Bwoy

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.

Heartland

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).

Brotherhood

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Brotherhood (Broderskab)

Brotherhood (Broderskab) is a Danish-language romantic drama directed by Nicolo Donato. The 2010 release describes the formation of a tumultuous and threatened relationship between a former Danish serviceman, and neo-Nazi group recruit. The film stars Thure Lindhardt, David Dencik and Morten Holst.

La Cage Aux Folles

Gay Essential Films To Watch, La Cage Aux Folles

Released in 1978 La Cage aux Folles was co-written and directed by Edouard Molinaro. Nominated for an Academy Award, the film won Best Foreign Film at the Golden Globes, with Best Actor going to Michel Serrault at the Cesar Awards. Shot in location in Rome, Saint Tropez, France and the French Riviera, Ugo Tognazzi and Claire Maurier also star. The film is an adaptation of the 1973 play by Jean Poiret.

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.

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