(Also, please watch and spread the word about Hamlet 2.) Given his background as a fashion designer, it was easy to underestimate Tom Ford's directorial debut, 2009's A Single Man.But the film, an adaptation of the novel of the same name by iconic gay writer Christopher Isherwood, is a stunning adaptation with predictably gorgeous aesthetics that don't undermine its emotional potency.Colin Firth plays George Falconer, a college professor mourning the sudden death of his partner Jim (Matthew Goode) in 1960s Los Angeles.Ford will return to directing with Nocturnal Animals, which will be released this November.His first feature-length film, Spa Night, debuted at Sundance Film Festival in 2016.It follows David (Joe Seo), who comes to terms with his sexuality as he explores the world of anonymous sex at L. Ahn has said that his work deals with the intersection of Korean and gay culture.1988's Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown is a good point of entry, but if you are looking for something a bit heavier, try 1999's All About My Mother.
It's an offbeat romantic comedy about sexual discovery that resonated with plenty of queer and questioning audience members looking to discover the same things about themselves.Andrew Ahn first got noticed for two short films: Andy in 2011 and Dol in 2012.The latter, which won the Grand Jury Award Outstanding Narrative Short Film at Outfest, Ahn said, was his way of coming out to his parents.And as bleak as it was at times, the movie offered hints of Daniels' more playful, campy sensibility, which is on full display in the batshit crazy but totally delightful 2012 film The Paperboy.Daniels has carried much of that over to his smash-hit TV series Empire, which he co-created with Danny Strong. Quebecois auteur Xavier Dolan made his critically acclaimed debut film I Killed My Mother (J’ai tué ma mère in the original French) when he was only 19.
Where to start: Spa Night is certainly the steamier option, but Dol is very much worth your time (and it's short! Inspired by her own experiences, Desiree Akhavan's 2014 film Appropriate Behavior has the filmmaker playing an alternate version of herself, but she has maintained that, even though both she and her protagonist Shirin are bisexual Persian American women, it is not autobiographical.