Number One Movie
by Eugene Hernandez
John Greyson’s “Lilies,” from Turbulent Arts, was picked as the top
Lesbian/Gay Film of 1997 by the readers of PopcornQ, the online resource
devoted to lesbian/gay film and video. Readers surveyed ten films from the
entire list of lesbian/gay movies theatrically released in 1997.
“In the spirit of year end surveys and polls we wanted to offer a queer
alternative,” PopcornQ producer Jenni Olson told indieWIRE yesterday,
adding, “it was really heartening to see so many independent films in the
While Olson acknowledged that there were no major surprises in the
balloting, she revealed that interestingly “It’s In the Water”, directed by
Kelli Herd, received an overwhelming amount of write-in votes. While it is
ineligible for the ’97 list since it has yet to screen theatrically (it has
screened exclusively at festivals thus far), it would seem a likely
contender for the ’98 honor given that, according to Olson, the film is set
to be self-distributed this Spring.
Reflecting on the list, and the year in general, Olson commented that 1997
boasted, “more gay films than you could possibly see in a year…just being
able to do the poll was really awesome.”
The complete Top Ten list is as follows: 1) “Lilies,” directed by John
Greyson; 2) “Chasing Amy,” directed by Kevin Smith; 3) “Love! Valour!
Compassion!,” directed by Joe Mantello; 4) “Happy Together,” directed by
Wong Kar Wai; 5) “In & Out,” directed by Frank Oz; 6) “Licensed to Kill,”
directed by Arthur Dong; 7) “Bent,” directed by Sean Mathias; 8) “The
Delta,” directed by Ira Sachs; 9) “Fire,” directed by Deepa Mehta; and 10)
“All Over Me,” directed by Alex Sichel.