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Watchlist: Curators' Picks - LGBTQ+ comedies

still from la cage aux folles
17 Apr 2020

Cinema curator Alex Davidson selects five of the funniest LGBTQ+ comedies available to watch online

La Cage aux Folles (1978) / Youtube rental

Before the musical and the Hollywood remake (The Birdcage) came this fast and very funny French farce, starring Uzo Tognazzi and Michel Serrault as a flamboyant gay couple working at a drag revue who have to play it straight when future in-laws visit. Watch the trailer

The Wedding Banquet (1993) / Amazon rental

A Taiwanese, Oscar-nominated box office hit from Ang Lee, about a gay man who enters a marriage of convenience with a female artist to appease his parents. It's a warm, superbly acted delight throughout. Watch the trailer

Appropriate Behaviour (2014) on BFI Player (subscription)

Desiree Akhavan writes, directs and stars in one of the funniest debuts of recent years. A droll, razor-sharp tale of a bisexual Iranian-American woman negotiating her troubled love life in Brooklyn. Watch the trailer

Tangerine (2015) on Amazon Prime

Meet Sin-Dee and Alexandra, two trans sex workers in LA who go on the warpath when one finds out her boyfriend may have cheated on her. Sean Baker’s film features hilarious, breakneck-speed dialogue and tremendous performances. Watch the trailer

Benjamin (2018) on BFI Player (rental)

Simon Amstell writes and directs this sweet, semi-autobiographical comedy about a gay filmmaker whose life goes off the rails when he falls for a French musician in the run-up to the premiere of his second feature. Watch the trailer

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