Rift, Gay Essential Talks To Erlingur Thoroddsen

“I’ve been a fan of horror since I was very young,” recalls Erlinger Óttar Thoroddsen, director of the Icelandic horror film, Rift. “I remember being six or seven years old, being at the video store and browsing the horror section. I wasn’t allowed to rent those movies, so I’d make up stories in my mind of what they were about based on the cover art.”

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.

By Hook Or By Crook

Gay Essential Films To Watch, By Hook Or By Crook

A film by Steakhaus Productions, By Hook Or By Crook is a queer motion picture that tells the story of two mischievous friends who are involved in crime together. Starring Silas Howard, Harry Dodge and Stanya Kahn, the buddy film was written and directed by Harry Dodge and Silas Howard.

Christopher and His Kind

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Christopher and His Kind

Christopher and His Kind is a BBC television film released in 2011. The screenplay was adapted by Kevin Elyot from Christopher Isherwood’s autobiography of the same title and was produced by Mammoth Screen and directed by Geoffrey Sax. Filmed in Belfast, the film starred Matt Smith, Imogen Poots and Lindsay Duncan. The film was nominated for awards at Royal Television Society, UK and Broadcasting Press Guild Awards.

Pink Narcissus

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Pink Narcissus

This outhouse drama film was released in 1971 under the signature of Anonymous. Following the story of a young gay man who works as an underground drag queen, Pink Narcissus was later revealed in 1999 to belong to American artist James Bidgood. The photographer wrote and directed the motion picture which stars Don Brooks and Bobby Kendall.

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