From Ammonite to Portrait of a Lady On Fire, here’s a list of our top picks of LGBTQ+ love stories shown on screen..
Francis Lee’s most recent offering, set in 1840s England, we find acclaimed but overlooked fossil hunter Mary Anning(Kate Winslet) and a young woman sent to convalesce by the sea (Saoirse Ronan) develop an intense relationship, altering both of their lives forever. Filmed and set in the UK’s very own Lyme Regis, Ammonite is available to watch on all streaming platforms from 26th March
Based on Patricia Highsmith’s novella The Price of Salt, Todd Haynes’ 2015 adaptation Carol sees a girl in her 20s working in a department store with dreams of a more fulfilling life (Rooney Marr) begin a relationship with a wife trapped in a loveless, moneyed marriage desperate to break free (Cate Blanchett). A stylish tale of forbidden love, not to be missed.
Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight follows protagonist Chiron through three stages of his life, exploring masculinity and sexual identity against the backdrop of an art house aesthetic Miami. In this coming of age tale Jenkins sensitivity captures Chiron’s emerging sexuality and romantic encounters – genre defying and visually stunning Moonlight deservedly earnt the Oscar for Best Picture in 2017.
Blue Is the Warmest Colour (2017)
When Adèle (Adèle Exarchopoulos), a 15-year-old high-school student, meets a mysterious, blue-haired girl in the street (Léa Seydoux), a passionate and chaotic love story begins… Despite being marked with controversy relating to the film’s six minute long sex scene, Blue Is The Warmest Colour won Cannes’ Palme D’or in and has since become a staple of the queer canon.
God’s Own Country (2017)
Set in the sheep farming hills of rural England, God’s Own Country sees local farmer Johnny Saxby (Josh O’Connor) confronted with an emotional awakening when a handsome Romanian migrant worker Gheorghe (Alex Secareanu) arrives to take up temporary work on the family’s farm. The pair form an intimate relationship, one that is poetic, brutal and passionate. This critically acclaimed film from Director Francis Lee, has been described as one of the great romantic movies in recent memory.
Portrait Of A Lady On Fire (2020)
Celine Sciamma’s period masterpiece set in 1770 France sees painter Marianne (Noémie Merlant) commissioned to create the wedding portrait a young woman Héloïse (Adèle Haenel) without her knowing. Intimacy and attraction grows between the two women as they share Héloïse’s first and last moments of freedom, all whilst Marianne paints the portrait that will end it all. A modern classic.