Welcome to the VIP Q Movie Pick (courtesy of QMovieBlog.com). Where we ask today's hottest queer and queer-friendly filmmakers, stars and community leaders to answer the question:
"One of my favorite LGBT movies is..."
It's an interesting combination, the writer who acts. Or perhaps it's the actor who writes. We've asked three of our favorite high profile LGBT actor-writers to answer our $64,000 question -- and not surprisingly they've chosen some great films (with terrific scripts and performances).
1. Craig Chester (actor-writer-director, Adam & Steve)
My favorite LGBT film is one of the first -- Parting Glances. It's one of the few films made about gay life and the AIDS crisis DURING the crisis. It's incredibly observed, funny, warm, and true. It's one of the few films that deals with the machinations of a committed relationship between two men and it's refreshingly 'grown up' compared to most of the gay sex farces that seem to dominate now a days. Watching Parting Glances reminds us of the most difficult period in our history -- but also the time when we had the most soul.
Discover Craig's hilarious film ADAM & STEVE (yes -- he wrote, directed and stars in it) and keep an eye out for him in the upcoming indie feature, Art & Sex.
2. Daniel MacIvor (writer, Trigger; actor-writer, Whole New Thing)
I would have to say that my favourite LGBT movie remains the first I ever saw, John Schlesinger's Sunday Bloody Sunday starring Murray Head as a bisexual artist involved with the straight Glenda Jackson and the gay Peter Finch. The film was made in 1971 and has the first male/male kiss in mainstream cinema. One of the great things about this film is that Finch's character is a gay man for whom his gay-ness is not an issue but simply a part of who he is as a man. And the scene with Glenda Jackson crying and eating fudge has to be one of the best moments of acting in film.
Watch the trailer for Daniel's wonderful new women's drama, Trigger -- a powerful portrayal of the connection between two former rock and roll bandmates (Molly Parker and Tracy Wright) who reunite for a tribute show in hopes of recapturing their once magical connection.
3. Guinevere Turner (actress-writer, Go Fish; The L Word)
My pick is My Summer of Love. What I like about it is that the relationship between these two girls is so twisted, and though disturbing, represents something we can all relate to: how utterly psychotic young lesbian love can be.
Check out the acting and writing talents of Guinevere Turner in the lesbian indie classic, Go Fish; enjoy the darkly clever Late (her most recent short film as writer-director) which is part of the She Likes Girls 3 lesbian shorts DVD and look forward to the latest feature film from her pen (co-written with Mark Distefano), Breaking the Girl (directed by Jamie Babbit and currently in post-production).
Do you think these are good picks? Please go ahead and share your favorite LGBT films below. Thanks!