Its the first weekend of #PrideMonth ! I have been exploring literature and cinema with visible queer representation in mainstream, and although its going at an incredibly slow pace, yet here is a list of stuff I put together so far. Shall keep updating it, as I learn and discover more. Why is it important? For all kids and teens to grow up watching normalised representation of queer lives on their TV screens.
- Portrait of a Lady on Fire (French): written and directed by a lesbian, telling a lesbian story, starring a lesbian (no pornographic fetishes of the cis-het male gaze!)
- Reaching for the Moon (Flores Raras/Rare Flowers, Portuguese): Lesbian, real life story.
- The Cakemaker(German): Gay
- Fire(Indian): Lesbian (Shabana Azmi & Nandita Das).
- The Danish Girl (English): Eddie Redmayne plays a transperson, real life story of Lili Elbe.
- Brokeback Mountain(English): Gay
- Wild Nights with Emily(English): Lesbian; on Emily Dickinson.
- Dickinson: Lesbian, on Emily Dickinson.
- The Death and Life of Marsha Johnson: Netflix, real life story of the leader of Stonewall Riots.
- Call Me By Your Name (English, set in 1980s Italy): Gay, based on a book.
- Mario(Swiss): Gay
- The Girl King (English, Swedish): Lesbian
- Carol (English, a French story): Lesbian, based on a novel.
- After Forever– Drama series about gay men over 40
- Elisa and Marcela (Spanish): Lesbian; real life story about first ever same sex marriage in Spain.
- The Miseducation of Cameron Post(English): Lesbian; based on a novel, high school girl sent to conversion therapy.
- Mädchen in Uniform (German): 1931 movie, Lesbian.
- Half of It (Netflix): Sapphic teens, 2020 release.
- She-Ra (Netflix): Animated series into it’s fifth season right now, excellent portrayal of all genders and sexualities with intersections of race.
- Shubh Mangal Zyada Savdhan(Indian): Gay. Very noisy slapstick humour, but quite okay as an introduction to homosexuality to the average Indian homophobe. Replacing popular Bollywood cis-het imageries and references with a gay lead couple was a long overdue first step.
- Blue is the Warmest Colour (French): Lesbian. The movie has won many awards but has also received a lot of flak from the queer community and movie critics, accusing the cis-het male gaze of the director for it’s fetishist and pornographic portrayal of intimate scenes.
- The Imitation Game (English): On the life of Alan Turig, the legendary computer scientist who broke Nazi codes.
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