Because a film can change your life...
I've been taking a bit of a reviewing break in 2011, but the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Film Festival never fails to get me fired up. Like last night - I went for a double-feature evening of lesbian fun and frivolity, and saw one lame lesbian kiss the whole night.
For those people out there who think lesbians are now everywhere and we no longer need to fight for visibility, I would say, what planet are you on? One Oscar nomination does not mean we're mainstream, no matter how good Annette Bening looks with short, spunky hair.
As always, if you've seen something lately that inspired you, please let me know so I can spread the word! Be sure to send them through to email@example.com or let me know via Twitter on @NancyAmazon.
I love that there are still some filmmakers out there prepared to let their characters speak. Sometimes it's messy, sometimes it's long-winded, and I'm sure for the action-oriented crowd it is boring as hell in parts, but Trigger had something to say, and it damn well said it. Don't go in expecting much action of any kind.
The Runaways (2010)
Expectation is a real killer! I had high hopes for this and it couldn't really meet them, but it is still despite its directoral flaws a rocking film about a really interesting time, starring some talented women. Just don't ask for too much emotional depth with your rock.
Classic Film Spotlight
Serving In Silence (1995)
With Glenn Close back on our big screens as the cross-dressing Albert Nobbs, it seems a good time to rediscover Close's earlier foray into the queer world, as Margerethe Cammermeyer in Serving in Silence. With "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" now a thing of the past this movie will start to age rapidly, but it is still worth remembering that Glenn Close fought to have this movie made in the early nineties, and what it probably meant to all US servicewomen to have someone as brave as Colonel Cammermeyer honoured onscreen in this way.