Friday, 6 August 2010

Cinema's got Gay Pride (For

As you may well know, this weekend sees Brighton hosting the biggest Gay Pride festival in the country, attracting people from all around the world to celebrate gay, lesbian, transsexual and bi-sexual awareness. If you want to get into the spirit of things, watch the following films for a truly unique look at the homosexual world explored in cinema.

Milk - Directed in 2008 by Gus Van Sant, it tells the story of Harvey Milk, an American gay activist who only wanted to free the country of prejudice against gay people by becoming an openly gay politician in the official elections. Sean Penn plays an incredibly moving performance which only gets better with his added co-star James Franco playing Scott Smith.

Brokeback Mountain – This film was an original and thought provoking performance from both Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal which shows all aspects of a homosexual relationship in 60s. It’s agressive, sad, funny and heart breaking all at once.

I Love You, Philip Morris – Starring Jim Carey and Ewan McGregor, this film takes a more comical approach to a gay love story by setting their romance in a jail. It’s odd but totally wonderful to watch, plus you completely connect with the characters.

Bruno – Ridiculous, outrageous and utterly pointless, yet again we see Sacha Baron Cohen play the most extreme of a character he can get. With up close and personal sex scenes, the fight to adopt an African baby and photographs you’ll never be able to get out of your mind, this film almost goes too far but openly discusses the idea of homosexuality.

My Own Private Idaho – Again, directed by Gus Van Sant this takes a more art-house approach to the gay scene and will probably confuse the hell out of you. Designed to look like a Road Movie, this film will either compel you or repel you.

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