In support of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history month. As part of the celebrations the University of Portsmouth, together with the LGBTQ Staff Forum and LGBTQ+ Student Society, is proud to be supporting a range of events throughout the month.
Wednesday 5th February 7pm
THE SHINY SHRIMPS (2019) France, 100 minutes
Matthias Le Goff, an Olympic swimming champion, makes a homophobic comment in a television interview, and is disciplined by the national swim team with the responsibility of coaching a flamboyant gay water polo team who aspire to qualify for the Gay Games in Croatia where only the hottest international LGBT athletes compete. It’s a bumpy and joyful ride!
Wednesday 12th February 7pm THE WOUND (2017) South Africa, 86 minutes Drama, Romance, 15
The story tracks a closeted relationship between two men in the context of the Xhosa initiation ritual of Ulwaluko. Xolani, a lonely factory worker, travels to the rural mountains with the men of his community to initiate a group of teenage boys into manhood. When a defiant initiate from the city discovers his best-kept secret, Xolani’s existence begins to unravel. A challenging film that deals with circumcision and the related issues of masculinity, sexuality and community.
Wednesday 19th February 7pm
1985 (2018) USA, 85 minutes
Texas, Christmas 1985 “ Adrian Lester, a closeted gay man returns home after several years living in New York City to reveal his dire circumstances to his conservative family. Between his mother’s fawning affections, his father’s begrudging and stilted conversations and his younger brother’s cold shoulder, Adrian is all too aware of the impact his absence has had on them.
Wednesday 26th February 7pm Vita & Virginia USA, 110 minutes Drama, Romance, Biography 12
Socialite and popular novelist Vita Sackville-West and literary icon Virginia Woolf cross paths in 1920s London. The magnetic Vita decides that the beguiling, stubborn and gifted Virginia will become her next conquest, no matter the cost.
Vita and Virginia forge an unconventional affair, set against the backdrop of their own strikingly contemporary marriages; an affair which ultimately inspires one of Virginia’s most iconic novels, Orlando.
Screening location: Portsmouth Film Society Eldon Building, room 1.10 Winston Churchill Avenue Portsmouth PO1 2DJ