I personally believe that having queer actors and directors in films enhances the accuracy and reality of being queer into a film. I think queer audiences like seeing themselves represented accurately and have attention brought to the elements of their lives that never seem to play out on mainstream cinema. Within the definition of queer though fails many subcategories of personal identification so a film like female trouble, a cult classic, is a complete turnoff for me personally and not to others. I think the film Heavenly Creatures was well done in the context of its queerness because it wasn't representing a lesbian relationship but a deep obsession between two individuals. Having a straight cast and director didn't kill the film for me but it wasn't touching on a category of my self-identification of being a gay man. I have seen gay relationships and topics butchered in movies done by mainstream/straight actors and directors. I think it really takes a queer to know a queer and by that I mean the issues and struggles of being queer in this society can only really be understood by another queer.
Takes a queer to know a queer
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