Queerlife’s Autumn Guide to some of the latest queer themed films, series and documentaries, and maybe a few you might have missed, available to stream right now.
- HBO’s The Out List – (A group of high-profile personalities and celebrities share their experiences of being “out” in America. From actor Neil Patrick Harris to talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres to finance author Suze Orman to sports star Wade Davis to Jake Shears of the Scissor Sisters, these subjects speak out about what it’s like to be gay or bi in today’s world. Gay visibility might be high and prejudice might be roundly denounced, but they have all faced hurdles in their journey to success because of their sexuality. But they’ve also had cause to celebrate, with same-sex marriages becoming legalised in many states.
- Will & Grace Season 9– Oh, how we’ve missed them. Will, Grace, Jack and Karen are back after an eleven year hiatus and they are funnier than ever.
- Looking – Three best friends living in San Francisco share the nuances and complexities of contemporary gay relationships as they explore a variety of options, both in love and in life. The trio’s lives unfold against the backdrop of San Francisco’s progressive, unpredictable, almost-anything-goes culture.
- Leaving Neverland – the explosive documentary about Michael Jackson and the alleged abuse everybody is talking about.
- While You Weren’t Looking – This South African film explores post-apartheid politics and lifestyles portrayed through two central relationships: a successful black female real estate woman who is cheating on her white wife. Their bohemian daughter is dating a gender non-conforming woman in Khayelitsha.
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- Carol – Therese (Rooney Mara) spots the beautiful, elegant Carol (Cate Blanchett) perusing the doll displays in a 1950s Manhattan department store. The two women develop a fast bond that becomes a love with complicated consequences. Based on the 1952 romance novel The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith of Tom Ripley fame. Directed by the maestro of the New American Queer Cinema Todd Haynes
- Queer Eye Season 3 – The Fab Five are back, moving from Atlanta, Georgia to Kansas City, Missouri to help its citizens learn how to be the best versions of themselves.
- RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 11 – The Emmy-winning series returns with a cast of 15 amazing drag queens (including the resurrected Miss Vangie) competing for the coveted title of America’s Next Drag Superstar and a cash prize of $100,000. Regulars Michelle Visage, Carson Kressley and Ross Mathews join Ru on the judges’ panel to decide who stays, who lip synchs for their life, or who “sashays away.” To get the behind the scenes shade, also watch RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked. All 10 previous seasons can now be streamed on Netflix
- Whitney – Unlike previous films about the legendary diva, Kevin MacDonald’s new documentary has been approved by her estate, and features interviews with key family members, close friends, and members of her team. As a result, the documentary doesn’t just rehash the tragic circumstances surrounding Whitney Houston’s struggles with drug addiction, her troubled marriage to Bobby Brown, and her untimely death in 2012. Along the way, her inner circle reveal some brand new pieces of information, and most will come as a surprise even to the biggest Whitney superfan.
- Pose – Taking its cue from Jennie Livingstone’s ground-breaking 1991 documentary Paris Is Burning which chronicles the ball culture of New York City and the African-American, Latino, gay, and transgender communities involved in it, Pose explores the guts and glamour of New York’s ballroom scene, as well as tackling other issues such as AIDS, homophobia, closetry, and homelessness
- The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story – This lush Ryan Murphy mini-series is partly about the famous fashion designer, but mostly about Andrew Cunanan, the manipulative, narcissistic fantasist with a fatal charm who killed Gianni Versace on the steps of his South Beach villa on July 15th 1997 in the final act of a murder spree.
- Laerte – Se – After living as a man for nearly 60 years, Laerte Coutinho, one of Brazil’s most brilliant cartoonists, introduces herself to the world as a woman
- Deep Water – Australian Mini-series. Back in Bondi Beach, where she grew up, DC Tori Lustigam, investigates the murder of a gay man and finds a link to her brother’s murder decades earlier
- Dear Ex – In this Taiwanese film, a teen navigates a bitter feud between his wilful mom and a free-spirited man, who’s the lover and insurance beneficiary of his recently deceased dad.
- Grace & Frankie Season 5 – Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin are back and they are out of fucks to give!
- Eyewitness – When a young gay couple witness a triple murder, they will do anything to avoid being outed to their small town. This series has been described as Nordic Noir
- My Brother … Nikhil – After testing HIV positive, a champion swimmer is disowned and harassed by all but his sister and his loyal boyfriend