Blitzed 2021 – trailer for new Sky Arts doc

Director of the new TV documentary on the Blitz clubBruce Ashley writes: all Blitz fans - coming Saturday 13th March 9pm on Sky Arts. The premiere of the feature length doc "Blitzed" I directed with my mate Michael Donald.... Continue Reading →

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It’s A Sin: Pitch-perfect drama about the worst of times

Andy Polaris reviews the five-part TV series It's a Sin newly premiered on Channel 4 amid great expectations The much-feted writer Russell T Davies broke barriers with the pioneering British TV series Queer As Folk in 1999 and more recently... Continue Reading →

Queer visions of a yesteryear pandemic

Channel 4's new series It's A Sin follows a group of friends as the AIDS pandemic emerged in the 1980s. On the eve of transmission ANDY POLARIS looks back at cinema and TV shows that have portrayed its impact. Some... Continue Reading →

Stardust: new Bowie biopic on a road to nowhere

Lifelong Bowie fan Andy Polaris is floored by Stardust, a fictionalised new movie about the birth pangs of Ziggy Expectations were already low for Stardust, a Bowie biopic from director Gabriel Range, when a trailer was poorly received after appearing... Continue Reading →

Lovers Rock given a fillip by McQueen’s TV series

To coincide with Small Axe, Steve McQueen's series of TV films, Andy Polaris has chosen a dozen songs that he remembers enjoying and buying in the 70s and 80s – not a purist list of lovers but to include similar... Continue Reading →

Before Harry: 12 true trail-blazers for queer pop

Harry Styles in a dress for his Vogue cover-shot has set some kind of milestone, but Andy Polaris prefers a dozen other gender-fluid acts who have been challenging pop stereotypes in recent years The almost predictable pushback from Republican MAGAstar... Continue Reading →

Jazz-funk: laying the foundations for today’s multiculturalism

Andy Polaris reviews a long overdue survey of a crucial chapter in music history that transformed black British nightclubbing with contemporary sounds from the States Rodney P's Jazz Funk is a TV documentary charting the influence of black American jazz-funk... Continue Reading →

The Kemps All True: Out of sibling rivalry springs a previously unknown flare for comedy

The critics divided over this week's “mockumentary” about Spandau Ballet’s Kemp brothers, though Andy Polaris finds himself a bit of a fan. The Kemps All True is a surprisingly deft spoof documentary based on the Spandau Ballet stars ill-fated revamp... Continue Reading →

Cristina, edgy star of New York new-wave

For eight years the singer Cristina provided a crucial sardonic hub for one of the most innovative record labels ever, co-founded by her husband Michael Zilkha. Andy Polaris mourns her death and identifies her distinctive talent. ☐++++++☐++++++☐ If Dorothy... Continue Reading →

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