June is Pride Month, and one way to celebrate is with some stellar LGBTQ films.
Representation is so important, and one film this year that really got that conversation going was Love, Simon. It's crazy to think that it took until 2018 for a major Hollywood studio to produce a film with a gay protagonist. LGBTQ films are special because they aren't just purely entertainment, they're also giving a voice to an underrepresented demographic, and we're hopeful that this will continue to change in the film and television industries.
If you're looking for a great film to watch in honour of pride this month, check out our picks below!
Last year we received a new queer masterpiece with Call Me By Your Name. The film follows Elio (Timothee Chalamet), a seventeen-year-old boy who spends his summer in Italy with his family. His father is a professor who welcomes a new student to stay with them every year, this time it's Oliver (Armie Hammer), a handsome 24-year-old who awakens something in Elio, leading us through a journey of self-exploration and a budding romance between the two young men.
Hilary Swank won an Academy Award for her leading role in this film, which tells the true story of Brandon Teena, a transgender teen living in rural Nebraska. Although Brandon finds happiness and acceptance with his girlfriend Lana, played by Chloe Sevigny, he has a hard time fitting in with the rest of the town -- especially when his secret is exposed.
In this historical drama, Eddie Redmayne portrays the Danish artist Einar Wegener. When his wife Gerda, a portraitist, asks him to stand in for a female model, the simple act of dressing as a woman unlocks a longing Einar never knew existed, leading the couple on a journey through the meaning of identity -- and marriage.
Widely hailed as an instant classic for its sensitive portrayal of forbidden romance, this period drama tells the story of two cowboys, Ennis Del Mar (Heath Ledger) and Jack Twist (Jake Gyllenhaal), and their decades-long love affair in 1960s Wyoming. Director Ang Lee beautifully depicts both the rugged scenery and passionate longing between Ennis and Jack.
A happily-married newlywed (Piper Perabo) suddenly and unexpectedly falls head-over-heels for a woman she meets at her wedding (Lena Headey), creating a stir among her family and friends and causing her to question her sexual orientation in this surprisingly funny and bittersweet dramedy.
The friendship between two women (Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara) deepens into love in 1950s New York, challenging conventional social norms, and the effects ripple through their families and community. Nominated for multiple awards, this unmissable drama was included on many "Best of" lists for 2015.
Based (very) loosely on the familiar story of Dr. Frankenstein, this campy, outrageous cult classic finds a strait-laced couple (Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick) stumbling upon a party thrown by the "transvestite from transsexual Transylvania" Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry). The plot is wacky, but the final message of "don't dream it, be it" certainly fits with the Pride theme of self-acceptance!
This year's hit teen drama follows Simon, a popular high school student with one big secret: he's gay. When another teenager from his school anonymously comes out online, Simon starts sending emails to "Blue", also anonymously, and we follow his journey as he tries to figure out who exactly he's talking to, and consequentially, falling in love with.