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Freelancers Anonymous: The New Queer Movie for Everybody

Freelancers Anonymous: The New Queer Movie for Everybody

Freelancers Anonymous will be released November 16 and as I have already seen a screener of it, I can tell you why you need to pre-order the movie now. I love the fact that the movie revolves around female freelancers like me and that some characters are simply brilliant. At ClexaCon London, I have briefly talked to Natasha Negovanlis about the movie. She plays Gayle and is happy to share with you why she thinks you will enjoy this movie. Read my blog post or watch the video below the image.

‘Freelancers Anonymous: The New Queer Movie for Everybody’ Freelancers Anonymous will be released November 16 and as I have already seen a screener of it, I can tell you why you need to pre-order the movie now. I love the fact that the movie revolves around female freelancers like me and that some characters are simply brilliant: http://bit.ly/FreelancersAnonymous

Freelancers Anonymous is about me

Being a freelancer myself, I love seeing that part of my life in a movie. Freelancers Anonymous shows how hard it can be to start something. It does not show how hard it can be to keep your company (about 70% of companies founded stop after only four years!) but you definitely gain insight into all the work it takes.

The movie also shows how it really takes a community to make it happen for you. Everybody adds a piece. Finally, it shows how you need to convince everybody that you have a solid product or service every single day.

Freelancers Anonymous is mostly created by women

Freelancers Anonymous is written by two women (Lisa Cordileone and Amy Dellagiarino), directed by a woman (Sonia Sebastián), produced mainly by women, and all the main characters are played by women. That is rather fresh in today’s entertainment industry.

In fact, Freelancers Anonymous made it to ReFrame’s list as a gender-balanced production. ReFrame is a coalition of industry leaders founded by Women in Film and the Sundance Institute that launched a data initiative in an effort to recognize and promote gender-balanced films and television shows.

It collaborates with IMDBPro and relies on IMDBPro’s data to analyze films and television series to see how many women were involved in the production and how much screen time female characters had. To earn the ReFrame Stamp, a film or TV show must meet some requirements that call for women in key roles like starring, directing, producing, and writing. Additional points are given for having racial diversity.

I admire this movie for having such a female energy!

Freelancers Anonymous has Gayle

For me, the highlight of this movie was seeing Gayle’s second freelance job that she needs in order to support her first freelance job. I do not want to give away what it is but I can only imagine how hard Natasha Negovanlis had to laugh when she first read the lines that she would eventually have to say out loud.

Freelancers Anonymous has queer characters but…

Freelancers Anonymous has queer characters but does not make a big deal out of it. Billie and Gayle are shown in the final few months before their wedding and that is all you need to know about that relationship. Yes, obviously, their wedding plays a big part in the story but not how it has historically been done. It focuses on how they prepare for it rather than on the queer part of it. Because no deal is being made of it and the movie shows the things we all encounter in our wedding planning phase and in our struggles at the office, it is a movie for everybody.

Freelancers Anonymous has Larry

Do I need to highlight one of the few male characters in the movie? Yes. Who is Larry? What does Larry do? What does Larry add? Those are all legitimate questions. I do not have the answers for you. That is precisely why I need to mention him. I love random stuff like that in a movie!

Representation matters

What are you going to do this weekend? My guess is watching Freelancers Anonymous! On the Freelancers Anonymous website, you can pre-order the movie now or order the movie starting from November 16. Would you please share this post with every queer person you know? Representation matters and the more we know what movies are out there for us, the better!

Lesbian web series tip! Different for Girls is a rather new UK lesbian web series. It has crazy talented actors, like Rachel Shelley and Victoria Broom. I cannot wait for another season!

Indiegogo campaign tip! Short film The Date is now looking for funding. It is the story of two women looking for love in the dating world of the 21st century and aims to offer positive lesbian representation in the media. With what I have seen of it so far, I can say that it looks promising!

PS here are my interviews with Natasha, Elise & Annie, Kat BarrellJamie Clayton, the team behind I Can’t Think Straight, Nicole Pacent, Mandahla Rose,  the writer and producer of Different for Girls, and the directors of ClexaCon.

