Films, TV, Radio and Online

Films

This is a very small selection of films that look sensitively at different aspects of sexual identity or gender identity. These films are all available on DVD and have been recommended by FFLAG parents, families and LGBT individuals.

A Fantastic Woman (2018)

Directed by Sebastian Lelio and starring Daniela Vega, this is the story of Marina, battling to deal with her lover’s death in the face of discrimination and disdain from his wider family. A moving and ultimately uplifting tale, beautifully filmed, with touches of magical realism.

‘Beautiful Thing’ (1996)

Set on a South London housing estate, neighbours in a block of flats get an emotional wake up call when two teenage boys unexpectedly fall in love. Beautiful Thing, adapted from the play by Jonathan Harvey, features tenderhearted, kitchen sink realism from Channel Four Films.

‘Call Me By Your Name’ (2017)

Scripted by James Ivory and set in sun-drenched Italy in the summer of 1983, the film shows 17 year old Elio Perlman falling in love with Oliver, a doctoral student working for Elio’s father.  A sensitive story of the joy and pain of first love.

‘Maurice’ (1987)

Based on the book by E. M. Forster. This is not just a gay coming of age story. The hero wrestles with the British class system as well as his personal and sexual identity.

‘Milk’ (2008)

The story of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man to be elected to major public office in America. This is a powerful and inspiring story of his life and untimely death. His life changed history, and his courage changed lives.

 ‘Pride’ (2014)

This film about a group of London-based activists supporting a Welsh mining community during the coal strike of 1984 is an uplifting comedy drama based on real life events.

‘Victim’ (1961)

Starring Dirk Bogarde, this classic film took a courageous stand against the criminalisation of homosexuality. At the time, 90% of blackmail attempts were directed against gay men.

‘Yossi & Jagger’ (2002)

This is a moving story of two young Israeli soldiers and their love for one another. ‘A gem of a film’. In Hebrew with English subtitles.

Let us know of any good movies!

Television

There are several ‘soaps’ that have gay storylines, including
Hollyoaks, Coronation Street, Emmerdale and EastEnders. EastEnders featured a gay Muslim storyline back in 2009

To watch previous episodes –

Hollyoakswww.channel4.com/4OD

Coronation Streetwww.itv.com/hub/coronation-street

Emmerdalewww.itv.com/emmerdale/episodes

EastEnderswww.bbc.co.uk/iplayer

Let us know of any good TV shows!

Radio

‘Getting Bi’

Tom Robinson was the first rock star to be ‘out and proud’ at the height of his fame. Barely ten years after homosexuality was decriminalised in Britain, he released the song ‘Glad To Be Gay’. But then in the mid 80s something happened which changed Tom’s life overnight ­ he fell in love with a woman!

In this programme, Tom assesses his own changing attitudes to bisexuality and asks if it’s still a bit of a taboo in Britain today?

Broadcast in September 2011 on BBC Radio 4

Listening to anything good on the radio? let us know!

Online Resources

Sweet Sixteen – A Transgender Story’

A moving and sincere documentary featuring Llyr, a Welsh transgender teenager as she turns 16 and explores her transition, with the support of friends and family.

Sweet Sixteen

My Genderation films

https://www.youtube.com/user/MyGenderation

In their own words:
‘My Genderation has been producing films for 6 years now! Fox, Owl & Lewis are on a mission to create trans related content. What makes our films unique is that they are made entirely by trans people, about trans people, for a much wider audience.’

This is such a valuable resource. You can tap into so many people’s stories and the shared experience is hugely empowering, informative and reassuring.