LOTL Presents Your Favourite Moving Pictures
And the winner is...
At the end of 2016, we asked you to nominate your favourite films, documentaries, TV and web series, YouTube personalities, filmmakers and actresses. You answered and we received thousands of votes for different titles and different people. From the list, we determined the most popular title, which is to be screened at Queer Screen’s LOTL Mystery Movie Event on 1 March at Event Cinemas, George Street.
While we can only screen one film, we want to share the entire list with you! Our list includes classic films, groundbreaking new web series, and great YouTubers you definitely want to check out! Our list brings together the most loved lesbian, bi and queer films and individuals from the entertainment industry. Our combination of classic with new will give you the perfect range of options!
Every film and series listed is perfect for your next movie night or if you need a good binge of a classic TV series. It was fantastic that so many of our readers participated and being reminded of films we haven’t watched in years. We hope you enjoy this list as much as we do. Happy viewing!
YOUR ABSOLUTE FAVOURITE ACTRESS IS …
Australian model, DJ, recording artist, actress, and television presenter, Ruby Rose first stepped into the spotlight as a presenter on MTV Australia. She began seriously pursuing a career in acting in 2008 and rose to international prominence after appearing in seasons three and four of the Netflix original series,Orange Is The New Black. Rose recently rekindled her romance with singer Jess Origliasso of The Veronicas.
An Academy Award-winning actress, Cate Blanchett is known for her roles in such films as Elizabeth, The Aviator, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and Carol.
Best known for her role as Shane McCutcheon on The L Word, Katherine Moennig began acting in 1999 with an appearance in the music video for Is Anybody Home? Currently, she plays the role of Lena Barnum, an investigative assistant, in the American crime drama Ray Donovan.
#4 - Sarah Paulson
Sarah Paulson is an award-winning American film, television, and stage actress. Recently, Sarah was recognised for her key roles in The People v O.J. Simpson, American Crime Story and American Horror Story. She says her sexuality is fluid and is currently dating actress Holland Taylor.
#5 - Kate McKinnon
Kate McKinnon is an Emmy Award-winning comedian who made her break into television with The Big Gay Sketch Show. She went onto work as a cast member on Saturday Night Live taking on roles as Hillary Clinton, Justin Bieber, Ellen DeGeneres, Robert Durst, and Jodie Foster.
#6 - Rooney Mara
Rooney Mara is an Oscar-nominated actress best known for her roles as Therese in the romantic drama Carol and as Lisbeth Salander in the psychological thriller,The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.
#7 - Natasha Negovanlis
Natasha Negovanlis is a Canadian actress, singer, writer, and YouTube personality best known for her role in the popular web series, Carmilla. In the series, Natasha plays the titular character Carmilla, a 337-year-old vampire enrolled at university as a philosophy student.
AND THE BEST MOVIE IS …
#1 - CAROL
Based on Patricia Highsmith’s novel, The Price Of Salt, the plot ofCarol follows two women, played by Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, who come from very different backgrounds and find themselves in an unexpected love affair in 1950s New York. An honest story emerges that reveals the resilience of the heart in the face of change.
This simple story of a love affair tells of Vivian Bell (Helen Shaver) as she arrives in Reno to stay on a ranch owned by Frances Parker (Audra Lindley) so she can establish residency. Vivian catches the interest of Frances’s 25-year-old surrogate daughter, Cay (Patricia Charbonneau). Although they have differing personalities, the two women quickly form a strong bond and must navigate their evolving relationship.
#3 - Bound
Employing aspects of neo-noir crime thrillers, Bound is about the clandestine affair between ex-con, Corky (Gina Gershon), and Violet (Jennifer Tilly) as they plan to steal $2 million from the Mafia. Corky and Violet meet when Corky is employed as a plumber at the apartment complex where Violet and her boyfriend Caesar live. After learning of Corky’s past, Violet convinces her to help steal the money and set Caesar up to take the fall.
#4 - The Kids Are All Right
The Kids Are All Right starring Annette Bening and Julianne Moore, follows the story of LA couple Nic and Jules. Married with two children, Nic (Bening) and Jules (Moore) don’t have the perfect relationship. After Laser, their 15-year-old son, convinces his 18-year-old sister, Joni, to contact their parents’ sperm donor, the two siblings arrange a meeting with Paul (Mark Ruffalo). Although enthusiastic to be in the children’s lives, Paul begins to affect the family dynamic as well as the relationships outside of it. Can this family add a new member?
