Queer Cinema

20 years on, Lan Yu remains the pinnacle of Chinese queer cinema

By Weiting Liu

Though never released in mainland china Stanley Kwan’s cult 2001 melodrama fully deserves its cult status.

In praise of Shiva Baby and the Messy Bisexual

By Anna Bogutskaya

Emma Seligman’s growing pains comedy ushers in a new era for bi characters who are not judged on their sexuality.

The radical queer politics and bittersweet legacy of Tomboy

By Ariel Klinghoffer

Céline Sciamma’s LGBTQ+ themed second feature found itself at the centre of a political storm in France.

Sequin in a Blue Room

By David Jenkins

There’s a touch of Gregg Araki about this formally ambitious LGBT+ drama about sex in the digital age.

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Ammonite

By Jourdain Searles

A reclusive fossil collector has her quiet life interrupted in Francis Lee’s atmospheric coastal drama.

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Enfant Terrible is a fittingly flawed portrait of Rainer Werner Fassbinder

By Abigail Yartey

This vibrant biography explores much of what made the German filmmaker such a mercurial talent.

Justine

By Emily Maskell

Jamie Patterson’s latest sees a young woman battling addiction find redemption through queer love.

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How Derek Jarman’s films queer the narrative of history

By Sam Moore

In 1976’s Sebastiane and 1986’s Caravaggio, the director refuses to relegate homosexuality to the subtext.

No Hard Feelings

By Emily Maskell

Queer romance blossoms in this tactful tale of migrant identity from first-time director Faraz Shariat.

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Happiest Season

By Hannah Strong

Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie Davis star in Clea DuVall’s festive rom-com about going home and coming out.

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Trauma and catharsis in Gregg Araki’s Mysterious Skin

By Logan Kenny

The film shows the everyday agonies of existing as queer and dealing with trauma in an apathetic world.

Why shared viewing experiences are vital to queer audiences

By Hamish Calvert

Public screenings can be a safe space for LGBT+ people. But the uncertain future many cinemas now face could rob us of that.

Defining legendary: Paris Is Burning at 30

By Rahul Patel

Jennie Livingston’s seminal portrait of New York’s ballroom culture still resonates throughout the queer community.

Netflix’s Disclosure is just the start for trans*-positive representation

By Lillian Crawford

Sam Feder’s latest documentary, on Hollywood’s harmful transgender stereotypes, is a great conversation starter – but we need to go further.

Let The Sunshine In: The queer legacy of Miloš Forman’s Hair

By Brian Quinn

Beyond its anti-war rhetoric, the Czech director’s version of the Broadway musical is a story of same-sex love.

The pioneering filmmaker who broke the mould for women in Hollywood

By Pamela Hutchinson

Dorothy Arzner gave Golden Age female stars like Katharine Hepburn and Rosalind Russell intelligent, complex roles.

The queer-coding of this classic screwball comedy

By James Palmer

Themes of bisexuality and polygamy are subtly veiled in 1940’s My Favorite Wife.

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