Queer Cinema

If it's queer, it's here! Gay, Lesbian, Queer, Alternative... However you want to label it, this is the place for some of the most compassionate, honest, witty and memorable films at Alice in Videoland. The list below contains works that feature important gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender characters and issues; many using same-sex romance or relationships as an integral plot device. "Queer Documentaries" may be accessed within the "Documentary" feature, left. Right: Rainer Werner Fassbinder's "Querelle".

Borstal Boy (2000)

Director: Peter Sheridan
Starring: Danny Dyer, Eva Birthistle, Michael York

Based on Irish playwright/revolutionary Brendan Behan's autobiographical tale but blending in elements of his later life, including a controversial ga... Read more

Rent (2005)

Director: Chris Columbus
Starring: Anthony Rapp, Adam Pascal, Rosario Dawson, Jesse L Martin, Wilson Jermaine Hered...

This film adaptation of the Pulitzer and Tony Award winning Broadway musical stars many of the original stage cast, and follows the lives of seven fri... Read more

The Children's Hour (1961)

Director: William Wyler
Starring: Audrey Hepburn, Shirley MacLaine, James Garner, Miriam Hopkins, Fay Bainter, Kar...

Daring adaptation of Lillian Hellman's celebrated play of suspected lesbianism in a girls' school. William Wyler (who also made the 1936 version, "The... Read more

Fire (1996)

Director: Deepa Mehta
Starring: Dilip Mehta, Alice Poon, Nandita Das, Shabana Azmi

The subject of bans and protests throughout India, this taboo-breaking erotic tale focuses on the relationship of Sita, the wife of a grocery store ow... Read more

Beau Travail (1999)

Director: Claire Denis
Starring: Denis Lavant, Michel Subor, Gregoire Colin, Richard Courcet

Inspired by Herman Melville's 'Billy Budd', Claire Denis' film is a stunning combination of literature, music and dance that explores the near-mythica... Read more

Transamerica (2005)

Director: Duncan Tucker
Starring: Burt Young, Elizabeth Pena, Felicity Huffman, Fionnula Flanagan, Graham Greene,...

Felicity Huffman ('Desperate Housewives') won kudos and awards for her layered portrayal of a pre-operative transsexual named Bree. A week before the... Read more

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)

Director: Stephan Elliott
Starring: Terence Stamp, Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce

The outrageous tale of three drag queens who hit the road in a pink bus called Priscilla and head to Alice Springs to perform a cabaret show. Terence... Read more

Gods and Monsters (1998)

Director: Bill Condon
Starring: Ian McKellen, Brendan Fraser, Lynn Redgrave

Focusing on James Whale (Ian McKellen), the homosexual director of "Show Boat", "The Invisible Man", "Frankenstein" and "Bride of Frankenstein", who h... Read more

Maurice (1987)

Director: James Ivory
Starring: James Wilby, Hugh Grant, Denholm Elliott

James Ivory directs this sensitive film about the love relationship between two men who meet studying at Cambridge in 1910. Based on the novel by E.M.... Read more

Withnail and I (1986)

Director: Bruce Robinson
Starring: Richard E Grant, Paul McGann, Richard Griffiths

London. The 1960s. Two unemployed actors - acerbic, elegantly wasted Withnail (Richard E. Grant) and the anxiety-ridden "I" (Paul McGann) - drown thei... Read more