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Queer Cinema

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 queer-coding of this classic screwball comedy

By James Palmer

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

Queer coming of age in the Teen Apocalypse Trilogy

By Sam Moore

Gregg Araki’s mid-’90s triptych explores the hope and hopelessness of being young and openly gay.

Why it’s time to revisit this landmark British LGBT+ drama

By Katie Goh

Ron Peck’s Nighthawks survives as much more than a historical document of gay life in a bygone era.

This filmmaker used Barbie dolls to storyboard her debut feature

By Stefania Sarrubba

Director Kelly Walker explains how she came up with a novel solution to a creative problem.

How the queering of Georgian folk dance sparked a cultural revolution

By Daniel Theophanous

Levan Akin’s And Then We Danced has put LGBT+ rights centre-stage in the conservative, Orthodox country.

Queer desire and the art of looking in Portrait of a Lady on Fire

By Rosie Thompson

Céline Sciamma’s 18th-century romance beautifully portrays the hiddenness of same-sex relationships.

A Very Queer Christmas: Is the LGBT+ holiday rom-com season upon us?

By Stefania Sarrubba

Let It Snow and Season of Love bring female queer romance to the fore.

The star of A Nightmare on Elm Street 2 is reclaiming the film’s queerness

By Thomas Hobbs

Mark Patton opens up about his experiences as the first ever male scream queen.

Six of the best new LGBT+ short films from around the world

By Ronan Doyle

This year’s Iris Prize Film Festival in Cardiff showcased emerging trends across the spectrum of queer cinema.

Why films about lesbian characters should be called lesbian films

By Dilara Elbir

Is there an argument to drop the cover-all term “queer” in favour of something that’s more specific to the subject of a piece of art?

Why the lesbian period drama is having a moment

By Ciara Pitts

From Gentleman Jack to Portrait of a Lady on Fire, TV and film are finding new ways to reflect on lesbian history.

Why Seed of Chucky holds a special place in my heart

By Sam Mauro

As a horror obsessive and trans woman, I found a filthy acceptance in this sleazy Child’s Play sequel.

BFI Flare and the changing landscape of queer cinema

By Megan Christopher

This year’s festival brought a diverse mix of LGBT-themed stories – as well as some star names.

A new documentary tells the story of lesbians on screen

By Katie Goh

Dykes, Camera, Action! features first-hand accounts from Barbara Hammer and Desiree Akhavan.

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