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Gay Essential Films To Watch, High Art

Lisa Cholodenko’s charming feature film debut High Art released in 1998, stars Radha Mitchell as Syd, a scrappy, lowly intern at a photography magazine, who is pulled into the hedonistic orbit of her intriguing neighbour Lucy, who happens to be a well-reputed photographer (played by Ally Sheedy). The 101-minute film grossed just under $2 million at the box office during the year of its release.

I Love You Phillip Morris

Gay Essential Films To Watch, I Love You Phillip Morris

Released in 2009 and directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Recqua, I Love You Phillip Morris is about a con man who falls in love with a fellow prisoner and the lengths he’ll go to stay together. The film was nominated for multiple awards, and won the GLAAD Media award for Outstanding Film – Limited Release. Shot in multiple locations in the USA, the film features actors Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor.

Scenes From a Gay Marriage

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Scenes From a Gay Marriage

Released in 2012, Scenes From a Gay Marriage is a romantic comedy directed, written by, and starring Matt Riddlehoover. Darren is newly single, drifting about life, and aimless. He discovers, after moving into his new apartment, that he can hear the titillating conversations of the amorous gay couple upstairs through the air vents. The film stars Thashana McQuiston, Jared Allman and Carson Nicely.


Gay Essential Films To Watch, Jitters (Órói)

An Icelandic coming of age drama written and directed by Baldvin Zophoníasson, Jitters (Órói) is the story of a teenage boy who questions his sexual identity when he comes home to his native Iceland. The film stars Atli Oskar Fjalarsson, Ilva Holmes and Gísli Örn Garðarsson.


Essential Opinion: Ekaj

Ekaj is a gritty 2015 film about a young runaway who escapes a disadvantageous situation at home — for a disadvantageous situation on the streets of New York. Ekaj is a skinny, strikingly pretty young man with soft features who doesn’t necessarily dress as a female but is often mistaken for one and therefore presents himself more femininely than not.

The Ways of Man

Gay Essential Films To Watch, The Ways of Man (Tots els camins de Déu)

Released in 2014 and directed by Gemma Ferraté, The Ways of Man (Tots els camins de Déu) depicts a chance meeting of two strangers in a secluded forest. A modern twist on the biblical tale of Judas, the film stars Marc Garcia Coté, Oriol Pla and Jan Cornet.

Closer to Leo

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Closer to Leo (Tout Contre Léo)

Directed by Christophe Honoré, Closer to Leo (Tout contre Léo) is a French coming of age drama made for television, about two brothers as their relationship is changed as the older one is diagnosed as HIV positive. The film stars Yaniss Lespert, Pierre Mignard and Marie Bunel.

The Sum Of Us

Gay Essential Films To Watch, The Sum of Us

The Sum of Us was directed by Geoff Burton and Kevin Dowling. A screen adaptation of the play of the same name, it was released in 1994 and won several Australian Film Institute Awards, The film is both set and shot in Sydney Australia and stars Jack Thompson and Russell Crowe as father and son Harry and Jeff Mitchell.

In Order of Disappearance

Gay Essential Films To Watch, In Order of Disappearance (Kraftidioten)

Directed by Hans Petter Moland, In Order of Disappearance (Kraftidioten) is a Norwegian crime thriller released in 2014. After his son is accidentally killed, honourable citizen Nils goes on a quest for revenge, and in doing so, ignites a war between two criminal enterprises. The film stars Stellan Skarsgård, Bruno Ganz and Pål Sverre Hagen.

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