Portsmouth Film Society (PFS) will celebrate its third Pride LGBT+ Film Festival in Hampshire next month.
Dedicated to screening lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-themed films, the festival is a collaborative project between PFS, the University of Portsmouth’s LGBT Staff Forum and the LGBT+ student society, Peccadillo Pictures UK, BFI FAN, and Southeast HUB.
The festival will be officially opened on Wednesday 1st February, 6pm, by the University of Portsmouth’s Senior Equality Champion, Professor Pal Ahluwalia, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation).
“The University is dedicated to creating a community that is diverse and open to all types of people, regardless of their sexual orientation. We want to make that commitment and contribution public by supporting the film festival.”
Portsmouth Film Society event manager Aysegul Epengin says:
“At PFS, we like to give people the chance to watch great films that they might not otherwise get to see. We are pleased to support the development of a culturally diverse community, interested in the arts, willing to support each other to participate and develop the centre and programme. For example, we have a selection of LGBT+ orientated films in our programme, to be shown during February.”
The festival begins on 1st February with the new documentary Who’s Gonna Love Me Now? The producer/director of the film, Alexander Bodin Saphir, will give a talk at the festival. This film celebrates the triumph of love over hate, of understanding over ignorance and the melding of cultures who traditionally view each other as extreme.
The festival will finish on 22nd February with the screening of Girl Lost, following which there will be a panel/debate on ‘Zooming in on the issues of transgender youth in education’. Confirmed panel guests are: Dr. Deborah Shaw from the University of Portsmouth, Julie Nelson who teaches transgender teens, and Katie Yeomans a transgender equity awareness campaigner.
Screenings will be held in the Eldon Building, home to the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries.
See the full festival program below.
Further information can be found on the society’s website.
Venue: Eldon Building Screening Room EW 1.10, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth PO1 2DJ
Films screened at 7pm on specified dates.
Tickets: £6 single, or £12 for a 3-film pass, FREE TO UOP STUDENTS.
1st FEBRUARY 2017 – WHO’S GONNA LOVE ME NOW (2016) ***Regional Premier
At the age of 21 Saar Maoz arrived in the UK after being kicked out of his religious Kibbutz. Following the highs and lows that accompanied his newfound freedom Saar discovered an alternative family with The London Gay Men’s Chorus. After 19 years, Saar has reached out to his conservative and Israeli family in an attempt at reconciliation. Now his parents are coming to visit…
The producer/director of the film will lead a question and answer session following the screening.
8th FEBRUARY 2017 – MY BEAUTIFUL LAUNDRETTE (1985)
After the death of his wife and his subsequent descent into alcoholic near-agoraphobia, a crotchety Pakistani intellectual convinces his shady entrepreneur brother to provide work for his son in this multi-layered portrait of the immigrant experience in Great Britain. With the lead actor Daniel Day-Lewis and British-born, half-Pakistani playwright and novelist Hanif Kureishi won an Oscar nomination for his screenplay for this film, which was originally filmed for BBC television. Kureishi collaborated again with director Stephen Frears.
The chair person of the KROMA, Tom Armstrong-Collett will introduce the film. Kroma is an organisation for those within the gender and sexual identities (LGBT+) community.
15th FEBRUARY 2017 – LOOSE CANNONS (2010)
Tommaso is the youngest son of the Cantones, a large, traditional southern Italian family operating a pasta-making business since the 1960s. On a trip home from Rome, where he studies literature and lives with his boyfriend, Tommaso decides to tell his parents the truth about himself. But when he is finally ready to come out in front of the entire family, his older brother Antonio ruins his plans…
22nd FEBRUARY 2017 – GIRL LOST (Sweden) 2016
After drinking the curious nectar that drips from a mysterious plant, best friends Kim, Bella and Momo magically transform into boys. Geeky girls by day and popular boys by night they find themselves living in two completely different worlds. The thrill of experiencing life as the opposite sex soon wears off for Bella and Momo, but being a boy becomes addictive for Kim as he experiments with his sexuality and the possibility of first love with bad boy Tony.
Following the screeing, there will be a debate on ‘Zooming in on the issues of transgender youth in education’.