Listen again: 26 May 2015

Clouds of Sils MariaRosie talks to film critic, screenwriter and blogger Martha Margetson who reviews Clouds of Sils Maria by Olivier Assayas for us. The film stars Juliette Binoche as a stage actor at the peak of her international career and Kristen Stewart as her enigmatic assistant. Martha and Rosie discuss the performances, the beautiful backdrop of mountains and cloud formations and the parallel meanings and levels of the drama – is life imitating art or the other way round?

Our next guest, Qazi Rahman, also saw and loved the film.Qazi Rahman takes time out of his busy schedule at King’s College London to join us in the studio. He has published over 50 highly cited scientific articles on the biological basis of sexual orientation, gender nonconformity, and LGBT mental health and was co-author of the 2005 popular science book Born Gay. He is currently working on new research to address the crisis in mental health among LGBT people (who suffer twice the rates of poor mental health and suicide risk compared to heterosexual people). They discuss Qazi’s involvement in last year’s occasionally rather heated Guardian panel debate Born That Way: Is There a Gay Gene and Should It Matter? with Julie Bindel, Patrick Strudwick and Stella Duffy. Interestingly, he also ponders whether our adoption of more heteronormative structures actively discourages diversity within our own community.

Crouch, Touch, Pause, Engage by Robin Soans looks at the life of Welsh international rugby player Gareth Thomas, and the impact that coming out had on his family, career, and his hometown, Bridgend. Co-produced by Out of Joint, National Theatre Wales and the Arcola Theatre, it combines verbatim accounts from Gareth Thomas himself and residents of the South Wales town. The play touches down at the Arcola Theatre until 20 June and James Waygood aka Grumpy Gay Critic gives us his thoughts. Being a Welsh gay rugby fan himself, James absolutely loves it and awards five stars however thinks that it would appeal to anyone, rugby fan or not. He also tells us about his forthcoming charity bike ride.

For rights reasons the music is not on the podcast, but here’s what we played on the live show:

1) Le Fil: The Future is Now from the EP Pop Sculpture

2) SOAK: Blud from the album Before We Forgot How to Dream

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

4) Alice DiMicele: Ripple from the album Swim

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