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Boy George Gets a Biopic, Tilda Swinton’s ‘Memoria’

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They all come in threes, it seems. After the success of Bohemian Rhapsody and Rocketman, another biopic of a beloved and legendary queer performer was begging to be brought to life to complete the set. And winner is: Boy George. Sacha Gervasi (My Dinner with Herve, Anvil: The Story of Anvil) is set to write and direct a feature that George will executive produce (just like Elton did, making sure the story gets told to his expectations).

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The untitled project will dive back in time to George’s Irish, working-class roots, through the early ’80s club scene (and a stint dancing in the crowd on the British chart show Top of the Pops) and then on to international fame as lead singer for Culture Club. This story, of course, comes with all the usual demons that attach themselves to fame, but the happy ending is a George who hasn’t rejected his over-the-top persona and who came out on the winning end. Now, who gets cast to lip sync for his life (or try singing like Taron Egerton)? Stay tuned.

Let’s say that, like us, you’re a huge Tilda Swinton fan and an equally huge fan of queer Thai art filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul, the Palme d’Or-winning director of the magically strange films Tropical Malady and Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives. Then you waited and waited for a promised project that never materialized when several years ago it was announced that the two would make a film together. For whatever reasons that project collapsed, but now it looks like the pair will work together on a film called Memoria. Set in Colombia, it’s about a woman who is drawn to unknown sounds. It’s also an exploration of colonialism and collective responses to danger. And if that sounds baffling, don’t worry about it – Weerasethakul traffics in mystery and open-ended meaning. And his enlisting of the most adventurous actress of this generation to partner with is just going to double the pleasure. Proceed weirdly, please.

Romeo San Vicente will always tumble for ya.

 

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