Glasgow Film Festival - LGBT

  • The List
  • 14 February 2008

Various venues and times, Thu 14–Sun 24 Feb


From early, openly queer flicks such as Victim, through the work of landmark filmmakers Derek Jarman, Todd Haynes and Gus Van Sant, to the recent mainstream success of Ang Lee’s Brokeback Mountain, gay-themed films have provided some of the most memorable images in cinema history. The impressive programme for this year’s GFF further showcases the capacity for LGBT-interest cinema to transcend generic boundaries.

Highlights include a trio of documentaries focusing on remarkable LGBT lives. A Life in the Death of Joe Meek explores the work of the legendary British pop composer and independent record producer, who struggled with his sexuality in the early 60s when being gay was still illegal. Danny Williams, the photographer and lover of pop artist Andy Warhol, who disappeared in 1968, is the subject of Esther Robinson’s documentary A Walk Into the Sea: Danny Williams and the Warhol Factory, while Black White + Gray: A Portrait of Sam Wagstaff and Robert Mapplethorpe focuses on the enduring love affair between the controversial artist and the influential curator.

Among the features, Consenting Adults casts rising star Sean Biggerstaff as the gay son of John Wolfenden (Charles Dance), the academic who chaired the commission that led to the decriminalisation of homosexuality. Argentinean film XXY (pictured) follows the journey of a hermaphrodite, raised as a girl, who comes to a decision about her gender when she reaches her late teens. Water Lilies is a similar coming-of-age tale about a formative summer for three female members of the local synchronised swimming team.

And if it’s a good old-fashioned slice of high camp, grand guignol you’re after, grab your tickets for Whatever Hapened to Baby Jane?, which is screening as part of the Bette Davis season.

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