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.”

burnt money

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Burnt Money (Plata Quemada)

Burnt Money was released in 2001. Based on a true story and adapted from the prize-winning novel ‘Plata Quemada’ by Ricardo Piglia. The screenplay writers were Marcelo Figueras and Director Marcelo Pineyro. Shot in Montevideo, Uruguay and Buenos Aires, the film won Best Screenplay at Argentinean Film Critics Association Awards amongst others. The film stars Eduardo Noriega, Leonardo Sbaraglia and Pablo Echarri.

Real Boy

Gay Essential Documentaries To Watch, Real Boy

This is a type of documentary film about the life and struggles of a young transgender musician. Released in 2016, Shaleece Haas is both the director and cinematographer of Real Boy. The coming-of-age film also features music by William Ryan Fritch and focuses on coming to terms with your gender identity.

Poppy Goes To Hollywood

Essential Opinion: Poppy Goes To Hollywood (ប៉ុបពីទៅហូលីវ៉ូត)

Mixing humor with music, Poppy Goes To Hollywood is an excellently choreographed comedy about the issues transgendered people face every day in third-world countries and it is the first LGBT-themed film in Cambodia (and one that garnered a majorly positive reaction, at that!). If you’re prepared for stoic, stodgy movie about social injustice then you will be disappointed. This is as light-hearted as one can get when discussing far-reaching matters like prejudice, bigotry and crime. But it works – Visal’s film is rich, engaging, refreshing and a genuine pleasure to watch.

But I’m A Cheerleader

Gay Essential Films To Watch, But I’m A Cheerleader

A classic satire in gay cinema, But I’m A Cheerleader is a feature film which was released in 1999. Written by Brian Wayne Peterson and directed by Jamie Babbit, the romantic comedy follows the story of a young lesbian cheerleader who is sent by her parents to conversion therapy. The film stars Natasha Lyonne and features Michelle Williams, Clea DuVall and RuPaul among many others.


Gay Essential Films To Watch, Bent

Bent was released in 1997 and won awards at Cannes Film Festival. Gijon International Film Festival and Torino International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. The film screen play was written by Martin Sherman adapted from his play. Directed by Sean Mathias, the star filled cast included Lothaire Bluteau, Clive Owen, Mick Jagger, Jude Law and Ian McKellen. Filing took place in Ayrshire, Scotland and Tring, UK.

52 Tuesdays

Gay Essential Films To Watch, 52 Tuesdays

This Australian drama was released in 2013 and tells the story of a transgender mother and her young daughter. Starring Tilda Cobham-Hervey and Del Herbert-Jane, 52 Tuesdays is the directorial debut of Sophie Hyde and was filmed during one day every week for an entire year.

Hello Again

Essential Opinion: Hello Again

For his third feature length effort, director Tom Gustafson has made the ambitious decision to adapt acclaimed off-Broadway musical Hello Again for the big screen. Michael John LaChiusa’s rapturously received stage production details several different romantic encounters, across a 100 year period, all linked together via thematically recurring details in the lyrics and dialogue between the different partners.

Radiant Sea

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Radiant Sea (Lichtes Meer)

Released in 2015, Radiant Sea (Lichtes Meer) was written by Jan Künemund and Stefan Butzmühlen and is based on a novel entitled An Iceland Fisherman, by French author Pierre Loti. The film follows the story of a trainee on a freighter. Starring Martin Sznur, Jules Sagot and Katharina Melchior, the motion picture was directed by Stefan Butzmühlen.

Princess Cyd

Essential Opinion: Princess Cyd

Have you ever experienced a quiet, selfless moment of peace with someone you care about that seems boundless and out-of-this-world? Not that neurotic kind of affection that we call love, but rather a warm space that needs nothing and gracefully offers everything to the other person. If you have, Stephen Cone’s brilliant 2017 drama film will remind you of what that feels like. If you haven’t, you’ll be dying to re-watch Princess Cyd just so you can get another glimpse of this unique and humbling feeling.

Hurricane Bianca

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Hurricane Bianca

A teacher fired for his sexual orientation seeks legitimacy when he returns to school as a woman and serve up some lessons to the community. Released in 2016, Hurricane Bianca is directed by Matt Kugelman and stars, Roy Haylock, Rachel Dratch and Bianca Leigh.

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