Different for Girls: UK Lesbian Web Series

Different for Girls: UK Lesbian Web Series

This weekend, the creators of Different for Girls will visit ClexaCon London. It was quite weird to me that I had never heard of this UK lesbian web series before, especially since Rachel Shelley is in it, who is my favorite The L Word actor. They were kind enough to send me a screener of the show so that I could properly prepare for ClexaCon London. I liked it so much that I thought I would share it here with you. I cannot be the only one who missed this show, can I?

‘Different for Girls: UK Lesbian web series’ This weekend, some of the actors and creators of Different for Girls will visit ClexaCon London. It was quite weird to me that I had never heard of this UK lesbian web series before, especially since Rachel Shelley is in it, who is my favorite The L-Word actor. They were kind enough to send me a screener. In this blog post, I tell you why you should see this three-part web series! http://bit.ly/DifferentForGirlsUK

Different for Girls started with a book

Different for Girls first was a book written by Jacquie Lawrence. You can find it on Amazon. It is funny; if you read the reviews, the reviewers often say that they want to see the book adapted to the screen or turned into a web series. Well, Jacquie Lawrence did just that.

According to Lesbian Box Office, which is a channel dedicated to programming lesbian and bisexual women’s content set up by Jacquie and Fizz Milton, Jacquie realized that there had not been a lesbian-specific drama on British television since 2010 (Lip Service). Jacquie and Fizz understood that the only way to watch a drama with lesbian content was to make it themselves. And so, the 2015 book turned into this three-part web series in 2017.

Much information to process

If you search for Different for Girls online, you will find articles describing the show as ‘your new favorite lesbian soap opera,’ ‘the antidote to TV’s treatment of LGBT characters,’ and ‘addictive & mesmerizing.’ Now that makes me feel even more stupid for not knowing about Different for Girls, but let us not dwell on that.

The show starts in an incredibly confusing way. In the first fifteen minutes, you will see some fight, love, drug use, and vomiting scenes rapidly succeeding each other. In these scenes, you will meet every character on the show. To be clear, there are quite a few characters on the show. The Amazon reviewers are right when they said they needed some time to figure out who was who and who was dating whom.

Still, you immediately know that this something you want to get into. You want to know the answers to who is who and what is happening. There is much information to process but the rest of the show will slowly make it clear to you. Also, rewatching the first fifteen minutes after watching the entire series is helpful.

An underrepresented age category

I am so very, very happy that this show revolves around women my age. If you want to know, I am in my thirties. I usually have to watch teens or people in their twenties when I want to watch a lesbian-themed show. That is fun but at the same time, it seems like the moment I got married and had a kid, I gave up on an exciting life. Apparently, content creators do not think we can handle adventures after we had our thirtieth birthday or wedding day.

Different for Girls shows women who are about to get married or have kids or who have young kids already. This web series aims to “represent lesbians who live in the suburbs, who are more likely to meet their future partners at the school gates than at a club in Soho,” as Jacquie said. That does not mean you will not see any drinks, drugs or sex…

Adventures

That being said, I do feel sad that when you finally see two married women, the story centers around cheating and being cheated on. Where are our adventures? Still, I understand that the other storylines revolve mostly around relationships too, so it is not like they saved that for the married women.

Also, I sometimes felt moments of the storylines were a little far-fetched. I now understand why some would call Different for Girls a soap opera. So much is happening in such a short amount of time. I noticed that I did feel inclined to ask myself the questions of would I or would I not? How would I respond in these situations? That means I was still emotionally involved, so that proves the quality of this web series and the incredibly talented actors.

More to come?

The story leaves a few openings for another season of Different for Girls. I honestly would like to see the second season of this web series. Who knows, I might be able to find out more at ClexaCon London. You can watch Different for Girls on Lesbian Box Office, where you can rent or buy it. I hope can show you some ClexaCon Different for Girls footage on my YouTube channel in a few weeks, so make sure to subscribe!

Update February 19, 2019: Here, you can read my interview with the writer and producer of Different for Girls.

New Trans Movie: Girl

New Trans Movie: Girl

Last Friday, I was invited by IFFR (International Film Festival Rotterdam) to visit their Mash-Up evening with Kunsthal Rotterdam, which is a museum of contemporary art. They had a pre-premiere screening of Lukas Dhont’s Girl and after that, we had the opportunity to visit the Action-Reaction exhibition and enjoy some music. In this blog post, I will briefly describe this new transgender movie. I do not want to give away too much because I highly recommend it and I just want you to see it for yourself. Below the image, you can find a video of me visiting the Mash-Up evening and discussing the movie. Please subscribe to my YouTube channel if you have not already!

