Following on from its success in previous years, the Shropshire Rainbow Film Festival makes a welcome return this month, bigger and better than ever.
Running from Friday 5 to Sunday 7 October, the main festival showcases nine LGBT movies and takes place at Shrewsbury’s Old Market Hall cinema. The event also features a whole host of short films -
showing on both days at the same venue. In addition to all the great movies, there are Q&As, discussions and visits from some of the films’ directors...
Professor Marston And The Wonder Women
Friday 5 October, 8pm
This screening also includes the festival’s opening ceremony with Deputy Mayor of Shrewsbury, Councillor Peter Nutting.
The sexy and incredible true story of Harvard psychologist Dr William Moulton Marston, creator of the iconic Wonder Woman character and a man with a secret life. In 1945, when Marston is hauled in front of the censors to testify about his feminist superhero, who’s being criticised for her ‘sexual perversity’, he must be careful not to reveal his personal life and the road to Wonder Woman’s creation.
With the two empowered women in his life - his psychologist wife, Elizabeth, and their young research assistant, Olive - Marston has developed the lie detector test and explored the boundaries of human behaviour and sexuality. And then the three of them begin a passionate, polyamorous relationship...
Director: Angela Robinson, USA, 2017
A Moment In The Reeds
Saturday 6 October, 11am
Leevi returns from Paris to his native Finland, to help his estranged father renovate the family lake house so that it can be sold. Tareq, an asylum seeker from Syria, has been hired to help with the work.
When Leevi’s father has to return to town on business, the two young men establish a connection, spending a few idyllic summer days in one another’s company...
A Moment In The Reeds is a tender, thought-provoking film that sensitively explores the challenge of grappling with one’s national and sexual identity.
Director: Mikko Makela, UK | Finland, 2017
Snapshots (inc. Q&A)
Saturday 6 October, 3pm
Matriarch Rose has made her Table Rock Lake house her home for over 50 years. When daughter Patty and granddaughter Allison arrive with an old camera and a 50-year-old roll of film to share with her, she is transported back to the early 1960s, when two women, Louise and Zee, entered her and her husband’s life.
Director: Melanie Mayron, USA, 2018
A Romp Through Classic Camp
Saturday 6 October, 7pm
As a cornerstone of gay culture for many decades, this Classic Camp clip lecture explores some of the big camp hitters that have stood the test of time - and at least one that hasn’t!
This lecture featured at BFI Flare 2017
Alaska Is A Drag
Saturday 6 October, 8:30pm
Leo is an aspiring drag superstar but is stuck working in a fish cannery in Alaska, forced to ‘man up’ by his unreliable, evangelical father.
Director: Shaz Bennett, USA, 2017
Sunday 7 October, 11am
In Between follows the lives of three strong, independently minded Israeli-Palestinian women sharing an apartment in Tel Aviv.
Director: Maysaloun Hamoud, Palestine | Israel | France, 2016
A Fantastic Woman
Sunday 7 October, 3pm
Following the death of her boyfriend, transgender woman Marina is treated with suspicion, as neither doctors nor Orlando’s family trust her.
Director: Mikko Makela, Chile | Germany | Spain | USA, 2017
Sunday 7 October, 5:30pm
When Leon joins Mario’s football club, a competitive tension brews. When the pair are moved into a flat with one another, the tension turns sexual...
Director: Marcel Gisler, Switzerland, 2018
For short-film listings, visit rainbowfilmfestival.co.uk
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