The Cockettes

Gay Essential Documentaries To Watch, The Cockettes

Released in 2002, The Cockettes is a documentary about the kaleidoscopic theatre group organized by Hibiscus in the late 1960s. The film is set in San Francisco and was directed by David Weissman and Bill Weber. Following the rise and fall of the illustrious Cockettes, the motion picture stars Peggy Cass, Larry Brinkin, Jackie Curtis and Dusty Dawn.

Seat In Shadow

Film Review: Seat In Shadow at BFI Flare

Life is one hallucinatory experience after another for psychotherapist and avant-garde artist Albert (David Sillars). Creating dubious art pieces by day and sporadically working as a psychotherapist to help a friend in need, the man forms an odd, but intriguing relationship with his newest patient.

Japan Japan

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Japan Japan

Imri Khan is front and centre in the Israeli-Berliner director Lior Shamriz’s 2007 film, Japan Japan. The protagonist, who is played by the actor of the same name, is an introspective young man who is refining his dream of moving to Japan from Tel Aviv, and the audience bears witness to the series of encounters that shifts his international whims.


Essential Opinion: Bwoy

Released in 2016, Bwoy delves into deep-seated issues concerning intimacy, race, identity and trust in what seems to be a relevant cautionary tale about the tangled distortions involved in today’s online dating world. Directed by John G. Young the film stars Anthony Rapp, De’Adre Aziza and Jimmy Brooks.

Saturn Returns

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Saturn Returns

Released in 2009, in Saturn Returns director Lior Shamriz has created a work that blends a Punk subculture documentary with slice-of-life melodrama. The piece stars Chloe Griffin as an American who has turned a Berlin rocker named Lucy, Joshua Bogle as her best friend Derek, and Tal Meiri as Galia, the enchanting woman who opens the wandering souls to a quieter and clearer way of living.


Film Review: Heartland at BFI Flare

When an opinionated lesbian artist moves back home with her conservative homophobic mother, it’s bound to spell trouble. Add in the turbulence of life lost, family dynamics, and matters of the heart and you’ve got yourself quite the rodeo (if we can borrow the Oklahoma cliché).

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