Indie cinema to bring LGBT stories to screen

Local cultural organisations are teaming up to bring audiences a selection of film screenings in the run up to Pride in Hull, part of the national celebrations of LGBT 50 taking place in the city this summer. Hull Independent Cinema will show four films which address LGBT themes, in the lead up to a film festival hosted by Pride in Hull. LGBT 50 is the UK’s official annual pride event, which this year takes place in Hull as part of the City of Culture celebrations.

The programme, which began with Moonlight last month, will feature poignant German drama Jonathan, sumptuous South Korean period thriller The Handmaiden and intelligent and intimate British drama The Pass. The next screening in the programme is German film, Jonathan. It depicts the story of a young man who returns home to care for his terminally-ill father. As his illness progresses, Jonathan meets the people in his father’s life, and tries to uncover a secret being kept from him. The poignant drama has won several awards, including the Jury Prize at the San Fransisco LGBTQ Film Festival, and the Official Selection Prize at the Berlin Film Festival. Hull Independent Cinema’s screening of Moonlight last month saw over 340 people attend, making it the organisation’s most successful screening to date. The film has received numerous industry awards, including Best Picture at this year’s Oscars, and has become a cultural highlight of the year for the film industry and Hull alike. James Russell, Head of Trustees at Hull Independent Cinema, said:

“We’re incredibly excited about the work we are doing this year at HIC. Moonlight was such an enormous success and showed us that the demand for independent films is growing in Hull as the city becomes more culturally engaged this year. “The next three films we have coming up in the run up to LGBT 50 are titles we are anticipating to be just as popular. It’s such an important year for Hull and the LGBT community, so the fact that organisations like ours are coming together to make the celebrations a success is something we can be really proud of.”

This year is the second time Pride in Hull is hosting a film festival, which Hull’s City of Culture status has made possible. Graham Jenkinson, trustee at Pride in Hull, said:

“Film plays such an important role in bringing stories from the global LGBT community to the people’s attention, so it has been fantastic that we have been able to collaborate with HIC to bring these films to local audiences.”

This year marks the 50th anniversary since homosexuality was decriminalised in the UK, with Hull at the centre of the national annual celebration this year.

Jonathan will be screened at Hull Truck Theatre on Saturday 6 May. Tickets can be purchased at from £6.