The Bent Lens: A World Guide to Gay & Lesbian Film

The Bent Lens: A World Guide to Gay & Lesbian Film

The Bent Lens: A World Guide to Gay & Lesbian Film

The Bent Lens: A World Guide to Gay & Lesbian Film

Synopsis

"The definitive international guide to gay, lesbian and queer film and video."

Excerpt

There's been an enormous amount of activity in the queer filmmaking world since the 1st Edition of The Bent Lens appeared in 1997. During that time there has been somewhat of a frenzy of films made with a queer bent. For short filmmakers in particular, the ever-increasing availability of cheaper and easier film technologies has made picking up a camera and capturing stories on film that much more accessible. Audiences and film financiers too, have seemed more willing to embrace the depiction of diverse lifestyles on the screen. The increased commercialisation of mainstream queer film is evident in the number of queer narratives produced by the larger production houses over the past five years. The box office success of films such as Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss (1998), Better than Chocolate (1999), Boy's Don't Cry (1999), Before Night Falls (2000) and Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001) have seen an increased confidence in the ability of narratives about non-mainstream characters to attract audiences. Depictions of queer lives on television have increased in number and popularity also, with Queer as Folk (1999 and 2000) and Metrosexuality (2001) attracting huge audiences.

Even more inspiring is the success, and critical acclaim of films such as By Hook or By Crook (2001), and Walking on Water (2002), whose narrative concerns are real world problems experienced by characters who just happen to be queer. While 'coming out' stories and stories about being queer will always be relevant as long as queer people exist, it is refreshing, and perhaps a sign of the maturing of modern Western popular culture, that we can also enjoy and embrace narratives that celebrate the telling of a good story by a collection of characters for whom sexuality is just one part of a much bigger picture.

There are over 1000 new titles featured in this edition of The Bent Lens. Since there have been so many films both in long and short form released over the past five years it has been impossible to include them all. We have tried as best we can to include queer films of ten minutes and over that have either had a cinema release, are formally distributed, or that have played at least two queer film festivals somewhere in the world.

In the same way as the first edition, the second offers readers a practical guide to gay and lesbian film. Wherever possible we have included and updated selected distribution information about the films, or in the age of internet shopping, where you might be able to purchase your favourite titles over the web. The information is by no means exhaustive, and there are many companies that now offer the facility to purchase over the internet that we did not have the space to list here.

The Bent Lens offers an A-Z listing of over 2600 films which are also indexed according to director, country, sexualities and genre. Direct representations of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, as well as transgendered people are featured throughout, as well as mainstream films which . . .

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