Some Like It Queer: a film festival

This summer, in the spirit of Pride, The Barge House in London is hosting a film festival celebrating different aspects of queer culture, through cinematic gems curated by their very own Fabulous Ferdi.

It kicked off last week with I Killed My Mother (Xavier Dolan, Canada 2009) and features the amazing The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert in a couple of weeks. The festival 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 Ferdi. “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.

The Barge House is a vibrant canal-side venue offering fine food, great drinks and an exciting line-up of entertainment. Their cosy lounge space transforms into a relaxed, bijoux cinema for an intimate evening of film, and the kitchen will be open to cater for all tastes and appetites. @TheBargeHouse

The Remaining Programme:

13 June: Tomboy – France 2011
Writer & Director: Céline Sciamma

(The film explores a theme of ambiguous gender)

20 June: The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert – Australia 1994
Writer & Director: Stephen Elliott

(The film was a surprise worldwide hit, and its positive portrayal of LGBT individuals helped to introduce LGBT themes to a mainstream audience)

27 June: Weekend – UK 2011
Writer & Director:Andrew Haigh

(Director Andrew Haigh received the British Independent Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer for his film ‘Weekend’, spotlighting gay relationships and bringing to the forefront the question: what is a gay relationship?)

04 July: Paris is Burning – USA 1990
Director: Jennie Livingston

(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)

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