Tom of Finland

Tom of Finland, Gay Essential Talks To Dome Karukoski

Dome Karukoski’s latest film, Tom of Finland, is a moving biopic of decorated war hero, art director, and illustrator, Touko Laaksonen. Known for his sexually liberating drawings of muscular gay men, each signed “Tom of Finland,” Touko Laaksonen courageously sparked a leather-clad LGBT revolution with the playful stroke of his pencil.

La Cage Aux Folles

Gay Essential Films To Watch, La Cage Aux Folles

Released in 1978 La Cage aux Folles was co-written and directed by Edouard Molinaro. Nominated for an Academy Award, the film won Best Foreign Film at the Golden Globes, with Best Actor going to Michel Serrault at the Cesar Awards. Shot in location in Rome, Saint Tropez, France and the French Riviera, Ugo Tognazzi and Claire Maurier also star. The film is an adaptation of the 1973 play by Jean Poiret.

Gay Essential Films To Watch, High Art

Lisa Cholodenko’s charming feature film debut High Art released in 1998, stars Radha Mitchell as Syd, a scrappy, lowly intern at a photography magazine, who is pulled into the hedonistic orbit of her intriguing neighbour Lucy, who happens to be a well-reputed photographer (played by Ally Sheedy). The 101-minute film grossed just under $2 million at the box office during the year of its release.

Two Soft Things, Two Hard Things

Film Review: Two Soft Things, Two Hard Things at BFI Flare

You’re probably familiar with Pride Toronto and other popular, long-awaited festivals and activities that happen during the summer. But have you ever heard of a gay parade in the Arctic? Well, it just so happens that an unusual pride event in the capital of Canadian Nunavut spurred interest among two filmmakers and was the decisive spark in igniting a desperately needed discussion about LGBTQ rights within the Inuit community.

In Their Room

Gay Essential Documentaries To Watch, In Their Room: London/Berlin/San Francisco

In Their Room is a continuing Travis Mathews endeavour that captures the private thoughts, feelings, and day-to-day activities of a diversity of gay men. The clips are shot in men’s bedrooms in order to create an atmosphere of closeness and intimacy between viewer and subject. The project began in 2009 with the twenty-minute-long In Their Room: San Francisco, followed by In Their Room:Berlin in 2011, and In Their Room: London was released in 2013.

I Love You Phillip Morris

Gay Essential Films To Watch, I Love You Phillip Morris

Released in 2009 and directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Recqua, I Love You Phillip Morris is about a con man who falls in love with a fellow prisoner and the lengths he’ll go to stay together. The film was nominated for multiple awards, and won the GLAAD Media award for Outstanding Film – Limited Release. Shot in multiple locations in the USA, the film features actors Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor.

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