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Lesbian writer and director Jane Anderson began her career scripting such mainstream films as It Could Happen to You (1994) and How to Make an American Quilt (1995). She went on to write and direct more groundbreaking films for television, including the first segment of If These Wall Could Talk 2 (2000), which focuses on a woman coping with the death of her female partner of 50 years; When Billie Beat Bobby (2001), about the historic 1973 tennis match between Bobby Riggs and the young feminist Billie Jean King; and Normal (2003), the story of a married man who shocks his family and small-town community by revealing that he wants a sex-change operation.

Lisa Cholodenko gained critical attention with her debut film High Art (1998) and followed up with the equally ambitious Laurel Canyon (2002); both films concern reserved young women swept into the unconventional lifestyle of a charismatic older female artist.

Bill Condon is known principally as the writer/director of the biographical films Gods and Monsters (1998), an adaptation of Christopher Bram's novel Father of Frankenstein, focusing on the final days in the life of the gay, British-born film director James Whale; and Kinsey (2004), a study of the pioneer of human sexuality research Alfred Kinsey. Condon also wrote the screenplay for, but did not direct, the adaptation of the Kander-Ebb musical Chicago (2002).

Del Shores, producer and writer for the cable television hit Queer as Folk, who has also written for such other television shows as Touched by an Angel, Ned and Stacey, Dharma and Greg, and Martial Law, is the writer, director, and producer of the gay cult comedy Sordid Lives (2000).

Australian-born Stephan Elliott gained prominence with the exuberant "drag queen" farce The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994). Elliott also wrote and directed the comedies of misadventure Frauds (1993) and Welcome to Woop Woop (1997), as well as the thriller Eye of the Beholder (1999), and, most recently, Venetian Wedding (2004), co-written with Sheriden Jobbins, about a woman left at the altar when her fiancé runs off to Paris with his best man.

Andrew Fleming's semi-autobiographical film, Threesome (1994), which he both wrote and directed, concerns the romantic entanglements of three college roommates, one of whom is gay. Fleming also co-wrote the screenplay (with Steven E. de Souza) for his feature-film directorial debut, Bad Dreams (1988), about a young girl who survives a cult group's mass suicide. He also directed and co-wrote The Craft (with Peter Filardi, 1996), a stylish thriller about teenage witches, and Dick (with Sheryl Longin, 1999), a political satire about two high school girls who inadvertently become President Richard Nixon's secret advisors during the Watergate scandal.

The openly gay writer/director Scott McGehee co-directed and co-wrote (with his straight partner David Siegel) the atmospheric melodrama The Deep End (2001), about a mother's desperate attempt to cover up the murder of her young gay son's disreputable older lover. McGehee and Siegel based their script on the Max Ophüls cult noir The Reckless Moment (1949) and its original source, Elisabeth Sanxay Holding's 1947 novel The Blank Wall. McGehee and Siegel also co-directed and co-wrote the crime thriller Suture (1993).

The Hours and Times (1991), Christopher Münch's first feature, is a fictionalized account of what may have happened when the Beatles' John Lennon and the group's gay manager Brian Epstein went on holiday together to Barcelona in 1963. Münch also wrote and directed Color of a Brisk and Leaping Day (1996), a visually impressive account of a young Chinese-American's attempt to revitalize a railroad built by his ancestors; The Sleepy Time Gal (2001), an elegiac film about a middle-aged woman coming to terms with cancer; and Harry and Max (2004), focusing on the relationship between two pop-star brothers.

The screenwriter Don Roos made his writer/director debut with the celebrated comedy The Opposite of Sex (1988), about a manipulative 16-year old girl who wreaks havoc on her extended family after seducing her step-brother's boyfriend. Roos also wrote and directed the romantic-comedy Bounce (2000), and the multi-layered Happy Endings (2004).

Roos began his career writing scripts for such television series as Hart to Hart (1979 to 1984), Paper Dolls (1984), and Casebusters (1986). He eventually left television and wrote the screenplays for Love Field (1992), which focused on a housewife traveling to John F. Kennedy's funeral; Single White Female (1992), a psychological thriller based on the novel by John Lutz; Boys on the Side (1995), a female "road-movie" whose characters include a lesbian singer and a young woman with AIDS; and Diabolique (1996), a remake of Henri-Georges Clouzot's classic 1955 mystery thriller.

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