UK’s emerging gay filmmakers comes under the spotlight with BOYS ON FILM 15 – TIME AND TIED, a selection of British short films that will provoke tears, anger, fear, and laughter. These films are screening throughout July and August in selected cinemas nationwide as part of Peccadillo’s POUTfest LGBT film tour.
With work from award-winning directors, there are many familiar faces featured including Julie Hesmondhalgh (Coronation Street, Cucumber, Happy Valley), Tommy Knight (Sarah Jane Adventures, Waterloo Road), Nigel Havers (The Charmer, Coronation Street), comedy legend Barry Cryer, trans advocate Jake Graf (The Danish Girl), Nicholas Gleaves (Waterloo Road), Leon Lopez (recently seen as Linford Short in EastEnders), and the incomparable Julian Clary. Many of the filmmakers are planning to be in attendance at many UK cities.
Here’s The Line Up and you’ll see some films may have visited your local cinema
HOLDING THE MAN
POUTfest Release: June 1st 2016 |Australia |Neil Armfield |Ryan Corr, Craig Stott, Kerry Fox, Camilla Ah Kin, Sarah Snook, Guy Pearce and Anthony LaPaglia. |15 | [Our Review]
Tim and John fell in love and embarked on a forbidden high school romance that was to last a lifetime. Together they conquered countless prejudices and challenges to become champions of gay rights.
Holding The Man is a remarkable true-life love story of Timothy Conigrave and John Caleo and their enduring love for each other has been immortalised in Tim’s own cult classic memoir and in Tommy Murphy’s award winning stage play, which has now been adapted for the screen.
THE GIRL KING
POUTfest Release: June 8th 2016 | Sweden| Mika Kaurismaki |Malin Buska, Sarah Gadon and Michael Nyqvist.
Raised as a prince under a conservative Lutheran court, Queen Kristina grows up with ideas for modernising Sweden and bringing an end to war. Kristina begins to rule at the age of 18 and is quickly faced with choosing between her country, a new male suitor, her people and her religion. She caused a scandal when she chose not to marry and anointed Countess Ebba Sparre, as her Bed Companion.
Fighting for her country she chooses to take control of her destiny and to find the freedom she desires.
POUTfest Release: August 1st 2016 | Sweden | Alexandra-Therese Keining
Kim, Bella and Momo, three bullied teenage girls are surrounded by a world of violence and sexual confusion. A seismic shift happens when they discover a curious plant that turns out to have mysterious magical qualities. When consumed, transforms the girls into boys. Not only does their gender change, but the world around them, and their response to it, is profoundly altered.
POUTfest Release: August 1st 2016 | Canada | Stephen Dunn
Oscar Madly (Connor Jessup, Falling Skies), is a creative and driven teenager who hovers on the brink of adulthood. Haunted by images of a tragic gay bashing he witnessed as a child, Oscar embarks on a journey of self-discovery with the beloved help of his talking pet hamster, Buffy (voiced by Isabella Rossellini), his imagination and the prospect of love, that will ultimately bring him closer to confronting his inner monster.
BOYS ON FILM 15 TIME & TIED
POUTfest Release: July 14th 2016 | UK
CLOSETS (2015, 19 mins). Winner of Best British Shorts, Iris Prize 2015. Henry is a teenager struggling with his sexuality in 1986. Hiding in his wardrobe, he time travels to the present day where he meets with another teenager, Ben, with a different viewpoint. Manchester-based director Lloyd Eyre-Morgan looks at changing attitudes towards homophobia and bullying with sensitivity and humour. Starring Julie Hesmondhalgh (Coronation Street’s Hayley) and Tommy Knight (Sarah Jane Adventures and ITV’s up and coming Young Victoria
PUTTING ON THE DISH (2015, 6 mins). Directed by Brian Fairbairn and Karl Eccleston. London, 1962, a time when being gay is still a criminal offence. Two strangers meet in a park and strike up a conversation using polari slang to talk about their experiences.
G O’CLOCK (2016, 11 mins) Australian-born director Mitchell Marion gives a harsh but honest view of London’s controversial chemsex scene. Having saved the life of a young boy who has overdosed on GHB, paramedic Alex discovers his caring instincts come with a dangerous price, Starring Philip Weddell (Rise of the Footsoldier) and Leon Lopez (EastEnders) who also directed the popular Soft Lad which screened during last year’s Pout tour.
NIGHTSTAND (2015, 27 mins). Directed by Charlie Parnham and executive produced by Stephen Fry and Sir Ian McKellen, is a dark exploration of repressed yearnings and urban loneliness between a married man and the barman he picks up one night, but who has the greatest fears? Starring Amrou Al-Kadhi and Nicholas Gleaves (TV’s Waterloo Road, Scott & Bailey)
SAUNA THE DEAD: A FAIRY TALE (2016, 20 mins). Director Tom Frederic fuses a love of 80s fantasy adventure movies, Disney and zombies, this is a genre-hopping modern fable about the dangers of cruising with zombies in a sauna. Not everyone lives to see the dawn.
TROUSER BAR (2016, 18 mins) Set in a menswear shop in 1970s London, there’s more than a taste of corduroy that’s on the mind of its young customers. Intended as a project for the ‘Godfather of gay porn’, Peter De Rome it’s been finally brought to life by legendary director Kristen Bjorn and producer David McGillivray with cameo appearances from Julian Clary, Barry Cryer and Nigel
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