LGBTQ+ Voices

LGBTQ+ Voices

You don’t have to go out of your way to celebrate the contributions that queer people have made to world cinema; film history is unavoidably, ineradicably, and undeniably queer. But those contributions haven’t always been out in the open, we’re spotlighting some of the most brazenly, brilliantly queer movies we can think of, with films from Todd Haynes, Derek Jarman, Yvonne Rainer, and other marvelous mavericks.

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LGBTQ+ Voices
  • Blue

    Directed by Derek Jarman | 79 mins | 1993
    Over an unceasing, monochromatic blue frame, voices read a poetic text in which Jarman muses on his physical and mental deterioration as well as the endless implications of the color blue. Jarman, dying of AIDS, would be gone within a year, having left be...

  • Caravaggio

    Directed by Derek Jarman | 93 mins | 1986
    A brazenly anachronistic and sensual imagining of the life of Renaissance renegade Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (Nigel Terry), seen juggling two lovers (Sean Bean’s Ranuccio and Tilda Swinton’s Lena) while scandalizing the establishment. The debut fi...

  • High Heel Nights

    Directed by Beth B | 11 mins | 1994
    Intimate portraits of gay artists and drag performers talking about gender, identity, and all the fine lines around them. Beth B’s short film is a stirring reminder that drag-queen performances may be accepted in the mainstream today, but there was a time when ...

  • Poison

    Directed by Todd Haynes | 85 mins | 1991
    With his first feature, Haynes took his influence from the patron saint of all queer outlaw art, the French writer and director Jean Genet. The result, a landmark of New Queer Cinema, was a trio of intercut, stylistically distinct stories drawn together by...

  • Sebastiane

    Directed by Derek Jarman | 90 mins | 1976
    Jarman’s feature debut—co-directed with Humfress—makes blatant the latent homoeroticism in artistic renderings of the biblical story of the martyrdom of St. Sebastian, reveling in the male form while recounting a tale of repressed desire turned to sadism ...