Towner Cinema Recommends – Eastbourne Rainbow

Posted on 17/07/2020

Still from Barry Lyndon (dir. Stanley Kubrick)

We’ve been pleased to collaborate with the LGBTQ+ community group, Eastbourne Rainbow, on a number of screenings since we launched back in 2017. Here, one of the group’s coordinators, Derek Andrews, tells us how he and the rest of the group have been getting on during lockdown.

The group, who usually meet at the Venton Centre, have been unable to meet since lockdown started but have been keeping in regular contact via phone and email. Volunteers are also offering to help with errands where needed.  This provides vital support, especially for those living on their own.

We asked Derek what he’s been watching recently – like many, he’s been returning to favourites from the past:

He tells us:  “My recommendation is Stanley Kubrick’s 1975 film of William Thackeray’s novel Barry Lyndon. The drama depicts the protagonist’s adventures in the 18th century, from an upbringing in rural Ireland to England and through Europe – a sort of morality tale. The costumes and sets are wonderful together; the way the natural light is captured was ground-breaking at the time. If you’ve seen the film before then enjoy it again, or if it’s new to you then you’re in for a treat.”  Rent the film on the BFI Player.

Derek also enjoyed the documentary Reel in the Closet, about LGBT people’s home movies dating from the late 1930s, and the work being done to preserve them for future generations. It was broadcast from America as part of LGBT History Month, which meant that, due to the time difference, it was on at 1am –  “a brilliant film and well worth setting the alarm for!”

Visit the Eastbourne Rainbow website to get involved or for more information about the work the group does in the community.