Notable Gay Directors

by qempyrean | created - 24 Jan 2017 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

Past and present.

1. Xavier Dolan

Actor | Tom à la ferme

Xavier Dolan was born on March 20, 1989 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada as Xavier Dolan-Tadros. He is an actor and writer, known for Tom at the Farm (2013), I Killed My Mother (2009) and Heartbeats (2010).

2. Julián Hernández

Writer | Mil nubes de paz cercan el cielo, amor, jamás acabarás de ser amor

Julián Hernández was born as Hernandez Perez Julian. He is a writer and director, known for A Thousand Peace Clouds Encircle the Sky (2003), Raging Sun, Raging Sky (2009) and Broken Sky (2006).

3. Scud

Writer | An fei ta ming

Scud was born as Danny Cheng Wan-Cheung. He is a writer and producer, known for Amphetamine (2010) and Voyage (2013).

4. George Cukor

Director | My Fair Lady

George Cukor was born on July 7, 1899 in Lower East Side, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA as George Dewey Cukor. He is known for his work on My Fair Lady (1964), The Philadelphia Story (1940) and Les Girls (1957). He died on January 24, 1983 in Beverly Grove, Los Angeles, California, USA.

5. Pier Paolo Pasolini

Writer | Salò o le 120 giornate di Sodoma

Pier Paolo Pasolini achieved fame and notoriety long before he entered the film industry. A published poet at 19, he had already written numerous novels and essays before his first screenplay in 1954. His first film Accattone (1961) was based on his own novel and its violent depiction of the life ...

6. Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Writer | Faustrecht der Freiheit

Above all, Rainer Werner Fassbinder was a rebel whose life and art was marked by gross contradiction. Openly homosexual, he married twice; one of his wives acted in his films and the other served as his editor. Accused variously by detractors of being anticommunist, male chauvinist, antiSemitic and...

7. Pedro Almodóvar

Writer | Hable con ella

The most internationally acclaimed Spanish filmmaker since Luis Buñuel was born in a small town (Calzada de Calatrava) in the impoverished Spanish region of La Mancha. He arrived in Madrid in 1968, and survived by selling used items in the flea-market called El Rastro. Almodóvar couldn't study ...

8. Gus Van Sant

Director | Elephant

Gus Van Sant was born on July 24, 1952 in Louisville, Kentucky, USA as Gus Greene Van Sant Junior. He is a director and producer, known for Elephant (2003), My Own Private Idaho (1991) and Drugstore Cowboy (1989).

9. Casper Andreas

Actor | Hawaii Five-0

Casper is an actor, writer, director and film producer. Originally from Sweden he has worked extensively in the US after moving to New York to study acting and directing at the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute.

As an actor, he has guest-starred on "Hawaii Five-0" and "Swedish Dicks" and "...

10. Gregg Araki

Writer | Mysterious Skin

Gregg Araki was born on December 17, 1959 in Los Angeles, California, USA. He is a writer and director, known for Mysterious Skin (2004), White Bird in a Blizzard (2014) and Kaboom (2010).

11. Rikki Beadle Blair

Director | KickOff

Rikki Beadle Blair is a director and writer, known for KickOff (2011), Stonewall (1995) and Fit (2010).

12. Marco Berger

Director | Ausente

Marco Berger was born on December 8, 1977 in Buenos Aires. He is a director and writer, known for Absent (2011), The Blonde One (2019) and Plan B (2009).

13. James Whale

Director | The Invisible Man

James Whale was an English film director, theatre director and actor. He is best remembered for his four classic horror films: Frankenstein (1931), The Old Dark House (1932), The Invisible Man (1933) and Bride of Frankenstein (1935). He also directed films in other genres, including what is ...

14. F.W. Murnau

Director | Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

F.W. Murnau was a German film director. He was greatly influenced by Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Shakespeare and Ibsen plays he had seen at the age of 12, and became a friend of director Max Reinhardt. During World War I he served as a company commander at the eastern front and was in the German air ...

15. Lino Brocka

Director | Gumapang ka sa lusak

Lino Brocka is a Philippine director who gained attention in the international film community for his films about the Marcos dictatorship. He's is most famous for the film Insiang which was well received in Cannes.

16. Q. Allan Brocka

Writer | Rick & Steve the Happiest Gay Couple in All the World

Q. Allan Brocka's work as a director and screenwriter spans a range of genres in television, animation, live action, documentary, commercial, and feature film. He is best known as the creator, director and showrunner of Rick & Steve the Happiest Gay Couple in All the World, a prime time animated ...

17. Bruce La Bruce

Director | Otto; or, Up with Dead People

Bruce La Bruce was born on January 3, 1964 in Southampton, Ontario, Canada as Justin Stewart. He is a director and writer, known for Otto; or, Up with Dead People (2008) and Gerontophilia (2013).

18. Derek Jarman

Director | Edward II

Derek Jarman was born on January 31, 1942 in London, England as Michael Derek Elworthy Jarman. He was a director and cinematographer, known for Edward II (1991), Caravaggio (1986) and Wittgenstein (1993). He died on February 19, 1994 in London.

