LGBT2Q+

  • Tucked

    80 mins 14+ UK
    Language: English
    Genre: Comedy Drama
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    Synopsis

    When veteran drag queen, Jackie Collins, receives a diagnosis with six weeks to live, all he wants to do is perform his long-running act, and behave as if all is normal. But between a surprising new friendship with a rising young queen and unfinished business with his estranged daughter, he may just have the most eventful month and a half of his life. A feel-good film with charm and humor as well as surprising insight into our evolving understanding of gender identity across generations, this marks the first queer film from prolific young British director Jamie Patterson.

    Winner! Outfest 2018 Audience Award and Jury Prize for Best International Film

    “The tale of two performers helping to heal each other may have been told before, but the details are fresh, and the actors shine.” – Stephen Farber, The Hollywood Reporter

    Director: Jamie Patterson
    Cast: Derren Nesbitt, Jordan Stephens, April Pearson
  • Canary

    Kanarie

    120 mins 18+ South Africa
    Language: Afrikaans Subtitles: English
    Genre: Drama Musical
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    Synopsis

    Set in South Africa in 1985 against a backdrop of apartheid, religion and war, Canary is a charming musical drama that chronicles one teen's struggle to find his voice.

    Seventeen-year-old Johan is a small-town boy whose love of British new wave music, and especially Boy George, makes him an easy target for bullying from the neighbourhood kids. When he gets called up for military service, Johan auditions for, and is accepted into, the Canaries— the South African Defence Choir. Initially believing that the choir means he will not be fighting in the war, Johan begins to see the role he plays in the oppression and injustice around him. If that isn't enough to deal with, Johan is also falling in love with Wolfgang, a fellow Canary.

    As Johan's beliefs about religion, patriotism and sexuality are brought into question, he is left to rely on his emerging creativity and passion for music. And after all, who doesn't need a dance break from time to time?

    Director: Christiaan Olwagen
    Cast: Schalk Bezuidenhout, Hannes Otto, Germandt Geldenhuys & more
  • Love, Simon

    110 mins PG USA
    Language: English Subtitles: English
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    Synopsis

    A young coming-of-age tale about a teenage boy, Simon Spier, goes through a different kind of Romeo and Juliet story. Simon has a love connection with a boy, Blue, by email, but the only problem is that Simon has no idea who he's talking to. Simon must discover who that boy is--who Blue is. Along the way, he tries to find himself as well.

    Director: Greg Berlanti
    Cast: Nick Robinson, Jennifer Garner, Josh Duhamel
  • Octavio is Dead!

    88 mins 14+ Canada
    Language: English
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    Synopsis

    Things are not quite what they seem in Octavio Is Dead!, a moody and sexually charged supernatural tale from multitalented director Sook-Yin Lee. Tyler (Alias Grace’s mesmerizing Sarah Gadon) is unemployed and unsettled after learning that her father, a man she’s never met, has died and left her everything, including an apartment cluttered with the detritus of a complicated life. Her mother Joan, played by the legendary Rosanna Arquette, doesn’t even want to talk about it. Impulsively deciding to explore her father’s stomping grounds before the apartment is sold, Tyler’s curiosity about her father slowly evolves into a sensual exploration of her own identity and desires. With incredible performances from an excellent cast that includes hunky newcomer Dimitris Kitsos, Lee has produced the seemingly impossible: a sexy and thoughtful queer film that appeals to women and men and to those who like their gender bent.

    Director: Sook-Yin Lee
    Cast: Sarah Gadon, Rosanna Arquette, Raoul Max Trujillo
  • The Fruit Machine

    93 mins R Canada
    Language: English
    Genre: Documentary
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    Synopsis

    Some softened by age and sadness, others loud and angry, the voices of the survivors of Canada's public service and military homosexual purge are now united and determined.

    After the Second World War, Canada, and much of the Western world, became preoccupied with national security. Against the backdrop of Cold War paranoia, Canada began investigating federal employees who might be susceptible to blackmail by Soviet spies. Homosexuality, along with drunkenness and adultery, was considered a “character weakness” and became grounds for surveillance and interrogation by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police under the directive of the newly established Security Panel. Over the course of four decades, thousands of men and women had their privacy invaded and their careers ruined.

    The despair born in those pop-up interrogation rooms has long-paralyzed these public servants and military members. The Fruit Machine is their film, a story of hope and of a country's struggle to do the right thing.

    Director: Sarah Fodey
    Cast: Diane Pitre, Martine Roy, John Sawatsky & more
  • Shakedown

    72 mins R USA
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    Synopsis

    Shakedown, a series of parties by and for black women, dominated Los Angeles’s underground lesbian strip club scene from the 1990s through the 2000s. This film is equal parts provocative, touching, sexy, and nostalgic for days long gone.  Director Leilah Weinraub captures the glamour, grit, and joy of club life at Shakedown, from welcoming the birth of the first Shakedown baby, to dancers being harassed and arrested by the LAPD. We meet a captivating crew, including Miss Mahogany, a black house mother who has organized parties since the ’80s; Egypt, a femme performer with an alter ego as dominant Sasha Fierce, but a voice so soft you’d never know it was coming from the same person; and Ronnie Ron, Miss Mahogany’s butch lesbian protégé, a brilliant MC and the founder of Shakedown Productions.

    It’s a celebration of a unique time and space, crackling with footage that (amazingly) was shot and has survived. So settle in and grab some dollar bills. These girls know how to put on a show.

    Director: Leila Weinraub
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