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Recommendation: Carrington


KC recommends…

It’s the unusual and true love story between writer Lytton Strachey, a gay man, and a gender-nonconforming woman, the artist Dora Carrington. When first meeting Carrington, Strachey mistakes her for a boy and asks “Who is this ravashing boy?” It’s a very touching movie that you won’t forget about any time soon.

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Posted by on August 16th, 2014 at 08:00 am

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Recommendation: Red Without Blue


Harrison Bender recommends…

Film poster of "Red Without Blue"

Red Without Blue
A documentary!

It’s a documentary about a pair of twins as one transitions from male to female!

Editor’s note: Click on the photo to get to an official free online stream.

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Posted by on April 4th, 2014 at 08:00 am

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Recommendation: Anders als die Andern


Tree recommends…

This 1919 German film was made by Richard Oswald and German sexologist Dr Magnus Hirschfeld.

It is known as the first feature film to sympathetically depict homosexuality and queer culture: For example, it contains a scene at a gay-bar, with men and women freely cross-dressing and dancing with whomever they pleased. In another scene, Körner, a violinist, feels plagued by his “illness” and Dr Hirschfeld reassures him that his nature is just fine, and it is society that causes his strife.

It was far ahead of its time— but in a way, it wasn’t, because if it weren’t for Nazi Germany, and the Hays Code (a censorship code that spanned four decades of Western cinema) we might have made leaps and bounds in the social acceptance of queer people back in the 20s, instead of in the 60s and 70s.

Beautiful stuff.

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Posted by on November 5th, 2013 at 08:00 am

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Recommendation: Breakfast on Pluto


tigr recommends…

Poster for the film "Breakfast on Pluto" by Neil Jordan, starring Cillian Murphy. A black shadow outline of the protagonist, holding an unfolded pink umbrella.

Breakfast on Pluto
Film (Also: book)

“Breakfast on Pluto” is a wonderful tale, following the adventures of Patrick “Kitten” Braden (Cillian Murphy! <3) from close-minded small town, via a run-in with the IRA, to London in search of Kitten’s lost mother. Fabulous! With darker parts dotted throughout, but really heart-warming in the end. :)

The film is based on the book with the same title (but I only saw the film; haven’t yet read the book).

There’s also a pretty cool official site (flash only, unfortunately).

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Posted by on September 24th, 2013 at 08:00 am

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Recommendation: Franswa Sharl


Gina recommends…

Franswa Sharl
short film

“Franswa Sharl” is a short film about a boy who is successfully playing with his dad’s expectations and not shy about performing as a girl. Based on a true story.

There is also a version with German subtitles.

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Posted by on September 18th, 2013 at 08:00 am

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Recommendation: Infamous Sphere


Infamous Sphere recommends…

Aquarel portrait of a person with short dark hair, slightly warily looking at the viewer. They are wearing a collared shirt which has thin stripes of white alternating with green, yellow, orange, blue, magenta. The background is mostly yellow with some orange and a bit of magenta. Text in "Wild West" font says "Infamous Sphere Reviews".

A drawing of head and torso of a person lying on the ground, eyes blankly staring up. They have short dark hair with some red in it, and they wear a white, long-sleeved collared shirt with stripes in blue, pink, green, yellow, orange. There are brightly-coloured (mostly yellow, some orange, a bit purple) dots around the face - maybe sweets, or stones, or marbles?
Infamous Sphere Reviews
An internet review show

I’m Infamous Sphere and I’m a movie and television reviewer, who mainly focusses on LGBT movies (and period dramas). I like to look at all kinds of queer cinema, from the oldest, the worst, and the most ignored. I’m not always nice to the movies, but I do review them from a queer, humourous perspective and I try to be fair.

I do a separate series of reviews called “Gender Hipster reviews”. Gender Hipster is an androgynous, genderless person, and xie reviews movies that have anything to do with cross dressing, gender bending and all-round gender f**kery.

I started the reviewing because I love queer cinema (and period drama) and I thought that this was a niche which I felt I knew a bit about. I love the idea that there are always more queer films coming just around the corner, and I love it when I realise I’ve dug up something that not many people know about. I like to tell people about queer history, social history and art history in my reviews, while remaining entertaining.

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Posted by on September 8th, 2013 at 08:00 am

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Recommendation: Man for a Day


Elli recommends…

Five people standing and three crouching in the front, all dressed as men

Gender activist Diane Torr held a workshop in Berlin, Germany, where five women learned how to take up space, walk, eat, drink, pick up objects, smile, etc. as men. Their experience was captured by Katarina Peters in the documentary “Man for a Day”.

