Girl (Cert 15) 1 Disc DVD (Distributor: Curzon Artificial Eye) Running Time: 101 minutes approx. Transgender identity and surrounding issues are difficult to portray in film for fear of accusations from the LGBT community of inaccurate representations of the characters. Lukas Dhont’s Girl, based on the real life story of Belgium trans dancer Nora Monsecour, … Continue reading Girl

A Fantastic Woman (Una Mujer Fantástica)

A Fantastic Woman (Una Mujer Fantástica) Chile (2017) Dir. Sebastián Lelio  LGBT films are starting to gain traction within mainstream cinema although they are far from being accepted as mainstream. This powerful Chilean film might be the one history will recognise as kicking the biggest hole in the door that has kept this subgenre on … Continue reading A Fantastic Woman (Una Mujer Fantástica)

Tokyo Godfathers

Tokyo Godfathers (Cert 12) 1 Disc Blu-ray (Distributor: Manga Entertainment) Running time: 92 minutes approx. Satoshi Kon is recognised for his reality bending psychological thrillers like Perfect Blue and Paprika, yet the palpable empathy for his characters hints at Kon’s sensitive side. Perhaps fittingly, Kon’s most affecting work is a tale that eschews his usual … Continue reading Tokyo Godfathers

Close-Knit (Karera ga honki de amu toki wa)

Close-Knit (Karera ga honki de amu toki wa) Japan (2017) Dir. Naoko Ogigami “I’m a woman. That comes before being a mother.” Not really the most tactful thing to say in front of the daughter you’ve summarily abandoned in favour of a multi-month getaway trip, but this is only partially what we are dealing with … Continue reading Close-Knit (Karera ga honki de amu toki wa)

The Bacchus Lady (Jug-yeo-ju-neun Yeo-ja)

The Bacchus Lady (Jug-yeo-ju-neun Yeo-ja) Korea (2016) Dir. E J-yong The original Korean title for this poignant and rather tragic outing from the enigmatically named E J-yong is The Killer Woman, a deceptive and less poetic title than the one used for its international release, which tells those of us outside of Korea very little … Continue reading The Bacchus Lady (Jug-yeo-ju-neun Yeo-ja)

Man On High Heels (Hai-hil)

Man On High Heels (Hai-hil) Korea (2014) Dir. Jang Jin The translated title is a little clumsy but it does signpost what the subject matter is of this Korean crime thriller, although maybe not as explicitly as you may think. The big question is whether the issue at hand is treated with sensitivity considering the … Continue reading Man On High Heels (Hai-hil)