Article Title:Gay Films: Your top 10
Category:Movies
Author or Credit:Jacqui Stanford
Published on:22nd November 2010 - 01:10 pm
Published by:GayNZ.com
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Text:A GayNZ.com reader's poll on your favourite gay films pulled up some interesting results. Check out which movies made the top ten:   10. Shortbus – 2006 A group of New Yorkers get caught up in their romantic-sexual milieu converge at an underground salon infamous for its blend of art, music, politics, and carnality.   9. Angels in America – 2003 Playwright Tony Kushner adapts his political epic about the AIDS crisis during the mid-eighties, around a group of separate but connected individuals.    6th equal A Single Man - 2009   A story that centres on an English professor who, after the sudden death of his partner tries to go about his typical day in Los Angeles. Latter Days – 2003 A promiscuous gay party animal falls for a young Mormon missionary, leading to crisis, cliché, and catastrophe. Shelter – 2007 When his college dreams are sidelined by family obligations, a young man finds comfort in surfing with his best friend's brother.     5. The Rocky Horror Picture Show – 1975 It's the weird and wonderful as newly engaged couple Brad and Janet encounter a problem when they car halts in the rain. They both look for contact only to find themselves at the castle of Dr. Frank-N-Furter a transvestite. A place to stay is offered, but will Brad and Janet want to remain there? Especially when a large group of Transylvanians dance to the 'Time Warp', Dr. Frank-N-Furter builds his own man and a whole host of participation for the audience to enjoy.  4. Milk -2008   Using flashbacks from a statement recorded late in life and archival footage for atmosphere, this film traces Harvey Milk's career from his 40th birthday to his death. He leaves the closet and New York, opens a camera shop that becomes the salon for San Francisco's growing gay community, and organizes gays' purchasing power to build political alliances. He runs for office with lover Scott Smith as his campaign manager. Victory finally comes on the same day Dan White wins in the city's conservative district. The rest of the film sketches Milk's relationship with White and the 1978 fight against a statewide initiative to bar gays and their supporters from public school jobs. 3. The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert – 1994  A transsexual and two drag queens drive across Australia in a bus named Priscilla to perform at a resort town hotel. Along the way, they get dolled up, perform songs and let us know a bit about how they came to be here. An unusual, funny and touching film. 2. Beautiful Thing – 1996   A tender love story set during a hot summer on a South-East London housing estate. Jamie, a relatively unpopular lad who bunks off school to avoid football, lives next door to Ste, a more popular athletic lad but who is frequently beaten up by his father and older brother. Such an episode of violence brings Jamie and Ste together: Sandra (Jamie's mum) offers refugee to Ste, who has to 'top-and-tail' with Jamie. Hence, the story tells of their growing attraction for one another, from initial lingering glances to their irrefutable love, which so magnificently illustrated at the end of the film. In deals with the tribulations of coming to terms with their sexuality and of others finding out, in light of Sandra's unwavering loyalty and defence of Jamie and the fear of repercussion should Ste's family find out. The plot is set against sub-texts of Sandra's desire to manage her own pub, and thus escape the estate, and of her new relationship with her hippy boyfriend Tony; and of Leah, the brassy girl next door who has been expelled from school and spends her time listening to Mama Cass records and tripping on a variety of drugs.     1. Brokeback Mountain - 2005 In 1963, two young men hire on as ranch hands in the Wyoming mountains. During the long months of isolation, an unusual bond starts to develop between them, one which they are only vaguely aware of -- until one night when it rises to the surface in a passionate encounter. When the season ends, they part ways, only to realize the true depth of their feelings. Thus begins a decades-long affair that the two of them desperately try to hide from those around them -- one which will prove simultaneously beautiful and devastating.   (Synopses from IMBD.com) Next we are asking readers to vote on their favourite lesbian films, followed by trans films - after which we will do an overall poll! Do you agree with the top ten? Are you horrified? Chat about your favourite gay films on the GayNZ.com forum. Jacqui Stanford - 22nd November 2010    
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