I Am, Call me Kuchu and Mommie Dearest included in Glasgay 2012 film programme
Until now, Glasgay! has left film relatively alone, focusing more on a vibrant programme of theatre, visual arts and music. This year, however, they unveil a revitalised film strand in collaboration with Glasgow Film Theatre and Lock Up Your Daughters.
Glasgay! producer and curator Steven Thomson explains, ‘Part of my drive in this programme is trying to find clever ways of referencing how our families are acceptable and different and, dare I say, normal, celebrating diversity and highlighting struggles across the world.’
I Am (CCA, 30 Oct) is a documentary by lesbian filmmaker Sonali Gulati looking at the changing rights of LGBT individuals in India. Call Me Kuchu (GFT, 23 Oct) is about the first openly gay man in Uganda, where many young gay men have been imprisoned, tortured and executed for their ‘illegal’ sexuality.
Opening movie The Perfect Family (GFT, 15 Oct) features Kathleen Turner as a housewife nominated for a Catholic Woman of the Year Award. ‘It very much chimes with the battle we’re having between the gay community and the church, where we are constantly receiving messages of intolerance and lack of acceptance of the progress of our civil rights,’ Thomson says.
Lock Up Your Daughters will curate two days at the GFT focusing on short films produced by local filmmakers (2 & 3 Nov), with other highlights including Hit So Hard (GFT, 21 Oct), a film about openly gay Hole drummer Patty Schemel, new US indie click Keep the Lights On (GFT, 25 Oct) and the Faye Dunaway classic, Mommie Dearest (GFT, 20 Oct).
GFT & CCA, Glasgow, 15 Oct--3 Nov.
Call Me Kuchu
- 90 min
- Directed by: Katherine Fairfax Wright/Malika Zouhali-Worrall
- UK release: 2 November 2012
Insightful documentary about the attempt by the Ugandan government to make homosexuality punishable by death, and the murder of Ugandan gay rights activist David Kato. Although there's still virulent Christian homophobia in Africa, the wave of international sympathy in the wake of Kato's death was 'empowering' for LGBT…
Showcasing almost every aspect of queer culture, Glasgay! boasts an impressive programme featuring theatre, comedy, music, clubs and visual art events.
Hit So Hard
- 103 min
- Directed by: P. David Ebersole
- Cast: Patty Schemel, Courtney Love, Eric Erlandson
- UK release: 5 October 2012
The story of Patty Schemel, the gay drummer from Courtney Love's rock band Hole. From her small-town childhood she dreamt of the big time. When she hit it so hard it almost killed her.
- Directed by: Sonali Gulati
This documentary on gay families living in India follows the return of a lesbian filmmaker to her home in Delhi. There she confronts the loss of her mother and considers the meaning of family with other LGBT Indians.
Keep the Lights On
- 101 min
- Directed by: Ira Sachs
- Cast: Thure Lindhardt, Zachary Booth, Julianne Nicholson
- UK release: 2 November 2012
Erik (Lindhardt) is a Danish filmmaker in New York whose life changes when he meets closeted lawyer Paul (Booth). Thoughtful, tender film, reminiscent of Sirk or Fassbinder; perhaps too one-sided and self-absorbed, but Lindhardt is very persuasive as a man aching for romance but resisting commitment.
- Directed by: Frank Perry
- Cast: Faye Dunaway, Diana Scarwid, Steve Forrest
Based on the infamous exposé by Joan Crawford's daughter, this almost ended Dunaway's career. She plays the mentally abusive matriarch, dragging up two adopted children she's collected to fill a void in her life.
The Perfect Family
- Directed by: Anne Renton
- Cast: Kathleen Turner, Emily Deschanel, Jason Ritter
A devout Catholic wife and mother refuses to accept her family for who they really are, intent only on keeping up appearances.