17 February 2012

Queerfest kicked off earlier this week with a sell-out double bill of Little Shop of Horrors  and the Rocky Horror Picture Show, a special Valentines gift from us to you! This year's programme is inspired by the legacy of cult filmmaker John Waters who - as  The Double Negative recently pointed out - would be at the heart of the Six Degrees of Separation of queer, camp and trash culture. Coming up next week is Fassbinder's Despair and Hedwig and the Angry Inch...

Despair (1978)

20 Febuary, 6.30pm

A psychedelic drama by the renowned director Rainer Werner Fassbinder set in 1930s Germany against the background of the rising power of the Nazis. The film originally premiered in competition at Cannes in 1978 and was also honoured with three German film awards. We will be showing a fully HD restored version for the first time in the North West.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)

22 February, 9.15pm

Hedwig is a wannabe glam rock star from East Germany who undergoes a botched gender change operation in order to escape from the Soviet bloc. Things don't quite go to plan when she ends up watching the Berlin Wall come down on TV after being abandoned in a trailer park in Middle America. She fronts the band, The Angry Inch, but her songs get stolen by an adolescent boy called Tommy. Hedwig takes the band on a revenge-fuelled tour following Tommy's band across America.

Tickets cost £5 or £4 for FACT Members and concessions. You can book them online, in person at the Box Office, or by calling 0871 902 5737.

The final films in Queerfest will be a double bill of Andrew Haigh's latest feature film,  Weekend, and earlier documentary,  Greek Pete, on 27 February and  It Came from Kuchar on 28 February.