. Although Jamie doesn’t feel the same way, she has gotten used to Jessica’s attention. As moving day gets closer, Jessica tries to make Jamie jealous (and get her to stay in Chicago) by sleeping around with other girls. But Jessica’s plan backfires, in a way she could never imagine. Due for release in 2011. (More…)
From a meta-perspective, queer cultural production remains at the fringes of society today. It is largely undocumented, and therefore communities and art forms continuously disappear as stories are forgotten. Shakedown is the story of a black lesbian strip club in Los Angeles. The film is anchored in the stories of three women: Ronnie Ron, the creator and emcee of Shakedown, a large butch/stud lesbian and former Jehovah’s Witness; Egypt, a single mother, beauty pageant fanatic, and dedicated self – (re)inventor; and Jazmyne, the complicated and sometimes conflicted “Queen” of Shakedown. The film goes through the process of their labor with them and records what they do, and how they feel about what they are doing. Due for release in 2011. (More…)
Oh come on… It’s Harry Potter! Featuring our favourite gay wizard. …And hasn’t Hermione grown? The final release in the Harry Potter series is due for release in the USA on 15th July 2011.
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