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LGBTIQ DVDs

The films and Television series DVDs for adults are listed alphabetically by title.

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Films

Alexander

Alexander, the King of Macedonia and one of the greatest military leaders in the history of warfare, conquers much of the known world. Directed by Oliver Stone, starring Colin Farrell, Angelina Jolie, Val Kilmer and Anthony Hopkins.

A Single Man

Former fashion impresario Tom Ford directs this drama based on a short story by Christopher Isherwood. In a BAFTA-winning performance, Colin Firth stars as George Falconer, a middle-aged English professor in 1960s Los Angeles, who is grieving the recent death of his long-time partner Jim (Matthew Goode). The relationship between the two men is traced in a series of flashbacks. Meanwhile, over the course of a single day, George dwells on his past and his seemingly bleak future; seeks consolation from his closest friend, Charley (Julianne Moore); has an unexpected encounter with a Spanish prostitute (Jon Kortajarena); and is stalked by over-enthusiastic student Kenny (Nicholas Hoult). Adaption of Christopher Isherwood novel

Brideshead Revisited

Evelyn Waugh's 1945 novel is brought to the big screen by director Julian Jarrold. Matthew Goode plays young army officer Charles Ryder, who is scarred for life as a student at Oxford after falling under the spell of the aristocratic family of fellow student Sebastian Flyte (Ben Whishaw). Years later, Charles is stationed to the family's now-deserted home, Brideshead, where he looks back on his visits there as a young man, and his encounters with Lord and Lady Marchmain (Michael Gambon and Emma Thompson), the flamboyant Sebastian and his flirtatious sister Julia (Hayley Atwell).

Brokeback Mountain

The story of a forbidden and secretive relationship between two cowboys and their lives over the years.

Brother to Brother

Drama examining the hardships of gay, black artists in the States, marking the feature-length debut of filmmaker Rodney Evans. Perry Williams (Anthony Mackie) is an African-American living in New York, who is scorned by his father because of his sexuality, and by his fellow black artists for the recognition he has acquired from the white community. Perry then meets ageing homeless poet Bruce Nugent (Roger Robinson), who was a writer in the Harlem Renaissance of the 1930s. Bruce recounts his memories of that time and of other artists such as Langston Hughes (Daniel Sunjata) and Zora Neale Hurston (Aunjanue Ellis), demonstrating that the struggles Perry faces in the modern world are not so different to those Bruce had to deal with in his younger years.

Cabaret

Sally Bowles, an American singer in 1930s Berlin is caught in a love triangle between two men while the Nazi Party rises to power around them. Based on story by Christopher Isherwood, film directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse.

Disgrace

John Malkovich stars in this drama based on the novel by South African author J.M Coetzee. David Lurie (Malkovich) is a self-absorbed, twice-divorced literary professor at a South African university who is forced to resign after having an affair with one of his students, Melanie (Antoinette Engel). This precipitates a near-breakdown that leads to him heading out to the bush to stay with his lesbian daughter Lucy (Jessica Haines), who shares a farm in the Eastern Cape with black co-worker Petrus (Eric Ebouaney). At first his daughter's calming influence and the natural rhythm of farm life bring solace to David's broken existence - but a vicious attack by a gang of black youths forces David to think about the changes in the world outside as well as his own personal crisis.

I Love You Phillip Morris

Romantic comedy starring Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor. Steven Russell (Carrey) is a happily married police officer, churchgoer and upstanding citizen of his local community. One day, a car accident dramatically snaps him out of this average existence. Steven realises that he is gay and embarks on a flamboyant and extravagant new lifestyle.

If These Walls Could Talk 2

Three stories of lesbian love charting the changes in American society from the Sixties to the present day. In '1961', Edith Tree (Vanessa Redgrave) attempts to get used to life on her own when her female partner of more than fifty years passes away. '1972' sees a feminist co-ed (Michelle Williams) earn the disapproval of her friends when she unexpectedly falls for a butch outsider (Chloe Sevigny). While in '2000' a lesbian couple (Sharon Stone and Ellen DeGeneres) face complications and confusions when they decide to try for a child.

