6 items from 2014
To mark the release of How To Survive The Plague on 31st March, we’ve been given 2 copies to give away on DVD.
How To Survive A Plague is the Oscar-nominated story (2013 Academy Award nominee – Best Documentary) of two coalitions – Act Up and Tag (Treatment Action Group) – and how their activism and innovation turned AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition.
Despite having no scientific training, these self-made activists infiltrated the pharmaceutical industry and helped identify promising new drugs, moving them from experimental trials to patients in record time. With unfettered access to a treasure trove of never-before-seen archival footage from the 1980s and 1990s, filmmaker David France puts the viewer smack in the middle of the controversial actions, the heated meetings, the heartbreaking failures, and the exultant breakthroughs of heroes in the making.
Blisteringly powerful, How To Survive A Plague transports us back to a vital time of unbridled death, »
At the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival there was a rescreening of the film And the Band Played On, a film based on a novel of the same name. The film (and book) goes into detail about the mysterious deaths of gay men during the time right before HIV and AIDS research had started. Starring Alan Alda and Mathew Modine as the film’s main characters, it was made during a time when the two viruses were still new to the public and difficult to understand.
In attendance at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this month for the event were Tom Kalin, David France, and Doron Weber. The trio would join the film’s actor Mathew Modine as well as Ron Nyswaner (known for writing Philidelphia) after the film’s rescreening for a question and answer session discussing the role of science in discovering new cures for certain diseases, at most focus being HIV and AIDS. »
- Catherina Gioino
Terrific performances by Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto elevate this socio-medical drama out of the realms of the ordinary into something quietly remarkable. While McConaughey's dramatic weight loss may make attention-grabbing headlines, there's much more to his performance than the mere shedding of 30-odd pounds. Continuing the reinvention (dubbed the "McConaissance") which has seen him lay the ghost of grizzly romcoms such as Failure to Launch with harder-edged roles in Magic Mike and Killer Joe, McConaughey is utterly convincing as the ravaged rodeo redneck who is given 30 days to live after being diagnosed with Aids, but who stubbornly refuses to lie down and die. Despite very strong competition from Chiwetel Ejiofor in 12 Years a Slave, odds are that McConaughey will take the Oscar for best actor next month, with »
- Mark Kermode
The recent Oscar-nominated documentary How to Survive a Plague brilliantly explained how, when the gay population was being decimated by Aids in the mid-Eighties, and in the face of the Reagan administration and the Food and Drug Administration's inaction, gay activists began to educate themselves in medical science and help the community to take control of its own medical treatment. The Oscar-nominated Dallas Buyers Club tells the same story from the perspective of a red-blooded straight man. »
This story first appeared in the Feb. 7 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Last year, David France's Oscar-nominated documentary How to Survive a Plague showed how gay activists fought the government, drug companies and sometimes one another before treatments for AIDS emerged. Dallas Buyers Club tells part of that larger story: how Texas good ol' boy Ron Woodroof, diagnosed with AIDS in 1985, defied what seemed an imminent death sentence and began smuggling drugs for himself and others with the disease. Photos: Behind the Scenes of 'Dallas Buyers Club' Now, the Dallas filmmakers are discovering that while celebrities
- Tim Appelo
Since the Sundance Film Festival's inception 30 years ago, the vast majority of the best American independent films by and/or about queer people have screened at Sundance, including "The Times of Harvey Milk," "Longtime Companion," "Poison," "The Living End," "Swoon," "Paris is Burning," "Go Fish," "High Art," "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," "The Kids Are All Right," "Pariah," "How To Survive a Plague," "Keep The Lights On" and -- last year alone -- "Kill Your Darlings," "Concussion," "Interior. Leather Bar," "C.O.G." and "Pit Stop" (and we could truly go on and on and on). This year's festival -- which kicks of tomorrow -- is primed to add a few more films to that list. Of the 115 feature films screening at Sundance, at least 15 of them feature prominent queer content and characters. Those are ratios that would please Kinsey, and collectively these films should end up becoming a sizeable »
- Peter Knegt
6 items from 2014
IMDb.com, Inc. takes no responsibility for the content or accuracy of the above news articles, Tweets, or blog posts. This content is published for the entertainment of our users only. The news articles, Tweets, and blog posts do not represent IMDb's opinions nor can we guarantee that the reporting therein is completely factual. Please visit the source responsible for the item in question to report any concerns you may have regarding content or accuracy.See our NewsDesk partners