Queerguru previews the World Premiere of MOFFIE an excellent South African harrowing coming-of-age drama

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    South Africa  may now have a reputation as Africa’s most gay-friendly destination which attracts thousands of LGBT tourists annually, but it wasn’t always that way. When it was a British Colony as part of the British Empire they had the english sense of morality and Christianity imposed upon them.  This meant mirroring England’s … Continue reading

Queerguru’s Editor gets stoned on Jordan Tragash’s debut film B.A.M. having its World Premiere at Boston’s Wicked Queer Film Festival

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  There’s always a first time for everything.  In this instance for me it was watching what was self-described as a  stoner comedy film .   Thanks  to Wiki I discovered that this is  technically a subgenre of comedy film based on  marijuana  themes, where recreational use often drives the plot, sometimes representing cannabis culture more broadly or intended for … Continue reading

Queerguru’s Ris Fatah reviews the World Premiere of Mikko Måkelå ‘s SEBASTIAN at Sundance Film Festival

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  Writers are always advised to ‘Write about what you know.’ Aspiring twenty-five-year-old Scottish writer Max, (the handsome Ruaridh Mollica), is living in London and working on his first novel, a story about a sex-worker, Sebastian. He’s good-looking and ambitious, energetically forging his career and soul. To improve the authenticity of his work he creates … Continue reading

International Opera singer LUCIA LUCAS talks about the World Premiere LiLI Elba the Danish painter and trans woman

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Queerguru first came across the international baritone Opera singer Lucia Lucas two years ago after viewing The Sound Of Identity one of the most uplifting LGBTQ+ documentaries we had seen for a very long time.  It’s the story of how Tobias Picker a remarkable queer composer and also a forward-thinking Artistic Director of Tulsa Opera House, decided to mount a production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni. It was he who decided to cast Lucia Lucas for the lead role purely on her talent but he was more than aware of the risks of casting an openly transgender woman.

From the very first scene of James Kicklighter’s film  (which went on to win countless awards), it is impossible not to warm to the disarmingly charming Lucas.  Besides her powerful voice that literally sends shivers down your back, both her quiet confidence and her sheer natural generosity of spirit, leave you slightly in awe.  Lucas insists that there is more to her than being trans, and that is reflected in how Kicklighter filmed her story.

Fast forward to the present time and Lucas has very successfully made both her NY Metropolitan Opera debut and her London Coliseum debut and she is back working with Picker.  With his husband Aryeh Lev Stollman, Picker has composed a new opera LiLI Elbe about the Danish painter and trans woman who was among the early recipients of gender-affirming surgery.  Already her story has been the subject of a film ……The Danish Girl .…. when LiLI was played by a cisgender male, however, the opera was written specifically for Lucas giving it so much more authenticity.

LiLI Elba the Opera has just enjoyed its World Premiere at Theater St Gallen in Switzerland to rave reviews and has more performances this month.  We seized the opportunity to reach out to her while she had a few days off to catch.



First look at Emerald Fennell’s highly anticipated psychological thriller SALTBURN

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    Saltburn the highly anticipated sophomore feature film from actor-turned-filmmaker Emerald Fennell is due to have its World Premiere at 50th Telluride Film Festival on August 31st.  Its a psychological thriller drama film written, directed, and produced by  Fennell set in the mid-2000s.  It follows a young college student (Barry Keoghan) who becomes infatuated … Continue reading

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