Listen again: 24th February 2015

Ian Gelder as James Whales in Gods and Monsters at Southwark Playhouse. Photo: Annabel Vere

Ian Gelder as James Whales in Gods and Monsters at Southwark Playhouse
Photo: Annabel Vere

Described as exploring the ‘sometimes divine, sometimes monstrous landscape of obsession and desire’, Gods and Monsters is a play based on the life of Frankenstein director James Whale following his retirement from Hollywood. In the recent Southwark Playhouse production, written and directed by Russell Labey, Ian Gelder played the lead role. Ian talks to Rosie about portraying Whale and shares his own memories of coming out to his family.

Our new film critic Martha Margetson gives her view on Appropriate Behaviour, a new film directed by, and starring, Desiree Akhavan. She plays Shirin, whose Iranian family don’t know that she is bisexual. Martha gives Appropriate Behaviour a rave review. The film screens at BFI Flare Festival on 20th and 21st March.

Art critic Anna McNay and LGBT sociologist Natacha Kennedy preview a panel discussion about the Chevalier d’Eon (1728-1810). The Chevalier was a French diplomat, soldier and spy who appeared publicly as a man for almost fifty years before dressing as a woman for the last 33 years of his life, claiming to be female assigned at birth. Anna tells us that the Chevalier wrote an autobiography which was only published in 2001, while Natacha focuses on what can we learn from the Chevalier’s life as to how we approach contemporary discussion of gender. The event was part of Loudest Whispers, the annual exhibition of LGBT artists, which runs until 23rd April.

For rights reasons the music is not on the podcast, but that’s what you could hear on the show:

1) The Irrepressibles: Ship from the album Nude (Landscape)

2) Bruce Hubbard: Ol’ Man River from Broadway Show Album of Show Boat

3) Girlboy: Jennifer Lawrence

4) Awna Teixeira: Yellow Moon from the album Wild One

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