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OUT WEST LGBT+ Film Club launches at Chiswick Cinema

Updated: 4 days ago

We’re delighted to announce a new LGBTQI+ film club for the Chiswick Cinema in close collaboration with Peccadillo Pictures. A passion project for the cinema team, we’ve programmed this season based on our Members’ feedback for more diversified, cultural screenings and to solidify the cinema’s close partnership with West London Queer Project into a regular event. Everyone is welcome.

 


Starting with recent release ‘THE LOST BOYS’ (LE PARADIS), ‘Out West’ will bring the latest in LGBTQI+ cinema to West London, as well as some handpicked classics. Revisit Andrew Haigh’s hugely popular chamber piece ‘WEEKEND’ following the recent acclaim for his latest ‘ALL OF US STRANGERS.’ Celine Sciamma’s ‘TOMBOY’ marks an International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, while documentaries ‘BEFORE STONEWALL’ and ‘I AM DIVINE’ shine bring fresh vitality and new perspectives to LGBTQ+ history.

 

“It’s a privilege to constantly be inventing what the cinema is and what it means. When we first started our sing-alongs we knew they’d be popular but equally we all felt a hunger for something richer and more meaningful in the cinema’s programme. The success of ‘ALL OF US STRANGERS’ shows that there is demand for works from queer voices across all demographics of our community and it’s a real thrill to be working with the industry leaders Peccadillo Pictures on bringing some regularity to our representative programming.

 

By adapting the price, we hope to tempt new audiences back to the cinema and foster a social community around these screenings each month. Our Pride programme was very well received in 2022 and by starting to shine lights on different parts of the LGBTQI+ community each month, we hope to show how closely cinema can work with and for its audience. We are committed at Chiswick Cinema to developing a strong ethos through a cultural, social and artistic remit that West London can invest in. Further Clubs and Groups are planned, with future announcements on the way. – Chris Parker, Marketing Manager and Programmer

 

“Peccadillo Pictures are proud to be collaborating with the Chiswick Cinema for their OUT West LGBTQI+ Film Club. With a catalogue of outstanding LGBTQI+ films spanning 24 years, it is a delight to showcase LGBTQI+ titles both new and classic on the silver screen at Chiswick Cinema. - Peccadillo Pictures

 

Ticket prices have been calculated to encourage audiences to the new strand, with a maximum price of £12 for adults. Under 25 Members of the cinema can attend for just £10, and all other Member Free tickets and discounts apply as usual.

 

For the latest updates sign up to the Chiswick Cinema newsletter, future screenings will be announced later in the year. https://www.chiswickcinema.co.uk/newsletter-signup/


ABOUT THE FILMS




The Lost Boys (Le Paradis) + Rec Q&A

Dir. Xeno Graton, Drama, 88 mins (12)

 

Official Selection Berlin Film Festival

 

In a juvenile reform center, a place governed by the prohibition of physical contact, Joe and William fall in love. To love each other, they will have to break the law.

 

Following the film we are delighted to play a recorded Q&A with the director and cast of the film.

 

“This is a searing, intimate drama with profoundly nuanced performances and a delicate direction that will linger with you long after the credits roll.”

— Chris Parker, Cinema Marketing Manager


Weekend:

Dir. Andrew Haigh, Drama, 93 mins, UK (18)

Wed 20th Mar 20:40

Mon 25th Mar 14:00

 

 

A one night stand that becomes something more an unconventional love story between two young men trying to make sense of their lives. On a Friday night after hanging out with his straight mates, Russell heads out to a nightclub, alone and on the pull. Just before closing time he picks up Glen. And so begins a weekend in bars and in bedrooms, getting drunk and taking drugs, telling stories and having sex that will resonate throughout their lives.

 

 

Tomboy:

Dir. Celina Sciamma, Drama, 82 mins, USA (U)

Fri 17th May 18:00 [International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, Biphobia]

Tues 21st May 20:45

 

 

Ten year old Laure isn’t like most girls. She prefers football to dolls and sweaters to dresses. When Laure, her parents and little sister Jeanne move to a new neighbourhood, family life remains much the same. That is, until local girl Lisa mistakes Laure to be a boy. Indulging in this exciting new identity, Laure becomes Michael, and so begins a summer of long sunny afternoons, playground games and first kisses. Yet with the school term fast approaching, and with suspicions arising amongst friends and family, Laure must face up to an uncertain future.


