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Cult Classics Of Queer Cinema

To mark Pride month, Eden Loweth - of design duo ART SCHOOL - gives us a schooling in the best LGBTQ+ films to discover


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Weekend by Andrew Haigh

“I saw this film when I was about 15 years old and it really stuck with me. It’s a simple but effective tale of a one-night stand which turns into something more complex… Seeing this love story between two men was so enlightening and refreshing.”

Hedwig and the Angry Inch by John Cameron Mitchell

“I only recently saw this film and it is brilliant. A glittering rock ‘n’ roll frenzy from start to finish, loaded with queer-positive power.”


Carol by Todd Haynes

“This film really captured my imagination. Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara are so perfect - the film is so poignant and elegant.”

The Garden by Derek Jarman

“Jarman’s work has affected both me and Tom in our work for Art School greatly since we studied his book Chroma for my graduate collection. This film is a particularly beautiful piece of queer cinema which sees surreal happenings in stark landscapes.”

Paris Is Burning by Jennie Livingstone

“A quintessential queer classic. A documentary showcasing New York’s ballroom scene in the 1980s. There's unforgettable characters, otherworldly beauty and a whole load of eleganza!”

Appropriate Behaviour by Desiree Akhavan

“I remember seeing this in Mile End cinema with my friend when I was at university. It’s a super funny and affronting comedy about navigating your identity and sexuality.”

Mysterious Skin by Gregg Araki

“This is one of my all-time favourite films. It had such a profound effect on me when I first watched it. It has beautiful performances by Joseph-Gordon Levitt and Brady Corbet.”

Shortbus by John Cameron Mitchell

“By the same director as Hedwig…this film I saw a few years ago and would love to rematch. It’s a funny and taboo-breaking film that shows queer sexuality in an upfront way.”

Stranger By The Lake by Alain Guiraudie

“I saw this in the ICA cinema with a female friend. It was a tiny cinema, the smallest one in the ICA and my friend was the only female in a small sea of men! Which was very funny. This is a powerful queer film about gay desire with potent sun-drenched cinematography.”

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