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For many years, the cowboy movie was a stand-by for Hollywood. But as directed by the acclaimed film-maker Ang Lee, Brokeback Mountain takes a very different approach to the well-trodden genre, telling the story of two American ranchers, Ennis Del Mar and Jack Twist, who find themselves thrown together by a job on a remote mountain in the 1960s, and much to their own shock falling in love. Such emotions between men were all but forbidden in the world Jack and Ennis came from, and each soon go their own way, marrying and having children, but their feelings for one another are not easy to get rid of. A powerful and ground-breaking love story with great performances from co-stars Jake Gyllenhaal and the late Heath Ledger.
Sean Penn won an Oscar for this inspiring portrayal of gay rights campaigner, Harvey Milk.
14+ years 122 mins
Brightly-coloured Douglas Sirk tribute about a marriage that falls apart in the hyper-conformist American suburbs of the 1950s
14+ years 103 mins
Australian coming-of-age drama about a sixteen-year-old’s weekly meetings with her mother, who is undergoing gender reassignment.
16+ years 110 mins
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Jeff Nichols' new film tells the true story of an interracial couple's fight to maintain their marriage in the face of legal discrimination in 1950s America.
Reading time 6 mins
Our Film Curator Joe attended Edinburgh International Film Festival recently, picking out some brilliant upcoming films, with a focus on identity and wellbeing.
Reading time 8 mins
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