Best. Lesbian. Week. Ever. (June 6, 2008)

The unsubtly titled film Lesbian Vampire Killers recently began shooting in the U.K., and pop star Lily Allen will reportedly have a cameo. She was asked to take on a larger role but was happy with a brief appearance.

The “comedy” stars British television stars James Corden and Matthew Horne on their quest to save their “women,” who have been “enslaved by the local pack of lesbian vampires thanks to an ancient curse.” One of the other Sapphic bites is MyAnna Buring, who has been in several horror flicks including Grindhouse and The Descent. No word on whether Allen will be sharing any liplocks with any ladies, or have a sexy scene in a coffin.

NewFest kicked off in New York City yesterday, and there are several lesbian/bi features included in the festival, which runs through June 15. Some of the films being shown include Affinity (an adaptation of the Sarah Waters novel), Don’t Go (starring Guinevere Turner) and Zero Chou‘s Drifting Flowers.

One of the new documentaries playing this year is Bi the Way, which features two friends and co-directors, Brittany Blockman and Josephine Decker, on a road trip across America to figure out bisexuality. Their discoveries are based on interviews with bisexuals, straights and gays, as well as those who have conducted studies on the topic that seem to be somewhat inconclusive (or least remain strongly debated).

Bi the Way seems to shows every possible point of view on bisexuality, from couples who don’t mind sharing the bedroom with a third party, to a 10-year-old boy who eagerly discusses his future as a possible bisexual (and his crush on Smallville actor Tom Welling

Michael Musto and Dan Savage also weigh in, and several issues are brought up, including the glamorization of same-sex kissing on shows like The O.C., Degrassi and Six Feet Under. Honest questions that even the most secure queers ask are also raised, such as: What is bisexuality really? Is it about an emotional or physical attraction? Can you ever truly be interested in both men and women, or is it just a step toward coming out?

Many arguments are addressed, but no real answer is found, most likely because
there doesn’t seem to be an answer. The exploration may actually raise more
questions, but it won’t clear anything up.

Go see Bi the Way to get a better understanding of bisexuality. But skip the film if you don’t care about what anyone else says — it’s a lot of opinions, and chances are, you’ve had your fill of those already.

by Trish Bendix

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