• Fashion

“Gentleman Jack” – What the Wardrobe Reflects

The most interesting aspect of the fashion in the BBC series Gentleman Jack, which just aired its second season on HBO, is the style choices made by costume designer Tom Pye for actress Suranne Jones, playing 19th-century lesbian landowner Anne Lister, master of Shibden Hall in Halifax, West Yorkshire. Pye, who has also designed costumes for a TV movie also created by Sally Wainwright, To Walk Invisible (2016) about the Brontë sisters, has been inventive in showing class, power and trends of the times.
  • Television

“Gentleman Jack”: the First Gay Marriage – 1834

Gentleman Jack, the British series created by Sally Wainwright, is about the true-life story of Anne Lister (Suranne Jones), born in 1791, a landowner and entrepreneur in Halifax, West Yorkshire. Her historic home, Shibden Hall, is still standing and her extensive diaries, deciphered by her relative John Lister decades after her death, but kept hidden, because a portion of them, written in a secret code, described intimate details of her numerous lesbian relationships, were finally published in two volumes in 1988 and 1992.
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Sullyari Bautista on HFPA Grantee Justice For My Sister

When the HFPA requested an interview to mark Pride month with Justice For My Sister (JFMS) founder, Kimberly Bautista, the executive director politely declined. Not because she wasn’t eager to promote the arts-based non-profit organization that receives grant support from the HFPA, but because she was taking a hiatus to produce her own short film about a genderqueer family and taking that opportunity to also employ participants from her organization’s PA (Production Assistant) Certification Program which would help set them up with a career in the film and TV industry.
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Restored by HFPA: “Born in Flames” (1983)

“This unruly, unclassifiable film – perhaps the sole entry in the hybrid genre of radical-lesbian-feminist sci-fi vérité – premiered two years into the Reagan regime, but its fury proves as bracing today as it was back when this country began its inexorable shift to the right,” wrote Melissa Anderson of The Village Voice about Born in Flames in 2016 after the film’s restoration premiered at the Anthology Film Archives. Indie director Lizzie Borden, in her feature film debut, made a radical film that took five years to shoot and cost $40,000.