Film Discussion

Gay Drama In Cinema: Key Films To Seek Out


Bound (1996)

Bound follows Violet and her girlfriend Corky as they attempt to steal $2 million from Violet’s mafioso ex-boyfriend. Bound was praised for its humour and its depiction of a lesbian relationship when the film was first released, though some members of the LGBT+ community did complain that a film about female lovers was directed by two men.

The Wachowski’s (the film’s directors) have since both come out as trans women and the film has again found itself at the centre of discussions about sexuality and gender politics as initial opinions have been reassessed.


Tangerine (2015)

Tangerine follows transgender sex worker Sin-Dee and her friend Alexandra tearing through L.A. on Christmas Eve as she searches for her boyfriend/pimp, who has been cheating on her with another woman.

Tangerine tells a story of friendship between two trans women, actually played by two trans women, in a story that is at times laugh out loud funny, and at others tender and heartfelt. Shot entirely on iPhone 5S, the film has a look and a feel that makes it stand out from others.


Pride (2014)

Pride tells the true life story of the struggle of the miners during 1984’s miners strike, and a group that raised money in their support, the Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners.

Pride follows the group as they travel to a small Welsh mining town, the only one that would accept their donation, as they deliver the money. What follows is a funny and heartwarming story of the two groups coming together to support each other in a time when both were hated.


Moonlight (2016)

Moonlight, based upon the autobiographical play ‘In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue’ by Barry Jenkins, follows Chiron during three stages of his life, exploring his sexuality and identity as he grows up in difficult circumstances.

Taking the time to explore the lives of young gay black people, Moonlight received massive praise for its sensitivity and storytelling, going on to win Best Oscar that year. Beautifully shot and well written, Moonlight explores an important story.

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