Good Manners

Film Review: Good Manners (As Boas Maneiras) at BFI Flare

It’s fairly easy to say that you’ve never seen a film quite like Good Manners. This Brazilian odyssey mixes elements of comedy, fantasy, horror and dark drama to tell a story that continually subverts expectations. It’s also made with a resonant sense of emotional depth that gets under the skin, so the story and characters become more involving as the movie gets increasingly bizarre.

Dating My Mother

Dating My Mother, Gay Essential Talks To Mike Roma

After creating the web series known as Danny The Manny, a series about a gay male living in Hollywood trying to juggle life as a babysitter and a struggling actor, director Mike Roma has re-collaborated with the star of his show, Patrick Reilly, to make the innovative yet heartfelt dramedy Dating My Mother which is Roma’s feature film debut.

A Home at the End of the World

Gay Essential Films To Watch, A Home at the End of the World

A Home at the End of the World was released in 2004. Written by Pulitzer-Prize winning author Michael Cunningham and adapted by him from his novel for the film, it was directed by Michael Mayer. Shot in New York, Arizona and Canada the film starred Colin Farrell, Dallas Roberts and Robin Wright. The film won an award for excellence in filmmaking at National Board of Review USA 2004.

The Misandrists

Gay Essential Films To Watch, The Misandrists

Written and directed by Bruce La Bruce, Two schoolgirls find an injured revolutionary soldier in the woods, and take him to the basement of the country house where they stay – which is the home of a lesbian terrorist cell. The Misandrists released in 2017 stars Susanne Sachße, Viva Ruiz and Kembra Pfahler

Sidney & Friends

Film Review: Sidney & Friends at BFI Flare

Prejudice, discrimination and hatred do not have to lead to loss of innocence and bitterness. This is what Sidney & Friends sublimely showcases in its exquisite seventy-five minutes – a riveting, but peaceful and vulnerable account of what it means to be transgender and intersex in the crude social climate of Kenya’s capital, Nairobi.

The Happy Prince

Film Review: The Happy Prince at BFI Flare

For his writing-directing debut, actor Rupert Everett ambitiously recreates the final three years of Oscar Wilde’s life in a swirling, artistic odyssey. Everett has a lifelong interest in Wilde, including roles in films based on Wilde’s work and a series of TV documentary explorations of homosexuality in Victorian Britain. So in many ways The Happy Prince feels like the culmination of Everett’s life’s work.

Disobedience

Essential Opinion: Disobedience

Chilean filmmaker Sebastián Lelio has quickly grown to become a major figure in world cinema, with his most internationally acclaimed titles empathetically depicting the emotional struggles of women who don’t fit into perceived societal norms. There’s no wonder he’s been labelled by many as a successor to Spanish director Pedro Almodovar, and his English language debut Disobedience only furthers that comparison.

The Kids Are Alright

Gay Essential Films To Watch, The Kids Are All Right

The Kids Are All Right is a comedy-drama film which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2010. Written by Stuart Blumberg and Lisa Cholodenko and directed by the latter, the American motion picture follows the life of a same-sex couple and the ups and downs of their long-term relationship. The film stars Julianne Moore and Annette Bening.

Malila: The Farewell Flower

Film Review – Malila: The Farewell Flower at BFI Flare

Riveting and sincere, Anucha Boonyawatana’s powerful feature film bluntly, but calmly reminds us of the inescapable reality of death. From its roots as a chilling, complex concept to its nitty-gritty manifestation as a decaying, irrepressible force in the universe, Malila: The Farewell Flower looks at death from a variety of enlightening perspectives.

Freak Show

Film Review: Freak Show at BFI Flare

Wearing its queer credentials on its brightly coloured, ruffled sleeve, this flamboyant drama delivers a remarkably steely message about identity. It may be archly made by first-time feature director Trudie Styler (aka Mrs Sting), but it’s also beautifully anchored in another richly detailed, deeply committed performance from Alex Lawther.

Russian Doll

Russian Doll, Gay Essential Talks To Ed Gaffney

The family of director Ed Gaffney has been the foundation of his filmography since he has collaborated with them on each of his projects. His latest feature with them, Russian Doll, is edgy and ventures to some dark places. It is a noir thriller depicting a web of intrigue that will have you gasping by the very end. The film stars Gaffney’s two children, Jason T. Gaffney and Melanie Brockmann Gaffney, with Jason playing the main antagonist and Melanie playing the detective on his trail.

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