#5 - All About E
All About E is a road trip, comedy, and a love story from Australian film-maker Louise Wadley. E (Mandahla Rose) is a beautiful, young Arabic Australian DJ who seems to have it all. She is headlining at a top Sydney nightclub; has a home with her gay best friend and husband of convenience Matt (Brett Rogerts); and has a world of women at her feet. But looks can be deceiving! When E and Matt stumble upon a bag of cash, they are forced to hit the road. E realises she has burnt too many bridges and there is nowhere to run except to outback Australia and into the arms of ex-girlfriend Trish. Will E learn to face her past?
#6 - The Adventures Of Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert
This classic, Australian, road trip film follows two drag queens, Mitzi (Hugo Weaving) and Felicia (Guy Pearce) and their transgender friend Bernadette (Terence Stamp) as the three head west from Sydney to perform a drag show at a resort in Alice Springs. As they head into the Australian desert with their lavender bus, Priscilla, the trio find themselves in one misadventure after the other. The three help each other with the issues they face in their personal lives. Priscilla has been credited as introducing a positive portrayal of LGBT characters to the mainstream audience.
#7 - Imagine Me And You
Imagine Me and Youis a romantic comedy that explores the developing feelings between recently married Rachel (Piper Perabo) and her florist, Luce (Lena Headey). After finally tying the knot with her long-time friend Heck, Rachel begins a friendship with Luce intending to set her up with Heck’s best friend. She soon finds out that Luce is a lesbian and over the course of their friendship, Rachel begins to question her own sexuality. Rachel must decide who she will ultimately find the most happiness with: her new husband, Heck, or Luce.
#8 - Kyss Mig (Kiss Me)
Kiss Me, also known as With Every Heartbeat in English, is a Swedish romantic drama from filmmaker Alexandra Therese Keining. When Mia and Frida meet at their parents’ engagement party, the two women feel an instant attraction. As their relationship develops, Mia must make the decision whether to suppress her romantic feelings for Frida and go ahead with her wedding plans, or break off her engagement and pursue a new life with Frida.
#9 - Appropriate Behaviour
Being part of a perfect Persian family is not easy for Shirin. Acceptance avoids her from all sides, her family doesn’t know she is bisexual, and her ex-girlfriend can’t understand why she does not tell them. Struggling to become the ideal Persian daughter, the politically-correct bisexual and a hip young Brooklynite, Shirin, embarks on a journey of rebellion involving a series of pansexual escapades, all while trying to figure out what went wrong with Maxine.
#10 - D.E.B.S.
Recruited by the US government for their unique ability to lie, cheat and fight, Amy, Max, Janet and Dominique join an underground academy of secret agents known as D.E.B.S. These crime fighters set out to save the world and catch the deadliest criminal mastermind in the world, Lucy Diamond. But when Amy falls for Lucy, chaos erupts and the teams’ loyalty to each other is tested.
#11 - Elena Undone
In this 2010 romantic drama, Peyton, a well-known lesbian writer and Elena, the wife of a pastor, feel a connection after their paths cross multiple times. What begins as a friendship quickly develops into something deeper. As Peyton tries to distance herself before she is heartbroken, Elena can’t imagine not having Peyton in her life. Despite never having considered even kissing a woman, Elena is overwhelmed with desire. Elena pushes the relationship despite Peyton’s reservations. As the two women fall deeply in love, they both become aware that a future together might not be possible.
#12 - Below Her Mouth
This Canadian drama is a bold, uninhibited film that begins with a passionate weekend affair between two women. Jasmine (Natalie Krill) is a successful fashion editor and living with her fiancé Rile. On a night out in Toronto, Jasmine meets Dallas (Erika Linder), a beautiful roofer who shows an immediate interest in Jasmine. Although Jasmine initially rejects Dallas’ advances, she soon succumbs to her desires. The two women quickly develop a steamy romance that will change both their lives forever. Jasmine must decide which relationship she will ultimately pursue.
#13 - The Incredibly True Adventure Of Two Girls In Love
The Incredibly True Adventure Of Two Girls In Love is the story of two very different high school girls who find love in one another. Randy (Laurel Holloman) is a low economic student with poor grades, very few friends, and who lives with her aunt. Evie (Nicole Ari Parker), on the other hand, is a wealthy, popular girl. When their paths cross one day at the gas station where Randy works, Evie befriends Randy, and begins to feel a passion she has never felt before. The two girls must navigate hostile friends and family as they pursue a sweet and tender romance.
