Bafta Nominated American filmmaker Stephen Kijak has carved out quite a niche making some critically acclaimed documentaries about musicians such as Scott Walker, The Stones, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Backstreet Boys, and more recently The Smiths. For his latest film, however, he has captured the narrative of the life of one of Hollywood’s golden matinee idols ROCK HUDSON. The star of such great movies as Giant, Hudson enjoyed a career that lasted more than three decades.
Although discreet regarding his sexual orientation, it was known among Hudson’s colleagues in the film industry that he was gay. This didn’t become public knowledge until 1984 when Hudson was diagnosed with AIDS. The following year, he became one of the first celebrities to disclose his AIDS diagnosis. Hudson was the first major celebrity to die from an AIDS-related illness, on October 2, 1985, at age 59
Hijak’s film is a wonderful celebration of a great actor who even in the closet enjoyed a rather fabulous life, and how his death unwittingly propelled the AIDS Pandemic finally into public conversations that were so long overdue.
This affectionate profile of a real star will be unmissable to those of us who remember him BUT it should also be compulsory viewing for young gay men who haven’t, so they can appreciate such an important era in our community’s history
Its that time again and for their 25th Anniversary the PROVINCETOWN FILM FESTIVAL has upped the anti of the QUEER content on their program. Queerguru has had the sheer delight viewing some of best of them in our coverage of LGBTQ+ Film Fests around the globe this year. We have very firm favorite’s like Andrew … Continue reading
Yes I Am – The Ric Weiland Story the story of one of the world’s most generous gay philanthropists was written and directed by Bear, and Hurley was one of the film’s producers. Hurley’s own film is an inspiring feature based on his life story about being gay and immigrating from Russia when he was a teenager is Potato Dreams of America
After the screenings, both filmmakers sat down with QUEERGURU to talk about their films’ journeys to date. The interview conducted by Roger Walker-Dack was filmed by Dan Desjardins at the Lands End Inn in Provincetown
It’s almost time for the 23rd ANNUAL Provincetown Film Festival. This year like most Festivals in this post-Covid world, it will be a hybrid event mixing outdoor screenings a few indoor screenings but the bulk being virtual online screenings. The good news is that the latter can be viewed by anyone living in Massachusetts
PFF is not an #LGBTQ Film Festival in the true sense of the word but as we make up a significant part of the community here, there is, as always, an excellent slate of new queer movies that we think you really should see:
\Word of warning though if you are wanting to see any of the films in the flesh and go to any of the events THEN YOU MUST RESERVE IN ADVANCE as there will be limited seating for a safe and environmentally responsible festival.