19. Everett Lewis

Director | The Natural History of Parking Lots

Everett Lewis is a director, known for The Natural History of Parking Lots (1990), Somefarwhere (2011) and Territory (2016).

20. Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Director | Loong Boonmee raleuk chat

Apichatpong Weerasethakul (b. 1970, Bangkok) grew up in Khon Kaen, a city in the north east of Thailand. He has a degree in Architecture from Khon Kaen University and a Master of Fine Arts in Filmmaking from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has been making films and videos since the ...

21. Quentin Lee

Director | White Frog

A member of Producer's Guild of America, Quentin Lee has directed and produced over ten features. His first feature SHOPPING FOR FANGS (co-directed with Justin Lin) premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and became a cult classic as part of Asian American New Wave 1997. His subsequent...

22. Bavo Defurne

Director | Noordzee, Texas

Writer-Director Bavo Defurne is best known for _Souvenir_ starring Academy Award Nominee Isabelle Huppert . Defurne encourages his cast and crew to transform the story material into a visually beautiful and expressive tale. Unspoken desire, the human body and nature play a prominent role in his ...

23. Simon Chung

Director | Oi do chun

Simon Chung is a director and writer, known for End of Love (2009), Innocent (2005) and I Miss You When I See You (2018).

24. Olivier Ducastel

Director | Drôle de Félix

Olivier Ducastel was born on February 23, 1962 in Lyon, France. He is known for his work on The Adventures of Felix (2000), Paris 05:59: Théo & Hugo (2016) and Jeanne and the Perfect Guy (1998).

25. Jacques Martineau

Director | Drôle de Félix

Jacques Martineau was born on July 8, 1963 in Montpellier, France. He is a director and writer, known for The Adventures of Felix (2000), Paris 05:59: Théo & Hugo (2016) and Côte d'Azur (2005).

27. Jenni Olson

Director | The Joy of Life

Jenni Olson's 16mm essay films have earned awards and acclaim for their uniquely contemplative storytelling style. Jenni's debut feature, The Joy of Life had its world premiere at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival and went on to play a pivotal role in renewing debate about the need for a suicide ...

28. Ira Sachs

Director | Keep the Lights On

Ira Sachs was born in 1965 in Memphis, Tennessee, USA.

29. Cheryl Dunye

Director | The Watermelon Woman

Cheryl Dunye was born on May 13, 1966 in Liberia. She is a director and producer, known for The Watermelon Woman (1996), The Owls (2010) and Stranger Inside (2001).

30. PJ Raval

Director | Call Her Ganda

PJ Raval is a cinematographer and director, known for Call Her Ganda (2018), Before You Know It (2013) and Trouble the Water (2008).

31. Arthur Dong

Producer | The Killing Fields of Dr. Haing S. Ngor

Arthur Dong is an Oscar®-nominated and triple Sundance award-winning filmmaker, author and curator whose work centers on Asian American and LGBTQ stories. A common theme that underscores his films is personal stories of survival and resistance set against backdrops of social and cultural ...

32. Anthony Asquith

Director | The Browning Version

British film director Anthony Asquith was born on November 9, 1902, to H.H. Asquith, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, and his second wife. A former home secretary and the future leader of the Liberal Party, H.H. Asquith served as prime minister of the United Kingdom from 1908-1916 and was ...

33. Arthur J. Bressan Jr.

Director | Forbidden Letters

One of the pioneers of independent gay cinema in the 1970s and '80s, Arthur J. Bressan, Jr. is best known for his 1985 drama, Buddies (the first feature film about AIDS). Working across multiple genres including documentary, narrative, adult and short form filmmaking, Bressan's boldness and ...

34. John G. Young

Director | Parallel Sons

The Village Voice called Young's first feature, Parallel Sons "...one of the best independent films of the decade." After its premiere in the Dramatic Competition at Sundance, it won Best Feature awards at the Florida Film Festival, OutFest and Frameline. It screened at over 40 national and ...

35. Yen Tan

Writer | 1985

Yen Tan was born in 1975 in Malaysia.

36. Richard Glatzer

Writer | Still Alice

Richard Glatzer was born on January 28, 1952 in Flushing, Queens, New York City, New York, USA. He is known for his work on Still Alice (2014), Quinceañera (2006) and Grief (1993). He was married to Wash Westmoreland. He died on March 10, 2015 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

37. Wash Westmoreland

Director | Still Alice

Hailing from Leeds, England, Westmoreland earned his college degree in Politics at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and soon after moved to America to pursue filmmaking. His most recent film, "Still Alice," starring Julianne Moore, Kristen Stewart, Alec Baldwin and Kate Bosworth, saw Moore ...

38. John Greyson

Director | Lilies - Les feluettes

John Greyson was born in 1960 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He is a director, known for Lilies (1996), Fig Trees (2009) and Zero Patience (1993).

39. Rob Williams

Producer | Make the Yuletide Gay

Rob Williams is a producer and writer, known for Make the Yuletide Gay (2009), Shared Rooms (2016) and Out to Kill (2014).

40. Andrew Ahn

Director | Spa Night

Andrew Ahn is a producer and director, known for Spa Night (2016), Andy (2010) and Dol (First Birthday) (2011).



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