THE NEW WAVE OF
When Moonlight – a low-budget film about the hardships endured by a gay African-American man in
Miami – picked up the Best Picture award at this year’s Oscars, it sent a clear message: LGBTQ stories belong on the world stage. More than a year since its release, thought-provoking gay-oriented cinema is making it to larger audiences. First up is Oscar-tipped Call Me By Your Name (27 October). Played out during the summer of 1983 in northern Italy, it features a career-defining performance by 21-year-old Timothée Chalamet as Elio, a student who falls for older family friend Oliver [Armie Hammer]. The romance is all-consuming, and the heartbreak is harrowing.
LGBTQ cinema gets another sun-blissed coming-of-age flick in Beach Rats (below, out 3 November), the story of a disaffected teen navigating adulthood (we speak to director Eliza Hittman on page 114). Currently doing the film-festival circuit and slated for release later this year is
The Wound, a South African film about a group of boys who take part in a traditional initiation into manhood. Their older mentors grapple with their masculinity in a culture in which homosexuality is still taboo. Next year, look out for Gentleman Jack, an eight-part series coming to the BBC. Written by Happy Valley screenwriter Sally Wainwright, it’s the story of Anne Lister, ‘Britain’s first modern lesbian’. Her diaries, written in the early 1800s, were disguised using complex code, and detailed her sexual encounters and commitment to a lifestyle that the society she lived in abhorred. Starting early next year, Suranne Jones (Doctor Foster, Save Me) stars. Downton Abbey this is not.