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We do strive to include every film that has been screened at the LGBT film festivals around the world.

Life does become a little more difficult when they [the films] don’t have an IMDb entry...therefore, they end up here...films in dire need of publicity/promotion/marketing...

1980s - UPDATED: 18 December 2017

Are We Free?! / Somos Libres!?

Miguel Ángel Cárdenas

1981

The Netherlands / 22 mins
To what extent are gay men 'free'? There are many countries in the world where they are oppressed and discriminated against both legally and illegally. Somos Libres!? (which is Spanish for: 'Are we free!?') tells the story of two young homosexuals who flee the repression of their native country to seek their freedom elsewhere. The main characters appear in various scenes that sound out their new-found freedom and which are enacted in a humourous mixture of performance, theatre, music and video techniques. Barcelona proves to be a big disappointment despite the fact that this harbour city has a traditional tolerance of homosexuals (it's no coincidence that it's the location of Jean Genet's 'The Thief's Journal'). Their freedom is far from being realized, as it till is in much of the world of 1995.

Be-Boy Kidnapp'n Idol

Kenichi Yatagai

1989

Japan
Trailer... https://youtu.be/uAvRTG8h3tw 

 

Bungalow Depression

 

Grayson Perry & Jennifer Binnie

1981

UK | 4 min

Chat Rap

John Scarlett-Davis

1983

UK | 15 min.
From start to finish Chat Rap is a bewildering avalanche of stereotype characteristics of the post-modern art world. Discussions about colour and mass images are rampant and are presented by a mixed bag of colourful characters in a sort of whirling talkshow. The items are realised with a flair that varies from the serious student to that of the leather-clad trendy or the wink of the lady in the crimson bra.
Trailer...
http://www.li-ma.nl/site/catalogue/art/john-scarlett-davis/chat-rap/297

Crever à 20 ans

Michel Audy

1984

France / 77 mins
Film choc sur la prostitution et l'homosexualité chez les jeunes garçons. Deux jeunes chômeurs ne peuvent réaliser leurs projets faute d'argent. Ils ont, l'un et l'autre, besoin d'amitié et d'amour. Ils décident de se prostituer. Malheureusement, ce qui apparaissait comme une solution facile devient rapidement une impasse.
Watch... https://youtu.be/iEMXNIWTllo

Els Ocellots Agafen L’últim Tramvia

Els 5 QK’s

1982

Spain
Una de les obres cims de Els 5 QK s. Dues heroïnes terribles, Alexandra del Llac (Dolç ocell de joventut) i Blanca del Bosc (Un tramvia anomenat desig), brillantment interpretades per Luis i Ces, coincideixen gràcies a un accident de cotxes i s'uneixen per portar a terme un joc macabre en el qual semblen voler acabar amb tot el que aquests cineastes odiaven: les regles estilístiques, les normes socials i els convencionalismes sexuals.

Frankly, Shirley

Margaret Moores

1987

Canada | 22 min
A one-night stand that continues. The affair is wistfully recounted by one of the lovers. She recalls the last time they made love and chronicles their amorous adventures. They never made love in bed and the narrator surmises that their relationship ended because of a dearth of conversation and a lack of locations. Where some lesbians hesitate to hold hands, this work places sexuality in the public domain. Against a backdrop of tourist attractions, their passion rules.

Gayblevision: A Celebration of 2 Years on Air

 

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1982

Canada
This tape is a celebration of two years of regular programming by Canada s only Gay produced television show - Gayblevision. It covers the entire spectrum of the gay experience: everything from the Mr. Leather Contest to an interview with lesbian novelist Jane Rule.
Watch...https://vimeo.com/117339217

Gravity

Wrik Mead

1987

Canada | 3 min
When you wake up and you have so much to do that you just want to go back to bed. The illusion of a reverse shooting schedule emphasizes the entire cycle of life.
Watch...http://www.wrikmead.com/films/gravity.html

Keep Your Laws Off My Body

Catherine Gund

1989

USA / 13’
Intimate scenes of gentle sexuality and domesticity set to the mechanical cadence of a projector (evoking a feeling somewhere between the repetitive labour of a sewing machine and violence of a machine gun) are juxtaposed with images of police and sirens to highlight the alarming intrusion of America’s laws on queer people and women’s bodies in healthcare, sexual expression, and desire.

L’Usure

Jeanne Crépeau

1986

Canada | 8 min
Who said breaking up was beautiful? A quickie melodrama by one of Québec’s leading lesbian directors.

Locale

Charles Atlas

1980

USA / 29 mins
Locale was designed to explore the possibilities of moving cameras and moving dancers in a film. Filmed at the Merce Cunningham Studio, Westbeth, New York NY, Jan - Feb 1979. First public screening at City Center Theater, New York NY, 24 February 1980. The camera movements are choreographed as precisely as those of the dancers. Three kinds of cameras were used: Steadicam, Movieola crab dolly and an Elemac dolly with a crane arm. "Locale" was structured in four parts based on use of specific cameras, dancers, and time. Filmmaker Charles Atlas also designed the costumes, choosing the same hues as are seen on the television adjustment color-bars and comining these with the gradations of the corresponding gray-based tones used in tuning black and white television monitors.

Los Parchís a Disneylandia

Javier Aguirre

1981

Spain

Orientations: Lesbian and Gay Asians

Richard Fung

1986

Canada / 56min

Resurfaced 1982 Documentary

Robert Burden and Dictelio Cepeda

1982

Accompanied by the tag line "hard facts and hard humor about a hard way of life," this newly resurfaced public access tv short documentary from 1982 interviews Manhattan's diverse male street hustler population about their stories and struggles.
Watch...https://youtu.be/dQrPGSDvWdU

Solitude

John Maybury

1981

UK | 13 min

The Attitude Assumed: Still Life With Still Born

Cerith Wyn Evans

1980

UK | 19 min.

The Miracle of the Rose

Cerith Wyn Evans

1984

UK | 25 min.

The Private View

Neo Naturists

1984

UK | 13 min.

The Technology of Souls

John Maybury

1981

UK | 11 min.

Untitled

Michael Brynntrup

1987

7 min / Germany
Photo, film, and TV images from September 22nd, 1981. Corner of Potsdamer Strasse and Bülowstrasse.
Watch...https://vimeo.com/218718680

Vermisst: I. Merx, Privatdetektivin

Dagmar Heinrich

1987

Switzerland | 35 min

Who is Richard Jay Silverthorn, Anyway?

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1980

USA / 8 mins
Fulfilling the dreams of many artists, the USC student filmmaker turns the camera inward, giving us access to his vibrant and twisted inner world.

Women Like Us & Women Like That

Rosalind Pearson

1989 &
1991

United Kingdom - 55 min & 30 min
First screened in 1989 as part of Channel 4’s groundbreaking TV series ‘Out on Tuesday’, these two documentaries explore and revisit the lives of older lesbians in the UK from different cultures, classes and backgrounds from the 1920s to that present day (1989). Their stories incorporate ideas about lesbianism, the changing image of lesbians, love and romance, the pressures that led some of them to marry and the later discovery of their lesbian identity with the subsequent coming out stories to their children.

Putting this in context, only 6 years earlier Channel 4 had launched ‘One in Five’, a weekly programme for the gay and lesbian communities which led to call for Channel 4 to be scrapped!