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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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