One man’s trials and tribulations around his race, gender and sexuality at three stages of his life take focus in searing drama Moonlight. Set in Miami, it boasts a near-perfect 98% score on Rotten Tomatoes. Three actors (including Trevante Rhodes) play lead character Chiron at age 10, 16 and and in his 30s.
Furthermore, the film features pop star Janelle Monae, who has declined to label her sexuality in interviews, and Mahershala Al (of House of Cards fame) in supporting roles. Recently-released in the US, it’s yet to reach the UK> After the white-washing controversy of last year’s Oscars, here’s hoping Moonlight gets the recognition it deserves.
2 Other People
She’s stolen every scene she’s ever appeared in, with her impeccable, riotous comic timing. And now Molly Shannon is stealing entire films, too. Oscar buzz abounds around her performance as the cancer-suffering mother of a grown gay man in this indie flick.
A dramedy that packs an emotional punch, the film enjoyed a limited release in the US a few months back and has yet to reach UK screens.
3 King Cobra
This salacious look at the mid-00s gay porn industry, and the murder of tycoon Bryan Kocis, stars – who else? – James Franco. Reviews have so far been mixed. One person who definitely won’t be seeing the film is its inspiration: Brent Corrigan has accused the film of ‘bastardizing my early years in porn‘ on Twitter.
Judging by the energetic trailer, though, this could be one of the sexiest and trashiest queer films in a long while… We can’t wait.
This sensitive drama focuses on the lives and loves of a group of queer and queer-friendly artistic types in Memphis, Tennessee.
A refreshing, nuanced look at gay life outside of American supercities such as NYC and San Francisco, the show is the jewel in the crown of recently-launched LGBTI online streaming service Dekkoo.com. To read our recent interview with Feral director Morgan Jon Fox, click here; for our interview with star Seth Daniels, click here.
5 Nocturnal Animals
There’s nothing queer about the plot that we can ascertain. (Rather, it focuses on the broken relationship between Amy Adams’s cold LA art gallery owner and her ex. Propelling the plot is the mysterious, subtext-heavy novel he dedicates to her). But we’re including it in this list because it’s by openly gay fashion designer Tom Ford. The dad-of-one previously scored Oscar nominations with his Colin-Firth starring debut A Single Man, about a gay lecturer grieving the loss of his boyfriend.
Playing Amy’s calculating on-screen ex is Jake Gyllanhaal – Oscar-nominated for 2005’s iconic gay drama Brokeback Mountain. The film is out now. See it ASAP!
6 When We Rise
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Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black returns. The man behind 2008’s Milk – the moving biopic of late gay politician Harvey – has written a mini series for ABC tracking the gay rights movements from the Stonewall Riots onwards. Joining Tom Daley’s fiance as producer Gus Van Sant, director of the aforementioned Milk.
Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie O’Donnell will guest star in the seven-part series, which is due to air next year.