Tonight sees the launch of East London’s latest film festival – Some Like It Queer. Hosted by The Barge House and curated by their very own Fabulous Ferdi, the five-week festival celebrates different aspects of queer culture, through five cinematic gems.
Some Like It Queer kicks off with I Killed My Mother (Xavier Dolan, Canada 2009) and spotlights a bold collection of work that has been programmed to reflect the different, yet unifying, definitions of what it means to be queer, across the decades and around the world. “I believe it is a good, strong selection of films that allow people to better understand what queer culture is about and how vast it actually is,” says Paris-born Ferdi, who has lived in London for the past four years. “Because underneath the fabulous parties and the feathers and the glitter, there is still a fight for equality and the right to be loved for who we are. These movies are the perfect way to show all the different layers. They are about queer culture, not just gender”
2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales. Pride celebrations have evolved drastically over the past 45 years, starting with the UK’s very first 30-person Pride march through the streets of London in July 1972. What began as fringe political protest has evolved into a spectacular celebration of what it means to be queer, highlighting the vast scope and diversity of the LGBTQ community today.
Fabulous Ferdi – a classically-trained pianist, purveyor of art in all its forms and an individual of a naturally playful disposition – will be kicking off each evening at the vibrant canal-side venue with a short performance relevant to that night’s film. The cosy lounge space at The Barge House transforms into a relaxed, bijoux cinema for an intimate evening of film, and the kitchen will be open from 6pm to cater for all tastes and appetites. The Some Like It Queer film festival includes:
Tuesday, 06 June 2017 – I Killed My Mother
Writer & Director: Xavier Dolan | Starring: Anne Dorval, Xavier Dolan, François Arnaud
I Killed My Mother (Canada, 2009) attracted international press attention when it won three awards from the Director’s Fortnight program at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. Largely autobiographical, the film details the intensely volatile relationship between a gay 16-year-old and his mother.
Tuesday, 13 June 2017 – Tomboy
Writer & Director: Céline Sciamma | Starring: Zoe Heran, Malonn Levana, Jeanne Disson
Tomboy (France, 2011) explores a theme of ambiguous gender.
Tuesday, 20 June 2017 – The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
Writer & Director: Stephen Elliott | Starring: Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce, Terence Stamp
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (Australia, 1994) was a surprise worldwide hit, and its positive portrayal of LGBT individuals helped to introduce LGBT themes to a mainstream audience.
Tuesday, 27 June 2017 – Weekend
Writer & Director: Andrew Haigh | Starring: Tom Cullen, Chris New, Jonathan Race
Director, Andrew Haigh, received the British Independent Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer for his film, Weekend (UK, 2011), spotlighting gay relationships and bringing to the forefront the question: what is a gay relationship?
Tuesday, 04 July 2017 – Paris is Burning
Director: Jennie Livingston | Starring: Brooke Xtravaganza, Andrea Christian, Dorian Corey
Paris is Burning (USA 1990) is a chronicle of the New York drag scene in the 1980’s, focusing on balls, ‘voguing’ and the ambitions and dreams of those who gave the era its warmth and vitality.
The Barge House has donated a gift for auction at the annual Pride in London Gala Dinner 2017, which will also be available to live bidders online. The gift package includes: The Barge House lounge for a private party with DJ Ninebob Rob (whose DJ portfolio includes, MYC Download @ Glastonbury, Horse Meat Disco & The Glory), arrival cocktails and sharing boards of Charcuterie, Cheese and House Terrines. For more info go to prideinlondon.org
Some Like It Queer runs every Tuesday of June 2017, concluding on July 4th.
Tickets £3, doors open 7pm, screening starts 8pm
The Barge House, 46a De Beauvoir Crescent, London N1 5RY