Now that the program has been launched for Queer Screen’s Mardi Gras Film Festival 2019, I have had a good long look at it and picked a few choice films I’m going to see.
First up, I can’t stay away from horror and there’s nothing better than a queer sub-genre, so Queer Scream is going to be a must. Also, The Quiet Room is part of this starring Alaska and Katya (out of drag) from Rupaul’s Drag Race.
I am in love with what I have seen so far of the lighting and cinematography of Postcards From London, so I’m going to see this based solely on that, although the plot also looks pretty good.
Director Steve McLean uses a high camp style to tell of Jim’s increasing obsession with and sensitivity to Italian master Caravaggio. When he encounters his work, fantasy kicks into gear and Jim is transported into an alternate realm where he recreates Caravaggio’s most famous scenes.
The lost and now found Buddies from 1985 looks heartbreaking but so important. Stories from this time are still being told and remembered, and the more we can educate ourselves, the more sides of it we see, the better.
I’m also keen to see the documentary Man Made, following four men as they prepare for America’s only bodybuilding competition for men of trans experience, TransFitCon.
And for a laugh, and a walk down memory lane (sans the murder) of my time in the Philippines, I’ll be going along to Chedeng and Apple, a film about two women on the run after one comes out and the other murders her husband.
And finally, in the grand tradition of things I like to watch, including Kiki, Paris is Burning, Rupaul’s Drag Race, Pose, Check It and so on, I am very excited for When the Beat Drops:
In the 1990s, black gay men in the South began mimicking the routines of J-setting female majorettes (think Beyoncé’s music video for Single Ladies) that they saw at college football games. As they took these thrusting, high energy moves onto the dance floors of gay clubs, they built a dynamic queer community that bucked society’s narrow definition of masculinity.
What are you going to see?