Monday, March 05, 2007

GALHA Film Festival - 10 -18 March 2007

Bookings now open for the Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association's film festival - 10th-18th March in London

The Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) is hosting a film festival in the exclusive private screening room at the One Aldwych Hotel, Covent Garden, London.

Keith Angus - festival organiser - says "GALHA is proud to be arranging this film festival, and offering a great selection of films including a UK premiere that's only just previewed at the Berlin LGBT film festival"

The carefully selected programme has been chosen to appeal to a lesbian and gay audience, with a mix of the intriguing, fantastic, disturbing, thought-provoking, and downright funny.

Online booking is open. The private screening room only seats 30 people so book now. Tickets are £8 per show, which not only gives you a reserved seat in the private screening room, but also includes free popcorn!

The programme kicks off on Saturday 10th March with the Magdalene Sisters, a harrowing true story about the infamous Catholic laundries for fallen women. The second film - also on the 10th - is Twenty Centimetres, an Almodovarean fantasy comedy film which was showcased at New York's 2006 LGBT film festival, and went down a storm.

Next in the programme is The God Who Wasn't There; a film documentary that holds modern Christianity up to a bright spotlight and picks it apart with help from luminaries such as Richard Dawkins. This is preceded by the UK premiere of Moscow Pride '06 Uncut, a fascinating depiction of the festival banned by city officials. It's just been showcased at Berlin's LGBT film festival and GALHA is very fortunate to have secured its UK premiere. This double bill is showing on Saturday 17th March.

The fourth and final showcase is another double bill: 'Boys Beware!' is a selection of short public information films from the 1950's warning young people of the evils of homosexuality. These films have only just been released into the public domain and really are a must-see. These are followed by a Sunday matinee treat showing of Brief Encounter. An affair de coeur superbly acted by Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard, Brief Encounter is often described as one of the ultimate gay films - for whom the subject of forbidden love in ordinary lives - has special resonance. This final double-bill is showing on Sunday 18th March.

Keith adds: "all these films are well worth seeing in their own right, and to watch them in the comfort of a private screening room makes them unmissable. And free popcorn? The icing on the big gay humanist cake!"

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