Released in 2005 and directed by Ang Lee, Brokeback Mountain tells the story of two cowboys working on a ranch in Wyoming who discover an intense passion with each other. The film won a large number of awards, including two Oscars and three Golden Globe awards. Shot in 11 locations throughout Canada and the USA, the film stars Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal.
One of the oldest and most celebrated LGBTQ International Film Festivals in the world, Reeling Chicago returns this September for it’s 33rd year. This eight-day festival delivers an incredible catalogue of gay themed documentaries, shorts, and feature films, including the festival centrepiece film, Stonewall, starring Jeremy Irvine and directed by Roland Emmerich.
In the provocative drama, Brokeback Mountain, Heath Ledger plays Ennis Del Mar, one of two cowboys who embark on a secret love relationship that lasts throughout their lives. Paired with Jake Gyllenhaal, Ledger’s Ennis Del Mar is a quiet camp tender who takes a job atop Brokeback Mountain in rural Wyoming.
Born in Taiwan, Ang Lee is one of the most successful filmmakers working today. Lee attended the National Taiwan College of Arts, and upon his graduation in 1975 he crossed the Pacific Ocean to earn a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Theater Direction at the University of Illinois. Lee achieved his Master’s Degree in Film Production at New York University, where he studied and worked alongside another incredible filmmaker, Spike Lee.