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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.

Ruminations

Gay Essential Review: Ruminations at Raindance Film Festival

Basically an accidental documentary, Ruminations came about when director Robert James went in search of stories about gay hippies in 1960s San Francisco and stumbled upon Rumi Missabu, a notorious raconteur who calls himself a “male actress”. As one of the original Cockettes, he is an oracle of anecdotes.

George Michael: Freedom - Director's Cut

Gay Essential Review, George Michael: Freedom – Director’s Cut at Raindance Film Festival

Originally made for Channel 4 in the UK, this documentary has been returned to its original version, as authorised by George Michael himself shortly before he died. In George Michael: Freedom – Director’s Cut, Michael offers an intimate, honest look at his life, ending just before the iconic singer’s shocking death at just 53 in December 2016.

Hot To Trot

Essential Opinion: Hot To Trot

Offering a glimpse into a little-known world of candour, fiery love and activism, Hot To Trot takes its viewers through a spirited and heartening journey that they will not easily forget. The film combines the style of dramatic cinema with the absorbing content and form of a documentary cantered mainly on the art of dancing.

Gay Hollywood Dad

Gay Essential Documentaries To Watch, Gay Hollywood Dad

Gay Hollywood Dad was originally a web series, directed by Quentin Lee, Frank Howley, Simon Steuri, Oscar Tsai, Jason Tobin and Daric Loo. It was later turned into a feature-length film that follows the struggles of an LGBT man who wants to become a single parent, as well as how his life changes once his biological son is born. Released in 2018, the biographical and documentary-style series stars two of the directors and features Elizabeth Sung and Candy Cheung.

Call Her Ganda

Gay Essential Review: Call Her Ganda at Outfest

Following one of the most gut-wrenching events in the history of the Filipino trans movement, Call Her Ganda is a staggering and thought-provoking documentary on the epidemic of violence against LGBTQ people. Part-chronicle, part-tribute, the film is ushered by three central female figures who take on a seemingly never-ending and irremediable quest for justice.

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