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Queerguru’s Ris Fatah reviews Listen Up! (Hor Her’a’), a brilliant comedy drama debut film from Iranian director Kaveh Tehrani.

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    It’s the beginning of summer, and fifteen-year-old super-bright Pakistani immigrant Mahmoud (Ahmed Mohammed) is sitting on the grass outside his family’s high-rise apartment in a poor area of Oslo, and considering his options with his best friend, one-eyed Arif (Imram Abdi Kedir). Their choices are limited given their ages, lack of money and … Continue reading



Queerguru’s Ris Fatah reviews TURTLES a Belgian queer comedy/drama about what happens when a 35 year old relationship is over

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  Divorce rates for couples over fifty have increased in recent decades, largely because it’s now more socially acceptable to be a single older person, and also because more older people are now financially and emotionally independent. Turtles, a new Belgian/Canadian comedy-drama by David Lambert, examines what happens when Brussels couple Thom (Dave Johns) and … Continue reading



Queerguru’s Ris Fatah reviews ONCE A YEAR ON BLACKPOOL SANDS a gritty queer English comedy drama

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    Once A Year On Blackpool Sands is a gritty queer comedy-drama, set in the North of England in the early 1950’s. Based on a true story, director Karlton Parris’s heart-warming film echoes the tradition of ‘kitchen sink’ dramas from that period. This film is based on his play of the same title which … Continue reading



Queerguru’s Ris Fatah reviews the restored version of I’ve Heard The Mermaids Singing

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  I’ve Heard The Mermaids Singing is a remastered 1987 Canadian comedy-drama that is being re-released in the US this week. It was the first English-language Canadian feature film to win an award at the Cannes Film Festival, and is both a queer and indie cinema cult classic. It’s considered to be one of the … Continue reading



Queerguru’s Ris Fatah stirs up happy memories of the 1970’s Mods music scene reviewing The Pebble And The Boy

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  The four-year period from 1978 to 1982 was probably the most fertile period in British music history. A complete soundclash of music genres peaked and ruled the airwaves, including punk, new wave, disco, Two-Tone, new romantic, heavy metal, and of course the late 70’s Mod revival. A bleak UK political and economic landscape plus … Continue reading



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