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5 Lesbian Literary Movies to See This Summer

There was a time when the release of a movie with two women kissing was a huge deal that only happened once in a blue moon. But things are starting to move in the right direction and we are being swamped with women who love women on our screens.

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So much so that I can hardly keep up with the sapphic films being released at the moment. But if you love books, movies, and lesbians then you’ll want to take a look at this list.

From bookish teenagers and awesome authors to and brilliant adaptations – it’s all going on this summer!

So, I’ve compiled a list of lesbian literary movies that are already out or are set to be released this summer.

1. Booksmart

Two academic teenage superstars realize, on the eve of their high school graduation, that they should have worked less and played more. Determined to never fall short of their peers, the girls set out on a mission to cram four years of fun into one night.

2. Vita and Virginia

Socialite Vita Sackville-West and literary icon Virginia Woolf run in different circles in 1920s London. Despite the odds, the magnetic Vita and the beguiling Virginia forge an unconventional affair, set against the backdrop of their own strikingly contemporary marriages; which inspired one of Woolf’s most iconic novels, ‘Orlando’.

3. Wild Nights with Emily

Explore Emily Dickinson’s vivacious, irreverent side that was covered up for years — most notably her lifelong romantic relationship with another woman.

4. Tell it to the Bees

Dr. Jean Markham returns to the town she left as a teenager to take over her late father’s medical practice. When a school-yard scuffle lands Charlie in her surgery, she invites him to visit the hives in her garden and tell his secrets to the bees, as she once did. The new friendship between the boy and the bee keeper brings his mother Lydia into Jean’s world.

This movie has become controversial due to the way the ending was changed from the book to the film. If you want to read more about that, then check out what the author had to say.

5. Rafiki

Kena and Ziki long for something more. Despite the political rivalry between their families, the girls resist and remain close friends, supporting each other to pursue their dreams in a conservative society. When love blossoms between them, the two girls will be forced to choose between happiness and safety.


So that is my list of five Lesbian Literary Movies to be hitting our screens this summer. What did you think? What did I miss?

If you enjoyed this list, then you might want to check out this article from Fiona Shaw, talking about how her book was made into a film – and how the ending was changed for a straight audience:

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