Scottish Queer International Film Festival (SQIFF) is putting on a season of cinema to mark the first anniversary of Equal Marriage in Scotland on 16th December.
Four events lead up to the anniversary date at the Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA) in Glasgow. Films have been chosen to offer a variety of perspectives on marriage and LGBTIQ issues and include: older-lesbians-on-the-run drama Cloudburst, which stars Olympia Dukakis and Brenda Fricker as a couple escaping to Canada to get married so they can stay together; Alfred Hitchcock’s early, camp silent film The Lodger, featuring the British director’s infamous critique of the bonds of marriage; Indian-Canadian filmmaker Deepa Mehta’s Fire, in which two women stuck in loveless heterosexual marriages fall for each other; and a special event looking at queer angles on marriage with San Francisco DIY movie Homotopia and other shorts followed by a panel discussion hosted by writer and activist AB Silvera.
On the evening of Wednesday 16th December, Lisa Cholodenko’s The Kids Are All Right, starring Julianne Moore and Annette Benning, screens in Glasgow and Orkney, whilst Cloudburst shows in Edinburgh and Inverness. SQIFF hopes the simultaneous screenings will provoke discussion, debate, and reflection on Equal Marriage and the state of things for LGBTIQ communities in Scotland.
I Do? starts on Thursday 3rd December with Cloudburst, 8pm at CCA, Glasgow. For more details and tickets, visit www.sqiff.org/events.
SQIFF was formed with the aim of adding to the exciting and growing amount of queer film stuff happening around Scotland. Its goal is to get people watching, talking about, and making more queer films, while bringing to Scotland movies that people might not otherwise get a chance to see. SQIFF also aims to create inspiring and informative events alongside challenging inequality and barriers to accessibility in the arts.
Further information on SQIFF can be found on its website.