Three Short Films to Tackle Inequality

The charity Pink Saltire recently released three short films to raise the general understanding of gender identity issues, as well as encouraging the fight against homophobic, transphobic and biphobic bullying. We briefly reviewed the shorts, and encourages its readers to take the time to watch and share them. 

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Film Event: Queers at the Movies

In association with Radical Film Network Festival 2016

The SQIFF ‘Queers at the Movies’ discussion night held at the CCA opened up many conversations about queer film-making, queer film exhibition and being a queer audience member. The discussion was open to all, and the audience included SQIFF organisers, filmmakers and people from off the street. This offered multiple perspectives and ideas on many different issues.

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Interview: Jordan Daly, co-founder of Time for Inclusive Education

For the past nine months, qmunicate has been following the efforts of campaigners from ‘ Time for Inclusive Education’ (TIE), as they’ve lobbied the Scottish government to make LGBTQ+ inclusive education compulsory in schools in order to combat bullying. In January, the Scottish Parliament rejected the petition put forward by the campaigners. Far from being discouraged however, TIE have now launched a national crowdfunder appeal to raise money to send teachers on training courses that will allow them to tackle homophobia within their schools. Jessica Shenton met with Jordan Daly, co-founder of TIE, to discuss mental health in the LGBTQ+ community, why the government needs to do more, and what it’s like to be a young activist.   

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What the Oscars Should Be Doing

The Oscars are the epitome of classic tinseltown glamour, having initially begun in 1929 at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel to an audience of around 250 people. There’s no doubt then that these awards have always radiated prestige, but with big budget film-making comes exclusivity. For the second year in a row, Academy nominations have been thoroughly whitewashed. Actors such as Idris Elba (Beasts of No Nation) and Michael B. Jordan (Creed) have been snubbed, and so have Mya Taylor and Kitana Kiki Rodriquez – two transgender actresses who starred in Tangerine. Although Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara are nominated for their performance in Carol, the film itself has been ignored from the Best Director and Picture list.

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Film Review: The Danish Girl

In association with the Grosvenor: Aike Jansen takes an extended look at The Danish Girl and the controversy surrounding Eddie Redmayne’s portrayal of Lili Elbe

After his Oscar-winning depiction of the disabled Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, Eddie Redmayne once again bends his body to play trans woman Lili Elbe in The Danish Girl. This film, directed by Tom Hooper, tells the real-life story of the Danish landscape painter who underwent a series of ground-breaking sex-reassignment operations in 1931.

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