What's on at Clapham Picturehouse - Out at Clapham
Our monthly LGBT+ film club Out At Clapham has teamed up with local art gallery Studio Voltaire to help celebrate the life and work of the late Australian artist David McDiarmid.
McDiarmid (1952–1995) was an artist and designer as well as a prominent political activist and pioneer of Australia’s gay liberation movement. He was artistic director of the Sydney Mardi Gras in the 1980s, which this month celebrates its 40th Anniversary.
McDiarmid's vibrant artworks ‘Rainbow Aphorisms’ (1993-1995), are currently on public display at Studio Voltaire, on the facade of neighbouring LGBTQ+ venue Two Brewers, across the London underground network and at other temporary locations across Clapham and Brixton, in partnership with Art on the Underground and This is Clapham.
Out At Clapham continue this celebration of McDiarmid's work with the short documentary film Toxic Queen, made by his close friend and filmmaker Fiona Cunningham-Reid, followed by Stephan Elliott's bright, glitzy and fabulously queer Australian road movie The Adventures Of Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert.
Moroccan-born French screenwriter, director and editor Robin Campillo, whose various credits include The Class (2008) and Eastern Boys (2013), draws on his own personal experience of the AIDS activist group ACT UP-Paris in the 1990s in this extraordinary portrait of its members, the issues they faced and the political activism they engaged in. Winner of the Grand Prix at this year’s Cannes Film Festival and destined to become a modern queer classic, 120 BPM (Beats Per Minute) is by turns urgent, heart-breaking, sensual and life-affirming.
A film structured around the power of discourse, with many of its scenes taking place during the group’s weekly meetings, 120 BPM revolves around HIV-negative new member Nathan (Arnaud Valois) and his blossoming romantic relationship with strident group member Sean (Nahuel Pérez Biscayart). Campillo has created an inspiring and deeply emotional tale that brilliantly balances the personal and the political.
20.45Out at Clapham: A monthly celebration of LGBT cinema, in association with the Wandsworth LGBT Forum
Preview: We're pleased to present exclusive previews of this film at Picturehouse Cinemas, prior to its general release.
The wound of the title refers to the controversial rite of passage, the ritualistic circumcision undergone by teenage boys of the Xhosa community. Director John Trengove worked with a cast of Xhosa natives, most of them non-actors with South African singer Nakhane Touré, himself openly gay, in the lead role of Xolani. After going through the ritual as a boy, Xolani now acts as caregiver, returning each year to look after a young initiate. This annual trip allows him to pursue the closeted sexual relationship he has cultivated with fellow elder Vija. The men’s relationship is noticed by Kwanda, the teenage boy under Xolani’s care, a risky prospect in a violently homophobic society.
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Out at Clapham: A monthly celebration of LGBT cinema, in association with the Wandsworth LGBT Forum