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The Terence Davies Trilogy

Gay Essential Films To Watch, The Terence Davies Trilogy

Released over the course of seven years, The Terence Davies Trilogy centres on the troubled life of a closeted homosexual. Starring Robin Hooper and Valerie Lilley, the motion picture is divided into three different parts: Children (1976), Madonna and Child (1980) and Death and Transfiguration (1983) and was directed and written by Terence Davies.

Baka Bukas

Film Review: Baka Bukas (Maybe Tomorrow) at Melbourne Queer Film Festival

Baka Bukas (Maybe Tomorrow) is one of Melbourne Queer Film Festival’s most sincere and high-spirited additions. The motion picture brings warmth, laughter and a bold, liberating perspective on relationships that viewers can certainly identify with.

Pink Flamingos

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Pink Flamingos

This 1972 crime film follows the life of drag queen Divine and her adventures as a criminal living in Maryland. Starring Babs Johnson and Mary Vivian Pearce, Pink Flamingos the American black comedy was written and directed by John Waters. The latter is also the motion picture’s producer, cinematographer, editor and narrator.

Hard Paint

Film Review: Hard Paint (Tinta Bruta) at Berlinale

Have you ever been in a room filled with people, yet never felt more alone? This is the gut-wrenching feeling you get all throughout Filipe Matzembacher and Marcio Reolon’s controversial Hard Paint, a bittersweet story about finding connection in a cold, hostile world.

Edward II

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Edward II

This 1991 British film is based on Christopher Marlowe’s play, Edward II, and focuses on the passionate love Edward II of England had for a nobleman of Gascon origin. Directed by Derek Jarman, the historical tragedy stars Steven Waddington and Andrew Tiernan and features Tilda Swinton, Dudley Sutton and John Lynch.

Love In The Time Of Civil War

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Love In The Time Of Civil War (L’Amour au temps de la guerre civile)

This Canadian drama film was directed by Rodrigue Jean and premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. Released in 2014, Love In The Time Of Civil War (L’Amour au temps de la guerre civile) follows the life and struggles of a young addict who works on the streets of Montreal. The motion picture stars Alexandre Landry and Jean-Simon Leduc.

Better Half

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Better Half

A touching drama from director and editor Michelle Clay, Better Half is the story of two gay men, Tony and Leo, who are happily in love and preparing for marriage. However, when an infant is abandoned at the hospital where Tony works, they begin to embrace the notion of family. Released in 2015 the motion picture stars Jaimie Fauth, Grant Landry and Avie Weber.


Essential Opinion: Unzipped

Released in 1995 Unzipped is a smart, balanced and light-hearted look into the designer world of 90s’ America, not concerned with judging the lifestyle but also refrained from romanticizing it. Directed by Douglas Keeve the documentary features Isaac Mizrahi, Roseanne Barr and Sandra Bernhard.

Valentino: The Last Emperor

Essential Opinion – Valentino: The Last Emperor

There are many icons of haute couture, but only one that can leave such a piercing mark on your psyche and wittingly convince you that you have intimately witnessed the work of a master. Valentino: The Last Emperor is not a hyperbolic, overrated or tacky documentary of passing trends like many others, but rather a unique, abiding and eye-opening glance at the boisterous life of a legendary fashion designer who vehemently seeks pleasure only to be disappointed by its fleeting and faulty nature.

Surge of Power: Revenge of the Sequel

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Surge of Power: Revenge of the Sequel

Over a decade in the making, Surge of Power: Revenge of the Sequel is the long gestating follow-up to 2004’s Surge of Power: The Stuff of Heroes, which made headlines as the world’s first openly gay superhero adventure. Released in 2016 the motion picture is directed by Antonio Lexerot and Vincent J. Roth.

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