Seriously, who doesn’t love movies? With fun news, features, videos, and other special coverage, Pride keeps you up-to-date on everything you could every want to know about the new gay movies that are currently dominating the box office. Gay films aren’t just like any other type of films. LGBT movies show exactly who we are as a global community, and what it means to be queer in the modern day. Pride spotlights the top gay movies and gay short films that are making a serious splash in Hollywood.
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Still (5mins)A duet for two men taken from Still, a long form live dance piece by Nigel Charnock for Candoco Dance Company in 2009. At the time making it Nigel commented “with every piece I make there is part of me in there, its always about people and how people deal with each other, its always about relationship rather than relationships, and more so in this piece about the loss of that, about losing someone.” (extract the Candoco Archive )
Filmed by Graham Clayton-Chance artist and filmmaker and producer of the Nigel Charnock Archive. Graham is working on a series of short dance films exploring the legacy of acclaimed British choreographer and dancer Nigel Charnock. The short films draw attention to the enduring motifs of Nigel’s 30 year career.
Filmed with Performers Darren Anderson and Christopher Lloyd Owen who originated the work with Nigel in 2009.
For more information about Nigel Charnock please visit;
Produced / Director/ Editor Graham Clayton-ChanceProducer: Franck BordeseCinematography Taina GallisSound Design: James MegeeColourist: Jason MoffatFocus Puller: Annette RemlerSound: Recording Nicholas MercerDIT: Liran BarlevEquipment Hire: My Red RentalStudio: 3 Mills Studio
For the Nigel Charnock Estate Executive Producer Nick Mercer
conceived, visualized + directed by DIMITRIS PAPAIOANNOU
performed by DIMITRIS PAPAIOANNOU + MICHALIS THEOPHANOUS
assistant director + creative producerTINA PAPANIKOLOAOU
rehearsal directorPAVLINA ANDRIOPOULOU stage managerDINOS NIKOLAOU
produced by the ATHENS FESTIVAL (2012) + 2WORKS (2013)
The music theme of the performance is a „taxim“ (improvisation) in bouzouki by Yiannis Papaioannou
documented during the live performances at the Athens Festival in 2013
short filmDirected by Joshua LonghurstProduced by Annmaree J Bell and Craig Boreham
Charles explores the gray areas of his own sexuality after going through an unexpected breakup.
OFFICIAL SELECTIONNew Orleans Film Festival, Hollyshorts, Indianapolis LGBT Film Festival
Featuring Charles Rogers, Ellington Wells, Brianna Baker, Owen Morgan, Kevin Avery, Jake Elitzer, Janna Bossier, Greg Johnson, and Max Aria
Director & Editor – Matt PorterProducer – Caroline CreagheadCo-Producer & Production Designer – Francesca SmithDirector of Photography – Patrick OuzielGaffer – Dave WilwaycoKey Grip – Shaeden GallegosAssistant Camera – Adam LeeHair & Makeup – Carmen DianneArt Assistant – Samantha Drake
Original Score – Mike MalarkeySound Design – Jay CullitonVisual Effects – Eric Overton
Gay movie – Fair Haven (2016)
A young man returns to his family farm, after a long stay in ex-gay conversion therapy, and is torn between the expectations of his emotionally distant father, and the memories of a past, loving relationship he has tried to bury. Watch the trailer and the full movie below: Trailer: Movie I found on youtube:
Gay short film – Twins | Zwillinge (English subtitle)
On the eve of his wedding Daniel meets again with his true love-his identical twin brother Jan. For the last five years he’s been running away from his feelings. Now, on his stag night he is being tested once more.
