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safe and in more ways than one, given the horrifying situation in Ukraine and the consequences for all of Europe.
But then, when has Putin's Russia ever been friendly to those of differing political views and sexual orientation.

Indeed, knowing how much Putin has fanned the flames of homophobia and gay bashing, here's to loads more gay film
reviews, as we support Ukraine and those providing aid to the millions escaping a humanitarian disaster. Dave :)

[ Last Updated - 13th May, 2022 - the trilogy of reviews on the life and times of Oscar Wilde ]





Ukraine:
A Political Comment
›› click to read me ‹‹


›› THE LATEST GAY FILM REVIEWS - click on the publicity photo for individual reviews ‹‹
   
›› The Happy Prince ‹‹   ›› Prisoner C33 ‹‹   ›› Wilde ‹‹
2018 | 105 mins | UK   2022 | 70 mins | UK   1997 | 112 mins | UK
a compelling insight into the last years
of Oscar Wilde.
  a harrowing account of Oscar Wilde's
life behind bars.
  a moving portrayal of the fall from grace
of noted playwright Oscar Wilde.
   
›› Without Transition ‹‹   ›› The Edge ‹‹   ›› First Love ‹‹
2021 | 13 mins | France   2019 | 18 mins | France   2020 | 11 mins | France
a gentle tale of burgeoning friendship
and love without transition.
  a well-played and achingly telling tale
about life and friendship.
  a beautifully played, if ever so poignant
piece on male relationships.
   
›› Rue des Roses ‹‹   ›› Distinguished Feelings ‹‹   ›› Discreet - Scred ‹‹
2012 | 15 mins | France   2019 | 11 mins | France | colour / bw   2017 | 6 mins | France
the reality of a child caught between
parents of differing sexualities.
  a hilarious take on the
classic L'amour Fou scenario.
  a joyous mix of macho heterosexuality
and gay curiosity.
   
›› Just a Question of Love ‹‹   ›› Men of Hard Skin ‹‹   ›› Solo - Alone ‹‹
2000 | 88 mins | France   2019 | 96 mins | Argentina   2013 | 77 mins | Argentina
the raw reality of a parents love
and sexual acceptance.
  the ramifications of sexual abuse by those
who preach the word of God.
  a menacing, if sensuous tale of love
and deception.
   
›› The Tightrope Walkers ‹‹   ›› Masculine ‹‹   ›› A New Breath ‹‹
2017 | 18 mins | France   2018 | 19 mins | France   2021 | 27 mins | France
a well-observed short about the
consequences of one's sexual actions.
  a wondrous tender take on the
'opposites attract' scenario.
  an engrossing, if voyeuristic take
on the coming out experience.
   
›› Eva ‹‹   ›› The Graffiti - Le Graffiti ‹‹   ›› Fairyocious - Féeroce ‹‹
2016 | 10 mins | France   2019 | 10 mins | France   2019 | 13 mins | France
a vibrant cinematic dissertation on
confronting your sexual desires.
  a hilarious take on
'the biter - bit' scenario.
  a thought-provoking work
on sexual identity.
   
›› Sebastian ‹‹   ›› Hunted ‹‹   ›› The Swimming Trunks ‹‹
1995 | 88 mins | Norway   2014 | 49 mins | UK   2013 | 20 mins | France
an ever so tender, if rose-tinted view
of the coming out process.
  the brutal reality of being gay
in Putin's Russia.
  a beautifully played tale of adolescent
sexual awakening.
   
›› Footing ‹‹   ›› The Return - Le Retour ‹‹   ›› Falling - Tomber ‹‹
2012 | 18 mins | France   2013 | 22 mins | France   2018 | 32 mins | France
the estranged relationship between
a father and his openly gay son.
  an achingly real depiction of discovering
gay blood within the family.
  the burgeoning friendship between two
pupils of differing interests.
   
›› Tiger Orange ‹‹   ›› The World in Your Window ‹‹   ›› Manivald ‹‹
2014 | 75 mins | US   2017 | 15 mins | New Zealand   2017 | 13 mins | Estonia Croatia Canada
a heart-warming exploration
of brotherly love.
  a beautifully played work on moving on
from the death of a loved one.
  an animated delight on to thy ownself,
being true.
   
›› RUOK ‹‹   ›› Isha ‹‹   ›› Mankind ‹‹
2018 | 13 mins | US   2018 | 15 mins | UK   2019 | 13 mins | UK
an emotional tale of relationship woe
between two best friends.
  an achingly real depiction of
being gay and Muslim.
  the relationship breakdown scenario
turned on its head.
   
