8 LGBTQ Films to Catch this Pride Month on Hollywood Suite
Into the Forest (2015). Director Patricia Rozema has been bringing some of the greatest lesbian and women’s stories to the screen for decades and this thrilling post-apocalyptic drama is no different. Fans of strong queer icons will also be pleased to know the film is fronted by Ellen Page and and Evan Rachel Wood playing sisters fighting to surive after disaster strikes the world.
The Object Of My Affection (1998). Groundbreaking for its time, this 90s romcom spreads its focus beyond just the lonely woman looking for love to also include her gay best friend. Even more important was two leads like Jennifer Aniston and a young Paul Rudd showing late 90s Hollywood was interested in tackling gay stories and characters.
The Times of Harvey Milk (1984). This Oscar-winning documentary from Janus Films and the Criterion Collection traces the life, death and long-lasting impacts of pioneering gay rights activist Harvey Milk. Made shortly after his assassination and frequently told in Milk’s own words, this documentary is a perfect testament to a man who connected communities and understood the importance of his work.
Clouds of Sils Maria (2014). This examination of the film industry from French director Olivier Assayas features plenty of same-sex tension and an exciting role for Kristen Stewart. Stewart won the Best Supporting Actress award from the French the same year and established herself as both a serious actress and someone unafraid to explore queer sexuality on screen.
Desert Hearts (1985). Donna Deitch’s lesbian romance from Janus Films and the Criterion Collection is considered a landmark film for being one of the first wide-released movies to portray a lesbian relationship in a positive light. Canadians can be doubly proud that it stars Helen Shaver who has a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame.
Tom à la Ferme (2013). Speaking of Canadian gay icons, our filmmaking enfant terrible Xavier Dolan shocked audiences with this thriller that explores the relationship between an abusive homophobe and his dead brother’s lover. The script comes from a play by Michel Marc Bouchard, who fans may know from his groundbreaking and equally boundary-pushing work Lilies.
The Lady In The Van (2013). For some lighter fare, celebrated British gay writer and director Alan Bennett and Nicholas Hytner bring a comic memoir to life. Maggie Smith stars as an eccentric elderly woman who Bennett allowed to live on his property in her van and formed a lasting connection with.
Independence Day (1996). Just like LGBTQ folks are in all walks of life, it’s important to remember that they’re all over Hollywood as well. Master of Disaster Roland Emmerich is a proudly out filmmaker so the next time you watch Will Smith punch an alien, just know you’re striking a very minor blow for acceptance in Hollywood.