Gay short film – In one team (El mismo equipo)
En El Mismo Equipo (On the Same Team, in English) is about the mixed feelings of a young rugby player. He tries to keep in the secret that he is gay, due to conformity mostly, but he struggles with it almost everyday. He longs to be free, but what exactly is freedom to the young…
Gay short film – Boy meets Boy (Korea themed)
Boy meets Boy. Boy falls in love with Boy. Popular young actors Kim Hye Sung (High Kick) and Lee Hyun Jin (Glory of the Family) star in the gay short film Boy Meets Boy. Directed by Kimjo Kwang Su, the short and sweet youth charmer is about the budding romance between two high school boys…
Gay Short Film – De vuelta [Back Again] (2015)
Alex returns to his village after long absense and goes out with friend Jordi to celebrate San Juan’s night. In summer storm they take shelter in an old abandoned house where they used to play when they were kids. There they have to face conflicts from the past, where the games were also of sexual…
Gay Short Filme – Pink Triangle
A Nazi informant gets caught up in the Fuhrer’s plan to eliminate homosexuals. When he learns his next target is someone from his past, his mission becomes a search for redemption. A production of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts School of Filmmaking. For demo reel purposes. *Winner Gold Remi Award –…
Gay Movie – Shelter (2007) Full Movie
Zach is an aspiring young artist living in San Pedro, California. He has put off his dreams of going to art school in order to work and help his older sister Jeanne, his disabled father, and his five-year-old nephew Cody, whom he cares for most of the time as the irresponsible Jeanne spends her time…
Gay Movie – Brokeback Mountain (2005) Full Movie
In 1963, rodeo cowboy Jack Twist (Jake Gyllenhaal) and ranch hand Ennis Del Mar (Heath Ledger) are hired by rancher Joe Aguirre (Randy Quaid) as sheep herders in Wyoming. One night on Brokeback Mountain, Jack makes a drunken pass at Ennis that is eventually reciprocated. Though Ennis marries his longtime sweetheart, Alma (Michelle Williams), and…
Gay Movie – Paris 05:59: Théo & Hugo
Two men meet in a sex club and spend the night together in the hospital after they have unprotected sex. Light on plot yet heavy on chemistry, “Paris 05:59” is at times a little precious. But the two leads are so believably besotted that their occasional immaturity doesn’t rankle.
First Trans film (Glen or Glenda 1953) questionnaire
It would be great if you could answer a questionnaire that focuses on a film that hosted the first transgender character. I have shorted the film into a mixture of clips (roughly 5 minutes). You are in no way expected to take part in this survey, if you do, your answers will be used to approve or disapprove a hypothesis regarding minority (LGBT) representation in Hollywood. The questionnaire is roughly 15-20 minutes long.
Please help me identify an indie gay film
It’s been a while, so the details are not entirely accurate, but it was an indie-type film from the early 2000s and I think it features around 3~4 separate but maybe interconnected stories. (NOT Four Moons) One was about a closeted blond college athlete (I think he was featured on the cover) who gets recognized on a college campus (unnamed and huge modern-looking school) by a black man he met at a gay bar. Another takes place in Mexico(?) I think they work at a fast food restaurant? That’s really all I can remember. If any of this sounds remotely familiar I would appreciate your help with some possible titles!
