Queer Cinema

The Penguin is an empowering anti-hero for trans people like me

By Ian Thomas Malone

Danny DeVito’s portrayal of Oswald Cobblepot in Batman Returns shows the importance of embracing your differences.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch remains a testament to self-acceptance

By Gina Tonic

John Cameron Mitchell’s cult 2001 musical drama is a poignant reminder of the power of being yourself.

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.

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider was an escape for queer teens like me

By Samuel Sims

Through its rejection of gender stereotypes, the 2001 video game adaptation helped me realise the power of my own identity.

In praise of Beautiful Thing, a quintessentially British coming out movie

By Emily Maskell

Hettie Macdonald’s 1996 film contains a beautiful message of queer acceptance and togetherness.

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.

Homoeroticism and sexual repression in Wake in Fright

By Patrick Sproull

Ted Kotcheff’s visceral, queer-coded descent into one man’s personal hell refuses to adhere to expectations.

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.

A new film explores what it means to be queer in Kenya today

By Yassine Senghor

Director Peter Murimi discusses capturing the experience of a young gay man in I Am Samuel.

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.

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.

How François Ozon navigates queer romance

By Juan Barquin

In Summer of 85, the French director builds on a career-long interest in how we deal with love and loss.

A new film explores the history of queer women on television

By Katie Goh

Gabrielle Zilkha’s documentary Queering the Script looks at how fans have fought for more diverse representation.

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.

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