Gay Essential Films To Watch, Brotherhood (Broderskab)

Brotherhood (Broderskab) is a Danish-language romantic drama directed by Nicolo Donato. The 2010 release describes the formation of a tumultuous and threatened relationship between a former Danish serviceman, and neo-Nazi group recruit. The film stars Thure Lindhardt, David Dencik and Morten Holst.

La Cage Aux Folles

Gay Essential Films To Watch, La Cage Aux Folles

Released in 1978 La Cage aux Folles was co-written and directed by Edouard Molinaro. Nominated for an Academy Award, the film won Best Foreign Film at the Golden Globes, with Best Actor going to Michel Serrault at the Cesar Awards. Shot in location in Rome, Saint Tropez, France and the French Riviera, Ugo Tognazzi and Claire Maurier also star. The film is an adaptation of the 1973 play by Jean Poiret.

Gay Essential Films To Watch, High Art

Lisa Cholodenko’s charming feature film debut High Art released in 1998, stars Radha Mitchell as Syd, a scrappy, lowly intern at a photography magazine, who is pulled into the hedonistic orbit of her intriguing neighbour Lucy, who happens to be a well-reputed photographer (played by Ally Sheedy). The 101-minute film grossed just under $2 million at the box office during the year of its release.

Two Soft Things, Two Hard Things

Film Review: Two Soft Things, Two Hard Things at BFI Flare

You’re probably familiar with Pride Toronto and other popular, long-awaited festivals and activities that happen during the summer. But have you ever heard of a gay parade in the Arctic? Well, it just so happens that an unusual pride event in the capital of Canadian Nunavut spurred interest among two filmmakers and was the decisive spark in igniting a desperately needed discussion about LGBTQ rights within the Inuit community.

In Their Room

Gay Essential Documentaries To Watch, In Their Room: London/Berlin/San Francisco

In Their Room is a continuing Travis Mathews endeavour that captures the private thoughts, feelings, and day-to-day activities of a diversity of gay men. The clips are shot in men’s bedrooms in order to create an atmosphere of closeness and intimacy between viewer and subject. The project began in 2009 with the twenty-minute-long In Their Room: San Francisco, followed by In Their Room:Berlin in 2011, and In Their Room: London was released in 2013.

I Love You Phillip Morris

Gay Essential Films To Watch, I Love You Phillip Morris

Released in 2009 and directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Recqua, I Love You Phillip Morris is about a con man who falls in love with a fellow prisoner and the lengths he’ll go to stay together. The film was nominated for multiple awards, and won the GLAAD Media award for Outstanding Film – Limited Release. Shot in multiple locations in the USA, the film features actors Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor.

Tom of Finland

Film Review: Tom of Finland at Tribeca Film Festival

Upon the Centennial celebration of Finland, award-winning filmmaker Dome Karukoski presents a moving biopic of one of the country’s most beloved sons. Tom of Finland is a roughly 115 minute biographical dramatization that aims to reveal the creative genius behind the famous homoerotic illustrations. Shot across 3 different countries, the film presents nearly 50 years of Laaksonen’s life, from his time in the war until his death in 1991.

Scenes From a Gay Marriage

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Scenes From a Gay Marriage

Released in 2012, Scenes From a Gay Marriage is a romantic comedy directed, written by, and starring Matt Riddlehoover. Darren is newly single, drifting about life, and aimless. He discovers, after moving into his new apartment, that he can hear the titillating conversations of the amorous gay couple upstairs through the air vents. The film stars Thashana McQuiston, Jared Allman and Carson Nicely.


Gay Essential Films To Watch, Cabaret

Released in 1972, Cabaret won several awards at the Academy Awards, Golden Globes and BAFTAs with Best Actress awards going to lead actress Liza Minnelli. Directed by Bob Fosse, the film also stars Michael York, Joel Grey and Helmut Grieg.


Gay Essential Films To Watch, Jitters (Órói)

An Icelandic coming of age drama written and directed by Baldvin Zophoníasson, Jitters (Órói) is the story of a teenage boy who questions his sexual identity when he comes home to his native Iceland. The film stars Atli Oskar Fjalarsson, Ilva Holmes and Gísli Örn Garðarsson.


Essential Opinion: Ekaj

Ekaj is a gritty 2015 film about a young runaway who escapes a disadvantageous situation at home — for a disadvantageous situation on the streets of New York. Ekaj is a skinny, strikingly pretty young man with soft features who doesn’t necessarily dress as a female but is often mistaken for one and therefore presents himself more femininely than not.

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