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50. The Children’s Hour (1961)
Old-fashioned and melodramatic it may be, but playwright Lillian Hellman’s tale of decent lives destroyed by idle gossip still hits hard. MacLaine and Hepburn play the proprietors of a prestigious all-girls school who are forced to close when an especially psychotic little brat claims she saw them kissing. Hepburn was sold as the movie’s star – she’s the dainty, glamorous one with the macho boyfriend (James Garner). But it’s MacLaine who stands out, as the determined bachelorette forced to face a few things she’s been hiding from herself. The supporting performances are stunning, especially Miriam Hopkins as MacLaine’s voracious aunt, and it’s lovely (and, even in 2015, unusual) to see a movie so dominated by women, with Garner the only guy who gets more than a line or two. TH
47. Pariah (2011)
Dee Rees’s Brooklyn-set 2011 feature is the story of butch African-American lesbian teenager Alike (Adepero Oduye) as she tries to deal with feelings that increasingly put her at odds with her family (check out her mother’s aghast response to things like Alike’s preference for boys‘ underwear). The influence of religion in the family’s life is also crucial – though that nice new girl at church doesn’t exactly turn out to be the straight-and-narrow influence Mom had in mind. Expanded from a short film with the help of executive producer Spike Lee. BW
45. Stranger Inside (2001)
Prison has been a perennial setting for lesbian drama of one stripe or another, from 1960s exploitation pictures to ‘Orange Is the New Black’. ‘Stranger Inside’ – directed for HBO in 2001 by Cheryl Dunye, but released to cinemas in the UK – stands out both for its consultation of actual prisoners, and for its rich evocation of aspects of African American identity seldom seen on screen. Treasure (Yolonda Lee) is a juvenile inmate who engineers a transfer to adult jail hoping to find her birth mother. Instead she finds herself navigating a daunting world of aggression, intimacy, religion, politics and an unforgiving pecking order. BW
44. Paris Is Burning (1990)
Jennie Livingston’s 1990 portrait of New York’s drag ball culture might be the most seminal LGBT documentary ever made. Initially a student project, it surveys with acuteness and sensitivity the underground scene that facilitated community and expression for many who were disenfranchised by their sexuality, gender identity, ethnicity and poverty. It also gave the world vogueing, as demonstrated by the legendary likes of Pepper LaBeija, Willi Ninja and Angie Xtravaganza, who are among the revelatory interviews. In many ways a response to mainstream pop culture, the ball scene in turn influenced it – from Madonna’s ‘Vogue’ to ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’. BW
43. Midnight Cowboy (1969)
The first X-rated film ever to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards, John Schlesinger’s sad, soulful portrait of a male prostitute trying to get by on the unforgiving streets of New York City may not raise that many eyebrows today – but its view of masculine insecurity and male companionship hasn’t dated at all. Tall, lunkish Texan Joe Buck (Jon Voight, in his best ever role) comes to the city with dreams of becoming a gigolo to society ladies, but gets more attention in the lonelier corners of the gay community. The film never puts a pin on Joe’s own sexuality, but the gay undertow is clear in his gradually tender friendship with scuzzy street hustler Ratso Rizzo — immortally played by Dustin Hoffman. GL
40. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
The story, on the surface, doesn’t hold any obvious LGBT significance: it’s the simple fantasy of a country girl, Dorothy (Judy Garland), who encounters a magical land after she receives a bump on the head during a storm. So why has ‘The Wizard of Oz’ become an LGBT classic, even giving us the term ‚friends of Dorothy‘? Cultural theorists have spent many hours debating the answer to that question, with some suggesting that it’s simply a matter of camp and others digging deeper and equating the black-and-white conservatism of the film’s Kansas scenes to repression and even homophobia, and the colour and energy of Oz to being out and proud. Whatever the reason, somehow it just makes sense. DC
35. Pink Narcissus (1971)
Goings-on behind closed doors have always been part of the LGBT experience – including LGBT filmmaking. Throughout the 1960s, James Bidgood shot a series of no-budget luxurious fantasias on 8mm film in his New York apartment, featuring hot young thing Bobby Kendall in such guises as a sexy matador, a sexy belly dancer and a sexy slave boy. Strung together as the erotic imaginings of an idling gigolo, these gorgeously imaginative scenes were released anonymously in 1971 as ‘Pink Narcissus’. Their ability to quicken the pulse while retaining a kind of kitsch innocence made them an influence on French artists Pierre et Gilles, among others. BW
