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The Shiny Shrimps

Gay Essential Review: The Shiny Shrimps (Les Crevettes Pailletées) at Merlinka Festival

The Shiny Shrimps fits perfectly within the canon of heart-warming sports films that are happy to not take themselves too seriously. Having it’s premiere at the Merlinka Festival this December, this film is sure to prove to be popular among audiences while helping to promote acceptance in sports. Water polo has never looked so fun.

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.

Oy Vey! My Son is Gay!

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Oy Vey! My Son is Gay!

Oy Vey! My Son is Gay! was produced, directed and written by Evgeny Afineevsky. Released in 2009, it tells the story of a Jewish family struggling to accept their son being gay and in a relationship with a Catholic man. The film stars Lainie Kazan (My Big Fat Greek Wedding), Saul Rubinek (Warehouse 13, Frasier) and John Lloyd Young.

Analysis Paralysis

Gay Essential Opinion: Analysis Paralysis

Dealing with anxiety can be an awful experience, especially when every little action of yours brings up images of all the worse outcomes. You exit your house and get shot by an arrow. You go to your therapist and they scream in your face about how annoying you are. You try to ask out your attractive neighbour only for them to gloat of all the local housewives they have been sleeping with. This is Tyler’s everyday life as he deals with his analysis paralysis disorder.

Cubby

Gay Essential Review: Cubby at Outfest

Fans of the unrelenting absurdism of Tim Robinson’s Netflix series I Think You Should Leave will be delighted to hear that an offbeat counterpart is currently making its way around the LGBTQ festival circuit. Cubby, the directorial debut of writer and star Mark Blane, is a distinctively queer spin on a comedic archetype largely reserved for straight protagonists: the man-baby who shirks adult responsibility at every opportunity, never ceasing to view the world through naive eyes.

Tell No One

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Tell No One (Come non detto)

Released in 2012, Tell No One (Come non detto) is an Italian romantic comedy directed by Ivan Silvestrini. The film is based on a novel with the same name penned by Roberto Proia. The film stars Josafat Vagni and Jose Dammert, and tells the story of a young man who struggles to tell his family that he is gay.

Second Star on the Right

Gay Essential Review: Second Star On The Right (Segunda Estrella A La Derecha) at Outfest

Emilia is a fun-loving, free-spirited experimental actress, with the ideal non-committal lifestyle to go with her non-committal personality; she gets invited to cool parties with drama students, has drunken sex with her sort-of girlfriend Mariana, and has a laugh with a trusted group of pals in her spare time. The only problem? Emilia is 35, and while everyone else has grown up and found stability, she’s been stuck in the same rut for the past two decades. Second Star on the Right, explores Emilia’s reluctance to let go of her arguably childish ways, and gently mulls over the true meaning of maturity.

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.

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