high art

Lisa Cholodenko, in an ambitious feature film debut, has written a screenplay that doesn't just show her characters and their lives, it also examines them, meticulously, pointing out every flaw, every weakness, every strength, every misstep. Our voyeuristic tendencies are fed generously as we're shown a slice of life that is both fascinating and horrible to watch.

xena: warrior princess

Most fans recognise that the importance of the Xena/Gabrielle relationship lay in the love and loyalty between the two companions, not in their sexual relationship. It was a show that emphasised the friendship and bonds that exist between women. It was better, I think, for people to be allowed to make up their own minds as to the extent of those bonds, despite how much subtext fans (myself included) cherished those rare overtly-romantic moments that did exist.

carol

Shot gloriously, costumed perfectly, filmed through half-opened doors and in mirrors, down from windows and up from the ground, swirling sometimes like a kite through the air until we land harshly on the cold ground, Haynes has produced a masterpiece world for his masterful actresses to play in. This is a sleek, bold, mesmerising look at the nature of love.

go fish

Every lesbian interested in the history of our movement and our cinema should see this film. I know that some of it leaves me shaking my head today, but there's so much that still speaks to our shared experience, and it's so rare to see a film that reminds us how far we have really come.

orange is the new black

This show is so addictive it is so not freaking funny. You just can’t beat prison shows for their diverse range of characters, including sexy heroines with fatal flaws. This show is flat out funny, moving, compelling and authentic, with a kind of twisted black humour in the face of life's horrors.