The award-winning film Naked As We Came, written and directed by Richard LeMay, is a family drama that tells of love and loss, and the struggle for strength and courage of a tormented family. The film premiered in New York in 2012 and stars Ryan Vigilant, Karmine Alers, and Ben Weaver.
I Do is an independent feature film released in 2012 set in New York City. The multi award-winning drama is directed by Glenn Gaylord and stars David W Ross who also wrote the script and produced the film. Other stars that feature in the film include Alicia Witt, Jamie-Lynn Sigler and Maurice Compte.
The film Another Country was directed by Marek Kanievska. Julian Mitchell wrote both the script for the original play of the same name as well as the screenplay for the adapted film which was released in 1984. Starring well-known actors, Colin Firth and Rupert Everett, Another Country shines the spotlight on the life of Guy Bennett’s early life as a homosexual in public school life in the 1930s, Marxist influences in his life and the Burgess-Maclean spy scandal of the 1950s.
Released in 1997, the film Wilde tells the story of British genius playwright and poet Oscar Wilde. Directed by Brian Gilbert the biographical drama stars Stephen Fry in the lead role, Orlando Bloom, Jude Law, Jennifer Ehle and Ioan Gruffudd. The film’s screenplay was based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of Oscar Wilde written by Richard Ellmann.
Outside of documentaries, the Syrian refugee crisis is yet to become a major subject in arthouse cinema, but its impact is beginning to be keenly felt by LGBT filmmakers. People arriving from a country with a hostile attitude towards gay people can find themselves struggling to fit in when arriving in a more welcoming environment, feeling displaced from the community in which they belong due to having to hide who they are for so long.
The film follows Tina, an undocumented Mexican immigrant who has spent the vast majority of her life in the United States. Living with her grandmother, Tina is hoping to raise the money for the next step in her transition, while dealing with a long term boyfriend who appears embarrassed to be seen with her in public. Elsewhere, the film tackles important themes such as violence against trans women, and the normalised prejudice against the community.