If you didn’t already know, June is global Pride month, a month in which people from the LGBTQ+ community can come together to celebrate, spread a message for equality, protest injustices and pay tribute to those who dedicated their lives for equal rights. In honour of Pride month, I’ve compiled a list of my five favourite films that feature LGBTQ+ characters or themes. Firstly, I’d like to say that I’m not saying these are the best LGBTQ+ films, just that they are amongst my all time favourite films and that they stuck with me for a long time after viewing.
5) THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT
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In The Kids Are All Right, Julianne Moore and Annette Benning play Nic and Jules, a couple with two teenage children (Mia Wasikowska and Josh Hutcherson) who share the same sperm donor (Mark Ruffalo). When their kids decide they want to get in touch with their biological father, Nic and Jules must find a way to incorporate this new man into their family without throwing off the balance of their home. The film was nominated for four Academy Awards including Best Picture in 2011 and is a heart-warming tale of family.
4) THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW
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I first saw the 1975 classic when I was eight years old and although not the most appropriate film for a child, it immediately became one of my favourites, even inspiring my 2011 Halloween costume. Whacky, zany and insanely quotable, The Rocky Horror Picture Show is not just a cult classic but a corner stone in LGBTQ+ pop culture.
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When Moonlight took home the Best Picture statuette at this year’s Academy Awards audiences were shocked. Barry Jenkin’s cinematic masterpiece is the first film with LGBTQ+ themes to win the Academy’s most prestigious award. Heart-wrenching and honest, Moonlight is a coming of age story spanning three decades, proving that self-awareness is not always easy to achieve. For a full review of Moonlight, click here.
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When I first saw Pride, I immediately thought about when I would next watch the film. Funny, smart, brave and entertaining, Pride tells the true story of the London LGBTQ+ group who helped raise money for the families affected by the 1984 Miner’s strike under Margaret Thatcher’s hyper-conservative government. The film was screened during the Director’s Fortnight at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival and was awarded the Queer Palm.
1) THE ADVENTURES OF PRISCILLA: QUEEN OF THE DESERT
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When I was younger, we only had two CDs in our family car: Cher’s ‘Believe’ EP and the official soundtrack for The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Following the cross country journey of three Australian drag queens (played masterfully by Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce and Terence Stamp), Priscilla* is a magnificent story of friendship, love and heart that helped cement Australian cinema’s reputation for quirky and imaginative films. The film spawned a Tony and Olivier Award winning musical which has been produced in over a dozen countries. For a full review, click here.
You can see the list in it’s full on my Letterboxd account and I am also planning on watching and reviewing LGBTQ+ films throughout the month of June and leading up to July 8th, which is the official London Pride march.
Published by Gemma Pecorini Goodall