Cult Chops (June) – LGBT Cinema / New Queer Cinema

by Elwood Jones · June 1, 2016 · Chops and Scores · No Comments

“Cult Chops” a monthly feature where each month we will be looking at a different genre of cult cinema as well as key actors and directors who established their legacies directing films from these genres.


So after kicking things off with “Biker movies” last month and with June being “LGBT Pride Month” what better time to celebrate the wealth of great LGBT movies out there. More so when these films still feel largely for the most part ignored as further highlighted on a recent edition of the LAMBcast where it was pointed out the lack of LGBT titles given Criterion releases.

The month is open to all submissions relating to LGBT cinema in particular those which fall under the umbrella of “New Queer Cinema”. A genre coined by the academic B.Ruby Rich in “Sight and Sound” magazine back in 1992 and since been used as an umbrella term for LGBT filmmaking from 1990 onwards. Taking in directors such as Gus Van Sant, Greg Araki, Kimberly Pierce and Todd Haynes and films such as Paris is Burning, Tangerine, Mysterious Skin and Blue is the Warmest Colour.
It’s an expansive genre and yet one which has largely blended into the mainstream as LGBT film making continues to become more prominent, making it a great time to look back at the films and directors which laid this foundation.
If your stuck for ideas though the Wikipedia page has a great list –

How to get involved

All you have to do is submit any of the following

  • Reviews
  • Articles
  • Essays
  • Podcast episodes

Really anything relating to the theme of the month can be submitted either via e-mail – or on the LAMB forums with all submissions featured in a round at up at the end of each month. The hope being that LAMB’s already writing about these genres will get alittle more exposure while perhaps tempting others to wander away from the path of mainstream cinema and maybe check out some films they might not have otherwise watched.

Submission Deadline: 7th July

Round up to be posted: 8th July


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