Before Stonewall

Dir. Greta Schiller, Doc, 88 Mins, USA (12)

Wed 3rd July 20:15

Mon 8th July 11:00

 

 

On June 27, 1969, police raided The Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York. In a spontaneous show of support and frustration, the city’s gay community rioted for three nights in the streets, an event that is considered the birth of the modern Gay Rights Movement. This multiple Emmy award winning documentary pries open the closet door, setting free the dramatic stories of gay communities of eras past. Revealing and often humorous, the award winning Before Stonewall exposes the fascinating and unforgettable decade-by-decade history of homosexuality in America, from 1920’s Harlem through to World War II and the witch hunt trials of the McCarthy era, before winding up at the Stonewall Inn one summer night. Before Stonewall is essential viewing for all those who have celebrated their sexuality, or have been persecuted because of it…

 

50 YEARS ON FROM THE NOTORIOUS STONEWALL RIOTS…Directed by Greta Schiller (Paris Was a Woman) with cinematography by Sandi Sissel (Tyler Perry’s Meet The Browns, Wes Craven’s The People Under the Stairs), Before Stonewall is narrated by prolific lesbian writer Rita Mae Brown (Rubyfruit Jungle, The Slumber Party Massacre) and features gay poet Allen Ginsberg, lesbian author Ann Bannon, and a cornucopia of gay activists and normal folk telling their stories.

 

Best Historical/Cultural Program and Best Research –Emmy Awards

“Touching, warm and funny… a near-perfect balance between historical and political perspectives” – Time Out

 



I Am Divine

Dir. Jeffrey Schwarz, Doc, 90 mins, USA (15)

Tues 16th July 20:10 [Screening for International Drag Day]

Tues 23rd July 14:10

 

  

“A striking tribute to the pioneering spirit, radical queerness and sheer divinity of Divine” Time Out, New York

 

I AM DIVINE is the story of Divine, aka Harris Glenn Milstead, from his humble beginnings as a bullied and teased youth from Baltimore to internationally recognised drag superstar through his collaboration with filmmaker John Waters. Spitting in the face of status quos of body image, gender identity, sexuality and preconceived notions of beauty, Divine was the ultimate outsider turned underground royalty. With a completely committed in-your-face style, he blurred the line between performer and personality, and revolutionised pop culture .I AM DIVINE is a definitive biographical portrait that charts the legendary icon’s rise to infamy and cult superstar.

 

ABOUT THE CINEMA


The Chiswick Cinema is a five screen independent cinema from Trafalgar Cinemas, a new subsidiary of the theatre enterprise Trafalgar Entertainment. This is the first cinema for Trafalgar Entertainment.  Situated on the Chiswick High Road in the old ballet Rambert building, the cinema boasts a café-bar, a Lounge and terrace, a living wall installation and five screens equipped with state-of-the-art Christie laser projectors. They’ve concieved, organized and hosted almost 60 Q&A events in their history including with Dame Vanessa Redgrave, Sir Stephen Frears, Sir Ben Kingsley, Dame Penelope Wilton and many more. 


ABOUT PECCADILLO PICTURES


Peccadillo Pictures is an award-winning* UK film distributor of Art House, LGBTQ+ and International Cinema from with an impressive collection of films from across the world.

 

Launched in 2000, Peccadillo nurtures new and upcoming talent alongside established directors. In addition, Peccadillo Pictures also distributes short films and rereleases of classic titles. As well as bringing an array of films to cinemas across the UK and Ireland, Peccadillo provides film viewing on a variety of platforms on video on demand from iTunes, GooglePlay, Blu-ray and  DVD.

 

In 2020 the Peccadillo Pop-up Shop opened, housing Peccadillo Blu-rays and DVDs past and present. Then in 2021 we launched Peccadillo On Demand service PeccadilloPOD, where viewers can rent or buy our films to watch online.

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