Whatever's happened to good old queer cinema. Where are the Arakis and Jarman's.
I am a bit concerned the way most LGBT cinema has entered the mainstream leaving us at best with shoddy gay zombie films or equally mainstream 'Gays gone wild'. I cant believe this is the same Todd Stephens who delivered the rather powerful Edge of Seventeen.
While I have no problem with the LGBT cinema entering the mainstream- infact it is something worth celebrating, I have grave concerns the way Queer cinema is 'normatising' itself to fit the mainstream moulds.
Independent Queer Cinema in India first made its appearance in 1996 through Riyadh Wadia’s much acclaimed Bomgay. Since then Indian Cinema has come a long way accommodating Queer desires within its narrative. These explicitly queer themed films have only been screened privately or at festivals (in India and abroad) thus having a limited release. By rejecting aesthetic, production and generic conventions of mainstream cinema, one finds bolder imagery and subject choice. Since 1996, more than a hundred such films have been made for public consumption.