This summer, in the spirit of Pride, The Barge House will be hosting a five-week film festival celebrating different aspects of queer culture, through five cinematic gems curated by, Fabulous Ferdi.
Kicking off with I Killed My Mother (Xavier Dolan, Canada 2009) on June 6th, Some Like It Queer 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.”
Fabulous Ferdi was born in Paris and has lived in London for four years. A classically-trained pianist, a purveyor of art in all its forms and an individual of a naturally playful disposition, he will be kicking off each evening with a short performance relevant to that night’s film.
2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales. Pride celebrations have evolved drastically over the past forty-five years, starting with the UK’s very first thirty-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.
Below is the full programme:
I Killed My Mother – Canada 2009
Writer & Director: Xavier Dolan
Starring: Anne Dorval, Xavier Dolan, François Arnaud
This film attracted international press attention when it won three awards from the Director's Fortnight program at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. Largely autobiographical, the film details the intensely volatile relationship between a gay, 16-year-old and his mother.
Tomboy – France 2011
Writer & Director: Céline Sciamma
Starring: Zoe Heran, Malonn Levana, Jeanne Disson
This film explores a theme of ambiguous gender.
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert – Australia 1994
Writer & Director: Stephen Elliott
Starring: Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce, Terence Stamp
This film was a surprise worldwide hit, and its positive portrayal of LGBT individuals helped to introduce LGBT themes to a mainstream audience.
Weekend – UK 2011
Writer & Director:Andrew Haigh
Starring: Tom Cullen, Chris New, Jonathan Race
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?
Paris is Burning – USA 1990
Director: Jennie Livingston
Starring Brooke Xtravaganza, Andrea Christian, Dorian Corey
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.
Some Like it Queer will take place every Tuesday of June 2017, concluding on July 4th.
Tickets £3 | Doors open 7PM | Screening starts 8PM
The Barge House, 46a De Beauvoir Crescent, London N1 5RY
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 from 6:00pm to cater to all tastes and appetites.
The Barge House has donated a gift for auction at the annual Pride in London Gala Dinner 2017, which will also be available to live bidders online. The gift package includes: The Barge House lounge for a private party with DJ Ninebob Rob (whose DJ portfolio includes, MYC Download at Glastonbury, Horse Meat Disco and The Glory), arrival cocktails and sharing boards of charcuterie, cheese and house herrines. For more information go to: prideinlondon.org