Still from Forbidden Love
Still from Forbidden Love

Forbidden Love: The Unashamed Stories of Lesbian Lives

by Lynne Fernie & Aerlyn Weissman
This queer classic has been digitally remistressed and we are delighted to share with you these titillating tales of taboo lovers.
1992  ·  1h24m  ·  Canada
About the Film
This feature documentary delves into the rich history of Canadian queer women’s experiences in the mid-20th century. Compelling, often hilarious and always rebellious, the women interviewed in this film recount stories about their search for the places where openly gay women gathered in urban centres. Contemporary interviews, archival footage, and a stylized fictional narrative based on the pulp novels of the 1950s are woven throughout this simultaneously funny, heartbreaking, and empowering film. FORBIDDEN LOVE brings an important and empowering history of lesbian sexuality in Canada out of the closet.
Upcoming Screenings

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Festivals and Awards
GLAAD Media Award, Winner: Outstanding Film (Documentary)
Genie Awards, Winner: Best Feature Length Documentary
In the Press
The Gay and Lesbian Review
Denise Beaudoin and Cathy Gulkin
Margaret Pettigrew and Ginny Stikeman
Zoe Dirse
Soundtrack Composer
Kathryn Moses
Art Director
Denis Boucher
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About the Director

Lynne Fernie

Lynne Fernie

Lynne Fernie (born 1946) is a Canadian filmmaker, best known as the co-director with Aerlyn Weissman of the award-winning 1992 documentary film FORBIDDEN LOVE: THE UNASHAMED STORIES OF LESBIAN LIVES. Her other films have included FICTION AND OTHER TRUTHS: A FILM ABOUT JANE RULE (1995), SCHOOL’S OUT (1996) and APPLES AND ORANGES (2003). Fernie was a founding member of numerous arts and LGBT organizations in Toronto, including the arts magazines Fireweed and Parallélogramme, the Lesbian Organization of Toronto and the Inside Out Film and Video Festival. She is currently a professor in the film studies department at York University, and is a programmer for the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival.


Aerlyn Weissman



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