All the can't miss queer movies, TV shows and docos we've got coming up in the next fortnight.
By
Stephanie Marie Anderson

26 Feb 2017 - 1:07 PM  UPDATED 26 Feb 2017 - 1:45 PM

MONDAY, February 27 

Do I Sound Gay?

2:55am, SBS1 / Streaming now on SBS On Demand

What's it about? Why do some people 'sound gay' but not others? Why are gay voices a mainstay of pop culture but also a trigger for bullying and harassment? Following a break up with his boyfriend, journalist David Thorpe sets out on a quest to unravel a linguistic mystery…all his life, like many gay men, Thorpe has felt self-conscious about his stereotypically un-macho voice. But what are its origins? And why is there such a stigma attached to 'sounding gay'? As Thorpe consults with everyone from speech therapists to public figures to complete strangers, he unpacks complex cultural questions with wit, verve and intelligence.

Teenage Kicks

9:20pm, SBS VICELAND

Genre: Drama

Language: English

Director: Craig Boreham

Starring: Miles Szanto, Daniel Webber, Anni Finsterer

What's it about? 17-year-old Miklos' plans to escape his migrant family and run away with his best friend are crushed by the sudden death of his brother. He's forced to navigate his guilt to find the man he can become.

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Gerontiphilia

11:15pm, SBS VICELAND

Genre: Comedy, Romance

Language: English, French

Director: Bruce La Bruce

Starring: Pier-Gabriel Lajoie, Walter Borden, Katie Boland

What's it about? When 18-year old Lake gets a job in a nursing home, he develops an attraction for an elderly man. Discovering that the man is being over-medicated, Lake decides to help him escape. 

TUESDAY, February 28

Geography Club

11:35am, SBS VICELAND / Streaming now on SBS On Demand

Genre: Comedy

Language: English, French

Director: Gary Entin

Starring: Cameron Deane Stewart, Justin Deeley, Meaghan Martin

What's it about? At Goodkind High School, a group of students with varying sexual orientations form an after-school club as a discreet way to share their feelings and experiences.

Hate Thy Neighbour

8:30pm, SBS VICELAND

Episode 1: Forbidden Love in Israel

What's it about? With the far-right on the rise around the world, comedian Jamali Maddix goes on a tour to confront groups spreading hate across the world. In Episode one, Maddix attends gay pride in Jerusalem.

WEDNESDAY, March 1

Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word 

8pm, NITV

What's it about? Following the lives of seven transgender youths hailing from New York, New Orleans and Baltimore and ranging in age, but they share common obstacles and joys. Produced and presented by Laverne Cox.

I Love You Phillip Morris

9:50pm, SBS VICELAND / Streaming now on SBS On Demand

Genre: Biography, Comedy, Crime

Language: English

Director: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa

Starring: Jim Carrey, Ewan McGregor, Leslie Mann

What's it about? A cop turns con man once he comes out of the closet. Once imprisoned, he meets the second love of his life, whom he'll stop at nothing to be with.

Kumu Hina

11pm, NITV

What's it about? A transgender Native Hawaiian teacher inspires a young girl to fulfil her destiny of leading the school's male hula troupe even as she struggles to find love and a committed relationship of her own.

Madame Satã

11:35pm, SBS VICELAND / Streaming now on SBS On Demand

Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama

Language: Portuguese

Director: Karim Aïnouz

Starring: Lázaro Ramos, Marcelia Cartaxo, Flavio Bauraqui

What's it about? The life story of Joao Francisco dos Santos, aka Madame Sata - legendary criminal, proud queer, cabaret star and passionate lover.

WEDNESDAY, March 2 

Inside the Chinese Closet

10:15pm, SBS VICELAND / Streaming now on SBS On Demand

What's it about? In a desperate attempt to meet their parents' expectations, Andy goes on a hunt for a lesbian woman to marry and Cherry in search of a baby to adopt. Being gay makes it hard to conform to their families' and society's expectations, but both Andy and Cherry are determined to do things 'the right way'.

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Gay Conversion Therapy

11:15pm, SBS VICELAND / Streaming now on SBS On Demand

What's it about? Exclusive access to one of the hundreds of gay conversion therapy organisations, groups and sessions in the United States. At the Journey into Manhood program, men pay more than $600 to attend a weekend retreat where they participate in exercises and activities the staff members claim will help them battle their same-sex orientation.

THURSDAY, March 3

Brokeback Mountain

8:30pm, SBS1

Genre: Drama, Romance

Language: English

Director: Ang Lee

Starring: Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Williams, Anne Hathaway

What's it about? The story of a forbidden and secret relationship between two cowboys and their lives over the years, Brokeback Mountain was clearly robbed of its Best Picture Oscar in 2006, losing to CRASH, OF ALL THINGS.

Fire Song

9:30pm, NITV

Genre: Drama

Language: English

Director: Adam Garnet Jones

Starring: Ma-Nee Chacaby, Andrew Martin, Morteesha Chickekoo-Bannon, Brendt Thomas Diabo

What's it about? The thoughtful and moving debut feature by Adam Garnet Jones focuses on Shane (Andrew Martin), a young Anishinaabe man at a crossroads. As his family reels from recent tragedy, Shane is forced to decide whether he will leave the reservation to go to school, and he’s also faced with the prospect of raising tuition money fast. While his girlfriend, Tara (Mary Galloway) would love to come with him to the city, Shane would prefer to make his trip with David (Harley Legarde-Beacham), the grandson of the community’s leader. But David is deeply committed to learning the tribe’s traditions, and believes that leaving the reservation would be a cop-out. As Shane struggles with his own problems, the fails to realise that neglecting those he loves may have disastrous consequences. With sensitivity and intelligence, Fire Song confronts some of the most pressing questions facing First Nations communities.

Sunday, March 5

The Adventures Of Priscilla Queen Of The Desert

10:25pm, SBS1

Genre: Comedy, Musical

Language: English

Director: Stephan Elliott

Starring: Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce, Terence Stamp

What's it about? The iconic and classic Aussie flick about two drag queens and a trans woman who travel across the desert in a colourful bus named Priscilla to perform their unique style of cabaret. 

FRIDAY, March 10

Swimming Pool

11:25pm, SBS1

Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery

Language: English, French

Director: François Ozon

Starring: Charlotte Rampling, Ludivine Sagnier

What's it about? Sarah, a middle-aged English writer on vacation in the south of France, finds herself sharing a house with Julie, the uninhibited daughter of her publisher.

Arriving at SBS On Demand 

Cucumber

What's it about? Life for 46-year-old Henry and his boyfriend Lance is comfortable and settled. But after the most disastrous date night in history - involving a threesome, two police cars, and Boney M - Henry's old life shatters, and his new life begins. While Lance gets to know the mysterious Daniel, Henry soon finds himself with unexpected companions - 24 year old Freddie and 19 year old Dean. Can men from such different generations ever get on? 

Episode 1 is streaming now on SBS On Demand, episode 2 will arrive March 28.

When We Rise

What's it about? Chronicles the real-life personal and political struggles, set-backs and triumphs of a diverse family of LGBT+ men and women who helped pioneer one of the last legs of the U.S. Civil Rights movement, from its turbulent infancy in the 20th century to the once unfathomable successes of today.

Ep 1: Wednesday 1 March before 1pm (Sydney time)

Ep 2: Friday 3 March (PM) before 1pm (Sydney time)

Ep 3: Monday 6 March before 1pm (Sydney time)

Ep 4: Monday 6 March before 1pm (Sydney time)

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The drama will be fast-tracked from the US and available on SBS On Demand from March 1. It airs on SBS on March 11.