Grid, Gay Essential Talks To David Hastings

Grid is a delicate piece of filmmaking set in the mid 80s during the AIDS crisis, back when doctors were still trying to figure out what the horrible virus was all about. Yet the stigma plaguing gay men as much as the disease itself had already started to get them ostracized by society. Albeit fictional, the short film is inspired by true stories that Hastings researched thoroughly

Were The World Mine

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Were the World Mine

Released in 2008 and directed by Tom Gustafson, Were the World Mine is a comedic film where the local embattled gay boy in a small town discovers the recipe to turn the residents gay for a short time and experience his world. The film won a large number of awards at LGBT film festivals, such as Outstanding U.S. Dramatic Feature at the L.A. Outfest. Shot in Chicago, the film features actors Tanner Cohen and Wendy Robie.

Teenage Kicks

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Teenage Kicks

Teenage Kicks is an intense coming of age tale set in Australia, exploring various themes: from guilt and forgiveness to identity and sense of responsibility, from friendship and youthful dreams to of course sexual awakening and experimenting. It’s the emotional journey of a teenager on the cusp of his 18th birthday, whose world is turned upside down when his older brother dies in an accident. Directed by Craig Boreham, the film stars Miles Szanto, Daniel Webber and Anni Finsterer.

Land of Storms

WIN Land Of Storms (Viharsarok) on DVD

A coming of age drama, 2014’s Land of Storms explores the search for sexual identity in a world where homophobia still reigns. The film addresses the issue of homosexuality amidst the fears of stigmatization and marginalization that are very much alive in modern-day Hungary.

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