Season of film and spoken word from Derby QUAD and Derbyshire LGBT+

A season of film at Derby QUAD and a spoken word event by Derbyshire LGBT+ will run to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK.

The spoken word event, Looking Back Looking Forward, features new works by Sophie Sparham, Ash Watson, Dan Webber, Rachel Green and Ciaran Hodgers. 

“Spoken word has always had a strong link with LGBT+ people,” said Ryan Whittington, Manager of Derbyshire LGBT+, “and we are especially proud to be linked with a vibrant spoken word scene which is passionate about LGBT+ communities and the issues they have faced and continue to face.  We are very much looking forward to seeing the inaugural performances of new works that poets and spoken word artists have created especially for this project.”

Looking Back, Looking Forward is part of the year-long commemoration of 50 years since the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK, exploring LGBT+ life fifty years ago, now, and what LGBT+ life might be like 50 years in the future,  and will run across three special events throughout the year alongside QUAD‘s 50 Years Ago, 50 Years On season.

This first event will be held at Derby QUAD on 28 July 2017 between 7 and 8pm the event is ahead of a screening of 1961 film Victim, the first in a series of films to be shown through the year as part of the commemorative season.

Victim is one of a series of ‘social issue’ films made in the 1950s and 1960s by Director Basil Dearden. It was the first British film to deal explicitly with and explore attitudes towards homosexuality and in it Barrister Melville Farr risks his career and his marriage to expose a sinister blackmailing ring. Victim (certificate PG) screens in QUAD on Friday 28 July at 8:30pm. The film will be introduced by Ian Robson, CEO at Derbyshire LGBT+.

The 50 Years Ago, 50 Years On season will also include showings of Laurence Anyways, a 2012 film by director Xavier Dolan, and Prick Up Your Ears, Stephen Frears’ 1987 biopic of the British playwright Joe Orton.

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