Pride LGBT+ Film Festival, it is collaboration between PFS, the University of Portsmouth’s LGBT Staff Forum, Peccadillo Pictures, BFI FAN, Southeast HUB and the LGBT+ Society at the University of Portsmouth Students’ Union.
Wednesday 5th February 7pm
THE SHINY SHRIMPS (2019) – France, 100 minutes
Matthias, an Olympic champion at the end of his career, makes a homophobic statement on TV. His punishment is to coach the Shiny Shrimps, a flamboyant and amateur gay water polo team. They have only one thing in mind, to qualify for the Gay Games in Croatia where the hottest international LGBT athletes compete. It’s the start of a bumpy and joyful ride… Faster, Higher, Stronger.
Wednesday 12th February 7pm
THE WOUND (2017) – South Africa, 86 minutes
Drama, Romance, 15
A challenging film that deals with circumcision and the related issues of masculinity, sexuality and community. Xolani, a lonely factory worker, travels to the rural mountains with the men of his community to initiate a group of teenage boys into manhood.
Wednesday 19th February 7pm
1985 (2018) – USA, 85 minutes
Texas, Christmas 1985 – Adrian (Cory Michael Smith) is home for the first time in three years. Between his mother’s fawning affections, his father’s begrudging, stilted conversation and his younger brother’s cold shoulder, Adrian is all too aware of the impact his absence has had on them.
Awards: IrisPrize Festival Best Feature & Best Performance in A Female Role category (Jamie Chung). L.A. Outfest – Outstanding Screenwriting (Yen Tan).
Wednesday 26th February 7pm
AND THEN WE DANCED (2019) – Georgia, 113 minutes
Drama, Romance, 15
Levan Akin’s third feature is a gripping drama that captures both the beauty and stifling social values of Tbilisi. It also features energised choreography (a momentous audition! a Robyn song!) and an extraordinarily physical performance from dancer Levan Gelbakhiani. Set within the repressive limits of an anti-LGBTQ+ society, this is a love story that marries ideas of cultural identity, sexuality and self-expression with beauty and grace.