32. Edward II (1991)
Cast: Steven Waddington, Andrew Tiernan, Tilda Swinton
Derek Jarman’s typically eccentric spin on Christopher Marlowe’s 1593 play about the doomed fourteenth-century king (played by Steven Waddington) catapults the present into the past – not least by having protesters from the pressure group Outrage playing characters in the drama. In exploring Edward II’s sexual relationship with the unpopular Piers Gaveston (Andrew Tiernan) – a rare example of a gay romance in the literature of the time – Jarman lashes out at establishment forces then and now. Jarman’s interest is more modern than historical, but he forcefully and playfully makes his point about homophobia through the ages. DC
31. Pink Flamingos (1972)
A lot of LGBT films ask mainstream audiences for sympathy, understanding, even pity. That ain’t John Waters’s style. In his delirious realm of bad taste, it’s the straights who deserve pity for their intolerably timid stifling conformity while the freaks live it up on their own grotesque terms. The apex of this sensibility is of course 1972’s midnight movie par excellence, ‘Pink Flamingos’, in which outsized drag legend Divine defends her title of Filthiest Person Alive by any means necessary. Cue sex, drugs, murder, cannibalism, fame and – how could we forget – the shit-eating grin to end them all. BW
26. Bound (1996)
On release, ‘Bound’ was taken to task by some sectors of the LGBT community. Here was a film centred on a lesbian relationship but directed by two male movie nerds, a product of the post-Tarantino irony boom in which a gay relationship was used as a shock tactic to make an otherwise traditional crime flick stand out from the crowd. But in the wake of Larry Wachowski’s gender transition to Lana, the film’s gender politics have been reassessed. Now ‘Bound’ can be appreciated for what it is: a heartfelt, quietly subversive, wonderfully entertaining thriller having a whale of a time flipping genre conventions on their backs and watching them kick. TH
25. But I’m a Cheerleader (1999)
Cast: Natasha Lyonne, Clea DuVall, Michelle Williams
Imagine John Waters directing a teen take on ‘Cool Hand Luke’ and you’ve got a rough idea of this genius pray-the-gay-away satire, in which Natasha Lyonne’s pom-pom princess is sent away to re-education camp when her parents and friends suspect she’s a little that way inclined. The cast is flawless – Michelle Williams, Melanie Lynskey, Julie Delpy and RuPaul butching it up as a camp counsellor in a ‘straight is great’ t-shirt – and the use of colour is eye-frazzling. If you’ve not seen it, look forward to a night of pleasure. TH
21. The Kids Are All Right (2010)
Cast: Mia Wasikowska, Julianne Moore, Annette Bening, Mark Ruffalo
On the surface, Lisa Cholodenko’s sunny, heartwarming comic drama about family life doesn’t seem very unusual. There’s something familiar, even conventional, about its take on parent-teen tensions and infidelity. In a sense, however, it’s the film’s sticking to convention that makes it sweetly subversive: its portrait of a lesbian two-mum household in Californian suburbia demonstrates how any variety of family can fracture and unite along much the same lines. Also, who wouldn’t want Annette Bening and Julianne Moore as their mums? It’s a ‘love is love’ film made before the catchphrase took off, and a lot less mushy than that makes it sound. GL
20. Pride (2014)
In 1984, when the miners went on strike people got together all around the UK to raise money for the miners and their families. One of the biggest fundraisers was a group of gay and lesbian campaigners in London – who saw the harassment of the miners by Margaret Thatcher’s government as mirroring their own persecution. Calling themselves LGSM (Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners), they set off from London in two minibuses and a clapped-out campervan to a village in South Wales carrying buckets of loose change raised in gay clubs. In 2014 that story was turned into the gorgeous, biggest-hearted Brit film ‘Pride’. CC
19. The Boys in the Band (1970)
A decade before he sparked outrage with ‘Cruising’ (in which the leather scene supposedly nudges Al Pacino towards homicide), director William Friedkin presented this portrait of a group of New York friends on the cusp of liberation. Set around a birthday party, it’s one of the first features dealing with gay life on its own terms, including copious boozing, relationship strains and lacerating self-recombination. It’s noteworthy for some electrifying performances, transplanted from the stage – playwright Mart Crowley adapted his own hit play – and location footage shot at Julius, now the oldest surviving gay bar in Manhattan. BW
16. Fox and His Friends (1975)
Cast: Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Peter Chatel, Karlheinz Böhm
