We’re partnering with Pride in Hull for the Pride in Hull Film Festival 2017, to celebrate the best LGBT+ cinema from across the world.
Presenting six feature films from four different countries, there’s plenty to sink your teeth into. From the Yorkshire premiere of TOM OF FINLAND, an advance screening of GOD’S OWN COUNTRY, a special screening of Sheffield Doc/Fest opener QUEERAMA and a collection of archive LGBT footage from the British Film Institute’s BRITAIN ON FILM series, you won’t be disappointed.
Thursday 20 July, 7:30pm, Vue Cinema Hull
Touko Laaksonen, a decorated officer, returns home after a harrowing and heroic experience serving his country in World War II, but life in Finland during peacetime proves equally distressing. He finds post-war Helsinki rampant with homophobic persecution. Touko finds refuge in his liberating art, specialising in homoerotic drawings of muscular men.
His work became the emblem of a generation of men and fanned the flames of a gay revolution.
Tuesday 25 July, 1pm, Kardomah 94
The British Film Institute delves into its archives as part of its Britain On Film series. With films spanning 1909 to 1994, it documents a century in which homosexuality went from crime to pride, via decades of courageous activism. The collection includes a drag queen competing for a prize in 1909, personal accounts from AIDS victims and the 1980 fight for transgender rights in the European Court.
It’s a moving and fascinating collection, a social document encompassing the fight for equality, the shedding of shame and the claiming of the right to love and say publicly – this is who I am.
Tuesday 25 July, 3pm, Kardomah 94
After drinking a curious nectar, 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. Friendship between the three girls is tested as a boy’s life is not all it’s made out to be.
Tuesday 25 July, 6pm, Kardomah 94
At the age of 21, Saar Maoz arrived in the UK having been kicked out of Kibbutz. Following the highs and lows that accompanied his freedom, Saar discovered an alternative family with The London Gay Men’s Chorus. After 19 years, Saar has reached out to his conservative family in an attempt at reconciliation.
A story of love over hate, of understanding over ignore and of the melding of cultures who traditionally view each other as extreme.
Tuesday 25 July, 7pm, Hull Truck Theatre
The story of an extraordinary century of gay experiences. With a soundtrack by Alison Goldfrapp, Hercules & Love Affair and John Grant, the film takes us into the relationships, desires, fears and expressions of gay men and women in the 20th century – a century of incredible change.
The film will be preceded by a short screening of THE COLOUR OF HIS HAIR.
Tuesday 25 July, 8pm, Kardomah 94
Billie’s journey to independence starts with the news that her mum is going to transition and live her life as a man. Although Billie is asked to move in with her father, they decide that every Tuesday will be a sacred space between mother and daughter.
Taking advantage of her new found freedom, Billie begins to secretly experiment with two older school friends on the one thing she can’t work out – sex. Both Billie and her mother soon realise that without being totally transparent they will not be able to get what they need.
SPECIAL ADVANCE SCREENING
Friday 28 July, 7:30pm, Vue Cinema Hull
British drama set in rural Yorkshire that tells the story of Johnny Saxby, a young man working to sustain his family’s farm, who numbs his lonely existence with a drinking habit and casual affairs. But when a handsome Romanian migrant worker arrives to take up temporary work on the family farm, Johnny suddenly finds himself having to deal with emotions he has never felt before. As they begin working closely together during lambing season, an intense relationship starts to form which could change Johnny’s life forever.