The rural setting of this coming of age tale may initially remind viewers of the similarly rugged Yorkshire backdrops of God’s Own Country, one of last year’s standout LGBT films. But the Peruvian landscape hides an intolerant undercurrent, with these rural villages populated entirely by townsfolk with reactionary and religiously motivated attitudes towards same sex relationships.
This 1991 British film is based on Christopher Marlowe’s play, Edward II, and focuses on the passionate love Edward II of England had for a nobleman of Gascon origin. Directed by Derek Jarman, the historical tragedy stars Steven Waddington and Andrew Tiernan and features Tilda Swinton, Dudley Sutton and John Lynch.
Just over ten years ago, Polish filmmaker Alina Skrzeszewska moved to a hotel near Skid Row, America’s infamous “homeless capital” located on the outskirts of central Los Angeles. Despite only spending a year living in the neighbourhood, it’s had a significant impact on her life – and she’s returned there once again to make yet another documentary following the citizens caught living on the streets just blocks away from luxurious skyscrapers.
This Canadian drama film was directed by Rodrigue Jean and premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. Released in 2014, Love In The Time Of Civil War (L’Amour au temps de la guerre civile) follows the life and struggles of a young addict who works on the streets of Montreal. The motion picture stars Alexandre Landry and Jean-Simon Leduc.
As the Winter Olympics grip the world, countless headlines have been written about the fact that this year saw the first openly gay Winter Olympians on the podium winning medals. However, they’re far from the first LGBT athletes to take home prizes – as James Erskine’s documentary The Ice King points out, John Curry took home a gold medal for figure skating in an era when homosexuality was barely legal.
A touching drama from director and editor Michelle Clay, Better Half is the story of two gay men, Tony and Leo, who are happily in love and preparing for marriage. However, when an infant is abandoned at the hospital where Tony works, they begin to embrace the notion of family. Released in 2015 the motion picture stars Jaimie Fauth, Grant Landry and Avie Weber.
Mike Roma’s assured directorial debut is primarily a family drama, where a mother and son’s relationship is contrasted with their online dating accounts – something he manages to make visually exciting, with very few scenes of characters staring at their phones. Dating My Mother is a charming and instantaneously likeable character comedy.