123: Lilies - Les Feluettes (1996) with Rachel E. Beattie
This week, Becky and Cam sit down with Rachel E. Beattie - the Assistant Media Archivist at Media Commons Media Archive at the University of Toronto. Living up to her job title, Rachel has combed the archives and brought a wealth of research and documentation about 1996’s unforgettable queer romance drama Lilies.
The last film funded under the Ontario Arts Fund before it was defunded by Premiere Mike Harris, this film beat out Crash and Hardcore Logo in the 1996 for best film at the Canadian Screen Awards and is not to be missed. We’re talking about the greatness of Brent Carver, the history of films that are films about plays being performed within prisons, and the history of John Greyson’s filmmaking.
A correction from our episode, emergency room doctor Tarek Loubani was not killed, but was seriously injured while under arrest in Egypt as they passed through attempting to make their way to Gaza. You can read more about Greyson and Loubani’s arrest and time in prison at the CBC and on Toronto Life.
Lilies is available through various streaming services as well as, of course, through the UofT media archive.