Queerly Beloved

Co-programmed with Inside Out, Paradise Theatre is proud to present 18 independent and influential films which have played an important role in shaping the history and narrative of queer cinema.

From early, groundbreaking works (Different from the Others, Olivia) and immersive documentaries (The Queen, Paris is Burning) to crowd pleasing classics (Desert Hearts, Bound, The Wedding Banquet) and breakthrough contemporary favourites (Tangerine, Moonlight), the Queerly Beloved series offers up an exciting and eclectic line-up of films representing powerful LGBTQ2S+ stories on-screen, and over 100 years of filmmaking.

In This Series

Sunday, Mar 1
Monday, Mar 2
Tuesday, Mar 3
Wednesday, Mar 4
Tuesday, Mar 10
Saturday, Mar 14
Monday, Mar 16
Wednesday, Mar 18
Monday, Mar 23
Tuesday, Mar 24
Saturday, Mar 28
Tuesday, Mar 31

Coming Up

The Queen

Following a 1967 national drag competition, this documentary’s cultural influence is still seen today.
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Fox and His Friends

Prodigious filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder plays the titular Fox in this sharp social drama.
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Zero Patience

This legendary “AIDS musical” brings camp, pop tunes and a discerning lens to the myth of Patient Zero.
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Double crosses and genre twists abound in this neo-noir mob caper from the Wachowski Sisters.
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Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell

An inspiring documentary about enigmatic songwriter Arthur Russell, followed by a live performance of cover songs.
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Olivia arrives at a new finishing school and is caught in the middle of an emotional turf war between two headmistresses.
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Paris Is Burning

A landmark documentary and cultural time capsule about the influential Harlem drag ball scene.
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Drunktown's Finest

Trans filmmaker Sydney Freeland’s trailblazing drama about three interconnected characters on unique paths to self-discovery.
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Upon arriving in a new neighbourhood, tomboy Laure is mistaken for a boy and takes the opportunity to explore.
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Different from the Others

A violinist falls in love with his student in this courageous silent film: the first to feature openly gay characters.
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The Watermelon Woman

An aspiring Black lesbian filmmaker researches an obscure 1930s Black actress in this cult favourite.
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A groundbreaking exploration of a young Black man’s search for identity in a rough Miami neighbourhood.
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Double Bill: Knife+Heart + Equation to an Unknown

Yann Gonzalez of music act M83 ties together this scintillating double bill.
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John Cameron Mitchell’s explicit, sex-positive coming-of-self dramedy stars Toronto’s own Sook-Yin Lee.
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A transgender sex worker combs LA for her disloyal pimp boyfriend in this wild and satisfying dramedy.
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Desert Hearts

This bold and beautiful tale of a budding romance was named one of the best lesbian films of all time.
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The Wedding Banquet

A fake marriage to appease visiting Taiwanese parents is the centrepiece of Ang Lee’s under-seen comedy of manners.
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