PFS and Portsmouth University celebrate 4th LGBTQ+ history month with film festival!

Portsmouth Film Society is proud to announce Portsmouth’s deputy Lord Mayor, Councilor Lee Mason, will open the fourth Portsmouth Pride LGBTQ+ film festival!

This will take place on Wednesday 7th February 2018, at 7 pm. University of Portsmouth’s Equality and Diversity officer, Dave Small, will also be present and will do an introduction talk for the opening film of the event, God’s Own Country.

LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning and others) history month takes place across the UK and around the world every February. Its purpose is to celebrate the lives, achievements, as well as promote awareness of the LGBTQ+ community.

As part of the celebrations the University, supported by the LGBTQ staff forum and LGBTQ+ student society, is proud to be supporting a range of events throughout the month.

The Eldon Building, home of the faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries, located on Winston Churchill Avenue, will be lit up the rainbow style in order to mark support!

Portsmouth’s Pride LGBTQ+ film festival 2018, which celebrates its fourth year, will once again be partnering with the University to screen LGBTQ+ related films across the entirety of the month. The festival will be launched on Wednesday 7th February prior to the screening of ‘God’s own Country’ at7 pm.

“The university represents a large body of staff and students and therefore it’s important to mark the LGBTQ history month. We find ways to work with community groups such as the Portsmouth Film Society to raise awareness of equality and diversity in the city,”Dave Small – University of Portsmouth’s Equality and Diversity officer. 

“There are increasing numbers of young people in the UK, and information around sexuality and relationships are limited. Portsmouth Film Society is proud and pride to encourage interest in films as a medium for public education, information, and entertainment by means of the exhibition of films of artistic, cultural or informative character. We are most grateful for the support of Peccadillo Pictures and The University of Portsmouth for our festival.”Aysegul Epengin – Portsmouth Film Society Coordinator. 

The programme will be as follows:

Wednesday 7 February – God’s Own Country (105 mins /15 /UK /2017)

This film is a romantic drama in which a young man struggling with both his sexuality and the challenges of running the family sheep and cattle farm falls in love with a Romanian migrant worker employed for the lambing season. It’s a transporting and wrenchingly acted love story set in the windswept wilds of the north of England. The film will be preceded by a launch reception at 7 pm.

Wednesday 14 February – Tom Of Finland (114 mins /18 /Finland /Sweden /Denmark / 2017)

A decorated officer, returns home after a harrowing and heroic experience in World War II, but life in Finland during peacetime proves equally distressing. He finds peace-time Helsinki rampant with the persecution of homosexuals, with gay men around him being pressured to marry women and have children. Touko finds refuge in his homoerotic drawings of muscular men, free of inhibitions. His work, made famous by his signature “Tom of Finland”, became the emblem of a generation of men and fanned the flames of a gay revolution.

Wednesday 21 February – In Between (103 mins /15 /Israel /Palestine /2017)

Three Arab-Israeli women attempt to balance faith and tradition with their modern lives while living in the heart of Tel Aviv. Directed by Maysaloun Hamoud. The director calls this “an authentic picture of a kind of invisible life that we live here as a younger generation of Palestinians” and it’s a claim that seems to ring true. Cinema expert Dr. Yael Friedman from UoP will introduce the film.

Further details of the screenings can be found at the Portsmouth Film Society webpage

Screening location: Portsmouth Film Society Eldon Building, room 1.10 – Winston Churchill Avenue Portsmouth PO1 2DJ


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