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Ask Any Buddy (Country: US; Year: 2020; Director: Evan Purchell)
A compilation of erotic gay films.
Bloodsisters: Leather, Dykes and Sadomasochism (Country: US; Year: 1995; Director: Michelle Handelman; Writer: Michelle Handelman; Stars: Patrick Califia, Skeeter, Wickie Stamps)
Eight self-described leather dykes discuss queer politics, power and self-determination.
Changing The Game (Country: US; Year: 2019; Director: Michael Barnett; Writer: Michael Barnett, Michelle Mahaffie)
Transgender high school athletes from across the US compete at the top of their fields, while also challenging the boundaries and perceptions of fairness and discrimination.
Don’t Look Down (Country: France; Year: 2019; Director: Olivier Ducastel, Jacques Martineau; Writer: Olivier Ducastel, Jacques Martineau; Stars: Manika Auxire, Geoffrey Couët, François Nambot)
Five strangers (four men and one woman) arrive at a chic Parisian apartment. They may not know each other, but each share one thing in common – the duplicitous man who used and abused their emotions.
Drag Kids (Country: Canada; Year: 2019; Director: Megan Wennberg; Stars: Nemis Quinn Mélançon Golden, Bracken Hanke, Dominique Hanke, Stephen Hirst, Megan Wennberg)
A documentary about four pre-teens who enjoy competing in drag pageants.
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Flawless and You Don't Nomi
Flawless (Haneshef) (Country: Israel, Germany; Year: 2019; Director: Tal Granit, Sharon Maymon; Writer: Tal Granit, Sharon Maymon; Stars: Stav Strashko, Netsanet Mekonen, Noam Lugasy, Assi Levy, Arad Triffon Reshef, Micha Celektar, Niv Sultan, Dekel Adin, Morin Amor, Yaron Ben-Harush, Or Cohen, Alex Muskal, Afek Siboni, Yarden Siboni, Olga Strashko)
Three teenage girls in search of physical perfection are drawn down a dark path of black-market plastic surgery, an impulsive adventure that ultimately becomes a journey of self-discovery.
Make Up (Country: UK; Year: 2019; Director: Claire Oakley; Writer: Claire Oakley; Stars: Molly Windsor, Joseph Quinn, Stefanie Martini, Theo Barklem-Biggs, Lisa Palfrey, Elodie Wilton, Maureen Wild, Derek Frood, Ruben Wheeler, John Macneill, Emilia Copeland, Yazmin Joy Vigus, Molly Windsor, Joseph Quinn, Stefanie Martini)
A teenager becomes obsessed with the idea her boyfriend is cheating on her.
Midnight Kiss (Country: US; Year: 2019; Director: Carter Smith; Stars: Augustus Prew, Scott Evans, Ayden Mayeri)
It’s time to kiss your nerves goodbye as there’s a killer in town with taste for ripped male flesh.
No Hard Feelings (Futur Drei) (Country: Germany; Year: 2020; Director: Faraz Shariat; Writer: Paulina Lorenz, Faraz Shariat; Stars: Paul Lux, Banafshe Hourmazdi, Eidin Jalali, Benny Radjaipour, Paul Lux, Banafshe Hourmazdi, Eidin Jalali, Benny Radjaipour)
German-Iranian Parvis’ life revolves around pop culture, sex dates and raves. Through the refugee siblings Banafshe Arezu and Amon, Parvis rediscovers his roots.
Sixth Happiness (Country: UK; Year: 1997; Director: Waris Hussein; Writer: Firdaus Kanga; Stars: Firdaus Kanga, Souad Faress, Khodus Wadia, Nina Wadia, Ahsen Bhatti, Mahabanoo Mody-Kotwal, Nisha K Nayar, Indira Varma)
The life, loves and laughter of an irrepressible Indian with brittle bone disease.
Sequin In A Blue Room (Country: Australia; Year: 2019; Director: Samuel Van Grinsven; Stars: Anthony Brandon Wong, Conor Leach, Jeremy Lindsay Taylor, Samuel Barrie)
When a teenager's thrill-seeking leads to a memorable encounter at an anonymous sex party, he resolves to track down the mystery guy — even if he has to rely on a menacing former hookup to help him.
Showgirls (Country: France, US; Year: 1995; Director: Paul Verhoeven; Writer: Joe Eszterhas; Stars: Elizabeth Berkley, Kyle MacLachlan, Gina Gershon)
With lifelong dreams of becoming the world’s greatest topless dancer, tempestuous Nomi sets her sights on the Stardust Hotel.
Spiral (Country: Canada; Year: 2019; Director: Kurtis David Harder; Stars: Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman, Lochlyn Munro, Ari Cohen, Chandra West)
A same-sex couple move to a small town so they can enjoy a better quality of life and raise their 16-year-old daughter with the best social values. But nothing is as it seems in their picturesque neighbourhood, and when Malik sees the folks next door throwing a very strange party, something has got to give.
Transkids (Country: Israel; Year: 2019; Director: Hilla Medalia; Writer: Hilla Medalia)
Four very different Israeli teenagers, on the verge of military conscription, divulge the turning points in their transitions.
You Don't Nomi (Country: US; Year: 2019; Director: Jeffrey McHale; Writer: Jeffrey McHale)
Released in 1995, Paul Verhoeven’s Showgirls was met by critics and audiences with near universal derision. You Don’t Nomi traces the film’s redemptive journey from notorious flop to cult classic.

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A different space Kelly Macdonald on working with Marc Turtletaub on Puzzle

Out of the past Susanna Nicchiarelli on Trine Dyrholm and the costume design in Nico, 1988

The iconic man Jonathan Baker on Becoming Iconic and Inconceivable

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