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SPARTACUS: BLOOD AND SAND (18)

With the second (prequel) series just finishing on cable, you can now own the first series, packed with DVD extras. This is a pure guilty pleasure, a cheesy tale of gladiators in ancient Rome with generous lashings of nudity, sex and outrageously over-the-top gore. It centres on the beautiful Spartacus (Brit Andy Whitfield), struggling to keep his loincloth on while...

STEPHEN K AMOS SPEAKS

STEPHEN K AMOS
The lovely Stephen K Amos hasn’t half had a busy year with a BBC TV series, a radio programme and two tours under his belt. Not one to rest on his laurels, his latest show arrives in London town next week, featuring laughs aplenty. But we wanted to get serious with the comedy maestro – so we sent Lee...

Nightmare On Cleveland Street

Above The Stage Theatre
The shocking story of a gay brothel in Cleveland Street has been turned into a musical. David McGillivray saw the show and met the author, but first revisits the scandal that rocked 10 Downing Street and Buckingham Palace in the summer of 1889... The most powerful prostitute of recent times is probably Christine Keeler, whose affair with War Minister John...

HEAVENLY GLAMOUR

If you haven’t experienced the fabulous Glam Jam with Lady Imelda and CJ, then you’re missing a treat. We caught up with ladies just after their second anniversary celebrations at Halfway II Heaven to tell us more…   Glam Jam has been going two years now; it doesn’t seem like five minutes ago since you started! For those who haven’t...

MIDNIGHT COWBOY (18)

John Schlesinger’s 1969 queer milestone arrives on Blu-Ray this week, and it’s worth revisiting the story of Texas boy Buck (a seriously beautiful Jon Voight), who comes to New York with dreams of being a high-class hustler. But his new mentor Rizzo (a brilliantly wheezy Dustin Hoffman) knows a rent-boy when he sees one, and indeed Buck’s corn-fed good looks...

GOING SOUTH (15)

French filmmaker Sebastien Lifshitz (Presque Rien) has a light touch that concentrates on internal moods rather than plot. So be warned: if you want a tight plot, you may be annoyed by this sunny, sexy road movie, which refuses to go where we expect. Fortunately, Lifshitz also has an eye for beautiful naked boys, and this story features three...

SEEING HEAVEN (18)

In this dreamlike British drama, Paul (Alexander Bracq) is a sexy young escort in search of his long-lost twin, who according to freaky visions is apparently being stalked by a slasher. Then he gets involved in an unsexy art-porn film, which further screws with his head. First-time writer-director Ian Powell creates a moody, murky atmosphere, but it’s stiff, overwrought...

IT STARTED WITH A KISS…

Last Friday's "kiss-in" protest at John Snow pub in Soho was a welcome sign that gay right's agenda is still something worth fighting for... By Cliff Joannou Photos by Marc Abe Sat in the lofty heights of QX Towers, the media hub of all things homosexualist, you frequently see the more conceited, shallower aspects of the gay scene more than other people...

THE OATH (E)

Shot in an introspective, austere style, this award-winning documentary tells the story of Salim Hamdan, tried in Guantanamo as a terrorist because he once worked for Osama Bin Laden. But the film’s real focus is his brother-in-law Abu Jandal, a Yemen taxi driver whose life takes all sorts of twists and turns. Director Laura Poitras’ film tells their story while...

EDNA EYES UP – BEING BRITISH

By the time this article has become paper down your local chip shop (though as I write to meet deadline, God knows what quality?!) given my current state of mind, it might not even be worthy enough for a battered cod, let alone QX, and more likely discarded straight to become, want for a better word, ‘litter’, single handedly...

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