#14 - When Night Is Falling
When Night is Falling is another great Canadian drama. The film follows the life of an uptight and conservative literature professor (Pascale Bussières) at a large religious university as she finds herself strangely attracted to another woman. After a happenstance meeting, Camille (Bussières) finds herself unable to stop thinking about Petra (Rachael Crawford), a free-spirited woman who works in a travelling circus. As their relationship develops, Camille must make the decision whether to pursue her professional responsibilities and forfeit a relationship with Petra or join Petra on the road and travel with the circus.
#15 - High Art
High Art is a Canadian-American film that tells the story of a young female intern at a small magazine company that becomes involved with a drug-addicted photographer. After discovering a leak in her ceiling, Syd discovers that her upstairs neighbour is none other than the talented and enigmatic photographer Lucy Berliner. Syd becomes acquainted with Lucy’s past work and her circle of drug-addicted friends. Detecting a career opportunity, Syd encourages Lucy to shoot new pictures for her magazine. As the photography assignment progresses, Syd and Lucy develop a strong attraction and are forced to examine their own lives and loves.
#16 - But I’m A Cheerleader
This satirical, romantic comedy tells the story of typical, American teenager Megan. The high school senior, played by Natasha Lyonne, loves cheerleading and is dating the captain of the football team. However, when classmates and her parents suspect Megan is a lesbian, they confront her and send her to an in-patient conversion therapy camp. As Megan develops a relationship with a fellow camper, she begins to embrace her sexual orientation and finds love.
#17 - Jenny’s Wedding
This dramedy stars Katherine Heigl as Jenny, a woman who has lived an openly gay life except to her family. Jenny’s family dream of the day she will marry while her siblings speculate she is carrying on an affair with a married man. When she finally decides to marry her long-time girlfriend’ Kitty (Alexis Bledel)’ and start a family, Jenny must face the challenge of coming out to her conservative family. As Jenny’s revelation changes her family’s traditional life forever, she must deal with the prejudice that threatens to tear her family apart.
#18 - The Monkey’s Mask
The Monkey’s Mask is a 2000 thriller starring Susie Porter as private detective Jill Fitzpatrick who falls in love with a suspect (played by Kelly McGillis) in the disappearance of a young woman. Eager for the taste of adrenaline, Jill accepts the job to investigate the disappearance of Mickey and quickly strikes a spark with Diane (McGillis), Mickey’s poetry professor. After the strangled body of the young student is found, Mickey’s parents ask Jill to continue the investigation. Jill and Diane begin a passionate affair as Jill enters the sordid underworld of Mickey’s life. Blinded by passion, Jill is compromised in her search for the truth.
#19 - I Can’t Think Straight
This 2008 romance film, adapted from a novel by the same name, follows London-based Jordanian Tala as she prepares for her elaborate wedding. However, as preparations proceed Tala encounters Leyla, a young, British Indian woman who is dating Tala’s best friend. The two women fall in love but Tala’s sense of duty and cultural restraint cause her to become distant and fly back to Jordan where wedding preparations continue. Will Tala realise that her own preconception of what love can be is the final hurdle she must overcome to win Leyla back?
#20 - Nina’s Heavenly Delights
A 2006, British romantic-comedy-drama, Nina’s Heavenly Delights tells the story of Nina Shah as she returns home for her father’s funeral. She begins a romantic relationship with her childhood friend Lisa, who owns half of her late father’s Indian restaurant. After finding out that her father’s gambling addiction has led to the family restaurant needing to be sold, Nina and Lisa decide to enter the national Best In The West Curry Competition. With her new romance and supportive friends, Nina works towards saving the restaurant and besting the competition.
#21 - Go Fish
From filmmaker, Rose Troche, comes this romantic drama about a young lesbian, Max, and her search for love. After meeting the older Ely in a coffee shop, Max initially dismisses her. However the two end up going on a date to only have the evening end when Max discovers Ely’s long distance girlfriend of two years. Although the women don’t have much in common, they feel pulled towards one another. Will they discover common ground when establishing a relationship?
#22 - First Girl I Loved
This coming-of-age tale captures all the anxiety, bravery, and heartbreak of first love. On assignment for her high school yearbook, social misfit, Anne (Dylan Gelula), hits it off withthe beautiful star of the softball team, Sasha (Brianna Hildebrande). But when Anne tells her best friend Clifton about her new crush, he reveals a hidden jealousy that threatens more than just the girls’ budding romance.
TERRIFIC TV SERIES…
#1 - The L Word
One of the most well known shows surrounding lesbian relationships, The L Word, follows the lives and loves of a group of lesbian friends living in Los Angeles.