‘New Trans Movie: Girl’ Last Friday, International Film Festival Rotterdam had a Mash-Up evening with Kunsthal Rotterdam. They showed a pre-premiere screening of Lukas Dhont’s feature-film debut Girl. In this blog post, I describe why you should go see this new transgender movie: http://bit.ly/GirlTrans

Girl

Girl is the astonishing feature-film debut of Flemish filmmaker Lukas Dhont. The movie tells the story of Lara, a 15-year-old girl, is born in the body of a boy and wants to become a ballerina. She is working really hard on her dancing and takes extra classes for this. At the same time, she also starts her hormone therapy. You can already tell this is going to be a massive challenge.

The leading role is played by Victor Polster, whose impressive performance was awarded the Un Certain Regard Prize for Best Actor at Cannes Film Festival. Girl took home more awards from Cannes 2018. The film also won the FIPRESCI Prize, the Caméra d’Or, and the Queer Palm for best LGBT film.

The idea for Girl

In an interview with Screen Daily, which you should read in full, Lukas Dhont said that he was just 18 years old and still in the closet with his own homosexuality when he got the idea for Girl. He read a newspaper article about a girl in Belgium who had been born in a boy’s body but wanted to become a ballerina. “This story struck me so much. This 15-year-old has the courage not only to say, ‘I was born in the wrong body,’ but also to strive for this high form of femininity, to be a ballerina. She was a hero. I was 18 and up until that point, I had hidden a big point of myself. I said, ‘If I make a feature, I want it to be about this!’”

Girl is intense

I am glad Lukas did. What an intense movie Girl is. The entire time I felt Lara’s pain. Her pain is both emotional and physical. I mean, ballet dancing is painful and transitioning is painful; there is just so much pressure and tension 24/7. I was also constantly on guard for her, watching everybody closely to see how they would react to her. Already after twenty minutes, I was ready to find a relief. It made me wonder how Lara would find it. They sure know how to convey those feelings! Lara does find her relief in the end but is it really relief? Let’s just day the entire room of people gasped… Go watch it!

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With a Kiss I Die [LGBTQ Movie Review]

With a Kiss I Die

In this Short & Sweet LGBTQ Movie Review, I discuss With a Kiss I Die, which was released a few hours ago. It tells the story of Juliet Capulet (of Shakespearean fame), who is plucked from death and turned into a vampire. She is forced to live all eternity without her sweet Romeo. Now, 800 years later, Juliet meets a young woman, who captures her heart again. But Juliet’s new family, headed by a blood-thirsty patriarch, disapproves of the pairing. Juliet must once again choose between love and family obligations, terrified that repeating her past mistakes will lead to even more tragedy.

The combination of Shakespeare and vampires had me intrigued but also scared: would it be any good? I was pleasantly surprised when I watched the preview. Below, I will list three things that I like about With a Kiss I Die and at the end of the blog post, you will read what the perfect mood is for watching this movie.  If you prefer video, you can watch my three-minute review below this image.

‘With a Kiss I Die’ In this Short & Sweet LGBTQ Movies Review, I discuss With a Kiss I Die, which was released a few hours ago. The combination of Shakespeare and vampires had me intrigued but also scared: would it be any good? I was pleasantly surprised when I watched the preview. Here, I list three things that I like about With a Kiss I Die and describe the perfect mood for watching this movie: http://bit.ly/WithaKissIDie

What I liked about With a Kiss I Die: not intended to be an LGBTQ movie

With a Kiss I Die was never intended to be a lesbian or LGBTQ movie. As I was informed, director Ronnie Khalil was looking to give the best parts to the best actors, not just actors that fit the mold. He made the decision to cast a woman as Juliet’s love interest as well as the decision to cast a black woman as Juliet, who historically is an Italian character.

“It was originally just a boy/girl love story but when we were casting, we liked a lot of the girls auditioning and my casting director suggested pairing them up,” says Khalil. “I was open to the idea and when we had them read together, it really made the script pop.”

Khalil and his writing team then decided not to rewrite the script because characters changed gender. That means you will find no lesbian clichés in this movie. It is not a coming-out story or any other story we have seen over and over again. The two main characters being two women in love never is a topic of discussion. It just is. I find that very refreshing.

