You know what guys, going outside is lame. If you really want to enjoy the summer months, stay indoors and watch some enlightening, entertaining documentaries. Here are some new(ish) ones for you.
Peter de Rome: Grandfather of Gay Porn
People love talking about porn as though it’s a brand new invention that our generation is using to jack itself off into oblivion with, so it’s nice to be reminded that modern porn has a long and interesting history, particularly when that history is concerning the genuinely adorable Peter de Rome and a time when being gay was still a criminal offence. If you can manage to drag yourself away from PornHub for a minute, this is definitely worth a watch.
Regarding Susan Sontag
One of the world’s greatest critical thinkers and the primary reason why people still cut Annie Leibovitz so much slack, Susan Sontag has been dearly missed since her untimely death in 2004. This documentary, which uses some incredible archive footage, is a beautiful reminder of all the things Sontag achieved.
Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me
When Elaine Stritch died earlier this month, I first spent about the three hours watching videos of her on youtube and then felt genuinely thankful that someone had the foresight to make this documentary before her passing. A fiery, incredibly talented force on broadway and television for much of her lifetime, no one knew quite how to sing, or swear, like Elaine Stritch. For fans of Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work i.e. gay men.
This documentary, which was met with rave reviews at this year’s Sheffield Doc Fest, follows the struggle of African nations to free themselves from colonial rule in the mid 20th century and is narrated by Lauryn Hill. White people, prepare to feel fucking awful.