TRAVEL: Unbeaten tracks in Japan, part two

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In the second part of her travel diary, Danielle Mustarde follows in the footsteps of pioneering traveller Isabella Bird PHOTOS BY DANIELLE MUSTARDE AND PIXABAY Late afternoon, Thursday 6 February  Westin Sendai  Hakodate Asaichi Morning Market was today’s first port-of-call – a revered local market alive with the spoils of the sea. Stalls of giant, [….]

REVIEW: Ammonite is a passion filled period piece exploring forbidden love

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Human connection overrules the constraints of the past in Francis Lee’s second feature  BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS Returning after a hugely successful breakout feature in the form of God’s Own Country, Francis Lee’s Ammonite is here to prove his deserved place in the queer cinema canon. This time, the love story ventures back in time to [….]

REVIEW: Kajillionaire is the quirky, queer film here to brighten 2020

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Miranda July’s third feature is profoundly moving and wildly original  BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS, IMAGE BY MATT KENNEDY Sitting down to watch Kajillionaire, I had no idea what to expect. All I knew was that if it was anything like Miranda July’s previous films, I was in for something unique and surprising at every turn.  Kajillionaire [….]

COMEDY: Say hello to Grace Kuhlenschmidt, your new favourite TikToker

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The “straight lesbian comedian” on everyone’s feed right now BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS If you’re anything like me, you’ve been stuck in a vicious cycle since the beginning of lockdown. Download TikTok, delete TikTok, re-download it, repeat. But, there’s one queen of comedy whose content I couldn’t bare to leave behind.  New York based 25-year-old comic, [….]

BOOKS: Kate Davies and Amrou Al-Kadhi announced as winners of the 10th Polari Prizes

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The UK’s only award for books exploring the LGBTQI experience announces it’s 2020 winners  BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS Amrou Al-Kadhi and Kate Davieshave tonight been announced as the winners of the 2020 Polari Prizes, the UK’s only award celebrating literature that explores the LGBTQI experience.  Amrou becomes the 10th winner of the Polari First Book Prize, established in [….]

SCREEN: Drop everything, there’s a new Ammonite trailer

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The brand-new trailer for the hotly anticipated film is here  BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS I think it’s safe to say that Ammonite is one of the most talked about LGBTQI love stories this year. Starring Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan, the period drama follows the life of British palaeontologist Mary Anning and her relationship with geologist Charlotte Murchison [….]

SCREEN: Your exclusive chance to catch They Them Us

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They Them Us is screening digitally at the LA Femme International Film Festival, followed by a Q&A BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS All you queer film fans out there, there’s a chance to see a screening of the fabulous They Them Us on Friday evening, 16 October – virtually of course, as part of the LA Femme [….]