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Call Her Ganda

Film Review: Call Her Ganda at Outfest

Following one of the most gut-wrenching events in the history of the Filipino trans movement, Call Her Ganda is a staggering and thought-provoking documentary on the epidemic of violence against LGBTQ people. Part-chronicle, part-tribute, the film is ushered by three central female figures who take on a seemingly never-ending and irremediable quest for justice.

The First Time

Gay Essential Films To Watch, The First Time (Bedingungslose Liebe)

This drama film was released in 2011 and directed by Timmy Ehegötz. The motion picture follows the relationship of two young best friends who become lovers. The First Time (Bedingungslose Liebe) stars Florian Alhborn, Denise Ilktac and the movie’s director, Timmy Ehegötz.

Happy Together

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Happy Together (春光乍洩)

Released in 1997, Happy Together was nominated for 12 awards and won seven including Most Popular Foreign Film at Arizona International Film Festival and Best Director at Cannes Film Festival. Directed and written by Kar Wai Wong, the film starred Leslie Cheung, Tony Chiu Wai Leung and Chen Chang. The film was shot in Taiwan and Argentina.

The Hanging Garden

Gay Essential Films To Watch, The Hanging Garden

This British-Canadian film was shot in Nova Scotia and follows the life of a distraught young man who returns to his hometown after having left his family ten years prior. The Hanging Garden was written and directed by Thom Fitzgerald and released in 1997. The motion picture stars Peter MacNeill, Chris Leavins, Kerry Fox and Joel Keller.

Waiting in the Wings: The Musical

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Waiting in the Wings: The Musical

This comedy musical is centred on an aspiring Broadway entertainer and a stripper who accidentally get miscast and have to swap roles. Written by Jeffrey A. Johns (who also stars in the film as the leading character), the motion picture features Adam Huss, Shirley Jones and Rena Strober. Waiting in The Wings: The Musical was directed by Jenn Page and released in 2014.

All About My Mother

Gay Essential Films To Watch, All About My Mother (Todo Sobre Mi Madre)

Released in 1999, this Spanish motion picture follows the life of an Argentine nurse in charge of organ donations, a single mother whose son is an aspiring artist. Starring Cecilia Roth, Penélope Cruz and Marisa Paredes, All About My Mother (Todo Sobre Mi Madre) was directed and written by Pedro Almodóvar.

In & Out

Gay Essential Films To Watch, In & Out

Released in 1997, In & Out was nominated for an Academy Award and Golden Globe and won many awards with Joan Cusack receiving many Best Actress category awards including American Comedy Awards and New York Film Critics Circle Awards. Filmed in New Jersey and New York, In & Out was directed by Frank Oz and written by Paul Rudnick. The film stars Kevin Kline, Joan Cusack and Tom Selleck.

Law of Desire

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Law of Desire (La Ley Del Deseo)

Released in 1987 and directed by Pedro Almodovar, Law of Desire won 10 awards including Best Feature Film at Berlin International Film Festival and Best Feature at San Francisco International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. Shot in Andalucía and Madrid, the film stars Eusebio Poncela, Carmen Maura and Antonio Banderas.


Gay Essential Films To Watch, Howl

Released in 2010, Howl was directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman. The film won two awards with Best Actor going to James Franco at Central Ohio Film Critics Association and Freedom of Expression Award at National Board of Review USA. Shot in New York City, the film stars James Franco, Todd Rotondi and Jon Prescott.

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