Joan Burnett FACT Visitor Service Manager and Trustee of Liverpool Pride tells us about her own highlights of Pride at the Pictures….
It’s that time of the year again with Liverpool Pride taking place this weekend on the Pier Head. As part of the festivities, Pride at the Pictures is a series of LGBT films running from Tuesday until 14 August at FACT.
Two themes run through the films we’ve chosen – great new British voices, and a chance to look back at LGBT cultures from the past, most notably the 1960’s chiming in with our overall theme for the festival, Summer of Love.
We open with Jan’s Coming Out this Tuesday which is the true story of Jan Walker’s journey to happiness. How many other films are dropped off at the cinema by the star herself? That’s exactly what Jan did last week – this is a new British film delivered – literally – with passion and humour! We’ll have Jan and the Director Carolyn Reid on hand to answer all your questions. (check out the trailer below!)
We'll also be remembering Michael Causer on the third anniversary of his death and there will be a chance to find out more about the Foundation created in his name.
Two new films fresh for Liverpool next: The Cost of Love (7 August) and Break My Fall (8 August) are both North West premiers and show LGBT life as it is in the UK today with great original soundtracks and strong storylines.
We’re delighted to have the Directors and cast members of these films here to meet you – and Break My Fall will be our first fundraiser event for Pride 2012 – save money on a ticket and glass of wine combined and still help the cause.\r\n
Then the Liverpool Pride time machine will whisk you back to the '60s, '70s and '80s with The Cockettes (14 August) and Born in 68” (15 August). Liverpool Pride is first and foremost a human rights campaign – we are aiming to combat homophobia across the city with our festival and these two films both have a campaigning message, albeit wrapped up in glitter and glam.
During the festival, we’ll have the Liverpool Pride History exhibition (2 – 15 August) running on the first floor level: Liverpool Pride 2011 owes a huge debt of gratitude to Liverpool Lesbian & Gay Action who ran community Pride events in the 1990s.
We are very pleased to be showing a unique collection of memorabilia kept safe all these years by artist and activist Dawn Brayford, alongside an edit of Pink: Past & Present courtesy of First Take – first shown at Homotopia in 2010. Our Story will have copies of their ground-breaking publication on hand for you to peruse.
Come and see films, be entertained, meet directors and stars, and remember Liverpool’s LGBT history – all under one roof!\r\n
For full listings of the series and to book tickets, visit the FACT website here. You can also book tickets for any of the films by calling 0871 902 5737.