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The Death And Life Of Marsha P. Johnson

Film Review: The Death And Life Of Marsha P. Johnson at East End Film Festival

The LGBT history and the fight for equality is sadly filled with hatred, animosity and prejudice from the outside world, as well as a whole host of seemingly insurmountable obstacles – but how many of us know of the bad blood and bitterness that went on inside the gay rights movement between actual queer folks and transgender people? The Death And Life Of Marsha P. Johnson offers a unique perspective on liberation for gender nonconforming individuals and is an imperative documentary for anyone looking to fully understand the origins and evolution of the LGBT movement.

The Comedian

Gay Essential Films To Watch, The Comedian

The Comedian is a drama directed and written by Tom Shkolnik that premiered at the BFI London Film Festival in 2012. Starring Edward Hogg and featuring Steven Robertson, Elisa Lasowski and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Shkolnik’s feature film debut follows the struggles of a gay man who starts doubting both his career and life choices.

Boy Culture

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Boy Culture

Released in 2006 and directed by Q. Allan Brocka, Boy Culture is the tale of a male escort and his relationship with his two roommates, as well as a mysterious older man. The film won an award for Best Screenplay at the L.A. Outfest. Shot in Seattle, the film features actors Darryl Stephens, Derek Magyar, and Jonathon Trent.

4 Days In France

Film Review: Four Days in France (Jours de France) at Outfest

Invariably at every film festival there’s one or two films that don’t get as much festival buzz around them and somehow go under the radar. This is definitely the case for Four Days in France of this year’s Outfest edition. Combining Rimbaud poems, art, anonymous sex, classical music and the notorious dating app Grindr, Jérôme Reybaud’s debut is undoubtedly a daring, but impressive addition to gay cinema.

One Zero One: The Story of Cybersissy & BayBjane

Gay Essential Documentaries To Watch, One Zero One: The Story of Cybersissy & BayBjane (One Zero One – Die Geschichte von Cybersissy & BayBjane)

This documentale One Zero One: The Story of Cybersissy & BayBjane (One Zero One – Die Geschichte von Cybersissy & BayBjane) follows the story of a cabaret performer and a disabled drag queen. Released in 2013, the 90-minute project was written and directed by Tim Lienhard and features Antoine Timmermans and Mourad Zerhouni. The film also features David Pereira, Gregory Rack, Joep and Hans Timmermans.

Different From Whom?

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Different From Whom? (Diverso da chi?)

Directed by Umberto Carteni, Different From Whom? (Diverso da chi?) is an Italian comedy that delves into the struggles of an aspiring gay politician. Released in 2009, the film stars Luca Argentero and Claudia Gerini and also features Filippo Nigro, Francesco Pannofino and Rinaldo Rocco.

A Story Of Yonosuke

Gay Essential Films To Watch, A Story Of Yonosuke (横道世之介)

Released in 2013, A Story Of Yonosuke (横道世之介) is a Japanese film that follows the life and dreams of a young boy who travels to the suburbs of Tokyo and joins a renowned university. Starring Kengo Kôra, the film was directed by Shūichi Okita and based on the homonymous novel by Shuichi Yoshida.

We Were Here

Gay Essential Documentaries To Watch, We Were Here

Directed and produced by David Weissman, We Were Here was released in 2011 at the Sundance Film Festival. The documentary dissects the San Francisco AIDS epidemic, as well as a series of interviews with both sufferers and crisis staff. Co-directed by Bill Weber, the film stars Ed Wolf (as himself) and features Guy Clark, Eileen Glutzer and Daniel Goldstein.

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