FilmStruck’s LGBT June

(Pictured above: Screenshot of ‘The Watermelon Woman’ from YouTube trailer)

FilmStruck, the subscription streaming service for “film aficionados” from Turner Classic Movies and the Criterion Collection, will showcase same-sex love in movies during June with a “Gay and Lesbian Cinema” package hosted by critic Alonso Duralde.

Featured films include:

Parting Glances (1986) – A gay couple faces separation as one partner prepares to go overseas on a job assignment while the other stays in Manhattan to care for a friend dying of AIDS (Steve Buscemi in an early role).

The Times of Harvey Milk (1984) – Rob Epstein’s film about the life and death of the San Francisco gay rights activist and politician won an Oscar for Best Documentary.

Victim (1961) – Dirk Bogarde stars as a lawyer who fights back when he’s blackmailed over his homosexuality in this groundbreaking British film. Here’s Victim, with ads and minus Duralde’s expertise:

Another Country (1984) – Also from the UK, this fact-based spy drama stars Rupert Everett as a gay Eton student, and Colin Firth, in his film debut, as a fellow student.

The Watermelon Woman (1996) – Cheryl Dunye wrote, directed and stars in this mock documentary about a woman researching the life of a 1930s’ black film actress. In his review, The New York Times’ Stephen Holden called the film “both stimulating and funny.”

Filmstruck costs $6.99 a month. You can also add The Criterion Channel, which provides access to the Criterion Collection’s entire streaming library, for a combo price of $10.99 a month, or $99 annually. For more information, or to subscribe, visit

About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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