Essential Opinion: Speed Walking (Kapgang)

Set in rural Denmark in the mid seventies, Speed Walking (Kapgang) follows Martin, a reserved 14 year old who is also the star member of his school’s speed walking team. One day following practice, he gets home to discover that his mother has instantly passed away after a quick, painful battle with cancer. This unfortunate news coincides with an increased awareness of his sexual confusion, in particular relating to his classmate Hans.

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Squirrels

Released in 2018, this guerrilla film follows the life and struggles of three artists who are trying to get their big break in New York City. Squirrels was directed and written by Todd Verow. It stars Dino Petrera, Robbie Gottlieb and Catiriana Reyes.

Ka Bodyscapes

Essential Opinion: Ka Bodyscapes

The infamous reputation preceding Ka Bodyscapes could work to its detriment, so be warned: this is a quiet, intimate character study, and if you’re looking for something with a substantial edge to it, it’s well advised you look elsewhere as you’ll be ill served by this film’s understated charms.

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Grandma

This American film Grandma follows the adventures of a feisty lesbian and her granddaughter who is in need of money for her upcoming abortion. The comedy-drama was released in 2015 and covers a tumultuous day in the life of the protagonists. Written and directed by Paul Weitz, the motion picture stars Lily Tomlin, Julia Garner and Judy Greer.

Benjamin

Gay Essential Review: Benjamin at BFI London Film Festival

Comedian Simon Amstell’s second film in the director’s chair follows a socially awkward filmmaker suffering from crippling anxiety due to the imminent world premiere of his second film. And if this didn’t already feel dangerously close to autobiography, Amstell’s second directorial outing has just had its world premiere at this year’s London Film Festival, just like the embarrassingly personal film directed by the title character of his latest effort, Benjamin.

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