Little Elephant will be screened at the launch party of Sheffield Creative Guild on Fri 20th May, 8pm at Roco. A special programme of shorts has been curated by filmmaker, producer, programmer and tutor Rob Speranza for the occasion.
There will also be dance, poetry, music and performance on the night too.
Sheffield Creative Guild is connecting creatives from all disciplines, at all stages of their lives, from learners and workers, across the whole region. It is a collective creative call to action for South Yorkshire.
Whilst the event has sold out you can learn more about this new ventuture and become a member at a discounted ‘pioneer’rate up until the launch. About SCG and Pioneer Membership
We are delighted to be screening Love Works at Shout! – Birmingham’s LGBT festival, now in it’s 7th iteration. Both Little Elephant and Chariot Riders will be screened as part of Shout Out alongside a couple of other films: Bulls by Joan Montesinos, which explores homosexuality within sport and Coming Out Stories by Birmingham LGBT.
The film programme will run on a loop from 12.30 – 3.30pm, on Saturday 14 November 2015, at Mac Birmingham, commencing afresh half past the hour.
I’ll be around to say ‘hi’ or have more of a natter if desired.
Hope to see you. Bobby 😉
Meet Ash, one of the characters from the Love Works duology.
I just had a wonderful chat with Sue Allen, the Chair of Trustees at FFLAG (Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays). We talked about her experience of running FFLAG. She mentioned the sense of bereavement a parent feels on learning their child is gay or lesbian. She said that most parents only ever called once and the average call lasted 45 minutes. When asked she said she could count on one hand “the bad calls”, implying that the majority lead to positive outcomes for the families.
FFLAG also runs a drop-in support group for parents. When she described a parents’ support group – a confidential space without judgement where parents can talk about anything, it reminded me of a scene from Prayers for Bobby. We find comfort in meeting others in a similar predicament to ourselves, we experience empathy and we find solace. That one call or a visit to a parents’ support group is the beginning to the path of acceptance and understanding.
Sue said that most parents who call were white and middle class. She explained that they had tried to engage with parents from ethnic minorities over the years without much success.
FFLAG also functions as an umbrella organisation for the other lesbian and gay parent support groups across the country.
In thinking about how we get to a more progressive future for gay and lesbian British Asians and their families in Britain today, we must engage with and support our Asian parents.
Flare, the 2014 London LGBT Film festival kicked off yesterday and runs until 30 March at the British Film Institute. We’re heading down tonight and planning to watch several films over the next two days. We’re watching Veronica Videla’s Passion, Concussion, Cross My Heart and Kate Bornstein is a Queer and Pleasant Danger. And who knows, whatever else takes our fancy.
I’m also heading to the Bush Theatre to catch We Are Proud to Present… by Jackie Sibblies Drury.