We are pleased to be partnering with GAZE International LGBT Film Festival which this year celebrates the power of story-telling; stories which inspire, enrage, encourage, make us laugh or compel us to make a change. There is a keen UK focus this year and our support spans screenings, panel discussions and a workshop.
Click through the highlights links below or see the full programme for booking info.
Friday 3 August:
The Killing of Sister George: GAZE, in association with Grindhouse, brings you your late-night Friday delight with a rare screening of the 50th Anniversary of 1968 Robert Aldrich’s (yes, he of 'Whatever Happened to Baby Jane' fame) The Killing of Sister George. Beryl Reid reprises her Tony award-winning role in this much darkened toned and blackest of black humour adaptation, as an aging lesbian actress who is fighting to save the likeable and popular TV character she portrays, while balancing her long term off screen relationship as it disintegrates around her. Considered shocking and explicit at its time of release for its treatment of lesbianism in the mainstream, this film perfectly captures the subtle neuroses of the hagsploitation movies that came before it.
Saturday 4 August:
MobDoc Workshop: Presented in partnership with Irish Queer Archive and Queery Media
MobDoc is a practical filmmaking workshop, which will teach the GAZE festival audience how to create their own content using mobile filmmaking techniques. Through utilising this technology to tell your own stories, you can ultimately change the world one story at a time. Tickets are available through the Light House Cinema box office.
Dykes, Camera, Action: Film and discussion, 'Has Lesbian Cinema Entered its Golden Age?' In association with the Outburst Queer Arts Festival
Dykes, Camera, Action examines the history of lesbian cinema, from the early days as a marginalized sub-culture, through to the rise of New Queer Cinema, and examining the ways that women directors have contributed to this genre. A discussion entitled ‘Has Lesbian Cinema Entered its Golden Age?’ will follow the screening and explore the trajectory of lesbian cinema, providing commentary on the evolution of queer women on screen, current trends, and analysis of many of the films featured in this year’s GAZE programme.
Postcards from London: Set in a vibrant, neon-lit, imaginary vision of Soho, Postcards from London is a beautifully shot morality tale and homage to homo-eroticism and high art. When teenage beauty Jim arrives from Essex to seek his fortune, the promised cultural excitements of Soho prove themselves true when he discovers a group of art-loving rent boys who take him under their wing. The group exist to provide very special services for art connoisseurs – intelligent, postcoital conversation based on an intense knowledge and appreciation of the great masters. Both dazzling and audacious, this is a film for anyone who has ever fallen in love with one of the beautiful subjects in an old master painting. With a script that keeps you invested in Jim’s journey; recounting a theatrical sensibility; Postcards from London illuminates the influence of queer appreciation in art history.
Sunday 5 August
Iris Prize Shorts: Queer cinema, by its very nature, has modelled its intentions as a voice for the voiceless, recognising the power of representing the spectrum of LGBTQ+ people on screen. However, there are still voices missing, particularly in representation of ethnically diverse talent, and portrayals of differently abled queer people. The Iris Prize has been thrilled to see some incredible films in the past year that challenge these omissions, and have curated a programme of shorts which raise up the intersectionality of voices in our community.