The Pearl of Africa is very topical in presenting this personal story of the life of a transgendered individual at a time when they’re continuing to gain visibility all over the world and demanding a spot at society’s proverbial table.
Directed and produced by David Weissman, We Were Here was released in 2011 at the Sundance Film Festival. The documentary dissects the San Francisco AIDS epidemic, as well as a series of interviews with both sufferers and crisis staff. Co-directed by Bill Weber, the film stars Ed Wolf (as himself) and features Guy Clark, Eileen Glutzer and Daniel Goldstein.
“The Fabulous Allan Carr tells Allan’s story,” Jeffrey Schwarz explains. “But it’s also a social history of gay life from the 50s when little gay boys would channel their obsessions through movies and would worship glamorous movie queens through the 70s when people started coming out of the closet through the 80s when AIDS came along and ruined the party for everyone. That’s sort of the backdrop of Allan’s story.”
It’s not every day that you see a gay-themed horror film, particularly not one which is expressly ravishing and has stunning cinematography. Although there is plenty of homosexual subtext in some of the greatest horror classics, and even in the more recently produced sequels, having a slow-burning thriller which keeps you on the edge of your seat and is also centered on gay men is a rather new and lavishly entertaining addition on the big screen.
This 2005 film Côte d’Azur (Crustacés et Coquillages) was directed by Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau and follows the juicy summer vacation of an eccentric, morally bankrupt family. Starring Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi, Jean-Marc Barr and Gilbert Melki, the French sex comedy was also co-written by the two directors.
Released at the Locarno International Film Festival in 2010, Man At Bath (Homme au bain) is an experimental French film that follows the controversial love story between two gay men. Starring porn actor François Sagat and Omar Ben Sellem, the movie was written and directed by Christopher Honoré and also features singer and actress Chiara Mastroianni.
Most of the members of Check It are estranged from their families or have otherwise disadvantageous home lives. A lot of them are homeless and many of them turn to prostitution in order to pay rent, eat or just survive. But what else are they supposed to do? When they get kicked out of their homes as young teenagers simply for being different and/or kicked out of school at an even younger age because of perceived behavioral problems, what other recourse do these undereducated black LGBT teenagers have?
Genre-defying 2008 Korean feature Antique, directed by acclaimed Kyu-dong Min and based on the manga of Antique Bakery, is a twisted and genre-blending number. Protagonist Kim Jin-hyeok (Ji-hun Ju) opens a bakery thinking it will land him more dates with girls, but in a whirlwind, falls for the baker he hires Min Seon-woo (Jae-wook Kim).