Released in 1962, Advise & Consent is an American film based on Allen Drury’s homonymous book. Directed by Otto Preminger and starring Henry Fonda, the movie follows Robert Lefingwell’s political race for Secretary of State, uncovering communist affiliations and homosexual trysts along the way. With a majority of characters based on real, historical figures, Preminger’s noir motion picture features veteran actors like Peter Lawford, Betty White, Lew Ayres and Walter Pidgeon.
Released in 2011, Judas Kiss won the Best Debut Film at Fort Worth Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival and the Alternative Spirit Award at Rhode Island International Film Festival. Shot in Seattle, Washington USA, it was the feature film directorial debut of J.T. Tepnapa. The film was co-produced by Carlos Pedraza and Jody Wheeler and starred Charlie David, Richard Harmon, Sean Paul Lockhart and Timo Descamps.
Recognized as the very first motion picture to use the word “homosexual”, Victim is a suspense thriller that follows the struggles of an esteemed gay lawyer who is blackmailed for his sexual orientation. Starring Dirk Bogarde and Sylvia Syms, the British film is directed by Basil Dearden and was released in 1961.
A throwback to the Golden Age of British cinema, 1961’s A Taste of Honey bucked the trend of traditional cinema and openly addressed issues of sex, interracial relationships, single parenting, and homosexuality head-on. This film truly laid the groundwork for addressing the changing face of society via popular culture and media. Directed by Tony Richardson, the film stars Rita Tushingham, Robert Stephens and Murray Melvin.
Released in 2011, North Sea Texas won two awards at Montreal Film Festival and one at Rome Film Festival. It was the first feature film from director Bavo Defurne, who also wrote the screenplay with Yves Verbraeken. The film is set on the Belgian coast and is based on the 2004 children’s book “Nooit Gaat Dit” by Andre Sollie.
Released in 2008 and directed by Tom Gustafson, Were the World Mine is a comedic film where the local embattled gay boy in a small town discovers the recipe to turn the residents gay for a short time and experience his world. The film won a large number of awards at LGBT film festivals, such as Outstanding U.S. Dramatic Feature at the L.A. Outfest. Shot in Chicago, the film features actors Tanner Cohen and Wendy Robie.
Teenage Kicks is an intense coming of age tale set in Australia, exploring various themes: from guilt and forgiveness to identity and sense of responsibility, from friendship and youthful dreams to of course sexual awakening and experimenting. It’s the emotional journey of a teenager on the cusp of his 18th birthday, whose world is turned upside down when his older brother dies in an accident. Directed by Craig Boreham, the film stars Miles Szanto, Daniel Webber and Anni Finsterer.
The sensitive and often guttural film, The Mudge Boy, offers audiences an emotional and often awkward drama about grief and questions of sexuality concerning a young outsider in rural Vermont. Released in 2003, the film is written and artfully directed by Michael Burke and stars Emile Hirsch, Richard Jenkins and Tom Guiry.
Released in 2005 and directed by Duncan Tucker, Transamerica received an Academy Award, Golden Globe and two International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival Awards for Best Feature Film, with Best Actress accolades going to Felicity Huffman for her portrayal of the main character Bree Osbourne. Shot in Arizona and New York USA, Kevin Zegers and Fionnula Flanagan also star.