Russell Tovey and Emma Thompson Flash Forward in ‘Years and Years’ from’Queer As Folk’ Creator Russell T. Davies: WATCH

BBC One has dropped the trailer for Russell T. Davies’ (Queer As Folk, A Very English Scandal) new six-part drama Years and Years, which stars Russell Tovey (Looking, Being Human) and Emma Thompson and follows one family from 2019 forward over a period of 15 years.

“What sort of world are we in,” asks Tovey’s character at the start of the trailer as he cradles a newborn infant, “because if it’s this bad now, what’s it going to be like for you in 30 years’ time?”

The show also stars Rory Kinnear, Jessica Hynes, T’Nia Miller, Ruth Madeley, and Anne Reid.

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Irish-Israeli group claim LGBTI activists are bullying Eurovision contestant

Sarah McTernan eurovision bullied lgbti groups

The Ireland Israel Alliance (IIA) has accused LGBTI activists of bullying the country’s Eurovision contestant.

The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign wrote an open letter to Sarah McTernan on 17 April, who is representing Ireland, asking her to boycott the 2019 song contest held in Tel Aviv. They claim Israel ‘uses art and culture to whitewash its crimes’ against the Palestinian people.

Over 5000 people have signed the letter so far.

However, the IIA has written a letter in response. They have accused the anti-Eurovision campaigners of ignoring the LGBTI rights progress in Israel. In particular, IIA targeted signatories David Norris and Aibhe Smith, who are renowned for their LGBTI human rights campaigns.

The letter says: ‘We believe that in publicly targeting Sarah, and in attempting to pressurize her into not participating, the letters’ signatories have devauled the battle fought by the gay community, and others in Israel, for recognition of their rights and for respect for difference, not to mention the progress made so far and battles which remain to be fought.’

IIA adds: ‘Instead of celebrating the courage of those who fought against prejudice and violence to ensure an annual Pride Event in Jerusalem, the signatories chose to ignore it.’

‘An open letter is not bullying’

A spokesperson for the campaign to boycott Eurovision, Zoe Lawlor, denied they are bullying Sarah McTernan.

She told the Independent Ireland: ‘All we are doing is asking Sarah to be aware of the situation in Gaza and the atrocities happening to the Palestinian people on a daily basis.

‘It’s totally up to her how she’s going to respond, but sending an open letter doesn’t constitute as bullying.

‘We congratulate how far this young singer has got, and it seems like she has a very promising career ahead of her.’

See also

Australia’s Eurovision entry reveals performers are ‘keen’ to meet with Palestinians

Every country in Eurovision 2019, ranked by LGBTI equality

Madonna confirmed to perform two songs at Eurovision Song Contest 2019

Author: Tom Capon

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Four LGBTI classic movies headed to Blu-ray for first time

To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything! Julie Newmar

LGBTI film lovers, put on your best drag, or your disco finest, hop on the milk train and head off on a cinematic road trip where you might find love everlasting. Four LGBTI classic movies are coming out on Blu-ray, just in time for Pride.

Shout! Factory, the American home video company, will release the four gay favorites in high definition for the first time, with new bonus features included in each Blu-ray disc package.

Released on 28 May

To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar, the 1995 drag comedy starring Patrick Swayze, Wesley Snipes and John Leguizamo on a cross-country road trip. New extras include a making-of documentary.

Here’s the film’s original trailer:


Boom! the 1968 camp classic starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton as sparring lovers. Screenplay by Tennessee Williams which he adapted from his stage play The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore. New extras include audio commentary by filmmaker John Waters, who lists Boom! as one of his favorite movies. Also a making-of documentary with film critic Alonso Duralde.

Here’s the original trailer:


Released on 11 June

Jeffrey, the 1995 gay romantic comedy starring Steven Weber and Michael T. Weiss.  Screenplay by Paul Rudnick, based on his play of the same name. New extras include audio commentary by Weber and film critic Alonso Duralde, plus interviews with Weber and producer Mark Balsam.

Here’s the film’s original trailer:


Can’t Stop the Music, the 1980 disco classic starring Steve Guttenberg and a young Bruce Jenner (long before transitioning to Caitlyn), plus The Village People, in a highly fictionalized telling of how that band was formed. New extras include an interview with Randy Jones of the Village People. Plus audio commentary from writer/producer Allan Carr and comedy writer Bruce Vilanch.

Here’s the original trailer:


Shout! Factory shout out

‘At Shout, we celebrate and champion the universal movement for equality, and drive creative expression and diversity in independent storytelling,’ said Jeff Nelson, senior director of marketing at Shout! Factory, in a statement.

‘We’re thrilled to bring these fun films back into the market! There’s something for everyone: Outrageous camp, disco-pumped extravaganzas and heartfelt stories of love and acceptance.

‘Each movie still strikes a chord of with audiences who remember them, and we hope our upgraded releases will bring in new generations of viewers as well.’

See also

Nine times queer culture went mainstream

Author: James Mills

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