In 1990, seven young male dancers joined Madonna on her most controversial world tour, her “Blonde Ambition” world tour. Their journey was captured in her rockumentary, “Truth or Dare.” As a self-proclaimed “mother” to her six gay dancers plus straight Oliver, Madonna used the film to make a stand on gay rights and freedom of expression. The dancers became paragons of pride, inspiring people all over the world to dare to be who you are.
Twenty-five years later, the dancers share their own stories about life during and after the tour. What does it really take to express yourself? Strike a Pose is a dramatic tale about overcoming shame and finding the courage to be who you are. In theatre May 19th. See the trailer below.
Lady Gaga made it again, like last year, she was definitely the highlight of the annual Academy Awards. The 29 years old singer sang her nominated song, Til It Happens To You, a very poignant performance. The song talks about rape and was co-written by Diane Warren and Gaga for the 2015 documentary film The Hunting Ground.
Gaga, donning all white, sat at an all-white piano and sang surrounded by a group of male and female survivors, each of whom had words or phrases written on their arms, including “It Happened to Me” and “Survivor.” The performance got her a standing ovation and everybody in the audience was in tears, including myself, watching it on tv.
“Set one evening in present-day Moscow, 16 year-old Pyotr is baited by an ultranationalist group known for their violent abductions and attacks bolstered by Russia’s LGBT propaganda law, but Pyotr has a dangerous secret his attackers could never have accounted for…”
PYOTR495 is a short film set in Russia in the year 2014. The country has invaded the Crimea region of the Ukraine, the newly instated LGBT propaganda law makes it illegal to present gay life as normal, while Russian President Vladimir Putin’s approval rating is at a 6 year high. The movie begins in the run-down, white Soviet-era tower blocks in the Cheryomushki district of Moscow, and follow the main character, Pyotr, as he leaves his friends and ventures out into the night on his scooter and under the passing lights of the city streets as he is baited into a dangerous scenario at the sprawling apartment of a member of one of Moscow’s financial elite.
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Every day we are bombarded with depressing news so I decided I should mention a film I found refreshing, uplifting, funny, and so very interesting.
An Honest Liar is a superb documentary about the world-famous magician James ‘The Amazing’ Randi. The story is inspiring on many levels but the most inspiring of all for me was the truly touching love story between James Randi and the artist Jose Alvarez. To be honest I cried a little but don’t tell anyone lol. The synopsis and reviews don’t say much about that part of the movie so I was actually surprised when I saw it. It’s definitely a must-see film.
Have you seen it?
“So honoured and ecstatic to announce my collaboration with @BALENCIAGA on the upcoming FW15 Menswear campaign!!!!” said Sam Smith via his Instagram account. The new face of Balenciaga showcases his new svelte body on pictures snapped by Josh Olins for the French Fashion House.
I am surprisingly happy to see Sam doing the Balenciaga campaign as this is my favorite brand. Expensive yes, it’s Pret-à-Porter, but I always try to get 1-2 pieces every year, but I love the aesthetic of the brand since Alexander Wang is the designer.
Check out the first images released by the Balenciaga below and the short video teaser above.