›› Foreign Lovers ‹‹   ›› Don't Blame Jack ‹‹   ›› Mine ‹‹
2017 | 19 mins | US   2019 | 29 mins | UK   2017 | 6 mins | UK
an inspired meditation on finding love
in the digital age.
  a deeply poignant cinematic essay
on mental health.
  the undesired consequences of
raising a child.
   
›› Just Me ‹‹   ›› Sleepover ‹‹   ›› Chromophobia ‹‹
2018 | 11 mins | UK   2018 | 9 mins | Sweden   2019 | 6 mins | Tunisia
a bittersweet tale of long suppressed
feelings of same-sex attraction.
  an underdeveloped tale on falling in love
with your best friend.
  a deeply poignant exploration on being
gay in a homophobic society.
   
›› Teenage Kicks ‹‹   ›› Beauty Boys ‹‹   ›› Sunset Cemetery ‹‹
2016 | 98 mins | Australia   2020 | 18 mins | France   2020 | 22 mins | France
an emotional roller coaster on the
growing pains of youth.
  the relationship between two brothers
of differing masculinity.
  an emotional and poignant exploration
on seizing the day.
   
›› Vincent Before Noon ‹‹   ›› Freed - Baltringue ‹‹   ›› So long, Paris! ‹‹
2019 | 18 mins | France   2019 | 21 mins | France   2020 | 18 mins | France
the estranged relationship between
a father and son.
  a hard-hitting drama about
life behind bars.
  a highly original take on coming out
- to your daughter!
   
›› We Are Dancers ‹‹   ›› The Pier Man - L'homme Jetée ‹‹   ›› Caged ‹‹
2019 | 30 mins | UK   2019 | 21 mins | Switzerland - France   2013 | 13 mins | Netherlands
an engrossing depiction of the last days
of decadent life in pre-Hitler Berlin.
  a striking portrait of the longing to escape
a soul-destroying life.
  the 'put to the test friendship' between
two teens of differing sexuality.
   
›› Our Paradise - Notre Paradis ‹‹   ›› Le Clan - Three Dancing Slaves ‹‹   ›› Just Friends ‹‹
2011 | 96 mins | France   2004 | 90 mins | France   2018 | 80 mins | Netherlands
a well-played, if hauntingly beautiful
thriller of contrasts.
  a shockingly violent, if intense tale
of brotherly love.
  the captivating story of young love;
being just friends and more!
   
›› Clothes & Blow ‹‹   ›› My Straight Son ‹‹   ›› We Once Were Tide ‹‹
2018 | 23 mins | US - UK   2012 | 114 mins | Venezuela   2011 | 18 mins | UK
a comical roller coaster ride on the
meaning of life and family.
  the 'put to the test relationship' between
a gay father and his straight son.
  a deeply poignant short film that asks:
just how do you say goodbye?
   
›› Whole New Thing ‹‹   ›› Beefcake ‹‹   ›› Watercolors ‹‹
2005 | 92 mins | Canada   1998 | 92 mins | Canada   2008 | 114 mins | US
a highly refreshing approach
to human sexuality.
  a homoerotic homage to the life and times
of photographer Bob Mizer.
  a sensitive, if bittersweet tale
of first love.
   
›› A Normal Guy ‹‹   ›› My Dad Works the Night Shift ‹‹   ›› Boy Erased ‹‹
2019 | 14 mins | Romania   2018 | 14 mins | Canada   2018 | 115 mins | US
one man's incessant search for a
body beautiful for the night.
  a wonderfully refreshing take on
the coming out scenario.
  the stark repercussions of forcing a child
to go against their natural sexuality.
   
›› Orpheus' Song ‹‹   ›› Prick Up Your Ears ‹‹   ›› The Visitor ‹‹
2019 | 75 mins | Germany   1987 | 105 mins | UK   2011 | 69 mins | Germany
a sensuous take on a Greek holiday
bromance.
  the life and dramatic times of noted
'60s playwright Joe Orton.
  a strikingly vivid account of one man's
journey of sexual awakening.
   
›› Golden Boys ‹‹   ›› It's Consuming Me ‹‹   ›› Buddy ‹‹
2016 | 8 mins | Canada   2012 | 3 mins | Germany   2015 | 12 mins | Netherlands
the telling tale of closeted homosexuality
disguised as overt masculinity.
  the dramatic life and times of a young man
in three minutes.
  the hope for reconciliation
with an ex-lover.
   
