We team up with HOME and Peccadillo Pictures to present a series of LGBTQ films. For full details and booking, visit http://homemcr.org/event/poutfest-2016/
Girls Lost (18) + Intro
Fri 12 Aug, 20:30
Dir Alexandra-Therese Keining/SE 2015/106 mins/Swedish wEng ST
Tuva Jagell, Emrik Őhlander and Louise Nyvall
Kim, Bella and Momo, three teenage girls, are caught in that troublesome world of marginalisation, sexual confusion and misogyny from their male counterparts. The teachers either turn a blind eye or ask them to toughen up. A seismic shift happens when they discover a curious plant in the greenhouse that, when eaten, has the mysterious magical power to transform the girls temporarily into boys. But not only does it change their gender, but it also alters their response to the world around them. For Bella and Momo it’s an exciting experiment. For Kim the change is a dream come true. An enchanting film that asks us if gender identity really matters when it comes to who we love.
Event/ This screening will be introduced by Professor Jackie Stacey, University of Manchester.
Boys on Film: Time And Tied: Gay British Short Film Collection (18) + Intro
Mon 15 Aug, 20:40
Dir Various/GB 2015 & 2016/101 mins
Emerging UK filmmakers come under the spotlight in this selection of shorts that provoke tears, anger, fear and laughter.
The following shorts are screening:
Closets (2015, 19 mins)
Winner of Best British Shorts, Iris Prize 2015.
Henry is a teenager struggling with his sexuality in 1986. Hiding in his wardrobe, he time travels to the present day where he meets with another teenager, Ben, with a different viewpoint. Manchester-based director Lloyd Eyre-Morgan looks at changing attitudes towards homophobia and bullying with sensitivity and humour. Starring Julie Hesmondhalgh and Tommy Knight.
Putting on the Dish (2015, 6 mins)
Directed by Brian Fairbairn and Karl Eccleston.
London, 1962, a time when being gay is still a criminal offence. Two strangers meet in a park and strike up a conversation using polari slang to talk about their experiences.
G O’Clock (2016, 11 mins)
Director Mitchell Marion gives a harsh but honest view of London’s controversial chemsex scene. Having saved the life of a young boy who has overdosed on GHB, paramedic Alex discovers his caring instincts come with a dangerous price, Starring Philip Weddell (Rise of the Footsoldier) and Leon Lopez (EastEnders) who also directed the popular Soft Lad which screened during the 2015 POUTfest tour.
Nightstand (2015, 27 mins)
Directed by Charlie Parnham and produced by Stephen Fry, Nightstand is a dark exploration of repressed yearnings and urban loneliness between a married man and the barman he picks up one night, but who has the greatest fears? Starring Nicholas Gleaves (TV’s Waterloo Road, Scott & Bailey)
Sauna the Dead: A Fairy Tale (2016, 20 mins)
Director Tom Frederic fuses a love of 80s fantasy adventure movies, Disney and zombies, this is a genre-hopping modern fable about the dangers of cruising with zombies in a sauna. Not everyone lives to see the dawn.
Trouser Bar (2016, 18 mins)
Set in a menswear shop in 1970s London, there’s more than a taste of corduroy on the mind of its young customers. Intended as a project for the ‘Godfather of gay porn’, Peter De Rome, Trouser Bar has been finally brought to life by legendary director Kristen Bjorn with cameo appearances from Julian Clary, Barry Cryer and Nigel Havers.
Event / This screening will be introduced by Lloyd Eyre-Morgan, director of Closets.
Theo and Hugo (18)
Fri 19 Aug, 20:40
Dirs Olivier Ducastel, Jacques Martineau/FR 2016/97 mins/French wEng ST
Geoffrey Couet, Francois Nambot
Théo and Hugo encounter each other’s bodies one night in a Paris sex club. Wanting to know more about each other, they leave the club and drift down the deserted streets of nocturnal Paris. Suddenly they find themselves confronted by a sense of reality that wipes out their freedom and lends each step an existential helplessness. Do they want to know more about each other? Will their trust be rewarded? What are their expectations? Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau (Drôle de Félix, Born in 68) deliver their most ambitious film yet, displaying a consummate sensitivity in bringing us closer to two men as they strive for intimacy in spite of being stalled by their insecurity.
Closet Monster (18) + Short Film + Intro
Tue 23 Aug, 18:20
Dir Stephen Dunn/CA 2015/90 mins
Connor Jessup, Aaron Abrams, Joanne Kelly, Isabella Rossellini
A creative and driven teenager is desperate to escape his hometown and the haunting memories of his turbulent childhood.
Oscar Madly is an imaginative only-child in St. John, Newfoundland, whose closest friend is a pet hamster named Buffy. Caught in the middle of his parents’ turbulent divorce, Oscar is viciously catapulted into adulthood when his father teaches him about a shocking hate-crime involving a young gay man. As he confronts his own awakening sexuality, he’s desperation to escape leads to a violent confrontation.
Event/ This screening will be introduced by Dr Monica Pearl, Lecturer in 20th Century American Literature at the University of Manchester.
Plus/ Accompanied by short film, Crossroad (Dir Leon Lopez, 2016, 11 mins).
On a sleepless night Liam sets out on a mission of self-discovery that has him facing choices that will change his life forever.