Date and Switch

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Date and Switch

Released in 2014 and directed by Chris Nelson, Date and Switch is a twist on the typical high school comedy, filmed in Vancouver. Two best friends, Matty and Michael, played by Hunter Cope and Nicholas Braun, respectively, promising to get laid before senior prom. Their plan takes a turn when Matty comes out of the closet, with hilarious and endearing results.

Little Gay Boy Christ Is Dead

Little Gay Boy, Gay Essential Talks to Antony Hickling

In the beginning, the harshness of these films, complete with their aforementioned surrealist edge, made things difficult. Nobody seemed interested in screening them, deeming them as too controversial. Some even called them homophobic and Hickling recalls, “I was criticized not only by the straight community but also by the gay community. But I think that as the work started being shown and selected, people started to re-look and re-think.”

Black Ocean

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Black Ocean (Noir océan)

Black Ocean, written and directed by Marion Hänsel and first screened at the 2010 Toronto Film Festival, tells the story of three young men aboard a French naval vessel in the South Pacific in 1972. Adrien Jolivet, Nicolas Robin, and Romain David star as the three young sailors in this Belgian coming-of-age story, loosely based on the short stories of Hubert Mingarelli.

Westerland

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Westerland

Released in 2012 and directed by Tim Staffel, in Westerland Cem is firmly grounded in life with friends and family. Jesús has lost everything of importance to him, when the two meet it’s a relationship between heaven and hell. The film stars Wolfram Schorlemmer, Burak Yigit and Tamer Arslan.

I Want Your Love

Gay Essential Films To Watch, I Want Your Love

I Want Your Love tells the story of Jesse and his friends who are all forced to confront their deepest feelings and inner demons on the night of Jesse’s going away party. Released in 2012, the film was written and directed by Travis Mathews, and stars Jesse Metzger, Brontez Purnell, Ben Jasper and Keith McDonald.

White Frog

Gay Essential Films To Watch, White Frog

White Frog made its début in 2012 at the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival. The film is directed by Quentin Lee and co-written by the mother/daughter duo Fabienne Wen and Ellie Wen. This film puts the spotlight on the troubles of a handicapped gay teenager who struggles with life after he tragically loses his brother. Booboo Stewart of Twilight fame takes centre stage in the film.

Moffie

Opinión Esencial: Moffie

Moffie, explora con autenticidad y vulnerabilidad una historia que no ha sido contada a nivel comercial, y gracias a la tenacidad del escritor-director Hermanus, esta cinta ayudará a entender el antes y después de una sociedad lidiando con trauma, y detalla de una manera brutal la noción que como la exterminación hacia lo diferente no siempre es algo táctil, sino también, mental.

The Fluffer

Gay Essential Films To Watch, The Fluffer

The Fluffer is directed by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland (who also wrote the screenplay). Released in 2001, The Fluffer is an independent film that explores a story of one man’s obsessive love for another whose hedonistic lifestyle places him on a path of destruction. The film stars Scott Gurney, Michael Cunio and Roxanne Day.

Cousins

Gay Essential Opinion: Cousins (Primos)

When it comes to growing up in a religious environment, discovering your own sexuality can be a bit of a struggle, as nature battles against nurture. While your feelings are telling you one thing, the lessons that have been drilled into you since you could read say the opposite. This conflict only grows stronger when introducing a potential love interest who seems to understand you better than you know yourself.

Solo

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Solo

Solo is a 2013 erotic thriller from Argentinian director Marcelo Briem Stamm. Starring Patricio Ramos and Mario Varón, it tells a story about love, chemistry, and the dangers of connecting with strangers online. What starts as a sweet romance gets tenser and tenser, culminating with a surprising twist.

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