›› A Very British Sex Scandal ‹‹   ›› Summer Storm ‹‹   ›› Like It Is ‹‹
2007 | 85 mins | UK   2004 | 98 mins | Germany   1998 | 95 mins | UK
a reserved depiction of the trial
of Peter Wildeblood.
  a captivating variant on the theme
of coming out.
  an achingly real portrait of coming out
in the squared circle.
   
›› The Colour of His Hair ‹‹   ›› Mario ‹‹   ›› Doors Cut Down ‹‹
2017 | 23 mins | UK   2018 | 124 mins | Switzerland   2000 | 18 mins | Spain
the reality of living life when homosexuality
was still a criminal offence.
  a bittersweet take on coming out or not
in the so-called beautiful game.
  a young man's insatiable desire
for restroom sex.
   
›› Presque Rien ‹‹   ›› Consenting Adults ‹‹   ›› The Way He Looks ‹‹
2000 | 100 mins | France   2007 | 75 mins | UK   2014 | 92 mins | Brazil
an explicit roller coaster ride
of teenage emotions, angst and sex.
  Wolfenden: a man did the right thing
against his personal inclination.
  a joyous ode to falling in love;
coming-of-age style.
   
›› My God, I'm Queer ‹‹   ›› Paint the Dragons' Eyes ‹‹   ›› Easy Money ‹‹
2020 | 30 mins | UK   2020 | 15 mins | UK   2010 | 15 mins | Spain
a compelling documentary on being proud
to be openly gay and Muslim.
  a beautifully crafted tale of love,
over prejudice.
  a disconcerting take of life
on the game.
   
›› Love, Simon ‹‹   ›› Beefcake ‹‹   ›› Wild Awakening ‹‹
2018 | 110 mins | US   1998 | 92 mins | Canada   2016 | 93 mins | Spain
a bright 'n' breezy romantic
coming out comedy.
  the life and times of Physique Pictorial
photographer Bob Mizer.
  an entertaining mix of high camp
and sensuous homoerotica.
   
›› Stockholm Daybreak ‹‹   ›› Floating Melon ‹‹   ›› Spiral ‹‹
2013 | 7 mins | Sweden   2015 | 19 mins | China   2018 | 16 mins | Sweden
wa wondrous tale of best friends finally
letting their hearts run free.
  a biting testament to the repercussions
of taking street drugs.
  a stylish, if overtly dark intense tale
of love and horror.
   
›› The Broken Hearts Club ‹‹   ›› Latter Days ‹‹   ›› Verona ‹‹
2000 | 94 mins | US   2003 | 104 mins | US   2010 | 22 mins | Canada
a romantic comedy that just happens
to be gay.
  gay love in the face of the Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
  a modern gay take on the greatest love
story ever told.
   
›› Distances ‹‹   ›› The Memory of You ‹‹   ›› No Brakes ‹‹
2014 | 17 mins | Sweden   2015 | 11 mins | Sweden   2008 | 11 mins | Sweden
the bittersweet bond between a mother
and her son.
  a captivating ode to the love that
could have been.
  coming to terms with your sexuality being
different to those around you.
   
›› Pride ‹‹   ›› Get Real ‹‹   ›› Lazy Eye ‹‹
2014 | 120 mins | UK   1998 | 108 mins | UK   2016 | 87 mins | US
how two differing communities united
to support each other.
  a refreshingly honest depiction
of getting real with your sexuality.
  a relationship drama between ex lovers
who chance to meet up again.
   
›› Billy's Blowjobs ‹‹   ›› I Think I'm Gay? ‹‹   ›› You Can Play ‹‹
2017 | 17 mins | US   2019 | 18 mins | US   2015 | 19 mins | US
a moving portrait of a man too afraid
to fall in love again.
  a comical take on to thy ownself,
being true.
  the courage to show your best friend
your true sexual self.
   
›› Maurice ‹‹   ›› Surveillance ‹‹   ›› Call Me by Your Name ‹‹
1987 | 140 mins | UK   2007 | 87 mins | UK   2017 | 132 mins | Italy
an exquisite adaptation of the classic
E.M. Forster love story.
  an ever so perceptive take on the ever
increasing surveillance state.
  a captivating meditation on a young
man's transition to adulthood.
›› title still courtesy of the short film HUMAN WARMTH by Christophe Prédari ‹‹




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