Archive for category: Interviews

Catherine Hall: In Conversation

The Repercussions.

Catherine Hall talks to her about her fascination with writing about times of war, and how queer life is represented in contemporary fiction.

“When I was young, I’d have loved to have been able to look at someone in the public eye and know they were gay, and they’d achieved something. I think it’s important to stand up and be counted. “

Interview with Ron Peck

Ron Peck Retrospective at Queer Lisboa.

Ron Peck is a legend in this history of queer cinema. He talks at Queer Lisboa 18, which featured a retrospective of his work, about his diverse body of work.

“All the filmmakers who excited me were in one way or another pushing the medium, including someone like Kubrick, who today is seen as quite mainstream but 2001 was so unconventional in how it told its story and I’m not sure you could get a film like that made these days.”

Into The Night: An Interview with Sleep Thieves

You Want the Night.

Sleep Thieves talk about how far they’ve come since their beginning, how they feel like a “new band” and what it means to them to make music.

“Whether you’re playing to 10 or 3,000 people, you should be singing as if you’re in front of the one most important person in your life.”

Beverley & I: Interview with Beverley Ditsie

Beverley Ditsie at Queer Lisboa.

Beverley Ditsie talks about the rules of gender, sexual politics in South Africa and why always being yourself is the best form of activism there is.

“Gender roles are very strictly enforced in South Africa. Even though we’re all urbanised and we’re born in cities we all identify with whatever tradition or culture we come from, to a large degree. Even if you don’t you’ll be forced to acknowledge it by those around you.”

Queer Lisboa: 18 Years of Filth

Queer Lisboa Turns 18.

Michael Langan talks to João Ferreira, Queer Lisboa’s Festival Director, about the film festival Queer Lisboa on the advent of its 18th birthday.

“The John Waters retrospective has been a long time in the planning, but we really wanted it for our 18th birthday. Our slogan this year is taken from Waters: 18 years of Filth.”

Open Hearts: An Interview with Bright Light Bright Light

More Than Most

Bright Light Bright Light talks to Polari as he embarks on a tour of America’s west coast with Elton John, ahead of the release of his new single ‘An Open Heart’

“Nobody really wants to hear a tunnel vision perspective and I don’t really want to give one – love or relationships are not particularly tied to sexuality or age or gender or race or location.”

Apocalypse Now – Interview with Terry Gee

Apocalypse.

Terry Gee is the writer, star and brains behind daily science fiction YouTube show. He speaks about its inception and how he has brought the story to life.

“I wanted to show life in another few generations where sexuality was no longer an issue. We have same-sex marriage now and it is being legalised all over the West. In the next ten years it could be everywhere.”

Video Exclusive: Billie Ray Martin and Aerea Negrot – Off The Rails directed by Makode Linde

Off The Rails Video Exclusive

Billie Ray Martin and Aerea Negrot film a special version of ‘Off The Rails’ for Polari Magazine.

“In a riotous performance filmed exclusively for Polari the two tear up a railway- carriage in a possessed and arch demonstration of ruling divas-extraordinaire”

Going Off the Rails with Billie Ray Martin and Aerea Negrot

Going Off The Rails

Billie Ray Martin and Aerea Negrot talk about their collaboration ‘Off The Rails’.

“I met Billie in Berlin, having Caipirinhas. We are obviously not the kind of girls that meet with cappuccinos at some theatre!”

Breeders: Ben Ockrent Interview

Same-Sex Parenting Drama.

Ben Ockrent’s talks about his play Breeders, which explores what it means for same-sex couples to become parents.

“Are we the first generation to question the assumption that we should have kids and start families? It’s not true of everybody, but certainly this generation is questioning whether that’s right for them.”