COMING UP: Liverpool Pride at the movies, POUT at Picturehouse

For the second year running, Liverpool Pride has announced a season of LGBT films taking place throughout the month of August at Picturehouse@FACT as part of the POUT Film Festival. Featuring a selection of some of the best LGBT films from across the globe, Liverpool Pride at the movies offers a one off, unique opportunity to see queer cinema on the big screen in Liverpool. Highlights include Rikki Beadle-Blair’s hard hitting new film ‘Bashment’ and the glorious Vogue Ball musical movie ‘Leave it on the Dance Floor’. There are also offerings from Germany, Iran and Belgium, giving the season a truly international feel.

The Liverpool Pride movie season is part of the UK wide POUT Film Festival which started life four years ago as an LGBT film festival from UK-based independent film distributor Peccadillo Pictures, created as a response to audience demands to see more queer-oriented cinema. After the overwhelming success of the London POUT Fests since 2009 organisers developed the POUT touring festival of selected films, so regional independent cinemas could continue to show the very best LGBT-themed films throughout the year.

Joan Burnett, Liverpool Pride Trustee and Movie Season Co-Ordinator explains “I’m really excited about this year’s film programme. It is truly international in outlook and visits Germany, Iran, Belgium and the USA as well as coming home with Rikki Beadle Blair’s tough new film Bashment. Moods range from dreamy first love to urban reality, but all our stories feature young people finding their way in the world. I’m delighted that we can offer this unique opportunity to the Liverpool community and hope that you come along to enjoy the films with us”

Rikki Beadle Blair, producer of ‘Bashment’ said “Liverpool is my FAVOURITE city. Every year I’m there to host the Annual Vogueing Ball. It’s the highlight of my year. And Liverpool Pride is as loud, loving alive as the City itself. So nothing could thrill me more than the thought of Bashment playing to a Merseyside audience. This is a film that’s loving, complex, tough and tender. Like my favourite city. I am beyond excited.”

9 August, 8.30pm: Romeos (15)
When 20-year-old Lukas arrives in Cologne, a summer of late nights, clubs heaving with hot guys and insurmountable self-discovery awaits. Lukas has a heavy secret that he has chosen to leave behind, and best friend Ine knows this too well. Like most young adults their age, the pair indulge in parties and alcohol with abandon, helping Lukas to overcome whatmakes him different from everyone else. However, when hunky neighbourhood catch Fabio appears, a heated attraction between the two boys gradually develops – until Fabio accesses the secret of Lukas’s identity. Despite their differences, will love conquer all? No ordinary boy-meets-boy story, Sabine Bernardi’s film looks at the turbulent world offemale to male gender reassignment,exploding preconceptions of gender identity and its correlations to sexuality. Subtitled.

16 August, 8.30pm: North Sea Texas (15)
Pim lives in a small town on the Belgian coast, together with his single mother Yvette, a local accordion starlet. It’s an ordinary existence, which Pim brightens up by dreaming of princesses, beauty queens and handsome Gino, the boy next door. But when hunky traveller Zoltan blows through town, Pim’s life takes an exciting and unexpected turn. North Sea Texas is the feature film debutfrom cult director Bavo Defurne, whose short films, love letters to the maleform and soaked with lush visuals, have garnered fans from across the globe – drawing comparisons to Pierre et Gilles, Herbert List, Dreyer and Eisenstein. Subtitled.

23 August, 8.30pm: Circumstance (15)
Set in contemporary Iran in the underground world of youth culture, parties, sex, drugs and defiance, Circumstance is the story of two vivacious young girls discovering their sexuality, desires and boundaries placed upon them by theworld they were born into. Winner of the 2011 Sundance Audience Award, Circumstance is a thrilling exposé of an Iranian culture rarely seen. Maryam Keshavarz`s directorial debut has blazed a promising trail at film festivals the world over, challenging audience’s pre-conceived perspectives of a society and how women can defy the rules imposed upon them, despite the dangers they face. Subtitled.

30 August: 8pm, Bashment: (18)
Rikki Beadle-Blair (FIT, Kick Off) is back with a bang with this hard-hitting urban drama adapted from his stage play exploring the intersection of race, sexuality and music. Starring stand-up comedian and MTV presenter Joel Dommett in his first lead role performance as JJ and a host of Team Angelica regulars, Bashment is like nothing you have seen before. J.J. is an aspiring M.C., just arrived on London’s exciting outlaw urban music scene. He’s got the skills, he’s got the rhymes, he’s got the drive. But there’s a problem – not only is J.J. a white boy from the sticks – he’s also gay. And gay – in the world of hip-hop and ragga – ain’t good. So when J.J. resolves to come out onstage at the Urban Slam Finals, taking his boyfriend Orlando with him, he knows it’s going to get a bit grimy. But when the couple falls foul of Infamous Ghetto Rap crew, ‘the Ilford Illmanics’, their lives are changed forever in a way no one could have ever foreseen. 

6 Sept, 8.30pm: Leave It On The Floor: (18)
High flying and low down, ‘Leave it on the Floor’ is a one of a kind celebration – a gay African-American musical about finding your true family. A glorious musical set in the Los Angeles Vogue Ball scene. Stylish, fierce and fabulous, introduced by Liverpool’s sensational House of Suarez. In the spirit of ‘Paris is Burning’, Sheldon Larry’s audacious, raunchy and big-hearted musical takes us into the fabulously funky world of vogueing. Here the setting is contemporary downtown L.A. Our hunky, homeless hero Brad, discarded by his homophobic mother, falls in with the members of the ‘House of Eminence’, a troupe of wild and unforgiving dancers and artists ruled by the stern diva Queef Latina, who keeps a careful, loving watch over her makeshift family of runaways and throwaways. When two of her crew fall for Brad, the Queef is royally un-amused, and with a dance-off showdown fast approaching, things are going to get seriously heated.

Liverpool Pride at the movies is proudly supported for the second year running by UNISON and Picturehouse@FACT.

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