‘Fox and His Friends’ might just be the unstoppable Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s most lacerating, mordant and righteous takedown of postwar bourgeois hypocrisy (and Lord knows there’s some competition). The enfant terrible of radical German cinema stars in his own 1975 feature as a working-class gay boy who wants love, craves acceptance and happens to have won the lottery — the cue for his merciless exploitation by more savvy acquaintances. As well as being a trenchant case for class consciousness, it’s a bruising reminder that people can share your sexuality without giving a shit about your welfare. BW
6. The Killing of Sister George (1968)
Six years after delivering the 1962 Grand Guignol camp classic ‘What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?’, director Robert Aldrich was back at it with this towering exercise in macabre lesbian psychodrama. Beryl Reid wolfs down the scenery as June, an actor known and loved as sweet Sister George in a TV soap but in real life a boozed-up monster given to molesting nuns in taxi cabs. Her behaviour threatens both her work and her relationship with pliable Childie (Susannah York), yet Reid maintains our sympathy. The film includes scenes shot at real-life legendary London lesbian club the Gateways. BW
5. All About My Mother (1999)
Pedro Almodovar’s filmography practically constitutes an LGBT cinema canon in itself. But this rich, ripe, wrenching Oscar winner from 1999 may represent his most generous Valentine to the community. It’s also the ideal bridging point between the messy, manic high camp of his earlier career and his later, more refined embrace of melodrama and ‘women’s cinema’. Cecilia Roth is Manuela, a grieving mother searching Barcelona’s colourful queer scene for the transvestite who unwittingly fathered her late son. If that sounds like a lot, Almodovar isn’t afraid to overload his film, incorporating pregnant nuns, stage divas and the Aids crisis into a heady stew. It’s a film that finally celebrates the togetherness of outsiders. GL
4. My Own Private Idaho (1991)
For years, ‘playing gay’ was seen as a brave move for young male movie stars (what did Hollywood think: that straight women would get all confused and suddenly stop fancying their boy-crushes?). ‘My Own Private Idaho’ is the film that conclusively disproved that lazy assumption. River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves play a pair of rent-boy drifters on the streets of Seattle – and still the tweenies swooned and put their posters up on the walls. Gus van Sant’s film is dreamy, earthy and pretentious in the best sense, and both leads are impossibly beautiful. TH
2. Boys Don’t Cry (1999)
‘We have come a long way,’ Hilary Swank said on stage at the 1999 Oscars, brandishing the Best Actress prize she’d just won for starring in Kimberly Peirce’s tough-minded but profoundly compassionate biopic of Brandon Teena, a young transgender man murdered for living his truth in the American Midwest. It sounded self-aggrandising to some, but Swank was right: Peirce’s film was one that opened minds and hearts to the concept of trans identity at the turn of the millennium, dramatising Teena’s identity crisis with unsentimental frankness and shivery sensuality. (The latter most present in an aching romance with Chloe Sevigny’s trailer-park dreamgirl.) And while trans activists continue to decry the casting of a cis actor in the lead, Swank’s bruised, many-layered performance remains astounding. GL
1. Brokeback Mountain (2005)
It made over £140 million worldwide, which means that Ang Lee’s muscular yet delicate cinematic interpretation of a slender Annie Proulx story will be hard to beat as the highest-grossing gay romance of all time. It’s something of a miracle that it reached such a summit – in addition to scoring eight Oscar nominations – without compromising the subtle, laconic sadness of Proulx’s prose. Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal star in the tragedy-bound love story as strapping sheep-herders in 1960s Wyoming. Lines like ‘I wish I knew how to quit you’ immediately entered the all-time quote list. And to this day, no one can look at a flannel shirt on a hanger without getting misty-eyed. GL
While mainstream Hollywood continues to catch up when it comes to LGBTQ representation in blockbuster movies, there are plenty of directors out there highlighting issues within the gay community through slick visuals.
For now, some of the most compelling and hard-hitting LGBTQ cinema exists in short films. From tackling the homophobic world of football, to a teacher exploring the sex party scene in New York City, they are touching upon real life emotions that your local Odeon is probably little way off from showing anytime soon.
Gay Times have rounded up just five of the best gay short films out there that you can watch online.