The Line of Beauty

Gay Essential Films To Watch, The Line Of Beauty

First aired in May 2006, The Line of Beauty is a raw, whimsical adaptation of Allan Hollinghurst’s homonymous book. Set in 1980s Britain, the BBC mini-series is directed by Saul Dibb and depicts the fervid, intriguing affairs of Nick Guest, a gifted middle-class graduate. The film stars Dan Stevens as Nick and also features Alice Krige and Tim McInnerny.

Essential Opinion: Shared Rooms

Shared Rooms explores the meaning of home and family through three interrelated stories of gay men finding connections during the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day – a married couple who take in a teenage relative who was kicked out of his home after his parents discovered he was gay; a pair of roommates forced to share a bed for the week, much to the delight (and horror) of the one harboring a secret crush on the other; and two men looking for a quick hookup who end up finding a much stronger connection.

Undertow

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Undertow (Contracorriente)

Released in 2009 and directed by Javier Fuentes-León, Undertow is about a ghost story revolving around a Peruvian fisherman and his secret love affair. The film won a number of awards at film festivals, including Outstanding Artistic Achievement at the L.A. Outfest. Shot in Cabo Blanco and El Alto in Peru, the film features actors Cristian Mercado, Tatiana Astengo and Manolo Cardona.

The Raspberry Reich

Gay Essential Films To Watch, The Raspberry Reich

The Raspberry Reich, an erotic satire by Canadian writer and director Bruce LaBruce, was filmed in Germany in 2004. It tells the story of a group of aspiring homosexual left-wing revolutionaries and their unsuccessful attempts to overthrow the heterosexual bourgeoisie, and stars Susanne Sachsse, Andreas Rupprecht, Daniel Bätscher, and Anton Dickson.

Hard

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Hard

Hard is a 1998 film shot and set in Los Angeles, directed by John Huckert and written by Huckert and John Matowski. It stars Noel Palomaria as a rookie homicide cop and Malcolm Moorman as the gay serial killer he’s tracking down—and inadvertently comes very close to.

Summer Storm

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Summer Storm (Sommersturm)

Released in 2004 and directed by Marco Kreuzpaintner, Summer Storm is a coming-of-age story centred around two boys in a rowing club. The film won awards at the Milan International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival and Munich Film Festival. Shot in Bavaria and Westphalia, the film features actors Robert Stadlober and Kostja Ullmann.

Strange Fruit

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Strange Fruit

Strange Fruit is a 2004 film by writer and director Kyle Schickner, set in the Louisiana bayou. With star performances by Kent Faulcon, Berlinda Tolbert, and David Raibon, it follows a black, gay attorney who returns to his hometown to investigate a murder.

Taekwondo

Film Review: Taekwondo at BFI London Film Festival

My first acquaintance with Argentinian filmmaker Marco Berger goes back to spring 2014 when his exquisitely understated gay romance Hawaii screened at the BFI Flare, London LGBT Film Festival. Fair warning: if you’ve seen that film and found the whole “will they/won’t they” tension a bit frustrating, you might have a hard time stomaching Taekwondo’s incredibly protracted relationship tease. Berger in fact reprises the same kind of core tension in this newest effort, albeit the story and the whole context that feed such tension are rather different.

River Made to Drown In

Gay Essential Films To Watch, River Made to Drown In

River Made to Drown In is a 1997 film by director James Merendino and writer Paul Marius, set and shot in Hollywood, California. It tells the story of a young man who was once a hustler, of a john who brings up the past for him, and the search for another young man. It stars Michael Imperioli, Richard Chamberlain, Ute Lempter, and James Duval.

C.O.G.

Essential Opinion: C.O.G.

Jonathan Groff stars in this 2013 indie based on a short story of the same name by humorist David Sedaris. In the film, David, a privileged, Yale-educated young man who flees what many would consider to be a good life in New York for an off-the-grid “change of pace” (and a new name) in a small blue-collar factory town in Oregon.