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LGBTQ Tours of the Towner Collection

Sun 21 Jul, 3.25 pm

Celebrating Eastbourne Pride weekend, join us a free tour of the Towner Collection, focusing on objects and artworks in Towner’s rich and diverse collection with connections to LGBTQ artists.

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Talks, tours & events

LGBTQ Tour of the Towner Collection

Sun 24 Feb, 1.00 pm

Celebrating LGBT History Month, join us for a free tour of the Towner Collection that will focus on objects and artworks in Towner’s rich and diverse collection with […]

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Film Season: LGBT 50

Posted on 23/10/2017

2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in Britain. To celebrate we’re presenting a series of screenings and events in our new Towner Auditorium that explore the last […]

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The Wizard of Oz + intro

Sun 09 Feb, 2.00 pm

A special screening of The Wizard of Oz to mark LGBTQ+ History Month, including an intro from Dr Niall Richardson discussing the meaning of the film for the gay community.

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A Bigger Splash

Past Event

Coinciding with the launch of Alan Davie and David Hockney: Early Works, opening on 15 February, experience this new 4K restoration of Jack Hazan’s intimate and innovative narrative-nonfiction portrait of David Hockney.

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Calamity Jane

Sun 10 Nov, 2.00 pm

One of Doris Day’s best-loved films and a cult classic for queer audiences. Whip crack away!

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Eastbourne Pride weekend (19–21 July)

Posted on 17/07/2019

Towner are thrilled to be taking part in Eastbourne Pride (19–21 July)! Kick off the weekend with special Pride-themed cocktails in our bar and a screening of […]

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Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert

Fri 19 Jul, 7.30 pm

We’re kicking off Eastbourne Pride weekend with a bang with Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. An unexpectedly huge hit on its release in 1994, it helped introduce LGBT themes to a mainstream audience and has remained a beloved classic of the queer canon ever since.

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Before Stonewall

Sat 23 Feb, 4.30 pm

We are proud to host our second LGBT History Month screening in association with our friends at Eastbourne Rainbow and Bourne Out.

This year, to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, we present Before Stonewall. So much more than a brilliant documentary about LGBTQ+ life in the USA before the 1969 Stonewall riots, Greta Schiller’s perception-changing film places its audience in the presence of legends in their own lifetimes.

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Into Film educational screening: Hairspray

Wed 27 Feb, 10.00 am

Into Film is proud to present an educational screening of Hairspray (John Waters, PG, 1988) at Towner Art Gallery as part of their LGBT History Month programme showcasing LGBTQ+ cinema. This event is open to all school and home educator groups.

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Room For A Man + short film and Q&A

Fri 02 Nov, 7.00 pm

Room For A Man
Director: Anthony Chidiac | Lebanon/USA | 2017 | 77 minutes

In Arabic, French, and Spanish with English subtitles

A young Lebanese filmmaker sets about reconstructing his identity by renovating his bedroom. But as the Syrian construction workers come and go in the freshly embattled household, new questions, old arguments, and unexpected passions get stirred.

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Facing Mirrors + short film and Q&A

Thu 06 Dec, 7.00 pm

Set in contemporary Iran, Facing Mirrors tells the story of an unlikely and daring friendship that develops between a cisgender female cab driver and her passenger, a transgender man desperately awaiting a passport to leave the country to escape a forced marriage.

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City of Borders + short film + Q&A

Thu 11 Oct, 7.00 pm

Shushan is a gay bar situated in the historic city of Jerusalem. In this fly-on-the-wall documentary, we follow a selection of the bar’s patrons: a Jewish Israeli councillor, a Palestinian drag queen, a Jewish settler, and a Palestinian-Jewish Israeli lesbian couple. Yun’s documentary paints a nuanced portrait of her subjects as they negotiate the complex borders of sexuality, race, nationality, and religion amidst the tumult of the Israeli occupation and Israeli- Palestinian conflict.

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Alexandria… Why? + short film and Q&A

Thu 06 Sep, 7.00 pm

Youssef Chahine was one of the most influential voices in Egyptian cinema history. Alexandria…Why? is Chahine’s semi-autobiographical melodrama set amidst the tumult of 1940s Egypt. Young cinephile Yahia dreams of a life in Hollywood or on the theatre stage, but the threat of war in Europe and the rumblings of Egypt’s nascent anti-colonial struggle set to thwart these hopes. Meanwhile, in a notably subversive – but also tender – representation for its time, an an Egyptian aristocrat finds himself falling for a precocious British soldier he has captured.

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Looking Awry: Representing Bisexual* Desires on Screen + Sunday Bloody Sunday

Sat 04 Nov, 1.30 pm

Join us as Brighton-based queer programmer, Jacob Engelberg, presents an illustrated talk, journeying through cinema’s representations of bisexuality, from well-known Hollywood neo-noir thrillers to underground queer filmmaking to the extremities of European art cinema. The talk will be followed by a screening of the classic ‘70s film Sunday Bloody Sunday, 1971. 

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Queerama, 2017

Sat 28 Oct, 4.30 pm

Treasures from the archive are painstakingly stitched together to create Queerama, an extraordinary documentary depicting the last hundred years of queer experiences in Britain. Pulling together footage from film, TV and newsreels, dreamily soundtracked by Hercules Love Affair, Alison Goldfrapp and John Grant, the resulting experience is both informative and breathtaking.

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Love is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon, 1998

Thu 02 Nov, 6.00 pm

Featuring award-winning performances from Derek Jacobi and a fresh-faced, pre-Bond Daniel Craig, Love is the Devil tells the story of painter Francis Bacon, concentrating on his strained, short-lived relationship with small-time thief, George Dyer. With an astonishing supporting cast, time and space is warped as director John Maybury inserts young British artists of the moment – Tracey Emin, Sarah Lucas and Gillian Wearing to name a few – into scenes at the Colony Room club, where Bacon famously drank in the ‘60s.

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David is Homosexual, 1976

Sat 28 Oct, 2.30 pm

Telling the story of a young man struggling to come out, David is Homosexual was originally made, on a shoestring budget, as an educational film for the Lewisham brand of the Campaign for Homosexual Equality by director Wilfred Avery, back in the late ‘70s.

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