In the days before camp hobbits and wizards, Peter Jackson directed low budget horror films. Heavenly Creatures, originally released in 1994, was his first more mainstream effort. The film features the screen debuts of Melanie Lynskey and Kate Winslet. Lynskey, who for the record is a damn sight hotter now than she was then, plays the dark moody teen that no-one likes whilst Kate Winslet brings some pre-Titanic English class to this flick set in New Zealand.
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Peggy Shaw’s starts her solo performance at London's Soho Theatre of MUST: the inside story with the lights up, standing just inches away from the audience. In her native New York accent she tells us, “I’ve been waiting for you and now you’re here. I am falling over the balcony and into the orchestra.”
So begins Shaw’s, and the audience’s, journey through the history of her 65 year old body. In collaboration with the Clode Ensemble, the self-identified butch lesbian grandmother, uses story-telling, song (the audience had to know its Rolling Stones), stills and film to illustrate exactly what her body has experienced. As she glides from story to story, wearing a dapper black suit and pristine shirt and tie, the Clode Ensemble accompanies her with live jazz music via their grand piano, violin and bass. Shaw could almost be a tall Frank Sinatra when she gets her groove on.
In the London lesbian world it has become folklore: can you remember the first time you saw it? I can.
It was 2001 and I was on my way to meet friends at Tottenham Court Road's First Out cafe one chilly evening. There - taking up what seemed like was the entire skyline - it was: a massive billboard of two young women, lying on a bed in cute underwear, kissing. The black and white poster stopped me in my tracks. Never had I seen such a blatant, and rather foxy, display of lesbianism and I remember rushing into the cafe and asking my friends if they had seen it too. They had, and they were equally happy.
The image, called "Kiss", was part of an advertising campaign for the launch of the now defunct gay website Queercompany.com. It was taken by photographer Tanya Chalkin.
"Closer To Nowhere" may be the title of Jen Foster's upcoming video but it certainly doesn't describe Jen! She is a musically dynamic, kind, funny, REAL, Cool Rockin' Gal; and, she's right here - talkin' to LoveGirls. She's also addressing the rampant rumors of an alter ego. Hmm – two sexy Rock Girls for the price of one; it doesn't get any better than this!
LoveGirls: How old were when you knew you wanted music to be more than a hobby?
Jen: I was 15 years old when I first picked up my brother's guitar to try to write a song. I loved pop and rock music at that time, and spent hours in my bedroom mimicking my favorite singers. I used a jump rope to sing into, and I pretended my tennis racket was a guitar. Then one day, I thought that I would try to write. I knew at that young age that I was born to sing and write music. I didn't realize how much work it would be, but I stuck with it, and I am still doing it and making a living now, thankfully!
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"Uh Huh Her" is the hugely successful LA based band and brainchild of musician / actress Leisha Hailey and musician Camilla Gray. While rockin’ through the UK on their sold out tour these lovely ladies were gracious enough to give LoveGirls an exclusive interview.
The gals were a little tired after a night of partying in Soho, after their gig at Shepherds Bush Empire, but they still managed to be gorgeous and charming for our chat!
What is Santa bringing you this Christmas? Angelina Jolie? Peace on earth? Or how about a calendar featuring 24 lesbian Londoners dressed to the nines? While we would love the first and second options, it is more likely we will get our hot little hands on number three than find Angelina under our Christmas tree clutching a white dove. Which is where the I Love London Girls 2008 calendar comes in.
Bridget McManus, the hottest new Lesbian Comedian, talks to LoveGirls about the reality of falling for straight women, tasting the rainbow and cleaning up her act
As a master lesbian I equate dating straight women to the celebration of Halloween. Halloween is my favourite holiday. I get to dress-up, role-play and most importantly stuff my face with candy. One year I ate out an entire bowl of chocolate bars and there is nothing I enjoy more than eating-out…and finger fucking.
While both Halloween and dating straight women can be pleasurable experiences you can't enjoy them every night of the year. Why not? Because they are not real, they are just fantasies.
Anna Span, Britain's first female porn director, tells LoveGirls how she's making her mark in a man's world and why women should embrace porn
It's the four-letter word that divides many of us grrls: porn. You're either for it, enjoy watching and being turned on by it or you're against it, refuse to watch it and can't understand women who do – yet alone why women appear in it.
One woman who is most definitely for it is Anna Span, Britain's first female porn director. She also understands the view some women - especially lesbians and bisexual women – have that porn is made to titillate straight men, with women's sexual pleasure coming a poor second. She says: "There is an awful lot of sexist, dreadful porn out there but women need to learn what it can be like."
Nancy Rancourt is a pint-sized lesbian powerhouse. Proceed with caution, ladies – she's very hot! Nann (as she's known to her fans) was recently featured in Curve magazine as one of 13 Dykes to watch out for. This summer she shared the stage with Joan Jett at LA Pride. My temperature definitely rose as I sat down with Nann for the LoveGirls exclusive interview.