#2 - Wentworth
Set in modern day Australia, Wentworth focuses on Bea Smith’s experience in prison. After being charged with attempted murder, Bea is sent to Wentworth to await her sentencing. Forced to learn to survive, Bea works her way up Wentworth’s hierarchy.
#3 - Wynonna Earp
After years on the run and in juvenile detention, Wynonna Earp is finally coming home. The only problem is no one back home wants her to return. But when she becomes the town’s only hope of eradicating mysterious demons, Wynonna must choose which side of the law she wants to fight on in order to clear the name of her legendary great grandfather Wyatt Earp once and for all.
#4 - The Fosters
This American family drama series follows the lives of the Foster family led by couple Stef, a cop, and Lena, a school administrator, who raise a multi-ethnic, blended family that consists of one biological child and four adopted children.
#5 - Lost Girl
This supernatural drama follows the life of a bisexual succubus named Bo (Anna Silk) as she learns to control her superhuman abilities, help those in need, and discover the truth about her origins.
#6 - Janet King
Janet King is an Australian television drama that follows the story of Senior Crown Prosecutor Janet King (Marta Dusseldorp) as she returns from maternity leave and is thrown into a shocking prosecution.
#7 - Tipping The Velvet
This British mini-series set in the 1890’s tells the story of Nancy Astley, a young girl who works as a waitress in her father’s restaurant, until she witnesses the performance of Kitty Butler, a new-to-town male impersonator. Elevated by her love affair with Kitty, Nancy experiences both euphoria and deep disillusion as she embarks on a seven-year journey of self-discovery, finally realising that a life of sensation just isn’t enough.
#1 - Out And Around
This documentary, Out And Around, follows couple, Jennifer Chang and Lisa Dazols, as they leave their 9-5 jobs, pick up a video camera, and travel to fifteen countries through Asia, Africa, and South America for one year. They go in search of people who are leading the movement for gay, lesbian, and transgender equality. While interviewing LGBT leaders across the developing world, they realise their journey could have a larger impact beyond self-growth.
This documentary captures the momentous changes occurring in the status of queer people around the world today. This film aims to share stories of hope from around the world.
#2 - The Case Against 8
The Case Against 8 is an American film documenting the legal battle to overturn California’s Proposition 8. This behind-the-scenes look inside the historic case follows the plaintiffs, two gay couples who find their families at the centre of the same-sex marriage controversy. Five years in the making, this is the story of how they took the first federal marriage equality lawsuit to the U.S. Supreme Court.
#3 - Out in the Lineup
Two gay surfers unite to uncover the taboo of homosexuality in surfing. Together they embark on a global journey to speak with people from all corners of the surfing community about an aspect of surf culture that has until now remained hidden.
As their journey unfolds, they uncover a culture of fear, secrecy and exclusion but are inspired to affect change by connecting people, provoking discussion and looking to the sport’s grassroots values of freedom of spirit and love for the ocean.
#1 - The Horizon
The Horizon, created by Adam Jones and Boaz Stark in 2009, is the most watched online series from Australia and the most watched gay web series in the world.
#2 - The Leslie Series
Exclusively on YouTube, The Leslie follows recently out lesbian, Leslie Clark (Kate Johnson). Leslie is in her late 20s and living in sunny California and dealing with her new dating landscape. With the help of the only people she has around her, she takes each new misadventure with a grain of salt and racks it up to learning a little bit more about life, sex and what it means to be a woman who loves women.
#3 - Starting From Now
The Australian web series, Starting From Now, follows the tangled, increasingly complicated lives of its four lesbian protagonists as they struggle to work out who they are, find a place where they belong, and maybe even find love along the way.
#4 - Carmilla
Carmilla is a scripted transmedia series that puts a modern spin on the cult-classic, gothic, vampire novella by Sheridan Le Fanu. Meshing the vlog format aesthetic with scripted storytelling, Carmilla tells the story of Laura Hollis (Elise Bauman) and the strange events and missing women at Silas University. Carmilla has generated more than 15 million views and spawned a passionate, engaged, and worldwide fandom. The story spans multiple mediums including Twitter, Tumblr and Wattpad character feeds.
#5 - Last Life
The supernatural web-series, Last Life, is about the never-ending battle of good versus evil and a pair of soul-mates, who when reunited, only cause destruction.
#6 - Notas Aparte
The Spanish web series, Notas Aparte, follows the story of Sara, a shy, naive, and closeted student who is in desperate need of tutoring in order to pass her exams and enter university. After finding out that her new tutor, Helena, is a lesbian, Sara begins to discover and understand many things about herself. Simple art lessons lead Sara on a personal journey towards self-acceptance. Each episode is in Spanish with English subtitles for those unfamiliar with the language.
