Tuesday, 1 July 2008

London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival on Tour - Bristol

From the Watershed website

22nd London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival on Tour Arrives in Bristol

She's a Boy I knew

The Best of the Festival at Watershed in July

Now in its 22nd year, Watershed is proud to welcome back the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival on Tour, celebrating the very best in new queer cinema from Sat 5 July to Sun 27 July.

With eight films screening over the course of four weekends, the tour presents the very best of "the most successful London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival ever". Source: BFI

The films offer wonderful variety, from a revelatory documentary about Derek Jarman, the maverick painter, writer and filmmaker who died of AIDS in 1994, through to the bizarre but brilliant Otto; or, Up With Dead People – which combines horror, pornography, silent film and documentary in a diabolically fascinating fashion.

Otto; Or, Up with Dead People

The tour opens at Watershed with Breakfast with Scot (Sat 5 July, 1810hrs), a clever, funny and thoroughly charming film in which Sam, a former professional ice-hockey player now working as a sports broadcaster, finds his machismo threatened when his partner Ed's 11 year-old nephew Scot comes to live with them.

Derek – the second of the first weekend's films (Sun 6 July, 1830hrs) – is a moving collage of rare and unseen footage offering touching insights into the last years of Derek Jarman's life – one of the most crucial figures in British Independent Cinema, who died in 1994 of complications with AIDS.

The second weekend of the tour again sees two contrasting styles of film: Otto; or, Up with Dead People (Sat 12 July, 1830hrs) tells the tale of Otto, a zombie with an existential crisis in Berlin, while Before I Forget (Sun 13 July, 1810hrs) is a vastly accomplished study of self-reflection through the eyes of a 58-year old man with HIV.

Spider Lilies

The insightful and intriguing family drama Finn's Girl opens the third weekend (Sat 19 July, 1830hrs), portraying the lives of and relations between Finn Jeffries and her 11-year old daughter, Zelly, and their attempts to overcome the recent death of Finn's partner. On the Sunday is Spider Lilies (Sun 20 July, 1830hrs), a candy-coloured tale in which a tattoo becomes the catalyst for change in the lives of two women, unearthing past secrets and awakening hidden desires.

The final weekend of the tour features She's a Boy I Knew (Sat 26 July, 1830hrs) which bravely documents the transition of Steven, a 23-year old, who makes the difficult decision to come out about his female gender identity to his wife and family and live as Gwen. The final film in the tour, Smiley Face (Sun 27 July, 1820hrs), is a highly amusing stoner-comedy that follows Jane, an out-of-work actress who spends her days getting high. When she erroneously eats a batch of pot-filled cupcakes and ventures into the world a riotous drug-fuelled odyssey commences with disastrous results.

Fee: All films £6.00 full/£4.50 concessions; Season Deal: buy tickets for any four films in the season for the price of three - £18.00 full/£13.50 concessions.

The 22nd London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival on Tour is a BFI Touring programme.

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