Queer Trailer Watch: The Rise Of Queer Storytelling Continues

Previously unseen film of little and big Edie Beale pre-Grey Gardens, inside iconic drag queens closets, a record 50-plus LGBTQ characters in one series and more queer coming of age, the future looks bright for on-screen queer representation.

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With a lot of funding headed in the direction of queer productions recently, we are seeing a surge in LGBT+ representation on the big screen and on streaming services alike.

We have brought you many of the queer films you should be on the lookout for this year, but here are some TV shows and documentaries in the pipeline that we think are worth a watch.

 

That Summer

In 1975 documentary Grey Gardens introduced us to Little Edie Beale and her mother, Big Edie, two of the most iconic women of the 20th century.

Prequel documentary, That Summer, takes us back to the Beales, three years before Albert Maysles’ camera made them stars.

It shows the efforts of their cousin, Lee Radziwill, in restoring and repairing the East Hampton mansion. The docu-film also includes visits to the dilapidated dwelling by Andy Warhol, Paul Morrissey, Mick Jagger and Truman Capote.

Photographer Peter Beard chronicled the process but the footage had been “lost” for decades until Swedish director Göran Hugo Olsson assembled and edited the footage.

It is set for release in the US next month.

 

Out Of The Closet

Out of the Closet, a new digital series from Logo takes viewers inside the living spaces of your favourite queens with a behind-the-scenes tour of their closets, and all of their eleganza ensembles kept inside.

The first season consists of six episodes and each instalment will focus on a different queen from Drag Race herstory. The premiere episode features the current reigning drag superstar, Sasha Velour. Following episodes will focus on Acid Betty, Aja, Alexis Michelle, Kimora Blac and Manila Luzon.

Starting April 17, head over to Logo’s website every Tuesday at 12 pm for a new episode of Out of the Closet.

 

Pose

Ryan Murphy takes on the 1980’s ball culture in a Paris Is Burning inspired musical series focusing on “the rise of the luxury Trump-era universe”.

“Along with being a dance musical and an affirming look at American life in the 1980s, I’m so proud that Pose and FX have made history right from the beginning by featuring the most trans series regular actors ever in an American television production,” Murphy said in a statement. “Additionally, the first season of Pose will feature 50-plus LGBTQ characters—a record in American television history.”

Pose premiers on FX on June 3

 

Alex Strangelove

Netflix are preparing to release a coming out romantic comedy this summer. Alex Stranglove follows high school senior Alex Truelove who is starting to explore the idea of losing his virginity.

“Things get complicated when he meets a handsome and charming gay kid from the other side of town who unwittingly sends him on a roller-coaster journey of sexual identity,” an official synopsis reads.

It premieres at the 2018 San Francisco International Film Festival later this week.

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