1 August 2013

Author Joan Burnett

Earlier this summer, Liverpool Pride showed the film Vito about Vito Russo, the writer of The Celluloid Closet, the book that made everyone sit up and think about the representation of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people in film. One of his conclusions was that cinema showed LGBT people in an overwhelmingly negative light and that this simply wasn’t good enough. 

This is the reason for showing our first film, the classic Desert Hearts on 8 August at 6.30pm – one of the first LGBT movies to make it into mainstream cinema that concentrated on the romance between two people rather than the “issue” of them being lesbian. Over the years, more people have asked me for this film to be screened than any other LGBT movie – men as well as women – simply because it was a watershed moment in cinema.

It is also a striking looking film with a knowing eye on 1950’s America. Vivian has left her husband and is in Reno for a divorce, where the strange atmosphere of the casino and its clientele fascinates her. She is drawn to Cay, a younger woman with a very different attitude to life and their relationship develops as Vivian’s uptight East Coast ways are challenged by the laid-back Western charms of Cay and her friends. 

If you saw it first time round in 1985, you won’t have forgotten the smouldering looks, the long kisses in the rain or the final denouement. If you’re new to Desert Hearts, you’ve got a treat on the way!

Each week throughout August, there will be a film from Liverpool Pride at FACT and we would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the teams at Picturehouse and FACT for making Pride so at home. 

I Want Your Love - 15 August

Les Invisibles - 22 August

Any Day Now - 29 August

Tickets for all the films in the Liverpool Pride season are avilable now from the links above, the Box Office, or by phone on 0871 902 5737