The Line of Beauty

Gay Essential Films To Watch, The Line Of Beauty

First aired in May 2006, The Line of Beauty is a raw, whimsical adaptation of Allan Hollinghurst’s homonymous book. Set in 1980s Britain, the BBC mini-series is directed by Saul Dibb and depicts the fervid, intriguing affairs of Nick Guest, a gifted middle-class graduate. The film stars Dan Stevens as Nick and also features Alice Krige and Tim McInnerny.

Essential Opinion: Shared Rooms

Shared Rooms explores the meaning of home and family through three interrelated stories of gay men finding connections during the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day – a married couple who take in a teenage relative who was kicked out of his home after his parents discovered he was gay; a pair of roommates forced to share a bed for the week, much to the delight (and horror) of the one harboring a secret crush on the other; and two men looking for a quick hookup who end up finding a much stronger connection.

Undertow

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Undertow (Contracorriente)

Released in 2009 and directed by Javier Fuentes-León, Undertow is about a ghost story revolving around a Peruvian fisherman and his secret love affair. The film won a number of awards at film festivals, including Outstanding Artistic Achievement at the L.A. Outfest. Shot in Cabo Blanco and El Alto in Peru, the film features actors Cristian Mercado, Tatiana Astengo and Manolo Cardona.

The Raspberry Reich

Gay Essential Films To Watch, The Raspberry Reich

The Raspberry Reich, an erotic satire by Canadian writer and director Bruce LaBruce, was filmed in Germany in 2004. It tells the story of a group of aspiring homosexual left-wing revolutionaries and their unsuccessful attempts to overthrow the heterosexual bourgeoisie, and stars Susanne Sachsse, Andreas Rupprecht, Daniel Bätscher, and Anton Dickson.

Hard

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Hard

Hard is a 1998 film shot and set in Los Angeles, directed by John Huckert and written by Huckert and John Matowski. It stars Noel Palomaria as a rookie homicide cop and Malcolm Moorman as the gay serial killer he’s tracking down—and inadvertently comes very close to.