LGBTQ+ HOLIDAY MOVIES & ADVERTS 2020
The festive season is one of my favourites. I enjoy this time of the year because as a family we get to spend more time together uninterrupted by work or school. We get to ‘wake up late’ and stay up late. We explore our surroundings for the day. Spend loads of time in the pool, and watch movies galore!
Although 2020 hasn’t been easy for many of us, and the festive season this year is bound to be different for many of us. For us, it’s going to a quiet festive season with no family around. We would have visited family in Eswatini, spent time outdoors as much as possible fishing, sightseeing, cooking up a storm, braaiing, swimming. Quality time with family that we don’t see often enough.
Another special thing for me about this time of the year is that some of the movie houses bring out a festive season themed movies, I LURVE it! I love it just as much as I do catching up on the different global brands seasonal adverts, both are always bound to pull at the heartstrings.
Here are some of our favourites. Let’s start with the adverts that really warms the heart, something we all need. A minute to ‘stop life’ and breath, appreciating life and our blessings.
FROM RITZ CRACKERS – WHERE THERE’S LOVE, THERE’S FAMILY
The holidays are meant to be shared with loved ones, related or not. For our nuclear family that’s not made from blood, have a tissue ready.
FROM ETSY – GIFT LIKE YOU MEAN IT
Who doesn’t love receiving a gift? The importance of including everyone around the Christmas tree.
FROM OREO COOKIES – PROUD PARENT
I know this one isn’t essentially one about the festive season, but as the festive season is a time we tend to spend with loved ones, I thought it appropriate to include it. I have watched it a few times, and it ALWAYS leaves me in tears.
Now that we have the adverts out of the way, here are some of the movies that have been or are about to be released for the festive season.
DASH AND LILY
Netflix’s Dash & Lily is based on the New York Times bestseller “Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares”. It’s a holiday rom-com series about the budding romance between Dash (Austin Abrams) and Lily (Midori Frances). They communicate their deepest thoughts, hopes, and feelings with each other using a red notebook. The series includes queer characters, Lily’s brother Langston (Troy Iwata), ever so subtle inclusion.
THE CHRISTMAS HOUSE
Hallmark’s festive season movie release for the first time ever centres around an LGBT+ storyline. Mitchell family matriarch Phylis (Sharon Lawrence) and patriarch Bill (Treat Williams), have their sons, Mike (Robert Buckley) and Brandon (Jonathan Bennett) home for the holidays. Phylis and Bill hope that bringing the family together to recreate the Christmas house will help them find resolution and make a memorable holiday for the entire family and community. As Brandon and his husband, Jake (Brad Harder), make the trip home, they are anxiously awaiting a call about the adoption of their first child. Meanwhile, Mike reconnects with Andi (Ana Ayora), his high school sweetheart.
THE CHRISTMAS SETUP
This Lifetime movie (a first LGBT+ movie for Lifetime) is a rom-com that follows the story of New York lawyer Hugo (Ben Lewis) who heads to Milwaukee with his best friend Madelyn (Ellen Wong) to spend the holidays with his mom Kate (Fran Drescher), who is also in charge of the local Christmas celebrations. Ever the matchmaker, Kate arranges for Hugo to run into Patrick (Blake Lee), Hugo’s high school friend and secret crush, who has recently returned after a successful stint in Silicon Valley. As they enjoy the local holiday festivities together, Hugo and Patrick’s attraction to each other is undeniable and it looks as though Kate’s Santa-style matchmaking is a success. But as Hugo receives word of a big promotion requiring a move to London, he must decide what is most important to him. (The official description)