Over The Rainbow LGBT Film Festival
The Harlequin Theatre and Cinema, Redhill
Each show starts at 7.30pm.
Surrey and the Greater London suburbs aren’t quite overrun by cinemas playing good independent films. If you’re in the area and fancied something a little different, like a lesbian S&M romance, most of the time you can think again.
But here’s a chance to see a genuinely brilliant selection of films, as The Harlequin Theatre in Redhill, Surrey presents their second annual Over The Rainbow LGBT Film Festival. And it’s a great line up.
This year’s programme of features really demonstrates that often overlooked genre’s potential to mix things up, in narrative and form. Here are some of our highlights of next week’s festival. And pretty unusually for an LGBT programme, all of our picks are dominated by strong and fascinating female characters.
Sophie Hyde’s directorial debut follows 16 year old Billie, whose reluctant path to independence is accelerated when her mother reveals plans to gender transition. Suddenly their time together becomes limited to Tuesday afternoons.
This film is an experience. Filmed over the course of a year, the filmmakers limited themselves to shooting once a week, only on Tuesdays. The actors, all non-professional, were given the script one week at a time and were only given the scenes that they were in. So this unique, authentic style of filmmaking truly invites us to experience the story alongside the characters and actors.
The Duke of Burgundy
Widely acclaimed, The Duke of Burgundy is an erotic look at the relationship between a butterfly collector and her maid, who slowly play out their fantasies of dominance and submission.
Directed by the visually stylish Peter Strickland, the film is a visual stunner, and oozes with feelings. Like its characters, the film pushes the boundaries of sexuality on screen, but it’s never judgmental and manages to portray a tender kind of love.
Back in 1995 The Wachowskis were itching to make their debut The Matrix, a visionary crime thriller set to cost around $40million. Having only worked as scriptwriters, Bound became the Wachowski’s audition piece, to prove to producers that they could handle a thriller set. The result is a violent, sexy and comic neo-noir crime thriller.
A lesbian ex-con hooks up with the sexy mistress of her gangster neighbour. Together they hatch a plan to steal $2million of mafia money.
The programme also includes two of last year’s big British hits and instant gay classics, Pride and Imitation Game, as well as the latest from legendary Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar, I’m So Excited.
Head to The Harlequin’s website for tickets and info.