About Me

I’m someone who has travelled the world and finally found a place to call home, Edinburgh my oasis and place of coming out. I love Edinburgh and am drawn to its cinemas and theatres in particular. I’ve decided to share my weekly visits to shows and films, and hope it will help anyone interested in gaining a perspective.

I have never been a critic before and will do it my way: films and shows affect people in different ways, depending on their mood and what’s happening in their lives at the time. I will write reviews that reflect how I feel at the time. I think this is important, in case you think me an impartial observer. I never am. Whether it’s on a plane, or during a period of stress or sadness, or an attempt to clear my mind with mindless entertainment, how I feel will influence my review. In reading my reviews, you will know not only something about the show or film, but about this observer’s state of mind at the time.

In writing about Edinburgh’s cultural scene, I will also try to do something different. I came out in 2016 as a transgender female. I want to share my highs and lows, and let you know what it’s like to be trans in Edinburgh. I have a feeling I will disappoint those looking for something lurid or even just exciting. My life is rarely either. But it is unavoidably a trans life now, and with the West still working out what the hell we are, I’d like to add my two pence’ worth.

 Gina Maya 22.08.16

What's On This Week

My Latest Posts

November 18, 2018

The Crimes of Grindelwald

The Crimes of Grindelwald A curious film, one to categorize under 'part of a series' than self-contained. But you sit down to these 'multiverse' sagas from Marvel and Warner Bros. (et al) expecting the cliff-hanger concept that really belongs to TV shows. With this expectation, I entered the dark cinema an intrepid explorer like Eddie Redmayne's Ne...
November 09, 2018

Gifted Transgender Writers: Jamie Berrout

in Books

Portland Diary by Jamie Berrout I never use to read short stories, but I'm glad I found Portland Diary: Short Stories 2016 / 2017 by Jamie Berrout. As a transgender woman of colour, Berrout is able to go beyond the clichés of isolation and domesticity of cisgender appropriations (David Ebershoff's nauseating The Danish Girl , for example), but also...
November 03, 2018

Bohemian Rhapsody

Bohemian Rhapsody It's received so-so reviews, a biopic imbued with a trashy, karaoke lack of quality. But I quite like Bohemian Rhapsody . The star turn by Rami Malek as the iconic Freddie Mercury is on the nose, projecting talent, swagger and vulnerability. His loneliness as his marriage ends is poignant, with the other band members settling down...
October 28, 2018

San Francisco Forty-Something

San Francisco Forty-Something San Francisco, my city. I have never been there. I met a San Franciscan last Friday in a bar, like a Catholic meeting the Pope; or a younger version of me discovering you've been to Disney World in Florida. We sit there, two forty-something cis and trans. I hang on the person's every snippet of daily existence, ad...
Venom
October 21, 2018

Venom

October 21, 2018

Venom

The trailer for this film was not encouraging: Tom Hardy becoming host to a slimy parasitic alien of fangs and giant tongue, with blank membrane eyes. The hero turned into unsettling CGI nightmare: is this really what I wanted for my hero? After the event, I can say that the film is better than the trailer, and progressively has its giant, sli...
October 20, 2018

Trauma Queen: a memoir by Lovemme Corazon

in Books

Trauma Queen: a memoir by Lovemme Corazon There are times when it's right to judge a book by its cover. Trauma Queen  (2013), the memoir of then-19-year old trans woman of colour Lovemme Corazon, has a beauty within its pages and on its surface cover that's simultaneously self-confident and obscure. As I gaze at the book's front imag...
First Man
October 14, 2018

First Man

October 14, 2018

First Man

First Man In an age of flag-waving white power, this film could have been a Trumpian Triumph of the Will , a paean to American greatness. But in focusing on Neil Armstrong (played by Ryan Gosling), his associates and his family, First Man is a curious thing: a gaze at the tree, rather than the forest, in a way that feels substantial. From the ...
October 08, 2018

A Star Is Born

A Star Is Born Before the film review, my background focus on its star. I love the work of Lady Gaga, up to and including the fluorescent brilliance of her album Artpop (2013). It coincided with an important period in my life, a year of upheaval when I realized I wouldn't live to please the norms of others anymore. Gaga's album was a sci-fi or...
October 06, 2018

The Whiteness of LGBT+ Spaces

The Whiteness of LGBT+ Spaces I'm not writing this in a fit of white self-hate. I've noticed recently that as a transgender white person, I inhabit mainly all-white spaces. I unconsciously select the company of those I'll have things in common with – company that's identifiable to me, company that feels unconsciously familiar. I may not like this p...