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Essential Opinion: Unzipped

Released in 1995 Unzipped is a smart, balanced and light-hearted look into the designer world of 90s’ America, not concerned with judging the lifestyle but also refrained from romanticizing it. Directed by Douglas Keeve the documentary features Isaac Mizrahi, Roseanne Barr and Sandra Bernhard.

Evening Shadows

Film Review: Evening Shadows at Mardi Gras Film Festival

Homosexuality is a taboo subject in India, with Sridhar Rangayan’s gay-themed films only receiving acclaim outside of his home country – where he is still more known as a human rights activist than a director. Evening Shadows feels like the film that could change that.

Valentino: The Last Emperor

Essential Opinion – Valentino: The Last Emperor

There are many icons of haute couture, but only one that can leave such a piercing mark on your psyche and wittingly convince you that you have intimately witnessed the work of a master. Valentino: The Last Emperor is not a hyperbolic, overrated or tacky documentary of passing trends like many others, but rather a unique, abiding and eye-opening glance at the boisterous life of a legendary fashion designer who vehemently seeks pleasure only to be disappointed by its fleeting and faulty nature.

Yves Saint Laurent

Essential Opinion: Yves Saint Laurent

The performances from the entire ensemble cast are what help elevate director Jalil Lespert’s biopic Yves Saint Laurent; Lespert aims to document the highs and lows of the fashion designer’s personal and professional lives between the late fifties and mid-seventies, and its the strengths of the performances that make covering such a sizeable time period feel palatable.

Essential Opinion: Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes For Lizards

Essential Opinion: Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes For Lizards

In the fashion world, the name Manolo instantly brings to mind a plethora of cutting edge shoe designs from close to fifty years of fashion. With a net worth of approximately $200 million, Manolo Blahnik is undoubtably one of the richest, most influential figures in the fashion world.

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.

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.

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.

Saturday Church

Essential Opinion: Saturday Church

Ulysses is a quiet and infinitely shy teenager, a sensitive soul who doesn’t fit in with his peers, and feels increasingly like an outcast as he progresses through his formative high school years. Due to being born with effeminate features, he’s the subject of casual bullying without even opening his mouth, as well as being treated with suspicion by members of his own, deeply religious family.

The Essential Link - The Story of Wilfrid Israel

Film Review: The Essential Link – The Story of Wilfrid Israel at UK International Jewish Film Festival

Wilfrid Israel himself was an openly gay, socialist, Jewish businessman who knew that his time in Germany was limited, so took it upon himself to help save as many people in the Jewish community as possible before events began to take a turn more horrifying than Kristallnacht.

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