FILM: Juliet

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“In countries like Russia it is almost impossible to live if you are a transgender person” BY DIVA STAFF Juliet follows the story of a transgender teenager’s dream to play Juliet in her school play, Romeo & Juliet. This brilliant short has been a hit at film festivals, including the Oscar-qualifying AFI Fest 2020 and [….]

DIVA DOES FLARE: Tove

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A Q&A with Tove’s director, Zaida Bergroth BY NADIA DAVIES A lyrical and romantic biopic of the beloved creator of the Moomins featuring an incredible central performance by Alma Pöysti is screening at this year’s BFI Flare. Describe your film in three words. Intimate, honest, joyful. What inspired you to make the film? I wanted [….]

DIVA DOES FLARE: Kiss Me Before It Blows Up

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DIVA chats to Shirel Peleg, director of this film about love and the healing power of forgiveness BY NADIA DAVIES Cultures clash and family secrets are revealed when Shira brings home her new girlfriend in this delightful first feature. Describe your film in three words. Diverse, chaotic and fun What inspired you to make the film? [….]

DIVA DOES FLARE: The Greenhouse

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DIVA catches up with the duo who directed and produced The Greenhouse, Thomas Wilson-White and Lizzie Cater BY NADIA DAVIES Discovering a way to travel back in time helps Beth come to terms with her present in this daringly original debut. Describe your film in three words. Thomas Wilson-White: Tender Time Travel!  Lizzie Cater: What [….]

DIVA DOES FLARE: Cured

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An interview with Patrick Sammon and Bennett Singer, directors of Cured BY NADIA DAVIES This astonishingly rich documentary explores the campaign by key US activists to remove homosexuality from the American Psychiatric Association’s definition of mental illness. Describe your film in three words. Eye-opening, inspiring, emotional. What inspired you to make the film? Patrick Sammon: [….]

DIVA DOES FLARE: Well Rounded

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DIVA chats to director Shana Myara all about her fat and fierce documentary BY NADIA DAVIES Shana Myara’s documentary focuses on fat and fierce babes in Canada who are using their creativity to clap back at a diet culture that seeks to shrink marginalised bodies. Interviewees all tell stories of struggle, self-actualisation and radicalisation, and [….]