Youth Board's perfect films for Pride!


This June, GFT Youth Board are proud to present the 1999 LGBT classic, But I’m a Cheerleader, not only as our Monthly Youth Screening but also as part of GFT’s public programme. The film was chosen and presented by the Youth Board who have been championing the film for some time now and in order to celebrate Pride month to its fullest they have created a list of other “Perfect for Pride” films!

Pride (2014, 15) - Kayleigh

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Pride is a 2014 British film based on the real ‘Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners’ campaign that happened in 1984 during the Miners’ strike. It stars Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton and George Mackay among others, and is full of love, warmth, community and class solidarity.


Shiva Baby (2020, 15) - Lauren

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Shiva Baby puts the issues surrounding sexuality squarely where for many young people it honourably presides - in the rusty old can containing a load of complicated worms and other problems in our lives. Now imagine that can of worms was unceremoniously kicked into a traditional Jewish funeral, and you can begin to understand why this film was said to evoke Uncut Gems-levels of anxiety. In between moments of ceaseless conflict, the slow mend of Danielle (Rachel Sennott) and Maya (Molly Gordon)’s relationship, whilst still plagued with struggle provides catharsis from the more immediate threats to Danielle’s reputation.


Rafiki (2018, 12A) - Simona

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A moving film about how 2 girls in Kenya, Kena and Ziki, who long for more than what is expected of them. While the film does follow the trope of tragic gay love (wee spoiler!), it would have been a lie to tell a story like this any other way. A stunning film that we love here at the GFT Youth Board.


Booksmart (2019, 15) - Kayleigh and Kasey

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Two best friends discover that they have potentially wasted their high school partying days and decide to have one amazing night before graduation. Directed by Olivia Wilde and starring Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever, this film is a firm favourite of the GFT Youth Board. It’s all made even better with strong LGBT representation as we follow Amy’s attempts to spend the night with the girl of her dreams (which has both horrifying and uplifting results). It’s funny, the soundtrack is wonderful, and it’s incredibly awkward (just as high school was for many of us!).


The Half of It (2020, 12A) - Kasey

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A retelling of the classic story of Cyrano de Bergerac, The Half of It is a Netflix film where a hopeless himbo, Paul, falls in love with Aster, a manic pixie dream girl, only to discover he has no idea how to talk to girls. He teams up with the intelligent Ellie, who agrees to write letters to Aster for him, only to fall in love with her herself. It’s a timeless story seen through a queer lens. Beautifully directed and genuinely wholesome, it’s difficult not to fall in love with The Half of It.


The Watermelon Woman (1996, 18) - Kayleigh

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The Watermelon Woman is a 1996 film written, directed, and edited by Cheryl Dunye who also stars in the film. It is recognised as the first narrative feature directed by an out Black lesbian.

The semi-autobiographical film follows Cheryl, a young Black lesbian filmmaker as she navigates a new relationship and films her search for an actress in a film from the 1930s credited only as ‘The Watermelon Woman’.

The film is both a landmark of Black cinema and the New Queer Cinema movement of the 1990s.


Predestination (2014, 15) - Lauren

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A mind-and-time-bending sci-fi thriller, Predestination made an international star out of Succession lead Sarah Snook. Whilst those involved in the film have denied it being an outlet to explore trans issues, its intricate depiction of transgender and intersex bodies continues to make it a hotly discussed work amongst LGBT+ film critics and scholars alike.


Paris is Burning (1990, 15) - Kayleigh

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Paris is Burning is an iconic documentary from 1990 chronicling the New York Ballroom scene. The film is a vibrant and invaluable snapshot of this period of fierce competition and community. Candid interviews with members of the scene highlight the struggles faced at the time by the LGBTQ community at large- homophobia, AIDS, transphobia, racism- and the joy and shelter from these issues offered by ball culture.


The Handmaiden (2016, 18) - Lauren

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A thrilling romance from Park Chan-wook, set in the midst of colonial-era Korea. Kim Tae-ri’s feature debut performance is exceptionally paired with Kim Min-hee, whose chemistry sustainably builds the relationship from blushingly innocent admiration to total abandon of tradition, family and law for the sake of each other.


Hearts Beat Loud (2018, 12A) - Kasey

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Last year’s GYFF closing gala, Hearts Beat Loud is a perfect film for Pride because its queerness isn’t even central to the narrative, it’s just part of the main character’s identity. As Sam prepares to go off to medical school, her dad Frank releases a song they made for fun and they achieve some unlikely success, leaving Sam to decide whether she should go to university or help her dad chase his dreams of being a musician. Starring Nick Offerman and Kiersey Clemons, this chill lo-fi indie film is a great summer watch.



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