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The Hours

Gay Essential Films To Watch, The Hours

This British-American motion picture is based on Michael Cunningham’s novel of the same title and follows the life of renowned writer Virginia Woolf. Starring Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep and Julianne Moore, The Hours was released in 2003 in the United Kingdom. The drama film was directed by Stephen Daldry and its screenplay was created by David Hare.

My Own Private Hell

Film Review: My Own Private Hell (Inferninho) at BFI Flare

Narrative is not needed to create an enthralling, one-of-a-kind story that keeps you glued to your screen. This is what Pedro Diogenes and Guto Parente’s mesmerizing feature film proves without a shadow of a doubt. My Own Private Hell (Inferninho) is a deliciously strange and visually stunning motion picture that oscillates between drama and impressively well-executed dark humor.

The Killing Of Sister George

Gay Essential Films To Watch, The Killing Of Sister George

Released in 1968, The Killing Of Sister George is a drama film directed by Robert Aldrich. Based on British writer Frank Marcus’ play with the same title, the motion picture centers on the dying television career of a lesbian woman. The film stars Beryl Reid, Susannah York and Patricia Medina.

The Marriage

Essential Opinion: The Marriage (Martesa)

Homosexuality is slowly growing out of its reputation as a taboo topic with Blerta Zeqiri’s ingenious Kosovar masterpiece, The Marriage. Centered on the love story and companionship of two estranged soul mates, the motion picture sheds light on the secrecy, isolation and self-deception LGBT people experience in an attempt to conceal their sexual orientation.

Heavenly Creatures

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Heavenly Creatures

Released in 1994, Heavenly Creatures is a psychological drama which is based on the true story of Pauline Parker and Juliet Hume, two teenage girls who are separated and murder the former’s mother. Starring Melanie Lynskey and Kate Winslet, the crime film was directed and co-written by Peter Jackson.

Nobody's Watching

Film Review: Nobody’s Watching (Nadie Nos Mira) at Melbourne Queer Film Festival

Lies, shame and alienation are at the heart of Julia Solomonoff’s seductively tragic Nobody’s Watching, a tale of two identities which confronts the shortcomings of immigration policies head-on. Exposing the tantalizing brutality of iconic cities and the hostility of cliques and Procrustean social norms, the motion picture presents an unparalleled depiction of the Big Apple and its cutthroat nature.

Bound

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Bound

Released at the Venice Film Festival in 1996, Bound is a crime thriller that focuses on the romantic relationship between two lesbian women who are involved with the Mafia. The neo-noir film was directed and written by Lana and Lilly Wachowski and stars Jennifer Tilly, Gina Gershon and Joe Pantoliano.

Postcards From London

Film Review: Postcards From London at Melbourne Queer Film Festival

Beauty can only take you so far in Steve McLean’s artsy drama, Postcards From London. Intense, seductive and organically strung together, the motion picture discusses all about art and opportunity in a postmodern era filled with kitsch and the superfluous mores of a self-aggrandizing society.

The Bitter Tears Of Petra von Kant

Gay Essential Films To Watch, The Bitter Tears Of Petra von Kant (Die bitteren Tränen der Petra von Kant)

Released in 1972, this German film was directed by author Rainer Werner Fassbinder and is based on his play with the same name. Starring Margit Carstensen and Hanna Schygulla, The Bitter Tears Of Petra von Kant (Die bitteren Tränen der Petra von Kant) follows the love story between a renowned fashion designer and an aspiring model.

Vertical Lines

Small But Perfectly Formed, BFI Flare Shorts Our Highlights

From simmering fish curry to queer pigs, this year’s BFI Flare is as much a feast for the eyes as it is the soul. Once again, an exciting and eclectic collection of short films is at our disposal. Artfully composed and meticulously scripted by some of the world’s best filmmakers, the 2018 edition has no shortage of satisfying cinematic adventures.

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.

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