KEY MO­MENTS IN QUEER CINEMA

VE­GAS IN SPACE MAY NOT HAVE FOUND A MASS AU­DI­ENCE, BUT THESE LGBTQ FILMS WERE LUCK­IER…

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VIC­TIM __ 1961 dirk Bog­a­rde’s clos­eted bar­ris­ter is the vic­tim of black­mail in the first english-lan­guage film to use the word “ho­mo­sex­ual”. its sym­pa­thetic por­trayal is of­ten cred­ited with helping to lib­er­alise Bri­tish laws and soften prej­u­dice.

MY BEAU­TI­FUL LAUNDRETTE __ 1985 this one is an ex­am­i­na­tion of tol­er­ance all round, deal­ing with is­sues of poverty, racism and ex­trem­ism. amid the chaos that those bring, the love story between gor­don War­necke’s omar and daniel day-lewis’ Johnny is a place of com­par­a­tive safety.

BOYS DON’T CRY __ 1999 Kim­berly Peirce’s os­car-win­ning film is based on the real-life story of mur­dered trans man Bran­don teena. Peirce keeps the fo­cus tight on the story of Bran­don and his girl­friend lana, rather than sen­sa­tion­al­is­ing his tragic death, giv­ing this dev­as­tat­ing emo­tional power.

BROKE­BACK MOUN­TAIN __ 2005 ang lee’s beau­ti­ful, lyri­cal love story il­lus­trates the pro­found dam­age that a clos­eted life can cause, as two cow­boys fall in love while sta­tioned on a re­mote moun­tain, only to then spend a life­time try­ing to hide their feel­ings from their clos­est fam­ily.

BLUE IS THE WARM­EST COLOUR __ 2013 this com­ing-of-age story about a young woman’s first af­fair is so au­then­tic that even its star­tlingly ex­plicit sex scenes did not dis­tract crit­ics from its emo­tional core. stun­ning break­through per­for­mances from adèle exar­chopou­los and léa sey­doux also helped.

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