JudgeG recently asked me to comment on the film, Boys In The Band and he has put up my response on his blog. Needless to say, I hate it and he loves it so he wanted to put up two opposing views. Check it out here.
Rather than dwell on stuff I don’t like, I thought I’d share my list of favourite gay films. This is just off the top of my head and I’ve put them into chronological order.
Predating Boys In The Band by 9 years, Victim tells of a lawyer being blackmailed because of his sexuality. This was time when being a homosexual was highly illegal and something to be ashamed of. Dirk Bogarde played the lawyer, both the actor and his character standing up for what is right with the threat of destorying their respective careers hanging over their head. A brave and inspiring film.
TORCH SONG TRILOGY (1988)
A heart-warming story told of different stages of a gay man’s life and in particular, his relationships and how patterns repeat themselves. Very funny and very touching at the same time. Harvey Fierstein wrote and directed and starred alongside Anne Bancroft and Matthew Broderick.
THE SUM OF US (1994)
I’m not much of a Russell Crowe fan but he is brilliant in this Australian film as a gay plumber trying to find love and his relationship with his very understanding father. A very Australian film with very Australian characters that you just fall in love with.
There have been so many films about HIV/AIDS that it got a bit much at one stage. It was almost like you couldn’t have a gay film unless it was about HIV/AIDS. Jeffrey was the film that stood out for me. At times totally hilarious and at times very sad and dramatic. Patrick Stewart is stunning as a flamboyant gay man (I could never look at Captain Picard quite the same way again) and there are all star cameos from Olympia Dukakis, Christine Baranski, Kathy Najimy, Nathan Lane and Sigourney Weaver.
BEAUTIFUL THING (1996)
A wonderful love story between two teenage boys as they go through their person journies. The dance scene at the end always leaves me with tears of happiness. The film is chock full of colourful characters and lots of Mama Cass music. This film really is a beautiful thing.
GET REAL (1998)
This is the story of Steven, an English schoolboy, and his journey which culminates in a very moving coming out speech in front of his school, family and friends. There’s also a Cyberman in it so how could I not love this film?
BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN (2005)
You just knew that this film had to be on my list, didn’t you? Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal are just superb in this dramatic tear-jerker of an unspoken love between two men.
A film about family, being true to your dreams, love and surfing. I first saw this at the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Film Festival and just loved it. A very positive story with two appealing lead characters. Being gay is just treated as something quite normal which is quite refreshing.
PATRIK, AGE 1.5 (2008)
Another film from the Film Festival and another film about family. A Swedish gay couple want to adopt an 18 month old baby (ie. 1.5 years) and due to an error end up with a 15 year old homophobic thug. The journey that this odd family unit takes is very heartwarming and very Swedish. I could relate to the Swedish bureaucracy, that’s for sure!
A truly inspiring story about a truly inspiring man. Sean Penn does such a good job of capturing Harvey Milk and he certainly deserved the Oscar. The film is very compelling as it travels towards the inevitable ending (for those who know about Harvey Milk). Although I knew how the story ends, it still packed an emotional wallop.