Peccadillo Pictures, the leading film distributor for LGBT films in the UK, is taking a selection of the best contemporary LGBT films from around the world on a nationwide roadshow festival called POUTfest. From June to September, a provocative and entertaining selection of international feature films and brand new British gay short films will be touring cinemas up and down the country prior to some receiving theatrical releases.
Supported by the BFI with National Lottery funding, the POUTfest tour aims to grow a national audience for new LGBT cinema, with emphasis on providing access to regional audiences who in many cases have not previously been able to enjoy LGBT cinema locally. Talent from the films are expected to attend screenings, and there will also be Skype Q&As, pre-recorded interviews, additional content and local personalities who will host panels and discussions related to the films.
Tom Abell, MD of Peccadillo, says, “When it comes to watching a film there is nothing better than sitting in a cinema and sharing the audience experience. Peccadillo Pictures distributes a wide variety of LGBT films and while all of our films are worthy of the big screen experience only a small portion of these titles can receive a full cinema release. That is why we launched POUTfest, the travelling festival that will bring a diverse selection of LGBT films to a wider audience.”
POUTfest 2016 takes the audience on a journey through time, from the adventures of Queen Christina in 16th Sweden to the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s and contemporary urban life. It includes HOLDING THE MAN, the powerful Australia drama of gay love in 1980s; THE GIRL KING, a true-life Scandinavian royal lesbian love story; GIRLS LOST, a magical gender-swopping thriller from Sweden; CLOSET MONSTER, a turbulent Canadian teenage drama with a talking hamster, and a sexy selection of British shorts by the rising stars of UK cinema.
HOLDING THE MAN (Australia 2015, 128 mins). Director: Neil Armfield, Writer: Tommy Murphy, Cast: Ryan Corr, Craig Stott, Geoffrey Rush, Sarah Snook, Guy Pearce, Anthony LaPaglia, Kerry Fox.
Based on the stage version of Timothy Conigrave’s bestselling memoir and love letter to his partner, Holding The Man is a heart-rending tale of two teenagers, Timothy and John who fall in love at school and start a relationship that lasts nearly two decades. Enduring temptations, discrimination and divisive jealousies, their biggest challenge comes when illness threatens to drive them apart. Emotionally intimate and honest, it’s a heart-breaking drama that ultimately celebrates the enduring power of love. Ryan Corr (Wolf Creek 2) and Craig Stott play the two lovers, with solid support from some of Australia and New Zealand’s finest actors including Geoffrey Rush, Anthony LaPaglia, Guy Pearce, Kerry Fox and Sarah Snook.
THE GIRL KING (Finland-Canada 2015, 106 mins). Director: Mika Kaurismäki, Writer: Michel Marc Bochard, Cast: Malin Buska, Sarah Gadon. Michael Nyqvist, Lucas Bryant.
In 1632, at the age of 6, Kristina Vasa became the first native, female sovereign of Sweden when her father died on the battlefield. Raised as a prince, Kristina grows up with ideas for modernising Sweden and bringing an end to war. She struggles against the conservative forces in court who have no tolerance for these ideas nor for her awakening sexuality and quest for knowledge. A true story that inspired Garbo’s classic Queen Christina, this new version stars Malin Buska, Sarah Gadon (TV’s The Border, Dracula Untold) and Michael Nyqvist (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo).
BOYS ON FILM 15 – TIME AND TIED: GAY BRITISH SHORT FILM COLLECTION
UK’s emerging filmmakers comes under the spotlight in this selection of shorts films that will provoke tears, anger, fear, and laughter. Touring from 14 July.
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 (Coronation Street’s Hayley) and Tommy Knight (Sarah Jane Adventures and ITV’s Young Victoria).
Trouser Bar (2016), Set in a menswear shop in 1970s London, there’s more than a taste of corduroy that’s on the mind of its young customers. Intended as a project for the ‘Godfather of gay porn’, Peter De Rome it’s been finally brought to life by legendary director Kristen Bjorn with cameo appearances from Julian Clary, Barry Cryer and Nigel Havers.
Nightstand (2015, 27 mins), directed by Charlie Parnham and produced by Stephen Fry, 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.
Putting On The Dish (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.
GIRLS LOST (Sweden 2015, 106 mins). From the Writer/Director of Kiss Me: Alexandra-Therese Keining, Cast: 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 misogynist remarks being thrown at them by boys. 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.
CLOSET MONSTER (Canada 2015, 90 mins). Director: Stephen Dunn, Cast: Connor Jessup, Aaron Abrams, Joanne Kelly, Isabella Rossellini.
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. Starring Connor Jessup (TV’s Falling Skies), Aaron Abrams (TV’s Hannibal) and Isabella Rossellini as the voice of ‘Buffy’.
POUTfest is also set to expand into the Autumn with two new strands. POUTfest Docs will explore remarkable real lives reflecting personal and social histories, whilst POUTfest Gold will revisit some of the best ground-breaking and cult films from Peccadillo’s film archive.