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Some of the greatest movies of all time were made by LGBT directors. From John Schlesinger’s Midnight Cowboy to Tate Taylor's The Help, 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 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.

“I have really strong feelings about sex scenes in movies. I care a lot about sexuality and how it's depicted in mainstream media, period, but what I know is movies, and what I find is that they tend to be kind of one-note."
Credits include: The Miseducation Of Cameron Post, Appropriate Behaviour

Born: 1984, USA


“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, Pain & Glory, Talk To Her, Broken Embraces, 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

Born: 1945, Spain


“My movies are not movies of answers but of questions.”
Credits include: The Others, The Sea Inside, Agora, Open Your Eyes, Regression

Born: 1972, Chile


“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

Born: 1927, USA


“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

Born: 1959, USA


“Original… an innovative aesthetic and a sophisticated approach, which creates dynamism. A unique combination of homoerotic desire, suspense and dramatic tension."
Credits include: Taekwondo, The Carnival, The Young Hunter, The Blonde One

Born: 1977, Argentina


“I love telling stories. Creating a character, a world, a whole universe out of nothing. That part I can't get enough of.”
Credits include: Love Simon, Broken Hearts Club, Arrow, You, The Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina, The Flash

Born: 1972, USA


“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 (writer)

Born: 1962, France


“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

Born: 1964, USA


“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

Born: 1889, France

Died: 1963


“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, The Good Liar, Twilight: Breaking Dawn Parts 1 & 2, Kinsey, Mr Holmes, The Fifth Estate

Born: 1955, USA


“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, The Crown

Born: 1960


“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, The United States vs. Billie Holiday

Born: 1959, USA


“I never think anyone will like what I do. I'm always terrified the critics won't like my film and of course you always count the people who leave at the screening. They are on your death list. The people who stayed, stayed because they wanted to.”
Credits include: The Deep Blue Sea, The House Of Mirth, Benediction, The Long Day Closes, The Neon Bible

Born: 1945, UK


“I was looking for a sense of hopefulness, that we can take that armor off and allow people to see the parts that are broken. I strongly believe that healing is possible. That trauma is something we can overcome.”
Credits include: Girl, Close

Born: 1991, Belgium


“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, Matthias & Maxime

Born: 1989, Canada


“Tactful, honest and complex in their representation of desire and romance.”
Credits include: Don’t Look Down, Theo & Hugo, Drôle de Félix, Born In ‘68, Ma Vie, Cockles & Muscles

Born: 1962 & 1963, France


“I try to keep an open mind but I'm so tired of the mediocrity. I was a loner in high school. I keep to myself, but I love life. I'm a lot more grounded now, a lot more settled in my skin.”
Credits include: Happiest Season, The Intervention

Born: 1977, USA


“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, 10000 BC, Moonfall

Born: 1955, Germany


“When you spend your day doing things you believe are important, your life has meaning. Conversely, when you spend your day doing things that make no sense to you, you feel empty, frustrated and angry.”
Credits include: The Times Of Harvey Milk, Common Threads: Stories From The Quilt, The Celluloid Closet, Paragraph 175, Howl, Lovelace

Born: 1955, USA


“Love is the best, most insidious, most effective instrument of social repression. Everyone must decide for himself whether it is better to have a brief but more intensely felt existence or to live a long and ordinary life.”
Credits include: Querelle, The Bitter Tears Of Petra Van Kant, Fox And His Friends, Despair, Lola, Lili Marleen, The Marriage Of Maria Braun

Born: 1945, Germany

Died: 1982


“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

Born: 1961, USA


“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

Born: 1962, USA


“We have to learn how to stop being afraid of people who are different than us, who are supposedly our enemies. We are taught that our enemies are there, not that people want to live in peace. They don't want to fight. They just want to live and enjoy life and accomplish things.”
Credits include: The Bubble, Walk On Water, Yossi, Yossi & Jagger, Sublet

Born: 1964, Israel


“Eroticism is assenting to life up to the point of death.”
Credits include: Stranger By The Lake, King Of Escape, Staying Vertical, No Rest For The Brave

Born: 1964, France


“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, Bones And All, I Am Love, A Bigger Splash, The Landlords

Born: 1971, Italy


“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

Born: 1973, UK


“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, Dark Waters

Born: 1961, USA


“The word “gay” is very potent. It's still definitely a dangerous weapon. And it's used constantly. I think, even today for young people in South Africa, it's a word to overcome.”
Credits include: Living, Beauty, Moffie, The Endless River

