I recently held my first film marathon here in the Netherlands, all LGBT-themed. In light of that, I wanted to share my top 5 LGBT film recommendations with you. Hopefully you’ll take away at least one new film for your watchlist!
1. Jongens (2014)
A sweet Dutch teen drama, although much less mainstream than we might be used to. It’s one of those films I can watch over and over again. Jongens is the light-hearted wholesome teen film you need to watch!
2. Pride (2014)
One of my personal favourites, Pride is an empowering British comedy drama based on true events. It tells the tale of a London LGBT community offering support to a Welsh mining community struggling with the strikes. Pride is a fun, feel-good, informative must-see!
You may also like: Imagine Me & You (2005)
3. How To Survive A Plague (2012)
We turn to a documentary that focuses on the devastating 90s AIDS crisis in the US. This film is worth watching to get an impression of the immense emotional impact the plague had on the community. As someone who was born in the 90s, I knew next to nothing about it. This is a much more serious but very moving film.
You may also like: Milk (2008), and BPM (Beats Per Minute) (2017); a work of fiction focusing on a related group of LGBT activists in France. It zooms in more on individual storylines and the great emotional losses that AIDS caused.
4. Mamma Mia! (2008)
This incredibly successful musical comedy almost needs no introducing. It is many people’s favourite film to put on after a long day, perfect for unwinding or letting loose. That is exactly why I chose to screen it after the emotionally more challenging How To Survive A Plague.
Not everyone seems to be able to spot the LGBT character(s) in this, and unfortunately their romantic storyline/background was completely written out in part 2. Hopefully upon rewatch you’ll be able to figure it out! Mamma Mia! makes for an entertaining 2 hours filled with light-hearted fun.
You may also like: Burlesque (2010), in which superstars Cher and Christina Aguilera unite to save the art of burlesque.
5. Moonlight (2016)
In this award-winning American drama, a young black man comes to grips with life and sexuality in the hoods. The cinematography and storyline are astounding.