9 favorite queer movies of LGBTQ filmmakers and allies – Insider – INSIDER


  • Every queer cinema fan has their own favourite LGBTQ movie that means something to them, but it’s fascinating to hear the opinions of the queer filmmakers themselves.
  • Insider spoke to 9 LGBTQ and ally filmmakers about their favourite queer movies and TV shows.
  • Oscar-nominated “Precious” director Lee Daniels picked out 1990’s “Paris is Burning” as his favourite queer movie, while “Colette” director Wash Westmoreland chose 2019’s Georgian film “And Then We Danced” as his pick.
  • Craig Johnson, who directed Netflix’s “Alex Strangelove,” loves all of Todd Haynes cinematography, but chose “Parting Glances” and “Call Me By Your Name” as his most beloved LGBTQ films.
  • Meanwhile, “The Way He Looks” director Daniel Ribeiro still remembers 1996’s “Beautiful Thing,” and nearly all of them namechecked “Brokeback Mountain” as inspiration.
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Every queer movie fan has their own LGBTQ movies that mean something to them, whether it’s the first time you saw yourself on screen or a movie that made you feel happy to be queer.

Queer movies can have a huge impact on our relationship with queerness, and with ourselves, and can inspire us, motivate us, and move us. It’s the same with queer directors, who all started as fans of queer cinema.

Insider spoke to nine LGBTQ and ally filmmakers about their personal favourite queer movie, which range from “Paris is Burning” to “Call Me By Your Name,” with honorable mentions for movies with queer sensibilities like Rogers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella.”

In our conversations with these filmmakers, we discussed what exactly what a queer movie is, and how one can define such a thing.

“Empire” creator and the Oscar-nominated director behind “Precious,” Lee Daniels, told Insider:

“A queer movie is a film that has queer sensibilities and that can reach queers. It doesn’t necessarily have to be queer in subject matter, but there’s a common denominator that queers have in their appreciation for cinema, and it’s rare that we’re not in sync about what sparkles on-screen.”

Meanwhile, “The Way He Looks” director Daniel Ribeiro said: “Queer films are being different from what is supposed to be normal. Being queer changes so much through the years, that’s why its hard to define it. Being queer in the 90s is one thing and being queer today is another. But they are always challenging society’s norms, whether talking about gender or sexuality. A queer film is a film that is going to question and talk about those subjects.”

Craig Johnson, the director of Netflix’s “Alex Strangelove,” told Insider he “would love to be confused as to the definition of a queer movie” rather than locking queer cinema into its own separate category.

“I’d love to see a queer James Bond, eventually. I’d like to see the fusion of queer characters in more major studio films and it being like ‘that’s just the way the world works, let’s have these characters in the forefront,’ rather than a separate genre.”

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