Outside of its documentation of gender fluidity and same sex relationships during a period where they were scorned by society, Colette still remains a breath of fresh air amongst a field of stuffy costume dramas. The film is often hysterically funny (Westmoreland co-wrote the screenplay with his late partner Jonathan Glatzer), with Dominic West giving an entertainingly histrionic performance in the lead.
The 2014 historical “dramedy” Pride shares the unlikely story of an alliance between the LGBT community and the National Union of Mineworkers during Margaret Thatcher’s government. Starring a large ensemble including the likes of Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, and George MacKay, Pride won the Queer Palm award at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.
Incredibly written, Stephen Beresford’s script not only delivers a heartfelt account of a factual national movement, but also manages to weave in a variety of characters and stories, adding emotional depth to the film. Audiences fall in love with a gay man who struggles to reconnect with his mother after 16 years, the bold realization that a miner’s wife could go on to do more with her life (like, become a member of Parliament, perhaps?), and the onset of AIDS/HIV in the early 1980’s.