Pride & Prejudice: Queer Lives on Film
Celebrate LGBT History Month with a weekend of diverse films and lively discussion, plus late bar on Saturday.
Chris and Don: A Love Story
Sat 20 Feb/2pm
£4/£3 conc. & members
This 2007 American documentary chronicles the lifelong relationship between author Christopher Isherwood and his much younger lover, artist Don Bachardy, including archival footage shot by the couple from the 1950s, excerpts from Isherwood’s diaries, and playful animations to recount their romance.
Sat 20 Feb /4pm
£4/3 conc. & members
A selection of six LGBT short films exploring the theme of Love from the Iris Prize archive
63 min in total
Aban + Korshid (12A) Dir: Darwin Serink
Bald Guy (12A) Dir: Maria Bock
Barrio Boy (12A) Dir: Dennis Shinners
Daniel (U) Dir: Vincent Fitz-Jim
It’s Consuming Me (15) Dir: Kai Stanicke
Private Life (PG) Dir: Abbe Robinson
Terence Stamp Double Bill
Our friends from Eyes Wide Open Cinema, Brighton’s popular LGBT film strand have curated an evening double bill, with Terence Stamp as the leading man. Towner’s top floor bar will be open throughout so you can make a night of it.
Teorema pre-screening talk (with Jacob Engelberg)
The Destructive and Irresistible Force of Bisexual Desire(ability) in Teorema
Sat 20 Feb / 6pm
Free for Teorema ticket holders
When a visitor arrives in a bourgeois Italian household and begins to serially seduce each member of its family, the very fabric of their beings is indelibly changed.Who is this bisexual figure and what threat do they pose to the traditional family structure?
Through a consideration of the figure of the bisexual in late nineteenth and twentieth century discourse and culture, we can begin to see how artistic representations of bisexuality speak to larger questions of shame and desire, boundary and fluidity, order and chaos. Jacob Engelberg is the Programmer of Eyes Wide Open Cinema, a queer film strand based in Brighton. He recently completed a Masters degree in Sexual Dissidence.
Sat 20 Feb / 6.45pm
£4/£3.50 conc. or £7/£6 conc. for both films
Pier Paolo Pasolini’s 1968 art-house classic Teorema features Stamp as the mysterious and seductive stranger who insinuates himself into the home of a wealthy Italian family.
BOOK TEOREMA AND PRE SCREENING TALK
BOOK DOUBLE BILL
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
Sat 20 Feb/9pm
£4/£3.50 conc. or £7/£6 for both films
Terence Stamp plays an ageing transgender woman in Stephan Elliot’s delirious exercise in ultra-camp meets outback macho. Bring your friends…and your feather boa. Late bar til 11pm.
Sun 21 Feb/11am
In this moving documentary filmmaker and artist Isaac Julien looks back on the life and work of Derek Jarman, showing how his works continue to influence and resonate with future generations. Both archival and newly recorded interviews are used to shine a light on Jarman’s professional and private life.
Call Me Kuchu
Sun 21 Feb/2pm
In Uganda, a new bill threatens to make homosexuality punishable by death. David Kato – Uganda’s first openly gay man – and his fellow activists work against the clock to defeat the legislation while combating vicious persecution in their daily lives.
This mini-season is funded by Film Hub South East with National Lottery Funds distributed by the BFI Film Audience Network (FAN).
Terence Stamp double bill is presented in association with Eyes Wide Open cinema.