May 13, 2011

Icon‘Milk’ voted best gay film of the last decade

Milk, the Oscar-winning 2008 film directed by Gus Van Sant, has come out on top of a poll that asked, “which film of the last decade features the best depiction of lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) lives?”

The online poll was run by Stonewall, the lesbian, gay and bisexual charity, and 800 supporters of the organization responded through various social media outlets. The Sean Penn-starring biopic of San Francisco politician and gay rights campaigner Harvey Milk, who was murdered in 1978, secured 40 percent of the vote.

Cleve Jones, a colleague and friend of Milk, said: “This is a fantastic achievement for Milk. As someone who was depicted in the film, I feel very proud that gay people are saying it’s the most significant film for them in the last decade – it shows that the campaign for full gay equality has reached a whole new generation of people, which gives me real hope.”

The top five films, with the percentage of the vote received, were:

1) Milk (2008) 40%
2) The Kids Are All Right (2010) 23%
3) Brokeback Mountain (2005) 19%
4) A Single Man (2009) 13%
5) The Hours (2002) 5%

Ben Summerskill, Stonewall’s Chief Executive, celebrated the popularity of film, saying: “Films and TV have a huge impact on the attitudes of young people in particular so it’s encouraging the last decade has started to give us some diverse depictions of gay lives.” He struck a critical note concerning TV, however, by continuing: “We’ve moved beyond clichés and stereotypes in film – TV is only just beginning to catch up.”

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Milly Shaw

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