What I liked about With a Kiss I Die: almost like watching a play

With a Kiss I Die feels like watching a play. It is very theatrical in a way. I think it is in the way the colors change subtly. It is definitely in the slower pace. It is also in the way the actors have specific spots on the screen, especially during the meeting with the patriarch at the end. Without a doubt, this movie is very different from other vampire movies you may have seen.

What I liked about With a Kiss I Die: the international look and feel

With a Kiss I Die gives you a unique international look and feel. The movie was shot at two different Greek islands, which allows for beautiful colors and scenery.

In addition, the two main characters have a British and an American accent and the main supporting characters have a Greek accent when they speak English. You can tell they are all very talented. I particularly liked the actor who played the cousin. He was so animalistic, which for me was expressed mostly in the way he used his mouth. All in all, the cast was a pleasure to watch.

What is the perfect mood for watching this movie?

This movie is perfect if you want a bit of a slower night. It is also perfect if you want to watch a Shakespeare-themed movie without watching the classic adaptions over and over again. Finally, the movie is perfect if you simply want to watch two beautiful women being in love without the being women part posing the main problem of the movie.

Where can I watch it?

On the movie’s website, you can find all the ways you can watch the movie. I will share some of them with you here. You can order the DVD. For instance, Barnes and Noble has it. The movie is also widely available with Video on Demand. Examples include Amazon and iTunes. The only social media account that I found was on Facebook so you can follow the movie there. I hope you enjoy the movie!

You may also like my other LGBTQ Movies Reviews: Carmen & Lola, Rafiki, Freelancers Anonymous, The Date, A Girl’s Band, Girl, Different for GirlsNobody Famous, Love, Simon, and Becks.

Love, Simon – Short & Sweet LGBTQ Movie Reviews

Love, Simon – Short & Sweet LGBTQ Movie Reviews

This week in Short & Sweet LGBTQ Movie Reviews, you will find the 3 things that I like about Love, Simon and the perfect mood for watching it. Being in my thirties, I am probably not the target audience for this movie. Still, l enjoyed watching it because I feel this coming-out story goes further than other coming-out stories and it had some good jokes. You can find Love, Simon on Amazon and iTunes.

‘Love, Simon – Short & Sweet LGBTQ Movie Reviews’ This week in Short & Sweet LGBTQ Movie Reviews, you will find the 3 things that I like about Love, Simon and the perfect mood for watching it. Being in my thirties, I am probably not the target audience for this movie but I still l enjoyed watching it: http://bit.ly/LSimon

What I liked about Love, Simon: It is a coming-out story

Yes, there are a lot of coming-out stories. Yes, our community needs more storylines than just people coming out or falling in love. I agree.

However, I also believe that in this day and age, with increasingly more hate crimes, fear, and intolerance, the teenagers of our community still need new coming-out stories, especially men. Consequently, I welcome Love, Simon with open arms, even though the protagonist is a white, cis-gender kid from American suburbs. We definitely need more diversity within the coming-out genre but Love, Simon is very much needed as well.

What I liked about the movie: it is not a classic coming-out story

If Love, Simon only had a coming-out story, the audience would no longer have been engaged and moved. Coming-out stories need more material to do that. Instead of a whodunnit, Love, Simon turns into a whowasit. The twist to this story is that you know whodunnit when Simon’s emails were made public but you do not know whowasit when Blue signed his emails. The quest for Blue makes it interesting. At times, if you recognize the same disappointments from your younger years, the quest also makes this movie slightly painful to watch.

What I liked about Love, Simon: the protagonist is not perfect

Another thing that I liked about Love, Simon was that Simon was not perfect. You were not feeling sorry for him the entire time simply because he had a hard time coming to terms with his sexual orientation. I do not want to give away any spoilers but trying to hide the fact that he is gay, he did mean things to his friends behind their backs, putting his interests before those of his friends.

In addition, there is one other gay kid in his school, called Ethan. Simon admits he was not seeking contact with him because he felt they were not the same, assuming that Ethan would probably fall for him. Simon gets a reality check when Ethan says that Simon’s attire is not really what does it for him either…

So, Simon had to learn a few things about tolerance and empathy himself, which made this coming-out story enjoyable for me to watch.

