Rift

Rift, Gay Essential Talks To Erlingur Thoroddsen

“I’ve been a fan of horror since I was very young,” recalls Erlinger Óttar Thoroddsen, director of the Icelandic horror film, Rift. “I remember being six or seven years old, being at the video store and browsing the horror section. I wasn’t allowed to rent those movies, so I’d make up stories in my mind of what they were about based on the cover art.”

The KAOS Brief

Essential Opinion: The KAOS Brief

What begins as a hactivist message quickly diverges into a clever found footage film shot with phones, security cameras, and a few DJI quadcopter drones. Drew Lipson plays Skyler, a social media-obsessed vlogger who broadcasts his daily life to his thousands of subscribers on his YouTube channel. Skyler and his partner Corey decide to kick off their spring break on a brief camping excursion with Skyler’s twin sister Dakota and her boyfriend Tren, setting up the perfect opportunity for a variety of new vlog entries, as well as a relaxing and fun getaway.

A Very Sordid Wedding

Essential Opinion: A Very Sordid Wedding

Taking place in a small Texas town, A Very Sordid Wedding is set less than a month after marriage equality becomes the law of the land across the USA. As the small town church prepares to hold an anti-equality rally, Latrell (Bonnie Bedelia), the mother of a recently married gay son, takes it in to her own hands to protest this backward event.

Matthew Shepard

Matthew Shepard Let Us Not Be Afraid

In 2009, President Barack Obama signed into law the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, with Matthew’s mother, Judy Shepard, at his side. The legislation was an expansion on the existing hate crimes law, granting added protection from crimes against a person on the basis of his or her gender, sexual orientation, and gender identity. The law was signed almost exactly 11 years after Matthew Shepard died. 3 Presidential terms, 6 Congresses, and 11 long years.

Cut Snake

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Cut Snake

This thriller was released in 2014 and first premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. Directed by Tony Ayres, the Australian film focuses on the life of an ex-convict who is looking to completely turn his life around. Cut Snake stars Alex Russell and Sullivan Stapleton.

B&B

Essential Opinion: B&B

There’s countless LGBT horror flicks out there, but few of them can really master the subtleties and sublime terror you find in a Hitchcock classic. B&B is part of these playful, but fierce exceptions. Poking fun at some of our most beloved thriller tropes, writer and director Joe Ahearne has crafted a half-satire, half-horror film brimming with suspense, humor and unforgettable plot twists. Fair warning: although B&B isn’t for the uninitiated, you shouldn’t go into it as a horror connoisseur, but rather as a movie buff looking for a thrill.

Kept Boy

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Kept Boy

Released in 2017, Kept Boy is the sophomore feature from director George Bamber, adapted from the novel of the same name by Robert Rodi. The film tells the story of an interior designer, whose long standing relationship is hitting the rocks. The film stars Jon Paul Phillips, Thure Riefenstein and Greg Audino.

Heartstone

Essential Opinion: Heartstone (Hjartasteinn)

With remarkable simplicity, but also depth and sensibility, Heartstone is an impeccably executed debut feature from the talented Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson and a must-see for anyone, gay or straight, that has ever known or experienced intolerance and the struggle of riotous adolescent years.

The Object Of My Affection

Gay Essential Films To Watch, The Object Of My Affection

Released in 1998, in The Object of My Affection a pre-school teacher is dumped by his long-term boyfriend and rents a room from a woman he meets at a dinner party. Things become complicated when she discovers her pregnancy. Directed by Nicholas Hytner, the film stars Jennifer Aniston, Paul Rudd and Alan Alda.

Chavela

Film Review: Chavela at Outfest

Chavela Vargas is a name that you may not be familiar with – but after seeing Chavela, the stunning new documentary from co-directors Catherine Gund and Daresha Kyi, the name of this Mexican musical icon will be hard to forget.

Stonewall

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Stonewall

A fictionalised account of the riots in 1969 New York, which started the gay liberation movement in the US, Stonewall is the coming of age tale of a small town boy who flees to the big city searching for hope and identity and becomes part of a historical moment. Directed by openly gay filmmaker Roland Emmerich, the film was written by Pulitzer-nominated playwright and screenwriter John Robin Baitz and stars Jeremy Irvine, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Jonny Beauchamp.

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