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Until Porn Do Us Part

Gay Essential Review: Until Porn Do Us Part (Até Que o Porno Nos Separe) at Merlinka Festival

Director Jorge Pelicano takes a look at the relationship between a mother and her son who are at odds over his profession as a pornstar in Until Porn Do Us Part (Até Que o Porno Nos Separe) which focuses on the way in which a family can become strained and look to rekindle the love for each other.

Gay Chorus Deep South

Gay Essential Review: Gay Chorus Deep South at Merlinka Festival

Gay Chorus Deep South is one of the most timely feeling documentaries in recent years. They as a group are attempting many would consider life threatening and dangerous but they do so with smiling faces and hope in their hearts. The struggle between religion and queerness has always been present but with documentaries like this providing positive and enriching experiences, we can move closer towards global acceptance that can see us all come together.

Jonathan Agassi Saved My Life

Gay Essential Review: Jonathan Agassi Saved My Life at Merlinka Festival

How do you make a documentary about the downfall of a porn star without leaning in to some of the more problematic stereotypes about people in that industry? Tomer Heymann’s fly on the wall examination of Jonathan Agassi manages to be a cautionary tale without ever demonising its subject, or the industry he works in.

The Lavender Scare

Gay Essential Opinion: The Lavender Scare

It’s telling that in any history lesson on the rising cold war tensions of the late 40’s and 1950’s, McCarthyism is strictly defined as accusations of communist sympathies. What has got lost in the history books in the intervening years is a crucial part of American LGBT history, that PBS documentary The Lavender Scare aims to bring back into the national conversation – and on the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, this damning, widespread saga of prejudice can now be seen as an equally pivotal step towards equal rights.

Nomad: In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin

Gay Essential Opinion: Nomad: In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin

From the restless mind of master filmmaker Werner Herzog, this documentary traces the life of writer-adventurer Bruce Chatwin. The men were close friends for several years before Chatwin’s death in 1989, at which point he gave Herzog his beloved leather rucksack.

Wrangler: Anatomy Of An Icon

Gay Essential Documentaries To Watch, Wrangler: Anatomy Of An Icon

The 2008 documentary, Wrangler: Anatomy Of An Icon, is a poignant look at Jack Wrangler, a gay film star who rose to fame in the 1970’s gay porn industry, and later enjoyed similar success in straight porn. This film is compiled from first-person interviews and archive footage.

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