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Out on Film Recommends What to Watch

Updated: Mar 27, 2020

While we are all at home looking for things to do and watch, we've put together a list of films and TV shows that you might have missed or just need to see again.

Boy Meets Girl (2014)

Michelle Hendley stars as a trans girl living in Kentucky who dreams of becoming a famous New York fashion designer. During one summer she has to make up her mind about her future - and navigate a relationship with her platonic best friend who she has known for 15 years. The film made a sizable festival splash but still remains largely unseen (Prime Video)

A Fantastic Woman (2017)

It won the Best Foreign Film Academy Award® for a reason. Daniela Vega stars as Marina, a trans woman whose life changes when her older boyfriend passes. “A Fantastic Woman” is highly cinematic with an exceptional lead performance by Vega. (Prime Video)

God's Own Country (2017)

It came out the same year as “Call Me By Your Name” and didn’t get the attention that film did, but a lot of people think it’s just as memorable. Josh O’Connor (now seen in “The Crown”) and Alex Secareanu create palpable tension as young men who start as relationship during lambing season. How O’Connor’s character grows and changes during the course of the film is what makes it so special. A happy ending is a huge bonus. (Netflix)

Guidance (2014)

This was one of funniest films of 2014. Pat Mills stars a gay former child star who, needing money, fakes credentials to become a high school guidance counselor. Politically incorrect, this black comedy is well worth watching. (Dekkoo)

Handsome Devil (2017)

A loner and a star athlete – both rugby players - are forced to share a room in this crowd-pleaser. directed by John Butler. One’s gay and the other isn’t. It’s a good feel film that never feels cheap or forced. An added bonus is a plum supporting role from out actor Andrew Scott from “Fleabag” and “Pride”. (Netflix)

Noah's Arc (2005)

Yes - most everyone knows it, but it’s well worth a return visit. This groundbreaking series revolves around four African-American gay men in Los Angeles and made stars of many, including Darryl Stephens and Doug Spearman. It’s funny and sexy and knowing. (Amazon)

The Queen (1968)

“Paris is Burning” is an essential part of pop culture and worth it, yet “The Queen” isn’t as well know. This landmark documentary looks at the contestants at the Miss All-America Camp Beauty Pageant in New York, with interviews with the contestants. It’s a revealing look at drag gay America, pre-Stonewall. (Netflix and Prime)

Princess Cyd (2017)

Stephen Cone has made some fine films – including his breakthrough “The Wise Kids” but this could be his best. A 16 year old girl spends the summer with her aunt and learns a lot about herself. Character-driven, “Princess Cyd” is full of perceptive touches and terrific performances (Prime Video)

Rafiki (2019)

Kena and Ziki are two young women in Kenya who start a relationship that seems doomed to fall amidst a conservative society and families on opposite sides, This stirring film, which reminded many of the work of early Spike Lee, was controversial upon its release but eventually found fans throughout the world. (Prime Video)

Signature Move (2017)

Zaynab is a thirty-something lesbian taking care of her mother whose life gets complicated when she falls for a Mexican woman. Directed by Jennifer Reeder and co-written by Fawzia Mirza, who also stars, this is bright and smart filmmaking. (Prime Video)

Visible: Out on Television (2020)

The history of LGBTQ representation on the small screen is explored in this enthralling, comprehensive five part documentary, directed by former Atlantan Ryan White. The series includes almost 100 interviews with out performers, including at how traumatic it was for Ellen DeGeneres. (Apple TV+)

The Wedding Banquet (1993)

Long before he made “Brokeback Mountain,’ Ang Lee made this LGBTQ classic. A gay couple – Simon and Wei-Tung - in Manhattan are faced with a visit by one set of parents from Taiwan. Their friend Wei-Wei is an immigrant in need of a green card and a marriage of convenience is hatched. Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film, it’s timely and still charming as hell. (Amazon)

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