SCREEN: Iris Prize 2020 reveals shortlist of 35 international films for £30,000 prize

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UK wide audience can share the experience for the first time by watching all the competing films online for free  BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS Iris Prize, the world’s largest international LGBT+ film prize, have released the 35 filmmakers which are set to compete for the £30,000 prize money this year with their shortlisted films.  Iris Prize [….]

SCREEN: Saoirse Ronan and Kate Winslet star in lesbian love story Ammonite

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Another queer period drama? It’s a yes from us  BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS I don’t know about you, but I’ve been anticipating Ammonite ever since I first heard that Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan would be starring alongside each other in a film. Of course, that anticipation multiplied by a thousand when I found out it [….]

SCREEN: Portrait Of A Lady On Fire

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Danielle Mustarde meets the stars of this gorgeous new French flick ahead of its UK cinema release BY DANIELLE MUSTARDE Speaking at a BAFTA Screenwriter’s Lecture at the end of 2019, French screenwriter Céline Sciamma (Water Lilies, Tomboy, Girlhood) explains of her writing process: “I do have my way of doing it, I guess at [….]

SCREEN: Stage Mother leads the way for an uplifting return to queer cinema

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A feel-good LGBTQI drama coming to cinemas (socially-distanced style) this month BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS With cinemas across the country set to open this month, we cannot wait to get our eyeballs on some new queer cinema.  Stage Mother tells the story of a conservative Texas mother who inherits her recently deceased son’s drag club in [….]

SCREEN: New lesbian comedy free online as part of Iris Prize Film Festival

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Wild Geese is a new story from Kayleigh Llewellyn all about human vulnerability BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS Thanks to our friends over at Iris Prize, there is a brand new lesbian comedy online to fall in love with. Wild Geese is the ninth short film made with the Iris Prize filmmaker Susan Jacobson and is available [….]

SCREEN: Queer travel films for a sofa holiday

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Five films that will help you escape somewhere far away (without leaving the house) BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS It’s likely that many of us have already had our summer plans cancelled by the current COVID-19 pandemic, and there may be many travel restrictions continuing into the rest of the year. Lez be honest, we’re all craving [….]

FROM THE VAULTS: The scenes that shaped how I see sex

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Lexi Bickell takes DIVA on a journey through her viewing history  BY LEXI BICKELL It’s no secret that TV and film are incredibly influential. They hold sway over the opinions we form about everything from politics, to food and sex, both when we’re growing up and as adults. With the average UK adult watching three [….]