Wretched Things

Wretched Things, The Gay Essential Interview

The feature film Wretched Things is made up of three separate shorts that are only connected thematically. “We men are wretched things,” writes Homer in The Iliad, and writer-director Gage Oxley throws each of his three leading men into an odyssey during which they become a kind of sex worker. Shot in Leeds, the films are powerful and pointed, each with its own distinct kick. Oxley and his cast sat down with Gay Essential to talk about the project.

Longhorns

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Longhorns

Set in Texas in 1982, the film Longhorns, is a nostalgic gay romp through the heartland of America. Jacob Newton, Derek Efrain Villanueva, and Dylan Fox form the core of a cast of macho fraternity brothers who discover they like to dabble in gay sex fantasy.

L’Animale

Gay Essential Review: L’Animale at Melbourne Queer Film Festival

Mati is a tomboy nearing her final high school exams, who devotes most of her free team on her motorbike, hanging with an irritating group of boys. One day, when helping out her mum at the vets, she meets Carla, a local shop assistant who she is instantly attracted to. As her attraction to Carla grows, the rifts within her friendship group become more palpable, especially between her and Sebi the son of a local farmer who clearly has feelings for Mati.

Buffering

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Buffering

A British sex comedy, the 2011 film Buffering is a story of two men who fall on hard times financially and determine the best way out is to broadcast their sex life on the internet. This film is co-written and co-directed by Darren Flaxstone and Christian Martin.

Giant Little Ones

Essential Opinion: Giant Little Ones

Giant Little Ones isn’t the first teen movie to realise that being openly gay in high school is a waking nightmare – but it is one of the rare few that lets its character mature without ever offering a neat conclusion that he wouldn’t be afforded in real life. The best way of describing writer/director Keith Behrman’s film is a grittier Canadian cousin of Love Simon; a film about the all encompassing hell of being in the closet, even if there are more people in your life who would accept you than ones who wouldn’t.

American Translation

Gay Essential Films To Watch, American Translation

American Translation is a French film co-directed by Pascal Arnold and Jean-Marc Barr. The film follows a stunningly handsome young man and his American lover as they travel the French countryside, pursuing young male prostitutes for sadistic thrills, while managing to evade the local police inspector.

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