Keillers Park

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Keillers Park

Inspired by a true story about a 1997 hate crime, the Swedish film Keillers Park is a gay-themed thriller and love story written by Pia Gradvall and directed by Susanna Edwards. This film was an Official Selection in both the Rio de Janiero and Goteborg film festivals in 2006.

The Sympathy Card

Gay Essential Opinion: The Sympathy Card

The Sympathy Card is a beautiful example of the normalcy of queerness. In this independent lesbian rom-com, no drama is found in the identities of the characters, rather, we are afforded the same dilemmas as our heterosexual counterparts, gently reshaping the typical romcom format into a film that is effortlessly relatable to lesbian and bisexual women alike.

Halston, Gay Essential Talks to Fréderic Tcheng

After working on the highly-acclaimed Valentino: The Last Emperor (2009) and directing Dior & I (2014), French-born filmmaker Fréderic Tcheng returns with a new film about another style icon. His new documentary, Halston, tells the story of the American fashion designer Roy Halston Frowick, who rose to international fame in the ‘70s, during which he became a household name and a mainstay of the New York City scene that revolved around its most iconic discotheque, Studio 54.


Gay Essential Review: Beanpole (Дылда) at Cannes Film Festival

It may be surprising to see a Russian film nominated for the Queer Palm at the Cannes Film Festival, especially considering the country’s deeply conservative laws that effectively stop the financing of any films with LGBT themes. But director Kantemir Balagov, in just his second feature, has made something far more ambiguous, and dripping in queer subtext; a haunting tale of repressed emotion in the aftermath of the Second World War, where the conflicting desires of two women leads to a miserable, quasi-abusive relationship masquerading as a friendship.


Opinión Esencial Gay: Rocketman

Se pudiera decir que este biopic de Elton John, al igual que su música, traen elementos de fantasía que si bien no parecería que tiene sentido en un “big budget film”, pero en realidad es la perfecta representación del galardonado músico Elton John. Rocketman es un viaje psicodélico lleno de números musicales relatando la historia de cómo un niño se convirtió en un rockstar, evitando clichés y censura.

Boy Erased

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Boy Erased

Released in 2018, Boy Erased is the sophomore directorial effort from Joel Edgerton, based on Garrard Conley’s memoir of the same name. Lucas Hedges, in a Golden Globe nominated performance, plays Jared Eamons the son of a baptist preacher who willingly places himself into a gay conversion therapy program. The motion picture stars Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe.

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