Directed by Christophe Honoré, Closer to Leo (Tout contre Léo) is a French coming of age drama made for television, about two brothers as their relationship is changed as the older one is diagnosed as HIV positive. The film stars Yaniss Lespert, Pierre Mignard and Marie Bunel.
The Sum of Us was directed by Geoff Burton and Kevin Dowling. A screen adaptation of the play of the same name, it was released in 1994 and won several Australian Film Institute Awards, The film is both set and shot in Sydney Australia and stars Jack Thompson and Russell Crowe as father and son Harry and Jeff Mitchell.
Directed by Hans Petter Moland, In Order of Disappearance (Kraftidioten) is a Norwegian crime thriller released in 2014. After his son is accidentally killed, honourable citizen Nils goes on a quest for revenge, and in doing so, ignites a war between two criminal enterprises. The film stars Stellan Skarsgård, Bruno Ganz and Pål Sverre Hagen.
LadLad is the world’s first LGBT political party. Established and based in the Philippines, the party ran two unsuccessful campaigns for seats in their Congress – the first in 2010 and the second in 2013. That 2013 campaign is the subject of the 2016 documentary Out Run, which chronicles an entire year leading up to that election.
Released in 2002, Far From Heaven was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe. The film won a number of awards including the Black Reel Awards, Bodil Awards and Boston Society of Film Critics. Written and directed by Todd Haynes, Far From Heaven stars Julianne Moore, Dennis Quaid and Dennis Haysbert. The film was mainly shot in New Jersey and also in New York.
The documentary, titled Forbidden: Undocumented and Queer in Rural America, puts a lot of the politics behind the ongoing immigration debate aside to give us a personal take on what it’s like living in the United States under the constant threat of deportation – all the while trying to pursue the American Dream it has promised despite the road blocks that come with being undocumented.
Released at the San Francisco International Film Festival, Rag Tag is a British-Nigerian motion picture that follows the lives of two childhood friends who are coercively separated by Social Services. The drama film premiered in 2006, was written and directed by Adaora Nwandu and stars Adedamola Adelaja and Daniel Parsons.
Released in 2009 and directed by Marco Berger, Plan B is about a plan for revenge as a man who has been dumped runs into doubts about his own sexuality. The film was nominated for a Golden Marc’Aurelio award at the Rome Film Fest. Shot in Buenos Aires, the film features actors Manuel Vignau, Lucas Ferraro and Mercedes Quinteros.
Life is a puzzle that’s not meant to be solved, just experienced. The same is true of Hunter Lee Hughes’ ingenious feature film, Guys Reading Poems – a majestic, all-embracing account of how a vulnerable young boy learns to glibly mold his childhood suffering into art, tenderness and creative literature.