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Just Charlie

Essential Opinion: Just Charlie

On the surface, Just Charlie is a sensitive and tenderly told story of a transgender girl coming out. Yet the film’s strength doesn’t lie solely within this central character struggle – instead, director Rebekah Fortune’s film draws its power from attempting to empathise with the confusion of Charlie’s family as much as Charlie’s own confused gender identity.

Dog Day Afternoon

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Dog Day Afternoon

This American crime film was produced by Martin Elfand and Martin Bregman and is based on the real-life story of a bank robber from 1970s’ Brooklyn who wanted to raise money for his lover’s sex change procedure. Released in 1975, the drama film Dog Day Afternoon was directed by Sidney Lumet and stars Al Pacino, Charles Durning and John Cazale.

Blue Is The Warmest Colour

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Blue Is the Warmest Colour (La vie d’Adèle)

This 2013 film depicts a coming-of-age story about the raw and hectic relationship between a French teenager and a steamy artist. Starring Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos, the romantic drama was co-produced and directed by Abdellatif Kechiche. Blue Is The Warmest Colour’s (La vie d’Adèle) script was co-written by Ghalia Lacroix and Abdellatif Kechiche.

Even Lovers Get The Blues

Essential Opinion: Even Lovers Get the Blues

In its opening sequence, Even Lovers Get the Blues perfectly sets the stage for the intense exploration of relationships and adultery that follows- a hedonistic montage of several different sex scenes, both joyous and miserable, all climaxing before the film’s title card has even been revealed.

Christopher and His Kind

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Christopher and His Kind

Christopher and His Kind is a BBC television film released in 2011. The screenplay was adapted by Kevin Elyot from Christopher Isherwood’s autobiography of the same title and was produced by Mammoth Screen and directed by Geoffrey Sax. Filmed in Belfast, the film starred Matt Smith, Imogen Poots and Lindsay Duncan. The film was nominated for awards at Royal Television Society, UK and Broadcasting Press Guild Awards.

Pink Narcissus

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Pink Narcissus

This outhouse drama film was released in 1971 under the signature of Anonymous. Following the story of a young gay man who works as an underground drag queen, Pink Narcissus was later revealed in 1999 to belong to American artist James Bidgood. The photographer wrote and directed the motion picture which stars Don Brooks and Bobby Kendall.

Hidden Kisses

Essential Opinion: Hidden Kisses (Baisers cachés)

Gay cinema has had its fair share of coming-out films. But Didier Bivel’s motion picture proves that there is much more left to explore when it comes to generic LGBT themes and that there is room for unique and brilliant storytelling in each of these common queer tropes. Hidden Kisses takes the viewer into a world monopolized by homophobic people whose vitriol and downplayed hatred might not seem representative of today’s society.

Breakfast On Pluto

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Breakfast on Pluto

Filmed in Ireland and England and released in 2005, Breakfast on Pluto was nominated for many awards including a Golden Globe and won awards at Irish Film and Television Awards, Ljubljana International Film Festival and National Board of Review USA. The screenplay was based on the original novel by Patrick McCabe and adapted for film by director Neil Jordan and Pat McCabe. The film stars Cillian Murphy, Ruth Negga, Liam Neeson, Stephen Rea and Brenda Gleeson.


Gay Essential Films To Watch, Teorema

Released in 1968, Theorem is an Italian classic by Pier Paolo Pasolini. Following the story of an upper-class family that is connected to a divine force, the art-house film focuses on a mysterious guest who influences every single person he crosses paths with. Written and directed by Pasolini, the motion picture stars Terrence Stamp and Silvana Mangano.

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