LGBT History Month: Hyde Park Picture House Listings
With February being LGBT History Month, we've compiled a list of films which are going to be broadcast at Hyde Park Picture House!
DATE: Wed. 1st February - 6.00pm
DIRECTOR: Gus Van Sant
DETAILS: Canada/France, 2008, 128mins, 15
STARRING: Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Emile Hirsch
In 1977 Harvey Milk was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, becoming the first openly gay man to be voted into major public office in America. His victory was not just a victory for gay rights; he forged coalitions across the political spectrum, from senior citizens to union workers, changing the very nature of what it meant to be a fighter for human rights. MILK charts the last eight years of Harvey Milk's life, with Sean Penn in the title role giving a beautifully nuanced and understated performance that perfectly captures the man's humanity and humility.
Before the film, Jude Woods from the Sage Project - a project focused on addressing the social isolation faced by older LGBT people through cultural events and exploring social history, will give a short talk entitled ‘What’s LGBTQ+ social history got to do with me?’
DATE: Sun. 19th February - 3.30pm
DIRECTOR: Aaron Brookner
DETAILS: United Kingdom/United States, 2016, 96mins, 15
DOC FEAT: Aaron Brookner, John Giorno, Jim Jarmusch
Howard Brookner was buried on his thirty-fifth birthday in 1989. He was gay; an Ivy League graduate; broke artist; rising Hollywood star; heroin user; jet-setter; bohemian; seedy nightlife lover; director of cult docs; an honest and devoted friend. To director Aaron Brookner, he was a loving and inspirational uncle who died of AIDS when Aaron was only seven, right when Howard was on the brink of a promising filmmaking career.
Through conversations with family and close friends – including Jim Jarmusch, Tom DiCillo, Sara Driver and Robert Wilson – comes an exploration into the cultural revolution of the late 70s and early 80s, a bankrupt and sordid New York City, the eruption of the AIDS plague and the artistic determination of a filmmaker whose life was cut short.
PHILOSOPHY & FILM: My Own Private Idaho
DATE: Tue. 21st February - 6.15pm
DIRECTOR: Gus Van Sant
DETAILS: United States, 1991, 102mins, 15
STARRING: River Phoenix, Keanu Reeves, James Russo
Gus Van Sant’s beautiful road movie is populated by hustlers, drifters and outsiders. Its two heroes are Mike (River Phoenix), a narcoleptic, and Scott (Keanu Reeves), a rebellious mayor’s son. Both are searching for ‘home’ but travelling in opposite directions. 26 years on the film still retains a magical quality. Van Sant’s depiction of a group of characters existing at the margins is non-judgemental, instead brimming with tenderness and insight. And with the tragic death of Phoenix only two years after the film, his portrayal of Mike is one of the great subtle depictions of unrequited love in the last three decades, and the focus of a post film talk from University of Leeds philosopher Dr. Joe Saunders.
Out and About in Shorts
DATE: Sun. 26th February - 3.00pm
DETAILS: UK, 2017, runtime tbc, E
ASSOCIATION: disrUPt! (Leeds Beckett University)
TICKET: £4 (full), £3 (conc.)
Out and About in Shorts is a programme of short films and discussion, curated by members of disrUPt! - celebrating queer film as part of LGBT* History month. The films presented were selected following conversations between people both in the LGBT* community and those with a passion for film, and explore issues of gender, sexuality and identity. Following the films there will be a discussion, with an invited panel, on the theme of where we are now in terms of LGBT* recognition and rights - with audiences encouraged to join the conversation and share their own experiences.
DATES: From Fri. 3rd March
DIRECTOR: Barry Jenkins
DETAILS: US, 2016, 111mins, cert. TBC
STARRING: Mahershala Ali, Shariff Earp, Duan Sanderson
A timeless story of human connection and self-discovery, MOONLIGHT chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world. At once a vital portrait of contemporary African American life and a poetic meditation on identity, family, sexuality, and love; MOONLIGHT is a ground-breaking piece of cinema, anchored by extraordinary performances from a tremendous cast. Jenkins’ staggering, singular vision is profoundly moving in its portrayal of the moments, people, and unknowable forces that shape our lives and make us who we are.