Happy May everyone! I hope everyone had an excellent, productive and relaxing April. It was yet another quiet month here at Film Grimoire. Due to a number of different factors (the most significant of which is discussed below), I had no brain time to actually sit down and write anything this month. But I did have time to binge-watch numerous documentaries about Ancient Rome/Britain/Greece on the History Channel, and time to read about all the graffiti you can find around Pompeii (doing research for a potential trip later in the year).
I also had the chance to watch the following films:
- Mrs Doubtfire (1993)
- Fifty Shades Darker (2017)
- Boxing Helena (1993)
- The World’s End (2013)
- The Fly (1986)
- La Cage aux Folles (1978)
- Snatch (2000)
- (500) Days of Summer (2009)
I may write about these films at some point. But as for now, it’s gonna be May! Without further ado, here is a selection of some of my favourite things from this past month.
I’ve just been listening to this song repeatedly throughout April and it’s been providing me with the calming vibes needed in order to successfully negotiate the weeks and days pre-wedding where I felt a little bit stressed out.
RuPaul’s Drag Race season nine
Eagle-eyed readers will remember that this was one of my favourites for March, and it’s still one of my favourites for April because it continues to charm and delight me each and every episode. The draggiest of drag queen reality television show competitions, RPDR (as discussed last month) is socially and culturally significant, and is great viewing. As an update, my favourite queens have changed a bit – I’m now fully barracking for Trinity Taylor, Shea Couleé, and Sasha Velour. (image credit)
Winter at Westbeth in New Zealand
My partner’s (now, husband!) film was released in New Zealand this month, and made it to number seventeen in their national box office within the weekend of its release! That is actually crazy and really exciting. Winter at Westbeth continues to be one of my favourite films of all time, not just because it’s my husband’s film and I was around for some of the filming of it, but because I’ve seen it so many times and I find something new and inspiring about it every time. I’ll definitely be providing updates about where you guys can find it when it gets a home media release (whether that’s through a streaming service, iTunes, DVD, or whatever else).
Edit: You can actually buy Winter at Westbeth on DVD in Australia at JB Hifi!
Successfully getting married
It actually happened – my partner and I became husband and wife at approximately 7pm on April 29th, 2017. We had such an amazing night, due in part to the way that we wanted it to occur. Our whole idea from the beginning was that we wouldn’t have a ‘wedding’ but a ‘wedding party’ – a party with all our family and friends, which just so happened to have a legally official marriage ceremony about half an hour in. As a result of the complete lack of pressure, everything went without a hitch and we said some words and signed some documents, and then had a fantastic party with awesome food, drinks, and company. I’m really happy with how it all went but I’m also pretty excited to see where this marriage thing goes, so that’s probably my number one favourite thing that happened in the month of April.
That’s it for this month! Since I haven’t been around much, I’m sure I missed out on important and interesting things. Feel free to share your favourite things for the month of April in the comments below!