BBC Radio Manchester’s weekly LGBT show focuses on the B in LGBT this week.
Presenter Ashley Byrne and co-hosts Andrew Edwards and singer/songwriter Claire Mooney are joined by researchers from the University of Huddersfield including Surya Monro who have been studying how bisexual people are treated by local councils in the UK. They found lots of support for gay men and women but little for people who identify as bisexual. Are bis getting a fair deal from local government, Citizen Manchester ask, and if not, why?
A number of short films taken from the presentations at August’s BiReCon international academic & research conference on bisexuality can now be seen on YouTube. Speakers include John Sylla from the American Institute of Bisexuality, Meg Barker from BiUK, Jenny Kangasvuo on bisexuality in Finland, Miguel Obradors on Deconstructing Biphobia and much more.
Stonewall’s new report on bisexual, lesbian and gay representation on TV points out that while there was only a tiny amount of positive representation of gay and lesbian people in the programming monitored, there was no positive portrayal at all of bisexuals.
The BBC’s reporting of the Stonewall publication, however, wiped that from the slate. “Gay and lesbian television portrayals criticised” they declare, adding that “The BBC is conducting its own research into how gay and lesbian people are portrayed in its programmes.”
Bi-themed film Heartbeats won the Sydney Film Prize at the 2010 Sydney Film Festival.
Sydney Film Festival Jury President, Jan Chapman, announced Heartbeats as the winner of the 2010 Sydney Film Prize at the State Theatre during the closing gala of the Festival.
“The Sydney Film Prize is awarded to Heartbeats directed by Xavier Dolan. With a witty and insightful script and strikingly playful use of cinematic language, the jury found Heartbeats to be a boldly truthful and compassionate observation of one of the great crippling foibles of human nature – the hopeless crush.”
Screening direct from Un Certain Regard at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival and making its Australian premiere at the festival, Heartbeats is directed and written by French-Canadian Xavier Dolan, produced by Xavier Dolan, Daniel Morin and Carole Mondello.
Heartbeats is Xavier Dolan’s second film and playfully explores themes of wilful delusion, rejection and the politics of the competitive and unrequited crush. Francis (played by the filmmaker himself) and Marie (Monia Chokri) are a couple of drop-dead gorgeous twenty-something hipsters whose friendship is rocked when they both fall for Nicolas (Niels Schneider).
Australian Producer (Jury President) Jan Chapman, Hong Kong Director Yonfan, Australian Director Shirley Barrett, Sundance Film Festival Director John Cooper and British Director Lucy Walker were the members of the Jury for the $AUD60,000 2010 Sydney Film Prize.
At BiMedia we picked this one up a little late – but still wanted to share it with you.