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THE PINK LIST - DIRECTORS

Some of the greatest movies of all time were made by LGBT directors. From John Schlesinger’s Midnight Cowboy to Bryan Singer’s The Usual Suspects, Bill Condon’s Dreamgirls to the Wachowskis’ The Matrix, some of the most compelling voices in cinema have come from LGBT auteurs. And that’s not to mention the wealth of LGBT films made by them too!

 

Without these artists, the cinema would be without The Help, The Hours, St Elmo’s Fire, Elephant, The Others, Beauty And The Beast, Billy Elliott, The X-Men Series, Precious, Independence Day, My Own Private Idaho, Nocturnal Animals, Hairspray, Call Me By Your Name, Volver, Far From Heaven, Jubilee, Chicago, Hedwig And The Angry Inch, Boys Don’t Cry, The Lost Boys, Milk, V For Vendetta and so many more! So sit back and enjoy the directors’ induction onto The Pink List.

PEDRO ALMODOVAR

“Yes, women are stronger than us. They face more directly the problems that confront them, and for that reason they are much more spectacular to talk about.”

 

Credits include: All About My Mother, Bad Education, Volver, Talk To Her, Broken Braces, The Skin I Live In, Tie Me Up Tie Me Down, Julieta, I’m So Excited!, Law Of Desire, Woman On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown

ALEJANDRO AMENABAR

“My movies are not movies of answers but of questions.”

Credits include: The Others, The Sea Inside, Agora, Open Your Eyes, Regression

KENNETH ANGER

“A 'death mirror' held up to American culture - Brando, bikes and black leather; Christ, chains and cocaine. A 'high' view of the myth of the American motorcyclist. The machine as totem from toy to terror.”

 

Credits include: Scorpio Rising, Fireworks, Lucifer Rising, Invocation Of My Demon Brother, Inauguration Of The Pleasure Dome, The Rabbit’s Moon

GREGG ARAKI

“Every movie I’ve made is different, but it’s because I’m different. I’m not the same person I was in 1992 or 1999.”

Credits include: Mysterious Skin, Kaboom, Totally Fucked Up, White Bird In A Blizzard, Splendor, Nowhere, The Doom Generation, The Living End

ROBIN CAMPILLO

“I kind of like Philadelphia because it was very important at that moment. In France, we didn’t have anything.”

 

Credits include: 120 BPM, Eastern Boys, The Class

LISA CHOLODENKO

“I feel like I've been observed as an individual more than a gay person, or as a filmmaker with a certain point of view rather than a lesbian filmmaker with a gay point of view.”

Credits include: The Kids Are All Right, Cavedweller, Laurel Canyon, High Art

JEAN COCTEAU

“What the public criticises in you, cultivate. It is you.”

 

Credits include: La Belle Et La Bête, Thomas L’imposteur, Orpheé, Coriolan, Lea Parents Terrible

BILL CONDON

“When it comes to two of the big social earthquakes in the last fifty years - which are the gay movement and the women's movement - I think there is a direct line from Kinsey to those.”

 

Credits include: Dreamgirls, Gods And Monsters, Beauty And The Beast, Twilight: Breaking Dawn Parts 1 & 2, Kinsey, Mr Holmes, The Fifth Estate

STEPHEN DALDRY

“I categorically resist this idea that films are supposed to be autobiographical and the only stories you tell are about your own life.”

 

Credits include: Billy Elliott, The Reader, The Hours, Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close, Trash

LEE DANIELS

“I believe strongly that characters are five-dimensional, and they're complicated, and life is complicated, and people are complicated.”

 

Credits include: Precious, The Butler, The Paperboy, Empire, Shadowboxer

XAVIER DOLAN

“I'm just trying to blur this very clear line we've drawn and are drawing over and over and over again between communities. Saying those are queer films and those are films. I would love for that line to disappear. For that frontier to be abolished once and for all.”

 

Credits include: Laurence Anyways, Heartbeats, I Killed My Mother, It’s Only The End Of The World, Mommy, Tom At The Farm, The Death And Life Of John F. Donovan

ROLAND EMMERICH

“When you find something where you can give people a message and still make it an exciting movie, you get very, very excited about something. You probably even work harder than you normally do.”

 

Credits include: Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow, 2012, Godzilla, Stonewall, White House Down, Anonymous, The Patriot, Stargate 

TOM FORD

“We live in a material world. I'm not saying that beautiful things don't enhance our lives. But, in our culture, we're never happy.”

 

Credits include: A Single Man, Nocturnal Animals

JODIE FOSTER

“Normal is not something to aspire to, it's something to get away from.”

 

Credits include: The Beaver, Home For The Holidays, Money Monster, Little Man Tate

LUCA GUADAGNINO

“I don't much like post-modernism, because post-modernist has become the basket in which every mediocre person can shuffle things and pretend to do something significant.”

