Queer Sh*t to Watch This Week

Hockney and Hedwig? Halleloo!

NewNowNext spotlights the latest (and queerest) movies, TV shows, web series, and other LGBTQ shit for your viewing pleasure in our weekly watch list. Grab your popcorn, squirrel friends!

In Theaters

A Bigger Splash

Stonewall’s 50th anniversary has made this a major month for revisiting queer cinematic touchstones, including A Bigger Splash, a 1974 documentary-narrative flick about U.K.-born artist David Hockney that has now been restored. A blend of traditional doc-style storytelling and improvisation shot over three years, it captures Hockney mixing with his social circle; creating work like his iconic painting Portrait of an Artist (Pool With Two Figures), which fetched $90.3 million at auction last year; and the end of his relationship with his lover and muse Peter Schlesinger. (Playing now)

DVD and VOD

A Deal With the Universe

In 2003, a British transgender man, Jason Barker, and his partner Tracey decided to have a baby with Jason as the transmasculine birth parent. Jason recorded their experiences for 15 years, turning the journey into this remarkable documentary. (Available now on VOD, Peccadillo Pictures)
 

Ethan Mao

Kicked out of his home by his homophobic father, Asian American teenager Ethan Mao (Jun Hee Lee), now a jaded prostitute, breaks into his house with his hustler friend Remigio (Jerry Hernandez) to steal his dead mother’s necklace, but ends up taking his family hostage at gunpoint when they come home early. Restored for its 15th anniversary, writer-director Quentin Lee’s taut drama—the first with a gay Asian American lead character—remains sadly relevant for far too many LGBTQ teens today. (Available now on VOD, Margin Films)
 

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Six inches forward and five inches back never sounded—and looked—so good. Behold the pristine Criterion Collection restoration of John Cameron Mitchell’s sassy, visionary 2001 rock movie musical about an “internationally ignored” East German transgender songstress. In one of its brand-new extras, Mitchell, composer and co-star Stephen Trask, and others reunite in the Off Broadway venue where Hedwig made its debut as a stage production and reminisce about the strange way it barely managed to survive financially yet earned celebrity fans like David Bowie and became the offbeat classic it is today. (Available June 24 on Blu-ray, Criterion Collection)
 

Everything Is Free

Comedian, actor, filmmaker, and YouTuber Brian Jordan Alvarez made his feature directorial debut with his 2017 tale of an American artist, Ivan (Alvarez), whose new life in Colombia is disrupted when he begins an affair with Cole (Morgan Krantz), the “straight” younger brother of his former roommate, Christian (Peter Vack), when the pair come for a visit. Unlike the free YouTube version that dropped some time ago, this release is uncensored and boasts some male nudity—and, of course, plenty of drama. (Available June 25 on DVD, Breaking Glass Pictures)

TV and Streaming

The Bravest Knight

Arthur made conservatives go batshit last month with the gay marriage of Mr. Ratburn—Alabama, a.k.a. Gilead 2019, even barred the episode from airing—so many more minds could be lost with Hulu’s new animated children’s series about a gay knight, Sir Cedric (voiced by T.R. Knight), and his husband, Prince Andrew (Wilson Cruz), raising a mixed-race girl, Nia (Storm Reid). Based on Daniel Errico’s children’s book The Bravest Knight Who Ever Lived. Go suck an egg, homophobes! (Premieres June 21 on Hulu)
 

Trans Monogamist

Billed as “Sex and the City–inspired, Gilmore Girls–loving, and DIY-embracing,” this scrappy Brooklyn-set weekly web series from Joshua Byron and Alfredo Franco revolves around a trans nonbinary dating columnist (Byron) who struggles with the notion of monogamy. Bonus: It features a supporting cast of LGBTQ comedians and artists, including members of Bushwick’s Open Flame Mic. We can’t help but wonder what escapades are in store with this one. (Streaming June 24)

Smithsonian Time Capsule: Beyond Stonewall

This documentary revisits the LGBTQ rights movement’s key moments, big wins, and tragedies through commentaries (from Episcopal bishop Gene Robinson, Matthew Shepard’s parents, and others) as well as historical artifacts, like gay World War II soldiers’ love letters. (Premieres June 24 on Smithsonian Channel)

Photo: David Hockney in A Bigger Splash.

Lawrence is a New York-based travel and entertainment writer whose work has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, Time Out New York and The New York Post.
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