Pride Month 2022: queer film and TV

Here's to celebrating and supporting genuine diversity in our screen stories and throughout the screen industry.

It’s Pride Month (1–30 June), celebrated annually in memory of the 1969 Stonewall Uprising – the name given to a number of spontaneous demonstrations by members of the gay community following a violent police raid on the New York gay venue Stonewall Inn in the early morning hours of 28 June that year.

At ScreenHub, we stand in solidarity with all LGBTQIA+ people and look to celebrate and support diversity in screen stories and throughout the screen industry.

Enjoy this short selection of recent stories we have published.

The Dreamlife of Georgie Stone: ‘I hope there’s more empathy for trans people’

For me, this film is about taking the power back. To have agency over my story, for the first time in my life, has been such an empowering experience,’ Georgie Stone said …’ Read more.

Goran Stolevski, director, on opening MIFF 2022

Goran Stolevski. Image: supplied.

Of an Age depicts a brief but lingering romance between two young men – Elias Anton (Barracuda) and Thom Green (Dance Academy) – over the course of one summer’s day in 1999. Distinctly Australian, the film captures outer Melbourne suburbia, where these two boys are at the crossroads of queer desire and teenage dreams …’ Read more.

Queer Sydney Film Festival picks: Lonesome, The Longest Weekend

Still from Lonesome. Image: Breathless Films.

When Teenage Kicks director Craig Boreham set about casting his latest feature Lonesome, which enjoys its Australian premiere as part of this year’s Sydney Film Festival, he hit on an unusual approach to ensure it was appropriately queer. He hit up Grindr …’ Read more.

Heartstopper is the queer TV show we need right now

Heartstopper. Image: Netflix.

‘In the light of recent challenges, the arrival of the new Netflix series Heartstopper, a sweet and celebratory story about young gay love, is not only welcome but absolutely necessary – an enchanting antidote to the growing wave of anti-LGBTQIA+ hate across the Western world …’ Read more.

Taika Waititi’s Our Flag Means Death nails queer representation

Our Flag Means Death. Image: Image: WarnerMedia.

‘As well as the characters of Stede Bonnet and Blackbeard playing with famous romance fiction tropes like Enemies to Lovers, Wearing Each Other’s Clothes, and a Romantic Music Swell when they first lay eyes on each other, the show has several explicitly queer characters who are breaking moulds in TV drama …’ Read more.

Vico Ortiz on Our Flag Means Death: ‘It’s amazing, it’s so queer’

Vico Ortiz plays Jim Jimenez, a non-binary character disguised as a man. Image: Image: Jame Giles Netter/ HBO.

‘We didn’t just have one writer in the room who was non-binary, we had several. I got really lucky, because what often happens is that a non-binary character is written by people who are not even close to the community, and they congratulate themselves for meeting that minimum. So this is a huge plus …’ Read more.

JK Rowling betrayed us but I’ll still watch Fantastic Beasts

Nostalgic love for the Harry Potter universe has become very complicated. Image: Warner Bros.

JK Rowling created a universe beloved by a generation but has since alienated great swathes of the LGBTQIA+ community with her opinions, as expressed on social media. Calls for her ‘cancellation’ have amassed on twitter, with an avalanche of people – rightfully, in my opinion – condemning her views …’ Read more.

Queer Screen funds three Aussie films

Documentary The Story of Trans Glamoré is among the prizewinners. Image: Queer Screen.

Some $20,000 in funding has been awarded to three new Australian film projects, thanks to the Queer Screen Completion Fund. All participating screen projects involve LGBTIQ+ people, and the funds granted will see their three unique feature films through to completion …’ Read more.

Heartstopper’s queer joy can be hard for the LGBTIQ community

‘What can those who feel pain in the face of this heartwarming depiction of queer joy do?’ Image: Netflix.

‘The experience of watching Heartstopper and feeling both joy for the characters and sadness for yourself is what’s known as a dialectic. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking the sadness cancels out the joy: notice and allow everything that you’re feeling …’ Read more.

Paul Dalgarno writes novels: A Country of Eternal Light (2023) and Poly (2020); memoir: And You May Find Yourself (2015); and creative non-fiction: Prudish Nation (2023). He was formerly Deputy Editor of The Conversation and joined ScreenHub as Managing Editor in 2022. Twitter: @pauldalgarno. Insta: @narrativefriction