Britain on Film: LGBT Britain + discussion

Cinema

1909-1994 | UK | 85mins | Certificate PG

We are delighted to announce that this screening will be followed by a discussion with Simon McCallum, BFI National Archive Curator.

With films spanning 1909 to 1994, this film programme documents a century in which homosexuality went from crime to Pride, via decades of profoundly courageous activism.

Including some of the earliest known representations of LGBT people on screen, the collection includes a 1925 film on ‘Cutie Cattaro’, a boxer more interested in flirting than fighting and a drag queen, ‘Percy’ competing for a prize in 1909. Exploring the struggles and identity politics of the 1980s and 1990s, the films cover early AIDS victims recounting their painful experiences; the formation of the Gay Black Group, an early instance of intersectional thinking; and the 1980 fight for transgender rights in the European Court.

It’s a moving and fascinating collection, a social document encompassing both the collective public fight for basic rights and equality and more personal, intimate and psychological ones: the shedding of shame and the ability to be open about one’s most private self; the claiming of the right to love and to say publicly, proudly: this is who I am.

Please note: the programme contains a sequence of flashing lights which might affect audience members with photosensitive epilepsy.

Venue

JW3 Cinema
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