Presented in collaboration between Pride In Hull and Hull Independent Cinema, we celebrate Pride week with PRIDE ON SCREEN.
The series will present 15 films in four programmes across a range of genres and interests to get you ready for Pride in Hull. The films will take place at 62-63 Humber Street (formerly Fruit) and Vue Cinema Hull between Wednesday 17 and Sunday 21 July.
James Russell, Trustee for Hull Independent Cinema said: “We’ve worked with Pride in Hull for several years and our programme of films to celebrate Pride has always been a key part of the year for us. This year, Pride on Screen is better than ever before, and we’re particularly pleased that local filmmakers are part of the event, and will be joining us to talk to local audiences.”
The series kicks off with FRINGE SHORTS!: THERE’S NOWT SO QUEER AS FOLK TODAY, a programme of short films curated by Martha Kate Margetson of Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest in London. The best LGBTIQA+ storytellers and filmmakers explore the state of queer Britain today, from the ways that we see ourselves represented, to how we express ourselves, how we love, and how we fight for our rights. From local directors to global stories, queer people’s lives are shown in all their beauty and diversity.
Two of the short films in the programme are from Hull filmmakers, ADAE (directed by Tyrone Smith) and THEY, THEM, THEIR (directed by Ruby Seddon-Wilson). Both of the directors will be in attendance for a post-screening question and answer period along with Kai Fi’Ain, director of THE BROTHER.
Martha, Fringe! Fest programmer said of the Fringe! Fest shorts programme, “Hailing from Hull, it’s an honour for me to bring some of the most vital and beautiful British stories and visions in short form film to the city of culture. This is a place that inspires, and I’m thrilled to present local films, working-class stories, and shorts that explore and illuminate what’s going on in LGBTIQA+ people’s lives in 2019.”
East London LGBTIQA+ film & arts fest Fringe! have gathered the bright, boldest, queer British stories in short form for Pride on Screen. From local heroes to national issues, these are the most exciting queer visions of this age.
Following on Thursday is the Hull premiere of VITA & VIRGINIA which was the Opening Film at this year’s BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival, the biggest LGBT film festival in Europe. Based on a true story, VITA & VIRGINIA details the passionate relationship between literary trailblazer Virginia Woolf, and enigmatic aristocrat Vita Sackville-West. When their paths cross, the magnetic Vita decides the beguiling, stubborn and gifted Virginia will be her next conquest, no matter the cost. The ensuing relationship leads to the birth of Woolf’s bold, experimental novel – Orlando.
On Friday 19 July, to kick off your Pride weekend, and in celebration of the film’s 60th Anniversary, we will present the original drag classic SOME LIKE IT HOT at our SOME LIKE IT QUEER event at 62-63 Humber Street (formerly Fruit).
Before the screening, we’ll discuss the film’s influence on drag in TV, film and popular culture and the state of drag queens (and kings!) in 2019 with SOME LIKE IT HOT expert David N Eldridge, Senior Lecturer in American Studies at Hull University, and Cheddar Gorgeous, member of Family Gorgeous and star of makeover series DRAG SOS, which had it’s premiere on Tuesday 25 June on Channel 4 and is currently airing.
The event will also feature appearances from local celebrity drag queens Fanny Nicentite, Regina Sparkles, Gloria Hole and Bobby Mandrell. Celebrations will continue after the film, so attendees are encouraged to come in your best Hollywood glamour drag!
To close off the Festival we’re keeping the party going and paying tribute to this year’s Pride in Hull headline act Melanie C with a screening of SPICE WORLD. All are welcome to join us on that famous double-decker bus for a fun afternoon of glorious 90s pop nostalgia featuring everyone’s favourite girl power gals THE SPICE GIRLS. Singing along is highly encouraged!
David N Elridge, of Pride in Hull said of the collaboration: “Together we’ve fashioned a programme that represents and celebrates the cinematic artists and LGBTQ+ individuals who have imagined the world differently, forged alternative identities and challenged the boundaries that would restrict our lives. We’ve also made each screening a celebratory event for Hull’s community to take part in, an extension of Pride itself.”
Tickets range between £5-7 with discounts available for Hull Independent Cinema members and those under £25. Tickets are available for all film screenings at www.hullindependentcinema.com , www.prideinhull.co.uk and www.hullboxoffice.com from 12pm on Wednesday 19 June or on the door the night of the event.
