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A celebration of LGBT cinema, our Out at the Movies strand features important milestones in the history of the genre, including groundbreaking films from the '60s and '70s, the New Queer Cinema of the '80s, and contemporary international feature films, documentaries and short film programmes.
VITO plus Q&A with Professor Richard Dyer
Thursday 21 February, 6.30
Following the 1969 Stonewall riots, when drag queens and homosexuals first stood up to police harassment, Vito Russo assumed a major role in the subsequent fight for gay rights, becoming one of the most charismatic, eloquent and inspiring personalities of the American gay movement. Russo was the driving force behind three influential organisations which merged politics, agitation, art and performance: the Gay Activists Alliance (GAA), the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), and Act Up, an imaginative, subversive group engaging in the fight against Aids. A fierce critic of LGBT representation in the media, Russo also wrote the bestselling book The Celluloid Closet, which critiqued Hollywood’s portrayal of gay and lesbian themes. Using some incredible period footage as well as the testimonies of those who knew him best, Jeffrey Schwarz has created a heartfelt, insightful portrait of Russo, and a revealing chronicle of the birth of contemporary gay culture and AIDS activism.
We are delighted that we will be joined by Professor Richard Dyer for a Q&A following the screening.
Richard Dyer programmed the first ever season of lesbian and gay film anywhere in the world at the National Film Theatre in London in 1977. He was a member of the Gay Liberation Front and Gay Left and has published widely on lesbian and gay culture and film (including Gays and Film, Now You See It, The Culture of Queers). He appeared in the film version of Vito Russo's book The Celluloid Closet.
Thursday 7 March, time TBC
Besties since college, Matt (Matthew Wilkas), who's gay and still smarting over the end of a long-term relationship, and Jenn (Jenn Harris), who's straight and tired of waiting for the right guy to come along, decide to fulfil a youthful promise to have a child together... the old-fashioned way. GAYBY is an irreverent comedy about friendship, growing older, sex, loneliness, and the family you chose.