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Essential Opinion: Hooked

Writer/director Max Emerson, a model and Instagram personality with a huge following, has crowdsourced the funds for his debut feature – with the aim of giving 50% of all proceeds to sponsored charities (The Albert Kennedy Trust, The Ali Forney Center, Los Angeles LGBT Centre and Lost n Found) that help homeless LGBTQ youth across America.

In The Grayscale

Gay Essential Films To Watch, In The Grayscale (En la gama de los grises)

Written by Beppe Norero, In The Grayscale is a Chilean drama about Bruno, a father of one who is separated from his wife, and his unexpected romance with tour guide Fer. Released in 2015, the film was directed by Claudio Marcone and stars Francisco Celhay and Emilio Edwards.

The Comedian

Gay Essential Films To Watch, The Comedian

The Comedian is a drama directed and written by Tom Shkolnik that premiered at the BFI London Film Festival in 2012. Starring Edward Hogg and featuring Steven Robertson, Elisa Lasowski and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Shkolnik’s feature film debut follows the struggles of a gay man who starts doubting both his career and life choices.

Boy Culture

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Boy Culture

Released in 2006 and directed by Q. Allan Brocka, Boy Culture is the tale of a male escort and his relationship with his two roommates, as well as a mysterious older man. The film won an award for Best Screenplay at the L.A. Outfest. Shot in Seattle, the film features actors Darryl Stephens, Derek Magyar, and Jonathon Trent.

Different From Whom?

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Different From Whom? (Diverso da chi?)

Directed by Umberto Carteni, Different From Whom? (Diverso da chi?) is an Italian comedy that delves into the struggles of an aspiring gay politician. Released in 2009, the film stars Luca Argentero and Claudia Gerini and also features Filippo Nigro, Francesco Pannofino and Rinaldo Rocco.

A Story Of Yonosuke

Gay Essential Films To Watch, A Story Of Yonosuke (横道世之介)

Released in 2013, A Story Of Yonosuke (横道世之介) is a Japanese film that follows the life and dreams of a young boy who travels to the suburbs of Tokyo and joins a renowned university. Starring Kengo Kôra, the film was directed by Shūichi Okita and based on the homonymous novel by Shuichi Yoshida.

Opening Night

Essential Opinion: Opening Night

Set backstage on the opening night of a new Broadway musical about one hit wonders, Opening Night stars Topher Grace as Nick, the miserable production manager of the show, just about managing to hide his disdain for the production and many of the people involved with it. As the show nears stage time, he struggles with the ego of his leading man, N*Sync’s JC Chasez who he finds out has also slept with his former girlfriend – who just happens to be the understudy to the leading actress.

Before the Fall

Essential Opinion: Before the Fall

In Before the Fall, writer and director Byrum Geisler presents a familiar assortment of rambling, lovestruck characters. Familiar, because Geisler bases his debut feature film off of one of Jane Austen’s most recognizable works, Pride and Prejudice.

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