For many years LGBTQI films have helped shape the queer cultural landscape. As the country prepares for the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras, there’s no better time to present a marathon of films that celebrate queer sexuality. This Sunday night tune in from 4.45pm as WM Celebrates: Queer Cinema with four gripping films, including Gerontophilia, Concussion, Tom at the Farm, Blue is the Warmest Colour and The Exterminating Angels.
Can’t wait until Sunday? In the meantime, take a look at some of our must-see LGBTQI films:
Tropical Malady (Thailand, 2004)
This is one of those rare films that will leave you wanting more as soon as the credits roll. A prize winner at Cannes, nothing is what is seems in this mystical tale about a love affair between a young soldier and a country boy, who soon disappears.
Milk (United States, 2008)
In 1977, Harvey Milk became the first openly gay man elected to the public office in the Unites States. This film traces Milk’s (Sean Penn) career from his 40th birthday, painting a beautiful portrait of a warrior whose passions was equalled by his generosity and good humour.
Blue is the Warmest Colour (France, 2013)
Abdel Kechiche’s deliciously intense lesbian flick centers on 15-year-old Adele, who falls for an older art student Emma. What follows is a raw, absorbing and powerfully acted love story. At the 2013 Cannes Film Festival the film was awarded the Palme d’Or to both the director and lead actresses.
Madame Sat√£ (France, 2002)
This is a story inspired by the life of one the most remarkable figures in Brazilian culture, Jo√£o Francisco dos Santos (aka Madame Sat√£) – a chef, transvestite, singer, performer, lover and father from Rio de Janeiro. Erotic, violent and bursting with colour, we love this flick for its vivid snapshot of this fiercely proud drag queen.
Tom at the Farm (Canada, 2013)
Xavier Dolan’s Hitchcockian thriller follows a young gay man trapped in a dangerous dance of lust and violence. Tom (played by Dolan) travels to a rural town for the funeral of his lover, only to discover that his boyfriend’s family was unaware of their son’s sexual orientation.
Bound (United States, 1996)
This lesbian crime-drama is stylish, nicely written and filled with tension. It follows Corky, an ex con and her lover, Violet, as they concoct a scheme to steal millions of mob money and blame Violet’s psychotic boyfriend. The unabashed lesbian sex scenes in this film (choreographed by sex therapist Susie Bright) speak for themselves!
WM Celebrates: Queer Cinema kicks off on Sunday at 4.45pm. Find out more about the films here.