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!