Queer Cinema

An illustrated taxonomy of queerness and mental illness in film

By Ruby Tandoh

In this extract from her new zine ‘Do What You Want’, Ruby Tandoh looks at how mentally ill and LGBTQ people are represented on screen.

The halting nature of desire at BFI Flare 2017

By Sophie Monks Kaufman

Bold expressions of queer passion were on offer at the 31st edition of London’s premier LGBT film festival.

Have Disney movies always had poor LGBTQ representation, or is there more to it?

By Henry Bevan

The Beauty and the Beast remake is being hailed as progressive, but the studio’s animation vault is filled with queer subtext.

Why I love My Own Private Idaho

By Spencer Moleda

Watching Gus Van Sant’s 1991 film was like an emotional awakening – a guiding light through sexual fog.

Moonlight isn’t all about sex – and it’s all the more queer for it

By Josh Lee

By not showing physical intimacy, Barry Jenkins allows sexuality to surface in his film in other ways.

Academy considers gender fluid star in both male and female acting categories

By Tom Williams

Kelly Mantle makes Oscars history in victory for the trans community.

A new film exposes the mistreatment of Uganda’s LGBT community

By Matthew Anderson

The Pearl of Africa highlights the everyday struggle of transgender people – and offers a beacon of hope.

Why are superhero movies so reluctant to embrace sexual diversity?

By Matt Burton

Shape History director Mike Buonaiuto believes introducing LGBT characters is only half the battle.

It’s time for Hollywood to change its attitude towards LGBT characters

By James Luxford

Social media campaigns like #LGBTSuperheroes are exposing the movie industry’s worrying lack of diversity.

A UK cinema is dedicating 58% of its programming to marginalised filmmakers

By Sophie Monks Kaufman

The Watermelon Woman – the first film directed by an African-American lesbian – is among the titles screening at Liverpool Small Cinema.

Sensual queer shorts from before Stonewall

By Sophie Monks Kaufman

New York’s Film Society of Lincoln Center has curated a season dedicated to early explorations of LGBT themes.

Why are there no openly gay Premier League footballers?

By Sophie Monks Kaufman

BFI Flare’s opening film, The Pass, is about a prominent footballer who represses his sexuality. We explore why this is still happening for real.

Finding a definition for queer cinema

By João Ferreira

Todd Haynes’ Carol is being celebrated as a queer classic, but what does the term “queer cinema” mean today?

20 queer movie classics you need to see – part 1

By Little White Lies

Inspired by Todd Haynes’ Carol, explore our potted history of great films that depict gay lives on screen.

20 queer movie classics you need to see – part 2

By Little White Lies

From Cabaret to Touki Bouki, here are 10 more great films that deal with queer themes.

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