Freeheld Had its World Premiere Proving 2015 Movies are Gay AF

Posted by Tara G on

I don't know whether, due to social media, I've fallen victim to the selective exposure theory; or 2015 is simply just the queerest, gayest fucking year for Hollywood I've ever seen.

I mean, last year was pretty damn gay. There was Golden Globe-nominated Pride; and who could forget Sandra Oh and Kathy Bates in Tammy (let's be real, it's the only reason you watched it too).

We also can't forget Blue is the Warmest Colour back in 2013 either.

However, 2015? 2015 is super gay.

I'm going straight in to say I'm completely ignoring all indie flicks, and anything that features the face of someone I don't know in the leading role. Because nothing says "validate my sexuality" like a big Hollywood movie star playing a lesbian (again), and a possible Oscar nomination.

Okay, I'll admit it. I'm lazy as fuck. I like it when movies are plastered all over mainstream media; unceremoniously slapped in front of my face, demanding me to watch them. I hate having to search for these things, and we can't really ignore the fact that even when we find them, they're sometimes (read: often) hit or miss; so it's comforting when you can stare lovingly into the eyes of a trusted actress such as Julianne Moore, Cate Blanchett or Susan Sarandon and feel like they're part of the lady appreciation society.

So, without further ado, here are the five queerest upcoming or already released flicks for 2015 which have featured on more than one mainstream news website, and have showed up on my Facebook Newsfeed or Twitter:

1. Freeheld (2015)

 

Why wait? Let's just jump straight in to the only reason you're reading this post.

Last night Freeheld premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, and - rather than attend - the rest of us sat back and waited for the inevitable adorable selfies of Ellen Page and everyone, including everyone's favourite gay for pay Julianne Moore: 



 

And then it turned out you had to stalk Ruby Rose to get pics from the actual Film Festival rather than press and there was no Julianne. What are you doing RR? #failstralian



 

Freeheld is an American drama based on a 2007 documentary of the same name which follows terminally ill police officer Laurel Hester (Moore) as she fights to have her pension benefits transferred to her domestic partner (Page).

It has garnered a lot of attention in recent months. Not only are Moore and Page household names; Page has credited the film as being the catalyst which pushed her to come out at the Human Rights Campaign's Time to Thrive conference back in February, 2014. 

Last night Page made her first debut on the red carpet with current girlfriend Samantha Thomas, who can be seen above being clearly twat swatted by Ruby Rose.


So as we all wait for the cinema release, here's the trailer:

 

 2. Carol (2015)

Also impossible to ignore this year has been Carol, the Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara led film based on Patricia Highsmith's The Price of Salt.

 

Due for limited release in the US and general release in the UK towards the end of the year, the film has already received widespread five star reviews and was critically acclaimed at Cannes. Alongside Freeheld there had also been talk of Oscars nods for Carol.

The story follows an affair between a married mother and a shop assistant in 1950s New York.

A Cate Blanchett misquote by Variety earlier this year - which inferred Cate had had "many" relationships with women - helped drum up a huge amount of publicity for the film as the entire lesbian community yelled "I fucking knew it, she ALWAYS pinged my gaydar!" only to quickly retract their statements but still love CB as she corrected the world with a no, "But in 2015, the point should be: who cares?"

 

 

3. Grandma (2015)

Grandma is Lily Tomlin's first leading role in 27 years as she plays a lesbian poet coping with the death of her partner when she finds out her 18-year-old granddaughter is up the duff. The decide to head out in 1955 Dodge Royal for a road trip to deal with their shit. Tomlin's Ellie is full of sass and feisty as fuck. Laverne Cox also makes an appearance so if that isn't enough to convince I don't know what is.

 

 4. About Ray (2015)

Also screening at the Toronto International Film Festival last night was About Ray, a story about Ray (previously Ramona), a teenager who comes to the realization that he is male and begins to pursue his new authentic identity. The film is backed back by a strong cast with the forever fabulous Susan Sarandon as Ray's lesbian grandmother, Naomi Watts his struggling mother, and Elle Fanning as a pre-transition Ray.

The film is scheduled for release in 3 days on September 18, 2015.

 

Dishonourable Mention: Jenny's Wedding (2015)

Look, we can't ignore it.

It happened.

What you thought would have been the ultimate Gilmore Girls / Grey's Anatomy crossover of Rory Gilmore meeting Izzy Stevens, turned out to be a movie with a tired-ass premise, and with leads who had less chemistry than Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson.

From the writers of Beaches (who are obviously trying to make up for their lack of closure re: Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey), Jenny's Wedding is about Jenny (Katherine Heigl), a social worker from a family of small town conservatives who has been seeing partner (Alexis Bledel), her "room-mate", for five years. At the beginning of the movie she suddenly decides she wants to get married despite still being heavily closeted. The rest of the movie is about Jenny blindsiding her family and then being surprised when they're not so happy about being tossed a grenade and having zero time to process.

If you like watching Katherine Heigl behave like a brat, then have at it. I didn't find her to be all that sympathetic, and Bledel is basically utilized to stand there like a personality-absent, lesbian place holding bobble head.

The best performances actually come from Tom Wilkinson, who plays Jenny's father and  highlights the expectations around the expression of emotion for men of an older generation.

Grace Gummer (daughter of the fabulous Meryl Streep) is also hilariously unhinged as Jenny's sister, Anne who becomes obsessed with her dead lawn, turning it into a metaphor for her marriage and her life.

Look, we've come a long way in LGBT representation when we can kick back and complain about a movie with two reasonably well known actresses. 

Progress!!



 

I think without a doubt 2015 is definitely GAY AF for cinema. So get out there and support these up and coming movies (and those that are already released) so we can prove to everyone that LGBTQIA+ stories aren't Box Office killers, but exceptionally good for business.

Happy GAY AF 2015!

 


Tara G is a jack-of-all-trades history graduate with a New Zealand accent. She has a penchant for beer, wandering and incessantly talking. 50% of the Bobo Academy BlogSquad. Currently based in Kyoto, Japan. You can follow her on Twitter or Instagram.

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  • I need to see all of these, now. I didn’t even know about About Ray and now it’s at the top of my list.

    THANK YOU!!!

    Amy on

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