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Posted by on July 28th, 2013 at 08:00 am

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Recommendation: Peacock


Kat recommends…
Peacock

Peacock
Movie

John Skillpa, a quiet bank clerk living in tiny Peacock, Nebraska, prefers to live an invisible life. This might have to do with John’s secret: he has another personality no one knows about, a woman who each morning does his chores and cooks him breakfast before he starts his day. Then, in a moment, everything changes…

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Posted by on February 18th, 2011 at 08:00 am

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Recommendation: The Origin of Love


A recommends…

Just take a listen to the lyrics. It describes three sexes — the children of the sun (“that looked like two men glued up back to back”), the children of the earth (“looked like two girls rolled up in one”), and the children of the moon (“they was part sun, part Earth, part daughter, part son”). It’s something of a sad song, but so beautiful.

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Posted by on October 20th, 2010 at 04:00 pm

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Recommendation: Beautiful Boxer


A reader recommends…

Based on the true-life story of a Thai who wishes to have a sex change operation. To pay for this, she enters the brutal world of Thai boxing, unnerving her opponents by performing a makeup application ritual before each fight.

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Posted by on September 17th, 2010 at 08:00 am

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Recommendation: Unveiled


B/D recommends…

unveiled

Unveiled
Movie

Fariba Tabrizi seeks asylum in Germany from persecution due to sexual identity in Iran. A fellow refugee commits suicide, so Fariba assumes his identity. Jasmin Tabatabai gives a wonderful performance as Fariba. You can watch Unveiled instantly on Netflix.

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Posted by on July 28th, 2010 at 08:00 am

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Recommendation: Kill Your Darlings


Zachary Bosch recommends…

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Kill Your Darlings is a film that has that incredibly rare thing: a gender-variant character who is treated like a human being, and whose identity, just like those of the cisgendered characters, is of entirely no consequence whatsoever.

The film itself is a bit of a twist on the typical American road-trip thing, and it took me a couple of watches to understand it, but it left me feeling rather happy for no particular reason, which is always a plus (and it has Alexander Skarsgard in it, which is an even bigger plus…).

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Posted by on June 7th, 2010 at 04:00 pm

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Recommendation: Ma Vie En Rose


Chavery recommends…

Ma Vie En Rose

Ma Vie En Rose
A French film about a young boy who expresses homosexual and genderqueer feelings and thoughts.

I went to a very small alternative elementary school, and one day, one of the parents brought this in to an assembly to educate us all about homosexuality and transgender issues. I have not watched it since then, but I remember it being very beautiful and sad. There was a lot I couldn’t understand then, because I was quite young and couldn’t follow the subtitles very easily, but I think it is a very suitable film to share on this website, and you should all watch it if you have the time. The quality of the link I attached is poor, but do rent it if you can.

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Posted by on August 13th, 2009 at 08:00 am

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Recommendation: Wicked Desires


A reader recommends…

Wicked Desires

Wicked Desires
Short Film

This film is interesting because it’s told from the straight younger sibling’s perspective, and really shows how one person’s struggle with gender identity can affect the whole family.

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Posted by on July 23rd, 2009 at 08:00 am

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Recommendation: Enough Man


sarah e recommends…

enough-man

Enough Man
Documentary

I discovered this film while prescreening titles for my History of Sexuality professor in the spring. In the end, this one couldn’t be shown in class because it has too much explicit sex in it, but I would highly recommend it to anyone who wouldn’t be bothered by that. It’s made up of unstructured conversations with nine transmen and their partners where they talk about body issues, sex and romance issues, and everything else. The director does a really good job of smoothly integrating the candid discussion scenes with the candid sex scenes (which can get rather kinky). I found this film really moving; while it may only represent a small segment of the trans community, it felt very personal and true to the lives of the people it portrays.

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Posted by on July 21st, 2009 at 04:00 pm

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Recommendation: Moustache


genderkid recommends…

Moustache

Moustache
A short film

I think Betty looks great with a moustache, and I love how she embraces it!

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Posted by on July 16th, 2009 at 04:00 pm

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Recommendation: Play in the Gray


Sirmam recommends…

Play in the Gray
a documentary coming out this fall by Planted Seeds Productions

Play in the Gray is Planted Seeds’ first feature-length documentary. The film confronts the gender binary by following the work and individual identity struggles of the members of ALL THE KINGS MEN, a drag-based theatre troupe based out of Boston.

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Posted by on June 11th, 2009 at 08:00 am

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Recommendation: Straightlaced


genderkid recommends…

Straightlaced

Straightlaced
a documentary

This trailer shows how gender policing and anti-LGBTQ attitudes affect all types of people, including straight persons who feel pressured to avoid certain types of clothing. Several teens mention having fun while bending gender roles, too!

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Posted by on May 18th, 2009 at 04:00 pm

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