Scottish film festival leads the way when it comes to LGBT cinema
Henry Gamble's Birthday Party

From homoerotic horror movies to thought-provoking dramas and documentaries, next week Glasgow will play host to one of the most important film events in the LGBT calendar.

Taking place from September 29 to October 2, this year’s Scottish Queer International Film Festival will see screenings, showcases and masterclasses at venues including the CCA, Glasgow Film Theatre and Glasgow School Of Art.

Highlights will include the Scottish Premiere of Strike A Pose – a no-holds-barred look at life as Madonna’s backing dancers and Out Run – the inspiring tale of the world’s only LGBT political party, and its bid to gain a political seat in the Philippines Congress. Attendees can even look forward to a major retrospective of classic cult horror with a distinctly LGBT flavour.

American filmmaker, Stephen Cone (whose drama Henry Gamble’s Birthday Party is screening at the festival) notes that while movies revolving around gay or trans characters and their relationships may be gaining Oscar nominations – Carol and The Danish Girl being two notable examples – mainstream cinema still has some way to go.

“I think Hollywood is trying, but it doesn’t always come from the purest of intentions.

“There’s something a little icky about it when it seems to be inspired more from Oscar-baity motives or hip trending than a legitimate engagement with these communities.”

The Scottish Queer International Film Festival aims to provide far more of that kind of legitimate engagement, with a host of films that feel authentic, relevant and compelling.

“I think it’s important to encounter stories that view that universe from a bit of a philosophical, more humanistic remove,” adds Cone.

This is the festival’s second celebration of LGBT cinema and media in Scotland, and the four-day event aims to be even more diverse, eye-opening and informative this time around.

For the full programme and tickets, visit sqiff.org

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