Nosiphokazi Filani’s story is distressingly common, she is just one of thousands of women, particularly black lesbians, who have been raped. The hatred expressed by a string of men interviewed for the film is depressing – but her strength, bravery and resilience is inspiring. Continue reading
Cruising, William Friedkin’s 80s classic, had 40 minutes of man- on-man action cut … Franco’s recreation is more than that. Sure, the action is there, but the fascinating footage of the making of it reveals the power granted a Hollywood star, and how he wields it. Continue reading
An exciting and triumphant award-winning and Oscar-nominated film about a popular revolution that created a tight-knit community of millions and turned ordinary people into extraordinary activists. You will leave the cinema a changed person, believing that ‘I’ve got the power’. And we have. Continue reading
“I was lonely in my masculinity, dressing up as a boy, what would they think of me?” An intelligent doc about SA’s first Drag King troupe, six smart women who collectively, publically, reveal their animus to packed houses. Continue reading
The life and times of Vito Russo, author of the seminal queer cinema book The Celluloid Closet. Activist and film buff, he saw the pattern of hidden and tragic queers in mainstream films. Elegantly laid out, essential cinema for new queers keen to know their history, and a broader reminder of the perils of political and social apathy. Continue reading
Rob Vassilarakis was kicked out of home at age 17 by his mother when she discovered he was gay. One rough life later the poet eloquently tells his tale. Continue reading
A muscle-laden look at the world of gay beefcake and why we love (and hate) it. A cast of hundreds discuss, dissect and diss the world of buff boys, chic thin, bears and all they hold dear … and the roots, stress, addiction and consequences of body obsession. Continue reading
… and some lived to tell the tale. Thirty years later we are presented with the reflections of survivors of the 80s pandemic that swept San Francisco and cut down 1,000s in their prime. A timely, forceful, haunting and ultimately positive film.
Ho hum, you say, lesbians adopting babies… but you’ll be touched and surprised by this thoughtful, quietly political film and the surprising adoptive mums and how they test our Constitution.
Semmy’s almost out of the closet at 80. With touching trepidation he explores a queer old age home.
Not just another drag act -– award-winning novelist Lauren Beukes’ look behind the scenes of the Miss Gay Western Cape event. Touching, engaging, the film is ultimately a beautifully crafted ode to (re)creation, memory and courage under fire.
The filmmaker’s mother announced the death of her daughter upon learning about his transition.
An urgent film that exposes the un-African lack of love and tolerance for LGBTI people and refugees. A documentary of heartbreak and hope, see it to understand the battle.
Lou Reed famously sang: Candy came from out on the Island / In the backroom she was everybody’s darlin’ / But she never lost her head / Even when she was giving head / She says, Hey babe / Take … Continue reading
Yes, gay and lesbian South Africans have had legal access to marriage, through the Civil Union Act, for nearly four years. We’re a diverse lot, though, so what does this look like? This documentary narrates what it looked like for … Continue reading
Hazendal farmhands Pietie, Hope and Rollie are not your typical Western Cape vineyard workers – Hope aspires to winning the local drag queen pageant, Rollie dreams of a husband and of retiring as the reigning queen of drag, while Pietie … Continue reading
Maggie and Lindi, young lesbians living in Cape Town, decide to wend their way to Johannesburg to attend Pride. Their road trip takes them through the landscapes – and stories – of the country, and many of its lesbians. The … Continue reading
A young Methodist minister, Ecclesia de Lange, makes the decision to get married to the woman she loves – and thus challenges the Methodist Church in South Africa to accept both the power of the Civil Union Act and the … Continue reading
In 1969 a group of three Canadian artists formed General Idea, a creative art collaboration that set the art world alight for some 24 years. Taking their cue from signs, symbols and the media’s obsession with artifice, they created extraordinary … Continue reading
Amazing documentary about Christopher Isherwood (Cabaret was based on his short stories Goodbye to Berlin) told mostly by his lover Don, a much younger man, supported by fabulous, well considered archival footage of Hollywood starting in the late forties. Sharp, witty and revealing. Continue reading