BFI Player have announced the most watched LGBT films of 2016.
In the top spot is Carol, starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, and turning straight women bi-curious since 2014. Set in the glamorous backdrop of 1950s New York, the author of The Talented Mr. Ripley and acclaimed director Todd Haynes (Far From Heaven, I’m Not There, Mildred Pierce) deliver a powerful drama about a married woman who risks everything when she embarks on a romance with a younger department store worker.
The hilarious Tangerine, written by Sean Baker and Chris Bergoch (and directed by Baker), was filmed entirely on iPhone, proving that you don’t have to spend big money to make an impact. The transgender revenge comedy includes class one liners – “You didn’t have to Chris Brown the bitch!” – as working girl, Sin-Dee, tears through Tinseltown on Christmas Eve, searching for the pimp who broke her heart.
From the funny and fearless to the moving and erotic, here’s a recap:
1. Carol (2014)
Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara illuminate Todd Haynes’ intoxicating drama.
2. Theo and Hugo (2016)
A brief encounter at a Parisian sex club takes a dramatic turn after a sudden realisation.
3. Tangerine (2015)
Incredibly shot on an iPhone, this transgender revenge comedy fizzes with wild energy.
4. Departure (2015)
Andrew Steggall’s delicate gay drama about a teenage dreamer who falls for a local boy while staying in France.
5. The Chambermaid Lynn (2014)
An obsessive-compulsive hotel cleaner meets an enigmatic dominatrix who changes her world.
6. Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures (2016)
An unflinching account of the life, art and legacy of the legendary photographer.
7. Boys On Film 15: Time & Tied (2015/16)
A new selection of sensational gay shorts that showcase some of the UK’s top emerging talent.
8. Holding The Man (2015)
A sweepingly romantic adaptation of Timothy Conigrave’s best-selling gay love story.
9. I Promise You Anarchy (2015)
A pair of teenage skateboarders are drawn into a murky criminal underworld in this distinctive, erotic thriller.
10. Freeheld (2016)
Julianne Moore plays the cancer-stricken police officer fighting to transfer her pension to her partner (Ellen Page).
BFI Player is a video on-demand service brought to you by the British Film Institute (BFI). It contains classic and contemporary, hand-picked from their festivals, cultural programme and the BFI National Archive.