New LGBT film club launched
Q-FILM, a new Northampton-based film club exploring gay and lesbian themes on the big screen, will have their first meeting following our screening of Derek Jarman’s cinematic masterpiece Caravaggio at on Wednesday 26 February.
The screening of Caravaggio, which is open to all, also coincides with LGBT month, and marks 20 years since the passing of visionary British filmmaker, artist and gay activist Derek Jarman. His audacious, powerful portrait of the life and loves of the Baroque painter, played by Nigel Terry, marked the cinematic debut of his key collaborator Tilda Swinton.
Set up by the team behind local book group Q-WORD and the annual booQfest LGBT literary festival held at Royal & Derngate, Q-FILM will meet each month after a special screening programmed by the filmhouse, and then share their thoughts about the film in a relaxed, social setting nearby. A website, qfilm.webs.com, will act as a hub for communicating ideas, sharing experiences and making new friends. Membership is free. To join the club, just visit the website and then you will receive monthly updates about forthcoming films, and you’ll be able to score each film following its screening.
Q-FILM organiser Daniel Burrows commented, “After last year’s successful booQfest literary event, it’s fantastic to see continued support from the Errol Flynn Filmhouse and Royal & Derngate for the gay and lesbian cultural scene in Northampton. By linking up with Q-FILM to explore Queer perspectives on the big screen each month, our members will enjoy the premium cinema experience of the cinema, which offers us a wonderful place to relax, make new friends and share ideas about our mutual love of this film genre.”
Next month’s Q-FILM screening, on Monday 10 March, is the steamy, tragicomic Stranger By The Lake, which won Alain Guiraudie Best Director (Un Certain Regard), as well as the Queer Palm, at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.