Milk, directed by Gus Van Sant and starring Sean Penn, has been voted the film with the best depiction of lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) lives from the last decade by Stonewall’s online supporters.
Cleve Jones, played in the film by Emile Hirsch, 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.’
There were 800 respondents to the poll, which ran on Stonewall’s social media pages, and results were as follows:
1) Milk (40%)
2) The Kids Are All Right (23%)
3) Brokeback Mountain (19%)
4) A Single Man (13%)
5) The Hours (5%)
Ben Summerskill, Stonewall’s Chief Executive, said: ‘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. We’ve moved beyond clichés and stereotypes in film – TV is only just beginning to catch up.’
Contact: Gary Nunn, Communications Officer, 020 7593 1856 / 07985 439 660
1. Stonewall is the gay equality charity founded in 1989. www.stonewall.org.uk.