Lyle (2014)

Rosemary’s Baby is arguably a perfect film; it stands to reason that Stewart Thorndike’s low-budget lesbian riff on Polanski’s classic would fall short of its source material. Her adaptation, Lyle, doesn’t follow Rosemary’s Baby to the letter – the couple is composed of two women, they already have a child when they move into a…

Dirk Bogarde and Sylvia Sims in Victim (1961)

Review Roundup – Brisbane Queer Film Festival

I’ve recently written a couple reviews for films screening at the Brisbane Queer Film Festival for Cheated Hearts. Victim(1961), one of the first films to feature a gay hero and a considered examination of the sociopolitical realities of homosexuality in the era. Free Fall, a recent German film with a fairly conventional coming out narrative…

G.B.F. (2013)

G.B.F. (2013)

G.B.F. – “gay best friend” – is essentially a queer Mean Girls. Like that film, it exists in an exaggerated candy-coloured high school reality, our world emphatically underlined with a pink highlighter. It’s defined by rigid cliques spouting made-up slang, ruled over by picture-perfect teenage girls. The story centres on how a gay teenager’s inadvertent…