A podcast in which three queer women watch the classics (and non-classics) of queer girl cinema and discuss.
Queer BAIT Film Club - Foxfire (1996)
Hello all! It’s been a while and now we are back with an episode a Queer BAIT Film Club where we watch a film which isn’t gay enough and try to work out why a perfectly good (or bad) lesbian film didn’t happen.
This episode we are travelling back to the 1990s to see one of Angelina Jolie’s earliest big screen ventures as she plays… wait for it… you are NOT ready for this… a swaggering butch lesbian in a leather jacket who upends the lives of four teen girls at a generic US school. There’s sexual tension, homoerotic tattooing, and man-bashing (some literal) and yet it’s not official queer. What gives?!
The Queer Girl Film Club gang are here to try and find out. How can a film with so many crimes not ‘be gay’? Who doesn’t want a rundown house in the woods full of candles as a base (Georgia and Alice have done a lot of fire safety training and remember none of it)? Does a film need a queer kiss to be queer enough not to be bait?
Along the way the crew try to work out if Georgia is concussed from doing “too much sport” (® Alice, 2023), Holly asks if this is one of the greatest soundtracks of any film ever, and Alice calls Dmitri Mendeleev a pussy. Yes, the periodic table guy.
PLUS, if that wasn’t enough, find out what films we will be covering in season 4, coming SOON!
CN: Discussion of the dissection of animals in schools 17:39-21:00, discussion of a predatory teacher, swearing and spoilers.
Episode 21 - Tár (2022)
Cinema trip! This weekend just gone the Queer Girl Film Club crew went to an actual real life cinema (complete with fellow audience members, including Guy Checking The Football Scores On His Phone As The Film Was Starting) to see Cate Blanchett going hell-for-leather for Oscar #3 in Tár (2022). The gang found that on top of Cate’s exquisite performance, it’s a film about bad people, uncomfortable topics and major ambiguity.
Join Holly, Alice and Georgia as we discuss how to enjoy this film despite knowing shit-all about classical music, whether it’s really a horror film in denial, and why nervous breakdowns are better with accordions. This episode goes deep on power dynamics and how queer women are capable of being abusive and awful, and why it matters that we talk about this.
CN: Swearing, spoilers, non-graphic discussion of sexual abuse and other abusive relationships, mention of suicide, discussion of sex work.
Episode 20 - Happiest Season (2020)
What’s more festive than a big family argument? Quite a lot of things, actually, but for our QGFC Christmas special there’s a lot of arguing going on as Alice and Georgia are taking sides against Holly is a massive (yet still analytical and funny) row about our festive queer girl film, Happiest Season (2020). Join us as Georgia outlines what it is that’s so magical about Christmas romcoms, Alice lists her many favourites of the genre, and Holly admits she hasn’t actually seen any apart from Happiest Season itself…
It’s a festive old episode, where the gang debate if the ending is insufficiently cheesy, talk about coming out and how queer shame, and everyone swoons over Aubrey Plaza and Dan Levy, for slightly different reasons.
Happy Christmas to all listeners, and if you need an extra stocking filler, there’s always Alice’s poetry book: https://www.bentkeypublishing.co.uk/product-page/alice-godliman-the-book-of-seeing-past-the-shadows
CN: Swearing, spoilers, death of parents.
Episode 19 - Portrait Of A Lady On Fire (2019)
The gang are heading to the coast of France, to an island with no men and only the intense staring and beautiful cinematography of one of the best films ever: Portrait Of A Lady On Fire (2019), Holly’s favourite film of all time, and a true masterpiece. QGFC are here to share the many many reasons they love this film, touching on light, consent, armpit drugs and the importance of looking after your straight mates when they get into scrapes.
When a film can be two hours long, French and contain loads of staring, and still be something Alice loves, how can it not be a classique? Whether its musing on the impermanence of joy or lusting after Adèle Haenel, Holly, Alice and Georgia are ending season 3 on a massive high.
Perhaps it’s the overwhelming beauty of the visuals and story, or perhaps it’s because both Georgia and Holly have the flu, but the crew are in a poetic and reflective mood this episode, not that this doesn’t prevent diversions into grave robbing and eating your pets.
Episode 18 - Loving Annabelle (2006)
Problematic romance! Mary Sues or Manic Pixies Dream Teens! What was school really like for both students and teachers? Queer Girl Film Club are here to unpick the acres of oh-dear that is Loving Annabelle (2006), a romantic drama about a teacher falling for her… 17 year old student?! Oh 2006, what were you thinking???
Along the way the gang discuss all the ways the film gets teaching wrong (incredibly, it’s not just the safeguarding nightmare of the central relationship which Alice finds fault with), relive their school disco days, and grill Holly a bit more about what it’s like to go to a Catholic school. There’s also tips on how to lesson plan, how porcupines signal quirkiness, and Holly accidentally makes a new jingle.
CN: swearing, spoilers, discussion of a sexual nature, discussion of age-inappropriate relationships.
Episode 17 - Nina's Heavenly Delights (2006)
Don’t watch films with lots of delicious food on an empty stomach, and don’t record a podcast about foodie films on an empty stomach either! This week, Alice, Holly and Georgia are full of Indian food and ready to talk about Nina’s Heavenly Delights (2006) and its low low LOW budget charms.
Set in the “small provincial town” of Glasgow, Nina’s crams in enough plot to confuse the QGFC crew (or perhaps they were in food comas). Whether it’s Alice dunking on Holly’s cooking skills, a discussion of what not to do when you’ve chopped chillis recently, or the importance of chemistry tests and intimacy coordinators in film, the gang are here to pinpoint why every viewer review of Nina’s seems to be “This film is bad, I loved it”.
CN: Swearing, spoilers, some discussion of a sexual nature, discussion of homophobia.
My new favourite podcast!
Absolutely love this podcast - insightful and funny, I’m genuinely impressed that the hosts can spend over an hour discussing one film and keep the conversation so interesting! Move over Mark Kermode.
I absolutely love this podcast, a brilliant idea and a thoroughly entertaining and thought provoking execution. Highly recommended