Sacha Baron Cohen’s new film: The Lesbian

Cecil Chao Sze-tsung

From Time:

“Cohen and his production company Four by Two Films have signed an agreement with Paramount Pictures to develop a project inspired by Cecil Chao Sze-tsung, Hong Kong’s version of both Hugh Hefner and Donald Trump, Deadline.com reported on Thursday. The movie, tentatively titled ‘The Lesbian’, would be inspired by Chao’s public refusal to acknowledge his daughter’s same-sex partnership and his pledge to give a $65 million dowry to any man who would marry her.”

Read more: http://newsfeed.time.com/2012/10/07/sacha-baron-cohens-next-movie-the-lesbian/#ixzz2934E5IqI

 

 

‘UNFIT: Ward vs. Ward’- how lesbian mom lost custody to murderer dad

From Steve Rothaus @the Miami Herald:

“Mary Ward, a divorced gay woman, lost custody of her pre-teen daughter, Cassey, in 1995 when a Pensacola judge declared the girl should “live in a nonlesbian world.”

Judge Joseph Q. Tarbuck ruled Cassey’s father would make a better parent — even though John Ward had pleaded guilty to murdering his first wife in a rage over custody of their daughter, who years later said he tried to sexually abuse her.

In 1996, a Florida appeals court upheld Tarbuck’s decision and an anguished Mary Ward, 47, died of a heart attack soon after.

A documentary about the case,UNFIT: Ward vs. Ward, debuts Monday night at the 14th annual Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. The 75-minute movie was produced by Miami Beach filmmakers Edwin Scharlau and Katie Carmichael.

Women who love Women (Singapore)

“One of the few documentaries ever made about lesbians in Singapore, this documentary, filmed in 2006 uses interview footage with three Singaporean lesbians -Amanda Lee, Sabrina Renee Chong and Gea Swee Jean, to get a rare glimpse into lesbian lives in Singapore. Intimate and often candid, these lesbians share about their lives and loves and their views on topics such as coming out and relationships. Sometimes heartbreaking, and often times, funny, the documentary captures the lives of lesbians who have chosen to live authentically and is a testament to the courage, tenacity and experiences of lesbians living in Singapore.”

‘Hits So Hard’ doc follows Hole drummer Patty Schemel

From the NewYorkTimes:

“Hit So Hard” is the touching story of how and why Ms. Schemel ended up in her own private hell and how and why she made her way out again into the world of sunshine, sobriety and puppy dogs. (Literally: she now runs a dog care service in Los Angeles.) Directed and edited by Ms. Schemel’s friend P. David Ebersole, “Hit So Hard” largely follows the same rise-and-fall trajectory as a lot of music biopics, though its openly sympathetic approach feels rooted in a real friendship rather than in sensationalism or industry boosterism. There’s a political angle too, because Mr. Ebersole frames Ms. Schemel’s story within both a feminist and a lesbian context, a move that positions her as something of a leading figure in the history of women in rock.

That’s a history that Ms. Schemel appears to have given little thought to back in the day, including when she was touring the world with Hole, playing before screaming crowds in Japan and Paris, and striking poses for Rolling Stone. You see a fair amount of those times, both onstage and backstage, because when Ms. Schemel wasn’t handling a pair of drumsticks she seems to have been carrying a Hi8 video camera. She recorded everywhere — in the wings, in bed, on the bus — though, given the absence of on-camera drug use, not exactly everything. The visual quality of the material she shot is crummy, both palsied and smeared, but the decrepitude of the images also underscores that these blurry times would soon deteriorate.”

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From The LATimes:

“Courtney Love reconnected with her former Hole band mates for the first time in 15 years on Friday in New York for a reunion performance in conjunction with a screening of drummer Patty Schemel’s documentary “Hit So Hard.”

Fans had been speculating whether Love would show up at the event, where guitarist Eric Erlandson and bassist Melissa Auf Der Maur were set to play with Schemel at Public Assembly concert hall in Brooklyn.

“Is there a lady still in the house that wants to join us for a song?” Auf der Maur asked. “You never know — we never know.” Love then appeared, asking for Erlandson’s help in strapping on a guitar.

They played Hole’s “Miss World” and a tune by early Portland punk band the Wipers, “Over the Edge.” Video footage of the short reunion can be seen on YouTube.”

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For  updated “Hit So Hard” openings and dates click HERE.

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A lesbian scene to recall forever

Susan Sarandon will never forget having sex with Catherine Deneuve, even if it was only on the screen. “I’m the  only presenter to have actually slept with [her],’’ Sarandon told the black-tie  audience at the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s tribute to the French icon  Monday night. Her quip was followed by a scene from the 1983 vampire flick “The  Hunger,’’ in which Deneuve and Sarandon have a sizzling lesbian sex scene, Post  critic V.A. Musetto reports. Noting Deneuve’s well-publicized  stand against the death penalty and for abortion rights, her actress daughter, Chiara Mastroianni, got a big laugh when she offered that “Rick Santorum would not be happy with my mom.’’ Martin  Scorsese presented the ever-beautiful Deneuve, 68, with an award named  for Charlie Chaplin, noting: “Catherine Deneuve seems to have been made for  cinema, and cinema for her.’’

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“Audre Lorde – The Berlin Years 1984 to 1992” Gets UK Premiere Date – April 14th

Previously profiled on S&A, it made its world premiere in the Panorama Documentary section at the Berlin Film Festival in February; and now Dagmar Shultz’s Audre Lorde – The Berlin Years 1984 to 1992 is scheduled to make its UK premiere on April 14th at Fringe Film Gay Film Festival which takes place at the Rich Mix (35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA) in East London.

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