Pride Film Festival 2016

Brighton is known as the UK’s queer capital, and when we do Pride, it’s something akin to a national holiday.…

Brighton is known as the UK’s queer capital, and when we do Pride, it’s something akin to a national holiday. The city is truly transformed, the streets teeming with residents and visitors taking part in protest, celebration and self-expression.

The legacy of Pride is rooted in the Stonewall Riots of 1969, when the frequenters of New York’s Stonewall Inn – led by queer activist figures including Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson – retaliated against violent police raids. The following year the cities of New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago hosted the first-ever Pride parades, paying tribute to those in our communities who fought against oppression and police brutality.

Nowadays there are hundreds of Pride parades across the globe at many different points in the year. The first Pride parade in Brighton took place in 1973, organised by the Sussex Gay Liberation Front, and didn’t return until 1991. Every year since then we have held exponentially growing Pride celebrations.

Trans Pride Brighton was founded in 2013, established as a community interest group to empower and celebrate all trans, intersex and gender-variant people. Trans Pride encourages the foregrounding of trans voices that are too often left out of the queer conversation, dedicating two days to ‘putting the T first’.

I run a little thing in Brighton called Eyes Wide Open Cinema, a local strand dedicated to queer film in all its manifold forms. Since 2013 we have worked with Brighton & Hove Pride and Trans Pride Brighton to present a mini-festival that pays tribute to queer lives, stories and filmmakers. This year we’re excited to bring an eclectic and international programme that stretches from ’90s classics to contemporary gems, from the fun to the informative, and across a variety of different queer experiences. We hope you enjoy this year’s selection, and hope to see you soon to celebrate in cinematic style.

Duke of York’s Picturehouse
Friday 22 July, 6.30

Trans Pride Short-Film Evening

We showcase a specially curated selection of shorts from around the world, reflecting the brilliant variety of trans lives and experiences.

Duke of York’s Picturehouse
Monday 25 July, 6.15

Shinjuku Boys (PG)

Shinjuku Boys

Directors: Kim Longinotto, Jano Williams. UK 1995. 53 mins.

This rare documentary follows three transmasculine nightclub hosts in ’90s Tokyo as they reflect on life, work and love.

Duke of York’s Picturehouse with The Duke’s After Dark
Friday 29 July, 11.00pm

Bound (18)


Directors: Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski. USA 1996. 109 mins.

The Wachowskis’ first feature follows Corky and Violet, two women who begin a dangerous affair after stealing Violet’s boyfriend’s Mafia millions.

Duke’s at Komedia
Sunday 31 July, 4.00

Oriented (PG)

Director: Jake Witzenfeld. UK/Israel/Palestine 2015. 86 mins. English, and Arabic and Hebrew with English subtitles.

In this eye-opening documentary, we follow three gay Palestinian men living in Tel Aviv as they negotiate cultural, sexual and religious identities.

Duke’s at Komedia
Thursday 4 August, 9.00

Peter De Rome: Grandfather Of Gay Porn (18)

Director: Ethan Reid. UK 2014. 97 mins.

We pay tribute to one of the key queer male erotic filmmakers of the 20th century, with all his talent, charm and innovation.


Trouser Bar

Director: Kristen Bjorn. UK 2016. 20 mins.

This controversial recent short set in a ’70s gentlemen’s outfitters is a soft-core ode to the fetishistic love of corduroy, leather and tight trousers.

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