#7 - Out With Dad
Out With Dad is a Canadian web series about a teenage lesbian named Rose and the process of her coming out to her single father. The series shines a spotlight on the challenges of people in the LGBT community, specifically lesbians facing homophobia.
#1 - Phyllis Nagy
Phyllis Nagy is an Academy Award-nominated theatre and film director, screenwriter, and playwright. Nagy adapted and wrote the screenplay for 2015’s Carol, the film that led to her nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay.
#2 - Katherine Brooks
Katherine Brooks is an American film writer and director, working on prominent television shows including The Osbournes and MTV’s ground-breaking reality series The Real World. She went onto make the feature film Loving Annabelle, winning the Audience Award and Best Actress Award at Outfest in 2006.
#3 - Patricia Rozema
The Canadian film director, writer, and producer, Patricia Rozema, began her film career in print and television journalism. She is known for her films When Night Is Falling and Mansfield Park. Rozema directed the film Into the Forest, starring Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood.
#4 - Todd Haynes
Considered a pioneer of the New Queer Cinema movement, Todd Haynes is an American independent film director, screenwriter, and producer.
YOUR PIONEERING YOUTUBERS
#1 - Lacie& Robin
A couple for 20 years, Lacie and Robin love making people laugh. Since falling in love in 1996, the duo have been writing and performing together. They co-wrote and starred in the two-woman show, Real Girls, which enjoyed sold-out performances before the play was later made into the feature film,Girl Play.
Currently, Lacie and Robin run a weekly YouTube Comedy Vlog, Lacie and Robin, in which they take on everything from answering questions about being a lesbian couple to attempting vegan recipes, all for the amusement of their fans and the obliteration of their personal dignities.
When the duo found out they were the highest voted YouTubers on our list, they said, “We’re so honoured to have won Fave YouTubers! We fully intend to celebrate with champagne and a big plate of tofu masquerading as meat! Thank you to everyone who voted for us. We’re incredibly grateful for our growing family of funny, queer women (and a few, extremely cool guys). Let your freak flags fly and keep laughing, beauties. Mwah!”.
# 2 - Rose and Rosie
Rising YouTube stars, Rose and Rosie, have amassed a following of 500,000 subscribers on YouTube.
#3 - Elle is for Laura
This British couple, Elle is for Laura, created their YouTube channel with one mission in mind: #ItGetsBetter. Grab a drink and watch how lgbt+ life is as silly, adventurous, boring, fun and normal as everyone else’s.
# 4 - Sarah and Rachel
Sarah and Rachel are a couple from Iowa and the owners of production company, Frame Media. The pair upload new vlogs every week plus unscripted comedy, challenges, travel, and entrepreneurship videos as well as LGBT advice.
For more from Sarah and Rachel check out their podcast, Between The Sheets!
#5 - Bria and Chrissy
Known as YouTube’s singing lesbian duo, Bria and Chrissy, have shown the power that musicians can have on the queer community.
#6 - Ari Fitz
Ari Fitz has been on YouTube since 2013 but she did not start posting a video every day until 2016. Ari’s videos range from topics about foods she has eaten and enjoyed, her friends and family, to the amazing travel adventures she goes on. Ari also posts her tomboy fashion-lookbooks and style series on her YouTube channel TOMBOYISH. With a new video every day, there is something for everyone.
#7 - Ash Hardell
Ash Hardell is an energetic YouTuber with videos ranging from sex on antidepressants, to chest binding, to the ABC of LGBT+. Along with the video blogs and comedic videos, she differentiates herself by creating stop-motion animation videos.
#8 - Shannon Beveridge
Shannon Beveridge gained prominence on YouTube as one half of the YouTube channel Nowthisisliving with her now ex-girlfriend Camden Scott. Since the breakup, Shannon has posted videos about moving on, moving out, and suicidal thoughts, among others.
#9 - Stevie Boebi
Stevie Boebi is a YouTube phenomenon based out of Louisiana. Stevie uses her channel to interact with fans, tell stories, make a fool of herself, and give advice. Her most recent videos include advice on getting laid while in a relationship, how to survive your period, and lesbian sex 101.
#10 - WhatWeganDidNext
YouTubers Whitney and Megan make up the dynamic duo of What Wegan Did Next. This couple endured four years of a long-distance relationship between Hawaii and the UK. Their videos document their time as a long-distance couple, their proposal in Hawaii and their Civil Partnership in the UK. Newer videos encompass the couple’s travels around the world as well as their everyday activities!