Author: Zainabb Hull

Too Desi Too Queer: Hope And Change In The Queer South Asian Community

At this year’s Brixton Reel, Too Desi Too Queer showcased a number of shorts from both India and Britain, exploring the queer experience in South Asia and diasporic desi communities. LGBTQIA+ desis are still persecuted and stigmatised at home and in the diaspora, and we are hugely underrepresented in pop culture. Too Desi Too Queer challenges desi norms around love, gender, and identity, and it offers hope for the future of queer South Asia. The screening begins with Maacher Jhol, an animation about a gay man coming out to his father in India. The pencilled, shimmering style gives a...

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Backlight: Get Out Is Not a Comedy

Whilst the hellfire of sexual assault allegations rages on in the film and television industry, we also have some good news to look forward to from upcoming projects. We’ve got announcements and achievements from marginalised players across the industry, as well as some much needed criticism where Hollywood continues to get it wrong. Get Out Is Not A Comedy Get Out has been classed as a comedy for this year’s Golden Globes, nominated in the Best Musical or Comedy category. Whilst Get Out straddles multiple genres, including horror, thriller, and (very dark) comedy, Universal likely submitted the film to...

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Backlight: The Film Industry Is Toxic But There’s Still Hope

This week, we saw more news around Weinstein (who’s shocked?) but it hasn’t all been grim. People within the industry are standing up and making a difference, whether it’s through sharing their stories, breaking ties with The Weinstein Company, or focusing their efforts on better causes. We also have some exciting and heartwarming projects from diverse creators, which is a timely reminder not to lose all hope in the film and television industry. The Weinstein Debacle Continues But It’s Not All Bad News This week saw more stories of sexual harassment, including Amanda Segel’s accusations of Bob Weinstein and Lupita...

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9 Witchy Films To Make Your Hallowe’en Magical

Hallowe’en is a time of year often associated with magic, spirituality, and witchcraft. In many religions and cultures, it’s a time to remember and celebrate the dead. For witches, it signals greater access to (and from!) the spiritual world. For some, the idea of spirits and fairy-folk entering the human world can seem pretty spooky, but witchcraft is an empowering practice, especially for women and non-binary folk. Witchcraft is a way to connect with the world around you, to yourself, and to other witches. It’s a way of reclaiming power and agency. It can be a tool to self-soothe,...

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Backlight: Harassment Ain’t Cool

Content warning: sexual abuse Well, it’s been another bleak week for sexual harassment in film and TV, but don’t lose all hope! Upcoming projects from diverse creators showcase the originality, creativity, and inclusivity that creators of colour and female creators can bring to our screens. Harry Knowles Accused Of Sexual Assault And Harassment Harry Knowles has been accused of sexual assault and harassment by at least five women. Knowles is the founder of Ain’t It Cool News and has “stepped away” from the site amidst the allegations. This comes after last week’s news that Ain’t It Cool News would...

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