 

Credits include: Call Me By Your Name, I Am Love, A Bigger Splash, The Landlords

ANDREW HAIGH

“I wanted the audience to be intimately connected to these two people, and to want them to have sex.”

 

Credits include: Weekend, 45 Years, Greek Pete, Looking

TODD HAYNES

“There's this homogenization, this big sucking motion in dominant society, to absorb all the disparate elements that define the margin or define the culture or define those who are thrust outside the status quo.”

 

Credits include: Carol, Velvet Goldmine, Far From Heaven, I’m Not There, Safe

NICHOLAS HYTNER

“The work comes first. What that sometimes leads you to, excitingly, is the kind of work you wouldn’t otherwise do.”

 

Credits include: The History Boys, The Madness Of King George, The Crucible, The Object Of My Affection, The Lady In The Van, Centre Stage

DEREK JARMAN

“Understand that sexuality is as wide as the sea. Understand that your morality is not law. Understand that we are you. Understand that if we decide to have sex whether safe, safer, or unsafe, it is our decision and you have no rights in our lovemaking.”

 

Credits include: Caravaggio, Jubilee, Sebastiane, Blue, Edward II, The Angelic Conversation, Wittgenstein, The Last Of England 

BRUCE LABRUCE

“Quite often I am sincere when I appear to be sarcastic, and I am sarcastic when I appear to be sincere. I also try to contradict myself at least once a day, which is a camp must.”

 

Credits include: Gerontophilia, Otto; or, Up With Dead People, The Raspberry Reich, Hustler White, No Skin Off My Ass, Pierrot Lunaire

ROB MARSHALL

“When musicals don't work, they really don't work. But when they work, and someone is singing because they can't speak anymore, or they're dancing because they can't move anymore, moving is not enough to express - it's this beautiful thing.”

Credits include: Chicago, Into The Woods, Nine, Memoirs Of A Geisha, Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

JOHN CAMERON MITCHELL

“I have seen so few films in which the sex felt really respected by the filmmaker. Hollywood too often shies away from it or makes adolescent jokes about it...Sex is only connected to the negative because people are scared of it.”

 

Credits include: Hedwig And The Angry Inch, Shortbus, Rabbit Hole, How To Talk To Girls At Parties

KIMBERLY PEIRCE

“If we educate ourselves, then the desire and need to have art as a part of our lives will happen organically.”

 

Credits include: Boys Don’t Cry, Carrie, Stop-Loss

IRA SACHS

“Capturing intimacy is pretty much the only thing I'm interested in. That's what excites me and what I find beautiful in movies personally - that almost obscene sense that we shouldn't be this close to these people. I find that very inviting and meaningful as an audience member.”

 

Credits include: Love Is Strange, Keep The Lights On, Little Men, Married Life

JOHN SCHLESINGER

“I think if you look at it with a sort of gay sensibility and want everything to be positive about gay life, it could be interpreted as antigay.”

 

Credits include: Midnight Cowboy, Marathon Man, Billy Liar, Sunday Bloody Sunday, Far From The Madding Crowd, The Day Of The Locust, The Next Best Thing

JOEL SCHUMACHER

“Isn't it wonderful to remember a time that America was once so innocent that all we had to worry about was the next 'Batman' movie?”

 

Credits include: The Phantom Of The Opera, Veronica Guerin, Phone Booth, Tigerland, Flawless, Batman & Robin, Batman Forever, A Time To Kill, The Client, Flatliners, The Lost Boys, St Elmo’s Fire

BRYAN SINGER

“There's no point in making films unless you intend to show us something special, otherwise just go out and watch a play.”

 

Credits include: The X-Men Series, The Usual Suspects, Superman Returns, Valkyrie, Jack The Giant Slayer

TATE TAYLOR

“Everybody in the South loves the one closeted homosexual who's married. It's just too funny to not have in a movie about the South.”

 

Credits include: The Help, The Girl On The Train, Get On Up, Pretty Ugly People

GUS VAN SANT

“Modern-day cinema takes the form of a sermon. You don't get to think, you only get to receive information.”

 

Credits include: Milk, My Own Private Idaho, Good Will Hunting, Elephant, To Die For, Paranoid Park, When We Rise, Last Days, Gerry, Finding Forrester, Psycho, Mala Noche

THE WACHOWSKIS

“I am here because when I was young, I wanted very badly to be a writer, I wanted to be a filmmaker, but I couldn’t find anyone like me in the world and it felt like my dreams were foreclosed simply because my gender was less typical than others. If I can be that person for someone else then the sacrifice of my private civic life may have value.” - Lana Wachowski

 

Credits include: The Matrix Series, Cloud Atlas, Sense8, V For Vendetta, Bound, Jupiter Ascending 

JOHN WATERS

“I thank God I was raised Catholic, so sex will always be dirty.”

 

Credits include: Pink Flamingos, Hairspray, Cry-Baby, Serial Mom, Female Trouble, Multiple Maniacs, Polyester

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