George Takei, Heavenly Body

>151,000 known asteroids are currently without a proper name. Asteroid 1994 GT9, located between Mars and Jupiter, joins about 14,000 lucky others to have so far been given a name by the Committee on Small Body Nomenclature, within the International Astronomical Union (IAU). The asteroid has just been given the name 7307 Takei in honour […]

Generations of Love at the BFI

>Session Three: Entrapment, blackmail, double livesLife before the 1967 Sexual Offences Act Victim(Dir. Basil Dearden, UK, 1961) What was gay life like before the 1967 Sexual Offences Act decriminalised homosexual acts between two men over 21, in private? Did you see Victim when it was released in 1961? How did the fear of discovery affect […]

Hidden LIfes on BBC Four

>The mark the 40th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality, BBC Four have put together a series of programmes under the title Hidden Lives. The season takes place in the first week of September. It’s Not Unusual: A Lesbian and Gay……History: 1/3. Age of Innocence. Part of the Hidden Lives season. The story of […]

Michel Serrault Dies

>The French actor Michel Serrault died last month at the age of 79. Mention Michel Serrault to most filmgoers and a spangled vision of the most outrageous drag queen ever to burst on to the screen is evoked. Serrault, who has died from cancer aged 79, became internationally renowned as Albin/Zaza, the extremely effeminate, temperamental […]

Queer Lion in Venice

>Films featuring gay themes or characters are to take centre stage at this year’s Venice film festival, with the introduction of a new award. The “Queer Lion” award will sit alongside the regular Golden Lion award, with the aim of highlighting and honouring films that represent aspects of gay culture. Venice’s competition follows the lead […]

John Waters on BBC Radio 4

>On Friday 24 August, veteran film director, John Waters, will be interviewed on BBC Radio 4’s Film Programme. The Programme reviews the latest cinema and DVD releases and films on TV. John Waters is a gay film director, author and visual artist famous for pushing the boundaries of conventional propriety and movie censorship. His most […]