Five essential lesbian films to watch this Lesbian Visibility Week

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This week is Lesbian Visibility Week, a time to increase awareness of all LGBTIQ+ women and non binary people, as well as celebrate lesbian culture.

But if you can’t see yourself, you can’t be yourself, so below are five essential lesbian films you can watch this weekend.

Ellie and Abbie (and Ellie’s Dead Aunt)

The first Australian film to open the Mardi Gras Film Festival in its 27-year history, Ellie and Abbie (and Ellie’s Dead Aunt) is essential viewing for lesbian film fans.

Writer and director Monica Zanetti largely crowdfunded the film and stipulated it have a 50% LGBTQIA+ cast.

Streaming in Australia on SBS On Demand

Elisa and Marcela

The list wouldn’t be complete without a lesbian period drama. The 2019 Spanish film Elisa y Marcela is based on the true story of a lesbian couple who fooled the Catholic church.

Set in 1901, Elisa (Natalia de Molina) and Marcela (Greta Fernández) pose as a heterosexual couple in order to get married and life out their lives together.

Steaming in Australia on Netflix

Tell it to the Bees

Anna Paquin and Holliday Grainger star in this film adaption of Fiona Shaw’s 2009 novel set in postwar Scotland.

Single mother Lydia (Grainger) and local doctor Jean (Paquin) form a companionship that becomes romantic against the backdrop of a gossipy small town. Spoiler alert: The bees save the day.

Streaming in Australia on SBS On Demand

But I’m a Cheerleader

Starring RuPaul as an ex-gay called Mike, But I’m a Cheerleader has reached cult status in the queer community.

Suspicious of her vegetarianism and love of Melissa Etheridge, friends and family of cheerleader Megan Bloomfield (Natasha Lyonne) send her to a conversion therapy camp when they suspect she may be a lesbian.


Ronit (Rachel Weiz) has returned to her Orthodox Jewish community for her father’s funeral. There, she reconnects with childhood best friends and now-married couple Esti (Rachel McAdams) and Dovid (Alessandro Nivola).

Ronit and Esti’s teenage romance comes back in force as the two women explore their sexuality and test their faith.

After you watch Disobedience, you’ll never listen to Lovesong by The Cure the same way again.

Streaming in Australia on SBS On Demand

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