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Making Montgomery Clift

Gay Essential Review: Making Montgomery Clift at Melbourne Queer Film Festival

For lovers of classic Hollywood, the trajectory of Montgomery Clift is an archetypal example of a meteoric rise followed by a stratospheric fall. Originally propositioned by agents for years in the hope he’d sign on to become a child star, Clift instead waited until his late twenties to make his screen debut, and did so against the system.

This is What Love in Action Looks Like

Gay Essential Documentaries To Watch, This is What Love in Action Looks Like

An American documentary, This is What Love in Action Looks Like presents the inspirational story of a teen led protest over a fundamentalist Christian gay-conversion facility. Filmed in Memphis, Tennessee, the story is told through the eyes of protestors and former clients of the facility.

Fabiana

Gay Essential Review: Fabiana at International Film Festival Rotterdam

Journey is, in every sense of the term, more important than destination in Fabiana, directed by Brazilian filmmaker Brunna Laboissiére. Here, Laboissiére hitches a ride with a lesbian transgender woman named Fabiana, a seasoned truck driver approaching retirement who has criss-crossed Brazil for several years, joining her on what will be one of her last ever work trips.

Lemebel

Gay Essential Review: Lemebel at Berlinale

Lemebel is an enrapturing look at the life of an LGBT icon, told with an intimacy that feels like catching up with an old friend. Joanna Reposi Garibaldi perfectly honours the spirit of her subject by grabbing your attention with many of his more abrasive, harder to define stages of performance art, then slowly peeling back the disreputable veneer to uncover the man at the heart of it all.

ParTy Boi: Black Diamonds in Ice Castles

Essential Opinion – ParTy Boi: Black Diamonds in Ice Castles

Filmmaker Michael Rice spent a year interviewing a range of people within a very specific community for this documentary, and he packs rather a lot into the brief running time. ParTy Boi: Black Diamonds in Ice Castles is an exploration of the impact of crystal meth addiction on the gay black subculture in America.

The Coming Back Out Ball Movie

Essential Opinion: The Coming Back Out Ball Movie

The Coming Back Out Ball Movie is a documentary that follows a wide cross section of Australia’s ageing LGBTQI community before they attend a major dance event at Melbourne Town Hall. The Coming Back Out Ball was coined by organisers to celebrate the new found acceptance granted to older members of the community, many of whom hadn’t publicly come out until they’d passed their 60th or 70th birthdays.

Best of Enemies: Buckley vs. Vidal

Gay Essential Documentaries To Watch, Best of Enemies: Buckley vs. Vidal

Released in 2015, Best of Enemies: Buckley vs. Vidal follows the televised debates between William F. Buckley Jr. and Gore Vidal during the 1968 presidential election in the United States. First showcased at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, the American documentary stars Paul Newman and was directed by Robert Gordon and Morgan Neville. The motion picture was co-written by the two, along with Tom Graves.

Denial

Essential Opinion: Denial

Christine Hallquist is a groundbreaking public figure in American political culture. After becoming the country’s first business CEO to come out as transgender a few years ago, earlier this year she put the world of industry aside to become the first trans person to run for governor in a Gubernatorial election.

I Hate New York

Gay Essential Review: I Hate New York at Raindance Film Festival

First, it should be noted that the title of this documentary is ironic, as it explores the lives of four LGBTQ artists who have chosen to make New York their home. I Hate New York is directed by Spanish filmmaker Gustavo Sanchez, who shot his subjects over 10 years.

Dykes, Camera, Action!

Gay Essential Review: Dykes, Camera, Action! at Raindance Film Festival

Fast-paced and fluidly edited, this feature documentary explores both the history of lesbian characters in the movies as well as the rise of queer female filmmakers. Dykes, Camera, Action! is a thoroughly entertaining film covering quite a lot of material in its brisk running time.

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