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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.

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