Thursday, 28 September 2017

Boisterous Lesbians


The Prof didn't fly back until late last night, so I went to Theatre Clwyd to see Daisy Asquith's documentary Queerama. 
Queerama is a collage of fictional images, film clips, vintage television interviews and documentary snippets set to music. It sets out to portray the reality of gay life in Britain from the turn of the century but in my mind it failed, as the film seemed rather biased towards the negatives of the gay experience rather than the many, many positives. 
The film also seemed more concerned with the lesbian perspective, a fact that was perhaps reflected in the audience which comprised of three small groups of  women.
I was the only man in the cinema, sat in my usual seat D13!
One couple and a group of three were particularly animated and chatted throughout the first part of the film regardless of anyone. 
I got several hostile stares when I shushed them but the chatting did stop.
Some of scenes of the movie, especially the 1960s documentary scenes where a pompous lady consultant psychiatrist declared to camera that homosexuality was due to " damage in childhood" were particularly ironic.but without the balance of the positives of gay culture both from times gone by and from the past decade the whole movie fell a little flat to me.
I walked out before the film finished, and the lesbians who I had shushed muttered at me when I passed them. 
I'm sure they called me a homophobe!


22 comments:

  1. It's got a moderately good average rating of 6.5 (from 53 watchers) on IMDb as at now. If it comes this way what you say about it has quelled any eagerness/curiosity I may have had.

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  2. I hate people talking when I'm trying to watch/listen to something! So rude.

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  3. Three small groups of women = all lesbians ? You're not a homophobe and they might be just rude heteros.I love reading your blog but that doesn't mean I'm one way or the other. Lots of people like documentaries and well written blogs

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    1. It was a fair bet they were looking at their affect! Lol

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  4. In our life times, being gay hasn't been so difficult, but it certainly was earlier for so many. Don't underestimate how bad it was. The movie sounds somewhat depressing. Talking during a movie is simply not tolerated here, and we never experience it. Warnings are given about turning your phone off. But them I am of a certain age and see older people's movies with older peoples, but then old people can be the worst with talking during forthcoming movie promotions.

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    1. Agreed Andrew, and we shouldn't forget the struggles of those that went before us.....

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  5. Well, at least it didn't end in a fist fight.

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    1. Against lesbians? You must be joking...I would have lost

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  6. An ex friend of mine said of another friend with three sons two of whom are gay that overbearing mothers produce gay sons.
    This same ex friend is an extremely controlling woman and her son turned to drugs and alcohol, perhaps she should have looked to her own behaviour.



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    1. Stupid is what stupid does

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  7. Interesting. I haven't heard of this film but maybe I'll check it out -- or maybe not, given your unenthusiastic review! It's amazing how badly behaved some people are in cinemas. Kids and teenagers I can forgive, but adults?!

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    1. The "older" " art house" audience at theatre Clwyd are some of most badly behaved I have ever experienced , I am forever telling some to shut up

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  8. I clicked on this post expecting to see pictures of dogs bouncing around sofas or something. I'm sorry the film fell flat, it seems like a waste of time when that happens.
    It does make me smile that you have your own "assigned seat".

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  9. What would you do if someone was in D13? Would you ask them to move? :)

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    1. If it was quiet no, but everyone gets an allocated seat

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  10. Sounds like it was a waste of money to me.

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  11. You get the most amazing films out there - the nearest we get in our little town to anything on the screen which is exciting is Shaun the Sheep.

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    1. We don't really weave, I miss the showrooms cinema in Sheffield four or five different films ADAY , !!!!!

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  12. Don't get much right, do they.

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  13. I did an open mic night last night hosted by local gay bear Neil Thornton from NYC, who was telling us in his set that in NYC people talk to the screen all the time. I would love that, I nearly rupture myself trying to keep quiet in movies! Sad that it was an ambivalent movie though.

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