You already know Kate Winslet and you’re finally figuring out who the staggeringly talented Saoirse Ronan (Mary Queen of Scots) is, even if you still can’t quite pronounce her name. But soon you’ll get a fresh chance to learn the name Francis Lee, the director whose beautifully queer independent drama, God’s Own Country, won the World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Directing at Sundance 2017, as well as Best Film at the British Independent Film Awards. He’s got a new movie in the works called Ammonite starring the aforementioned A-listers, and we think it’s poised to be the next contender in the lesbian fave sweepstakes.
Winslet will star as 19th-century paleontologist Mary Anning (credited with making important scientific discoveries in the Jurassic marine fossil beds along the English Channel), with Ronan as the young woman Anning develops a relationship with during a seaside convalescence. With credits like this in the mix, we’re guessing awards and stuff, and a lot of windswept English natural beauty. It shoots in March, even though we’re sort of ready for it right now. We’ll just make do with watching Carol for the 13th or 23rd time until this one’s ready.
Gregg Araki presents Apocalypse soon
Veteran indie filmmaker Gregg Araki (Mysterious Skin), pioneer of the New Queer Cinema, has a new series coming to Starz in March. It’s called Now Apocalypse; he co-wrote it with Vogue.com sex columnist Karley Sciortino (Viceland’s Slutever series) and he’s got heavy-hitter co-producers Steven Soderbergh (Logan Lucky) and Gregory Jacobs (Magic Mike XXL) on board. As usual it’s populated by a sexy young cast – Avan Jogia (Twisted), Kelli Berglund (Lab Rats), Beau Mirchoff (The Fosters), and Roxane Mesquida (Kaboom) – and set in a fractured version of Los Angeles where everyone is chasing love, sex, money and fame, until people start having prophetic dreams about dark conspiracies and, well, the apocalypse. Whatever, it’ll be hazily glamorous and there’ll be old Cocteau Twins songs on the soundtrack, right? We’re ready.