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Pulse (Stevie Cruz-Martin, 2017) wr. Daniel Monks; Caroline Brazier, Daniel Monks, Scott Lee; fantasy; released 14 June; on general release June 2019

How much do our bodies shape who we are? Where is the line between compromising for love and changing yourself for love? Why do we fall in love with the people we fall in love with? A gay disabled teenage boy changes into the body of a beautiful woman, so that he can make his straight best friend fall in love with him.

In the end, I was not fond of the film because there was nothing in it to make me happy and when it came to provoking thought, the only thoughts provoked were indistinguishable from the generic attacks that I, as a trans person, endure on a daily basis. Clumsy, clumsy, clumsy. Jane Fae.

Pulse plays - exquisitely - with both perception and identity. The sustained momentum of the film is staggering ... it gets to a point when you think these filmmakers cannot take it any further ... yet, they do. I have to live with this for the rest of my life is a line that will resonate, deafen and anger. This is a film that chimes with a chain of challenges...this is a voice that needs to be heard!

Garry Gillard | New: 16 August, 2018 | Now: 22 November, 2019