Born: 1983, South Africa


“You can't go back and change everything because it is incredibly expensive to do.”
Credits include: The Remains Of The Day, Howard’s End, Maurice, A Room With A View, The Bostonians, Mr And Mrs Bridge, Call Me By Your Name (writer)

Born: 1928, USA


“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

Born: 1956, UK


“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

Born: 1942, UK

Died: 1994


“I prefer directing to acting. There is huge freedom that comes from being behind the camera. It brings a lot of responsibilities as well, but is intensely rewarding. Particularly the chance to help draw out the best in young actors.”
Credits include: Unbroken, First I Killed My Father, By The Sea, In The Land Of Blood And Honey

Born: 1975, USA


“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, Saint-Narcisse, Hustler White, No Skin Off My Ass, Pierrot Lunaire

Born: 1964, Canada


“The best dramas are the ones that stretch us, provoke us, make us meet them halfway. And the richest characters are puzzles. They're the ones we can't quite figure out.”
Credits include: God’s Own Country, Ammonite

Born: 1969, UK


“Cinema is empathy machinery, and we multiply our life experience through cinema. When it is good cinema, it almost counts as a personal experience.”
Credits include: A Fantastic Woman, Disobedience, Gloria, The Wonder, Gloria Bell

Born: 1964, Chile


“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, The Little Mermaid, Nine, Memoirs Of A Geisha, Mary Poppins Returns, Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Born: 1960, USA


“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

Born: 1963, USA


“I'm very black and white about what I like or don't like, and I've always been that way. The only way to get through the life I had was just to have a big head of steam and determination. I think I have a pattern of nice and lovely and then dark and twisted.”
Credits include: The Normal Heart, The Prom, Running With Scissors, American Horror Story, Glee, Pose, American Crime Story, The Politician

Born: 1965, USA


“I get confused when people speak of a ‘female gaze’ because it suggests that there is some kind of shared, engendered way in which we all look at the world and I don’t feel that is true. It is much more complicated than just that.”
Credits include: Make Up, Blue Jean

Born: 1985, UK


“I do films to be behind the camera, not in front of the camera. I'm sure I say very intimate things about myself in all my films, but it's better to say it not too directly, to be hidden behind a woman.”
Credits include: Potiche, By The Grace Of God, Summer Of ‘85, Everything Went Fine, The New Girlfriend, Peter Von Kant, Frantz, Young & Beautiful, In The House, Swimming Pool, 8 Women, Water Drops On Burning Rocks

Born: 1967, France


“The mark which has dominated all my work is this longing for life, this sense of exclusion, which doesn't lessen but augments this love of life.”
Credits include: The Canterbury Tales, Salo, or the 120 Days Of Sodom, Theorem, The Gospel According To Saint Matthew, The Decameron, Arabian Nights

Born: 1922, Italy

Died: 1975


“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

Born: 1967, USA


“It's a failure of imagination if you can only write what you know - we have to be able to imagine different worlds.”
Credits include: Mudbound, Pariah, Bessie, The Last Thing He Wanted, When We Rise

Born: 1977, USA


“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

Born: 1965, USA


“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

Born: 1926, UK

Died: 2003


“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

Born: 1939, USA

Died: 2020


“I mean, putting women in the center of a movie and not talking about men, that's already political, right?”
Credits include: Portrait Of A Lady On Fire, Tomboy, Waterlilies, Petite Maman, Girlhood, My Life As A Courgette (writer)

Born: 1978, France


“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, Ma, Ava, Breaking News In Yuba County, Get On Up, Pretty Ugly People

Born: 1969, USA


“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

Born: 1952, USA


“You must always work with pleasure. The work is bad if you do not do it with pleasure.”
Credits include: Senso, The Leopard, Death In Venice, The Damned, Ludwig, Rocco And His Brothers

Born: 1906, Italy

Died: 1976


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

Born: 1965 & 1967, USA


“I take a character who in a million years would never think she'd be the main character in a movie... but here I make her front and center.”
Credits include: The Half Of It, Saving Face

Born: 1970, USA


“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

Born: 1946, USA


“All the problems of the world are caused by people who do not listen.”
Credits include: Romeo And Juliet, The Taming Of The Shrew, Hamlet, Jesus Of Nazareth, Jane Eyre

Born: 1923, Italy

Died: 2019

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