Queer TV and film seem to just be getting better and more easily available. In this week’s Good and Gay, we round up some of the highlights from our corner of the queer internet. From the Emmy’s to film festivals to casting announcements to throwbacks, we’ve gathered a bunch of reasons to be hopeful.
Dua Selah cast in Sex Education
British comedy-drama Sex Education has announced casting decisions for the new season and musician Dua Selah has been cast as nonbinary character Cal. Cal is a student in school with the protagonist Otis and classes with the school’s new administrator. The casting is both Saleh’s first acting role and the show’s first nonbinary character, expanding the diverse LGBTQ+ representation the series is known for. Saleh tells them.us that they are “excited to make my acting debut on such a groundbreaking show and elated for Sex Education to include me as an actual enby to portray a nonbinary student.” They added, “Trans representation is so important now and moving forward.”
Sex Education can be streamed on Netflix.
Matilda’s queer icon status re-affirmed via TikTok video
In a very cute TikTok video, which made the rounds on Bisexual+ Visibility Day (September 23rd), Embeth Davidtz acknowledge the impact her character Miss Honey had on queer Matilda fans. The video shows two young women, one of whom is Embeth’s daughter Charlotte Sloane, singing to a Counting Crows song. As the song says “maybe I’m in love,” the camera shows Embeth smile while showing stills from Matilda. The response on Twitter was remarkable and fans praised the pro-queer stance of Embeth. One tweet says “I could never tell if I wanted to marry her or be adopted by her. Miss Honey is definitely a queer awakening character.”
Notably, Mara Wilson, who played Matilda, is bisexual and has spoken about the queerness of the film.
Queer wins at Emmy’s
The 72nd Annual Emmy Awards took their ceremony virtual and turned it into a toast. Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the toast was an entertaining and exciting affair with some big wins for queer series. Schitt’s Creek, created by Daniel and Eugene Levy, swept the comedy category awards, taking home everything from best acting awards to best costumes. Additionally, Cherry Jones won for her role in Succession and Zendaya won for playing queer character Rue on Euphoria.
Other queer programs that won include Cheer, Queer Eye, and Bad Education.
More upcoming queer film and TV festivals thrive at social distance
As we shared last week, many queer film festivals have been forced to change how they operate this year due to the pandemic. We’ll keep rounding up those we can find to help you connect with queer film festivals in new ways.
Please note: many festivals have restricted viewing based on where you live. Click on the links to each individual festival to learn more.
The 5th annual QueerX Festival will be virtual, live, and free on Revry. “The 2020 event–taking place 3 weeks before the national election–will revolve around the theme “Rise Up” and will drive political participation through its screenings, panels, and activations.” Programming will include short films, digital series, music videos, panels, happy hours, and a pitching opportunity. Viewers will also be able to screen entries and vote on their favorites to win.
Atlanta’s Out on Film has announced their Icon Award honoree and the film line dup for their 33rd LGBTQIA+ festival. The festival will include feature films, shorts, and a web series. Notable screenings include the documentary Surviving the Silence, the prom comedy Ellie and Abbie (& Ellie’s Dead Aunt), and other special anniversary screenings. Margaret Cho will be honored as the Icon Award honoree.
The 8th Queer Screen Film Festival, based in Australia, will show 40 feature films, documentaries, and shorts. Notable films include Moonlit Winter, Holy Trinity, Second Star on the Right, and many more. “Queer Screen acknowledges that these are difficult times and although we can’t come together in our usual festival setting we are excited to be bringing the festival to our communities across the nation and fulfilling our remit to showcase diversity, support queer filmmakers and celebrate LGBTIQ+ stories,” festival director Lisa Rose says.