Milk

Gus van Sant directs this political biopic telling the story of California's first openly gay elected public official, Harvey Milk. Sean Penn won the Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of the New Yorker who became known as a gay rights activist after moving to San Francisco in the early 1970s. After two failed attempts to become elected to San Francisco's Board of Supervisors, Milk finally made it onto the board in 1977 - but only served for a matter of months before he and the city's mayor George Moscone (Victor Garber) were shot to death by right-wing rival Dan White (Josh Brolin).

Orlando

Young nobleman Orlando is commanded by Queen Elizabeth I to stay forever young. Miraculously, he does just that. The film follows him as he moves through several centuries of British history, experiencing a variety of lives and relationships along the way, and even changing sex.

Telstar

Blackly comic, music-infused biopic about the life - and tragic death - of maverick British songwriter and record producer Joe Meek. Flamboyantly gay in a time when homosexuality remained outlawed, tone deaf, drug addicted, famously paranoid and obsessed with black magic, Meek (Con O'Neill) was responsible for a string of 1960s chart-toppers including 'Have I the Right', 'Just Like Eddie', 'Johnny, Remember Me' and the groundbreaking 'Telstar'. Kevin Spacey co-stars as 'Major' Wilfred Banks, the businessman who bankrolls Meeks's home studio at 304 Holloway Road in North London.

The Kids are All right

Winner of the 2011 Golden Globe for 'Best Motion Picture - Musical Or Comedy', Lisa Cholodenko's comedy stars Annette Bening (who also won a Golden Globe for her performance) and Julianne Moore as a middle-aged lesbian couple bringing up their two teenage children, Joni (Mia Wasikowska) and Laser (Josh Hutcherson) in suburban Los Angeles. Both conceived by artificial insemination, the children decide to track down their common biological father without informing their parents. When their father, restaurant owner and lovable rogue Paul (Mark Ruffalo), duly lands in their lives, the family's dynamics are realigned by force as everyone struggles to come to terms with the far-reaching effects of his arrival.

Transamerica

A pre-operative male-to-female transsexual takes an unexpected journey when she learns that she fathered a son, now a teenage runaway hustling on the streets of New York.

Television Series: Box Sets

Brideshead Revisited

Epic adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's classic novel. During World War Two, Charles Rider (Jeremy Irons) is stationed at the now deserted stately home, Brideshead Manor, formerly the residence of the Flyte family. He recalls how, as a Cambridge undergraduate, he first visited Brideshead after befriending Lord Sebastian Flyte (Anthony Andrews). Charles then became caught up with the Flytes and their problems, most notably Sebastian's burgeoning alcoholism.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

At the young age of 15, Buffy was chosen to hunt vampires, demons, and the forces of darkness. After the ordeal at Hemery High, Buffy Summers wound up at Sunnydale High. Joined with Willow Rosenberg and Alexander "Xander" Harris, and her watcher Giles, Buffy fights the challenges of High School and saves the world...a lot.

Glee

A high-school Spanish teacher becomes the director of the school's Glee club, hoping to restore it to its former glory.

Torchwood

Captain Jack Harkness, the former Time Agent and con man from the 51st century last seen travelling with the Doctor, ventures to early 21st century Cardiff. There, he becomes a member of Torchwood Institute, a renegade criminal investigation group founded by Queen Victoria to battle hostile extra-terrestrial and supernatural threats.

True Blood

The series follows Sookie Stackhouse, a barmaid living in Louisiana who can read people's minds, and how her life is turned upside down when the Vampire Bill walks into her place of employment two years after vampires 'came out of the coffin' on national television.

Ugly Betty

Betty Suarez is smart, sweet and hard working. The only problem is that she's not thin and beautiful like all her co-workers at Mode, the high-fashion magazine where she works. The only reason the publisher hired her to be his son's secretary, is that he thought Betty was someone who Daniel would never sleep with. Betty's hard work and determination earns Daniel's respect, as she helps him find his way through the shark infested waters of the fashion industry. Ugly Betty is based on a Colombian telenovela "Yo Soy Betty La Fea".

Will & Grace

Will and Grace live together in an apartment in New York. He's a gay lawyer, she's a straight interior designer.