Films being shown for Pride on Screen:
FRINGE! SHORTS: THERE’S NOWT SO QUEER AS FOLK TODAY + Q&A
Wed 17 July | 62-63 Humber Street | 7:30pm
Various Directors | 107 mins
FRINGE! Queer Film & Arts Fest comes to Hull! The best LGBTIQA+ storytellers and filmmakers explore the state of queer Britain today, from the ways that we see ourselves represented, to how we express ourselves, how we love, and how we fight for our rights. From local directors to global stories, queer people’s lives are shown in all their beauty and diversity. Filmmakers of these vital shorts will be in attendance.
Films in the programme are:
Dir Amrou Al-Khadi | 8 mins | UK
An experimental documentary critiquing Britain’s obsession with period dramas, and how they erase the diverse reality of Britain today.
THEY / THEM / THEIR *
Dir Ruby Seddon-Wilson | 2 min | UK
Zoe explores drag’s empowering effects through their alter-ego Cyanide Homicide and reveals the vulnerability beneath the performance.
Dir Kai Fi’Ain | 4 mins |UK
The morning after the night before, Frances accidentally finds herself caught up in a surreal, queer universe.
THE WORLD CAN WAIT
Dir Deborah Espect | 8 mins | UK
Vic is a popular lesbian character in a hit television series. But when the executives in charge of the show gather to decide her fate, she must fight for her survival.
Dir Campbell X | 9 mins | UK
The desire and attraction for transmasculine, transmen, butches, studs, and masculine of centre (MOC) people is explored in this beautifully shot and stylised experimental film.
Dir Cathal O’Brien | 5 mins | UK
The cheeky, vicious invasion of the queers in this music video for The Carry Nation’s new track references Genet, Mapplethorpe, the Pet Shop Boys, Boy George, Capote and more, praising queer spirit.
FLESHBACK: QUEER RAVING IN MANCHESTER’S TWILIGHT ZONE
Dir Steven Issacs-Wilson | 16 mins | UK
A vivid documentary exploring the alternative parties developing on the outskirts of Manchester against a backdrop of austerity.
UNICORNS OF WESTFIELD
Dir Louise Ashcroft | 6 mins | UK
Northerner, Londoner, Artist; Louise Ashcroft explores Westfield, Stratford and capitalism in her assumed residency.
Dir Kate Jessop | 3 mins | UK
Coming out to the parents, with unexpected replies. Part of a satirical animated comedy web series set in Pussy Willow, which celebrates queer, feminist and absurdist themes.
Dir Dean Anderson | 17 mins | UK
Boy meets boy at a party. Aaron is stuck in an apprenticeship with his Dad in a Yorkshire town, when a kiss begins an opportunity for change.
Dir Tyrone Smith | 4 mins | UK
Adae, a non-binary, polyamorous, Nigerian drag king describes living in London and their interest in drag.
Dir Alice Smith | 25 mins | UK
The stories of the women who led Manchester’s Gay Liberation Front finally come to view in this inspirational and joyful account of lesbian activists changing the lives of thousands for the better.
* Hull Filmmaker
VITA & VIRGINIA
Thu 18 July | Vue Cinema Hull | 7:30pm
Chanya Button | 2019 | UK/Ireland | Cert 12A | 110 mins
Based on a true story, VITA & VIRGINIA details the passionate relationship between literary trailblazer Virginia Woolf, and enigmatic aristocrat Vita Sackville-West. When their paths cross, the magnetic Vita decides the beguiling, stubborn and gifted Virginia will be her next conquest, no matter the cost. The ensuing relationship leads to the birth of Woolf’s bold, experimental novel – Orlando.
SOME LIKE IT HOT
Fri 19 July | 62-63 Humber Street | 7:30pm
Billy Wilder | 1959 | USA | Cert 12A | 121 mins
Two down on their luck jazz musicians find themselves out of a job and on the run after the police raid the speakeasy they perform in and they inadvertently stumble upon a gang war. With no money and nowhere to hide, a gig with Sweet Sue and her Society Syncopators at a Florida beach resort seems like the perfect getaway. There’s just one problem: the Syncopators are an all-female band, and Joe and Jerry aren’t women – yet.
Sun 21 July | 62-63 Humber Street | 2:00pm
Bob Spiers | 1998 | UK | Cert PG | 93 mins
They don’t just sing! Slip into your little Gucci dress and hop aboard the Spice Bus for a nostalgic rollercoaster ride around 90s London. An encounter with extraterrestrials, a night in a haunted castle, and a moment of truth in a maternity ward are just a few of the escapades endeavoured upon as the Spice Girls gear up for their first live concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
[Ellie Irwin – Hull Independent Cinema]