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Freak Show

Film Review: Freak Show at BFI Flare

Wearing its queer credentials on its brightly coloured, ruffled sleeve, this flamboyant drama delivers a remarkably steely message about identity. It may be archly made by first-time feature director Trudie Styler (aka Mrs Sting), but it’s also beautifully anchored in another richly detailed, deeply committed performance from Alex Lawther.

The Hours

Gay Essential Films To Watch, The Hours

This British-American motion picture is based on Michael Cunningham’s novel of the same title and follows the life of renowned writer Virginia Woolf. Starring Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep and Julianne Moore, The Hours was released in 2003 in the United Kingdom. The drama film was directed by Stephen Daldry and its screenplay was created by David Hare.

My Own Private Hell

Film Review: My Own Private Hell (Inferninho) at BFI Flare

Narrative is not needed to create an enthralling, one-of-a-kind story that keeps you glued to your screen. This is what Pedro Diogenes and Guto Parente’s mesmerizing feature film proves without a shadow of a doubt. My Own Private Hell (Inferninho) is a deliciously strange and visually stunning motion picture that oscillates between drama and impressively well-executed dark humor.

Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex Fashion & Disco

Film Review: Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex Fashion & Disco at BFI Flare

Antonio Lopez was one of the most influential people in the fashion world, although almost no one outside it has heard of him. And this documentary is designed to set the record straight, as it were. It’s a lively, skilfully assembled portrait of a vibrant artist whose life and work made an indelible mark not just within fashion circles but in pop culture at large.

The Killing Of Sister George

Gay Essential Films To Watch, The Killing Of Sister George

Released in 1968, The Killing Of Sister George is a drama film directed by Robert Aldrich. Based on British writer Frank Marcus’ play with the same title, the motion picture centers on the dying television career of a lesbian woman. The film stars Beryl Reid, Susannah York and Patricia Medina.

The Marriage

Essential Opinion: The Marriage (Martesa)

Homosexuality is slowly growing out of its reputation as a taboo topic with Blerta Zeqiri’s ingenious Kosovar masterpiece, The Marriage. Centered on the love story and companionship of two estranged soul mates, the motion picture sheds light on the secrecy, isolation and self-deception LGBT people experience in an attempt to conceal their sexual orientation.

Heavenly Creatures

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Heavenly Creatures

Released in 1994, Heavenly Creatures is a psychological drama which is based on the true story of Pauline Parker and Juliet Hume, two teenage girls who are separated and murder the former’s mother. Starring Melanie Lynskey and Kate Winslet, the crime film was directed and co-written by Peter Jackson.

Nobody's Watching

Film Review: Nobody’s Watching (Nadie Nos Mira) at Melbourne Queer Film Festival

Lies, shame and alienation are at the heart of Julia Solomonoff’s seductively tragic Nobody’s Watching, a tale of two identities which confronts the shortcomings of immigration policies head-on. Exposing the tantalizing brutality of iconic cities and the hostility of cliques and Procrustean social norms, the motion picture presents an unparalleled depiction of the Big Apple and its cutthroat nature.

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