CineQ: Cloudburst

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15 | 93 mins + panel | 2011 Director: Thom Fitzgerald Cast: Olympia Dukakis, Brenda Fricker YouTube trailer: This hilarious foul-mouthed, lesbian road movie co-stars Oscar winning actresses Brenda Fricker and Olympia Dukakis as Dot and Stella, a crackerjack lesbian couple on the run from a nursing home. Stella and Dot have been together for 31 years and have faithfully accompanied one another through life's ups and downs. Now in their seventies, Stella is hard of hearing and Dot is legally blind. Dotty's prudish granddaughter, Molly (Kristin Booth), decides the best place for Dot is a nursing home that will provide all the necessities. This forces Stella and Dot to make a bold decision: leave their hometown and make their way to Canada, where same sex marriage is legal. It's a last gasp bid to stay together.

En route to Canada, they pick up a young hitchhiker, Prentice, played by newcomer Ryan Doucette. A small-town boy turned modern dancer, he’s returning to Nova Scotia to visit his dying mother. Despite his bravado, Prentice is a confused and wounded soul who has much to learn from Stella and Dot as they wage their own unexpected battle - after three decades, can they keep their family together?

This free screening is in partnership with Marie Curie, John Taylor Hospice and St Mary’s Birmingham, and will be followed by a panel discussion about how organisations can be more accommodating for LGBT people and what specific LGBTQ+ needs are.

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