The perfect mood for watching Love, Simon

If you are not in your teenage years anymore, you might be somewhat apprehensive about watching this movie. Will you be able to relate and enjoy yourself? From experience, I can tell you that you can. My wife and I both laughed quite a few times as there were some really nice jokes. Also, certain situations were so awkward that we could not help but laugh.

Fun fact: One of my contact lenses fell out right before the movie started. So, I had to watch it like that. Even under these circumstances, I completely enjoyed myself!

Want to watch or read the story?

As I said, you can watch Love, Simon on Amazon and iTunes. The movie is based on the book Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, which you can find on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Waterstones, Rakuten Kobo, Book Depository, Audible, and Bol.com.

You might also enjoy my other reviews: Becks and Nobody Famous.

Nobody Famous – Short & Sweet LGBTQ Movie Reviews

Nobody Famous – Short & Sweet LGBTQ Movie Reviews

This week in Short & Sweet LGBTQ Movie Reviews, you will find the 3 things that I like about Nobody Famous and the perfect mood for watching it. The movie was released May 29 and you can watch it on Vimeo and iTunes. Thanks, Gravitas Ventures, for letting me watch a preview!

‘Nobody Famous – Short & Sweet LGBTQ Movie Reviews’ This week in Short & Sweet LGBTQ Movie Reviews, you will find the 3 things that I like about Nobody Famous and the perfect mood for watching it. Find them here: http://bit.ly/NobodyFamousMR

What I liked about Nobody Famous: it is not a scary movie

I have been following Adrianna DiLonardo and Sarah Rotella’s Pillow Talks for a few years now and when I heard they made another feature film (after Almost Adults), I was immediately intrigued.

Then, the trailer dropped and I felt a bit apprehensive: was this going to be a scary movie? Because I cannot watch scary movies. As in, Wynonna Earp gave me nightmares. Yes, I am that bad watching something scary.  And that trailer looked a bit scary to me.

I thought it was going to be the classic “somebody is murdering all the people in a cabin in the woods (and they all suspect each other)” storyline.  It might be classic but that is still too scary for me. Still, I had to watch Nobody Famous.

And thank goodness, it was not a scary movie. The synopsis describes Nobody Famous as a dark comedy and that is exactly it. Let’s be real, in a way, the storyline is quite scary, just not in the “I am going to jump up from my chair now” type of scary!

What I liked about Nobody Famous: the attack on actors’ egos

I can image Adrianna and Sarah have seen their fair share of actors. I absolutely need to know where Adrianna got her inspiration from when she wrote this script. The jealousy and the egos of the actors are so out there that I am wondering whether anyone Adrianna and Sarah know is precisely like this. I hope it is just a gathering of many, many personalities all wrapped up into five characters.

I mean, I hung around with amateur actors but they were nowhere near these characters. However, I can imagine that actors’ attitudes change the moment they leave acting school and everybody is fighting for the same roles. This intense, though?

I do not remember how many times I have thought “Oh, no” or Oh, God” when a character said another line or took another selfie. In this respect, Ricky is the most fun (or the most annoying) to watch, with Valerie being a good second.

What I liked about it: the duration of the movie

I do not like how most of the movies released right now are at least two hours long. Many times, they would have been much better sticking to a shorter duration. Before hitting play, I was happy to see Nobody Famous lasted 1.5 hours.

That duration was perfect for this movie. Once Dani was gone (and you need some time to process what you have just seen), I wondered whether the movie was finished or what was in store for me now. How do you go from a scene like that to an ending? There are several routes to take and I certainly was not expecting this one. Maybe I should have, considering the central role the actors’ egos play in this story. It definitely gave me a chuckle.

Is it gay though?

After watching the trailer on YouTube, I scrolled down the comment section. The biggest (and angriest) question was: Is it gay though? The answer is yes. Oh, by gay you mean two women lusting after each other? Then, the answer is no. Dear people, open up your minds a bit more. If that is your prerequisite for watching an LGBTQ movie or a movie created by two out women, you must be missing out on a lot!

The perfect mood for watching Nobody Famous

If you want to watch something fun, have a few chuckles, see some exaggerations, and be amazed by where your ego can take you, Nobody Famous is the right choice. The scenery is beautiful, the dialogues are funny, and you are constantly wondering where this is going (and it might not be where you thought it was going). So, if this is your mood, go to Vimeo or iTunes to watch it.

You may also like: Becks – Short  & Sweet LGBTQ Movie Reviews

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