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Forbidden Love - A Queer Film Classic

Forbidden Love

A Queer Film Classic

By Jean Bruce, Gerda Cammaer
Series edited by Thomas Waugh, and Matthew Hays
Categories: Film & Media, Canada, LGBTQ+, Lesbian Literature, Women's Literature, History
Series: Queer Film Classics
Paperback : 9781551526089, 176 pages, 2015


QUEER FILM CLASSICS is a critically acclaimed series that launched in 2009, edited by Thomas Waugh and Matthew Hays, covering some of the most important and influential films about and/or by LGBT people made between 1950 and 2005, and written by leading LGBT film scholars and critics.

A Queer Film Classic on the 1992 Canadian feature documentary subtitled "The Unashamed Stories of Lesbian Lives": a film on lesbian experience from the 1940s to the 1960s as seen through the lens of lesbian pulp fiction. The film interweaves an historical dramatization with interviews with women who speak frankly about their experiences living as lesbians in times when they could not be out, as well as with Ann Bannon, the American writer who wrote lesbian pulp fiction novels from 1957 to 1962 known as The Beebo Brinker Chronicles. This award-winning movie, directed by Aerlyn Weissman and Lynne Fernie, ended up as the most successful ever produced by the National Film Board of Canada, and became emblematic of the bold new queer cinema of the early 1990s. In 2014, the NFB re-released the film in a digitally remastered version.

Jean Bruce and Greta Cammaer's book examines the historical context and critical reception of this important film.


The book serves as an excellent companion to the film,recontextualizing Forbidden Love's re-release with rich production detail, pithy formal analysis, critical theory and provocative cultural commentary. -POV Magazine

- POV Magazine

The book provides incredible insight into co-directors Lynne Fernie and Aerlyn Weissman's groundbreaking documentary. -AfterEllen

- AfterEllen

Bruce and Cammaer deal dexterously with the film and the historical discourse it both participates in and disrupts; in their care Forbidden Love becomes more than a film about history and emerges as an historical act itself. -POV Magazine

- POV Magazine