Dome Karukoski’s latest film, Tom of Finland, is a moving biopic of decorated war hero, art director, and illustrator, Touko Laaksonen. Known for his sexually liberating drawings of muscular gay men, each signed “Tom of Finland,” Touko Laaksonen courageously sparked a leather-clad LGBT revolution with the playful stroke of his pencil.
Grid is a delicate piece of filmmaking set in the mid 80s during the AIDS crisis, back when doctors were still trying to figure out what the horrible virus was all about. Yet the stigma plaguing gay men as much as the disease itself had already started to get them ostracized by society. Albeit fictional, the short film is inspired by true stories that Hastings researched thoroughly
I was thinking about making a more universal coming of age story that explored sexual awakening but ultimately the story for me is a lot about coming to terms with grief and loss. I thought that aspect of losing someone important to you was an element that everyone could relate to one way or another.
“Having gay characters didn’t seem strange to me. What did end up being strange was having to fight for them. I had to fight for the characters’ sexualities right through the whole process of writing and financing. There were lots of people who wanted to make some of the boys into straight girls or take the boys’ sexuality out of the film.”
Shared Rooms is the eighth feature out of Guest House Films, but the first with multiple storylines. “We had a lot of ideas,” Williams continues about the development of Shared Rooms. “I wasn’t quite sure where I was going to go with them or what I wanted to do with them, but then it just hit me — let’s follow the Love Actually model and have a holiday film with these different storylines that are separate but then it all comes together at the end.”
A film about love, laughter, and the evolution of what it means to be family, Daddy is garnering applause from audiences worldwide. The film shares the story of Colin McCormack, a successful television journalist who figures he has everything he could ever want in life. That is, until a bright young intern starts working at Colin’s TV station…and works his way into Colin’s heart.
“I’m not Muslim,” explains the director. “To prepare to write the film, I went to mosques, interviewed Muslim friends and acquaintances, and did as much traditional research as possible to get to know the characters’ culture. I’m particularly indebted to Karen Armstrong’s Muhammad: a Prophet for Our Time and the UK’s Channel 4 documentary Gay Muslims.”
Queering Yoga is a feature-length documentary about the Queer and Trans yoga movement for healing, self-acceptance, self-discovery, and empowerment. The documentary explores the intersection of Queer/Trans identities and the burgeoning tradition of yoga. Participants share their stories of personal transformation and healing through yoga. Queer/Trans filmmakers along with Queer and/or Trans yoga teachers are creating a film about our community, by the community and for it.
Born and raised in a small town in rural Texas, Korean-American filmmaker Josh Kim took a rather unusual path into gay themed filmmaking. His hometown had no gay bars, no gay hot spots, and no gay culture. In fact, Kim cites a part time job he once held at Blockbuster, a now dying chain of retail video rental houses, as the first place he learned about all things gay.
Starring Jonny Labey, Daniel Brocklebank, Suzanne Collins, and Craig Stein, Soft Lad is an intriguing tale of lust and betrayal that grabs the audience from the opening scenes. David (Labey) is having an affair with his sister’s husband, Jules (Brocklebank). Meanwhile, David’s sister Jane (Collins) is blissfully unaware of the betrayal crafted by her brother and husband – a betrayal that has life-altering consequences for everyone involved.