New York City, 2013. Introspective bisexual Ben drifts from one casual encounter to the next. While his recent relationships barely last past morning, things change when he meets Sam, a handsome stranger with whom he forms an immediate connection. But as they spend more time together, both men begin to recognise the need to confront past traumas if they are to truly let the other person in. Based on personal experience, writer/director/star Matthew Fifer and co-director Kieran Mulcare have crafted a richly textured drama, tackling complex subjects with grace, delicacy and uncompromising honesty. Fifer’s sympathetic central performance is ably matched by co-writer Sheldon D Brown’s nuanced turn as Sam, with the pair establishing an effortless on-screen connection that brings real heart to their timely and, ultimately, hopeful tale.
Drama 2020 101 mins Director: Bruce Labruce
A young man with a fetish for himself, a mother he thought was dead and a twin brother he knew nothing about.
Comedy 2021 105 mins Director: Jacques Audiard
Jacques Audiard ventures into new territory with a vibrant take on love and Paris, as four characters cross amorous paths in the modern city.
Drama 2021 121 mins Director: Ryusuke Hamaguchi
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Drama 2021 76 mins Director: Darragh Carey
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Romance 2019 100 mins Director: Ira Sachs
Ira Sachs' utterly engaging romantic drama starring Isabelle Huppert as a celebrated actress who gathers her disparate family on an unexpectedly emotional retreat.
Drama 2019 99 mins Director: Omar Zúñiga Hidalgo
A quiet, tender romance blossoms in this story of love and courage between two men in search of freedom.
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Biopic 2018 105 mins Director: Rupert Everett
Rupert Everett astounds as Oscar Wilde, depicting the fallen star in the final years of his life, in this heartfelt and captivating passion project.
Drama 2020 103 mins Director: Zaida Bergroth
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Biopic 2020 118 mins Director: Francis Lee
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Drama 2016 126 mins Director: Takuro Nakamura
Differing cultures collide and pent up feelings explored in this exquisite melodrama from Japan.
Drama 2019 91 mins Director: Laurent Micheli
Tender exploration of family relationships and identity as Lola, a young transgender girl, embarks on a journey with her estranged father to scatter her mother’s ashes.
Drama 2020 119 mins Director: Eric Steel
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Drama 2021 102 mins Director: Nabil Ayouch
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Comedy 2021 100 mins Director: Hannes Þór Halldórsson
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Drama 2021 84 mins Director: Adam Kalderon
An elite swimmer competing for a place on the Olympic team encounters intense rivalry and lust during training.
Drama 2020 94 mins Director: Clio Barnard
Clio Barnard’s latest film is a tremendously warm and tenderly written love story.
Drama 2021 123 mins Director: Pedro Almodóvar
Almodóvar at his very best, presenting a riveting drama about two mothers from very different backgrounds whose lives become intertwined.
Documentary 2022 84 mins Director: Nigel Askew
Nigel Askew's documentary explores the punk movement, featuring revealing insights from designer and punk icon Vivienne Westwood.