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Queer Between the Covers Lunchtime Film Showing - Victim (1961)

Join us for an exciting series of free lunchtime film showings from January to June. ...
Add this event to your calendar 2018-01-17 13:15:00 2018-01-17 13:15:00 Queer Between the Covers Lunchtime Film Showing - Victim (1961)     Queer Between the Covers Lunchtime Film Showing Victim (1961), 96 mins. Seng Tee Lee Seminar Room 17th January Starting at 1:15 p.m.   ‘I wanted him!’ With these words Dirk Bogarde consigned his matinee idol alter-ego to history, and a gripping landmark in gay cinema was born. Bogarde’s closeted, married lawyer Melville Farr is drawn into exposing a terrifying blackmail ring when an admirer (Peter McEnery) commits suicide rather than implicate him. Supporting the recommendations of the Wolfenden Committee, director Basil Dearden, producer Michael Relph and screenwriter Janet Green denounced the poisonous, institutionalised homophobia gay men of all classes faced, and cleverly packaged the politics within an accessible crime-thriller. Victim, and Bogarde’s courageous appearance in it, helped propel public discourse towards the 1967 Act and beyond – changing lives in the process. This is a free event and no prior booking is required. The event includes light refreshments. Senate House Library noreply@senatehouselibrary.ac.uk Europe/London public

An Evening of Poetry and Music with Carol Ann Duffy

Join Britain's poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy and renowned musician John Sampson for an evening of poetry readings and music. ...
Add this event to your calendar 2018-01-18 18:30:00 2018-01-18 18:30:00 An Evening of Poetry and Music with Carol Ann Duffy An Evening of Poetry and Music with Carol Ann Duffy 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 18th January Chancellor's Hall, Senate House *Bookings for this event are now closed* Carol Ann Duffy, Britain’s first female Poet Laureate, will be giving a reading at Senate House Library. She is one of the country's best-loved and most widely read poets and a prolific playwright. She will be accompanied by the musician John Sampson. Carol Ann Duffy was born in Glasgow. She grew up in Stafford and then attended the University of Liverpool, where she studied Philosophy. She has written for both children and adults, and her poetry has received many awards, including the Signal Prize for Children’s Verse, the Whitbread and Forward Prizes, as well as the Lannan Award and the E. M. Forster Prize in America. In 2009, Carol Ann Duffy became Poet Laureate. In 2012 she was awarded the PEN Pinter Prize. John Sampson studied at Napier University and as a freelance player his television credits include six series of ‘Rab C Nesbitt’, ‘The Baldy Man’, ‘The Big Picnic’, ‘Border Warfare’, ‘John Brown’s Body, ‘The Satire of the Fourth Estaite’ and the South Bank Show. He was composer and musical director on numerous BBC radio plays including the five episode adaptation of the Bride of Lammermuir. He has performed in nearly every theatre in Scotland from Wick to Berwick, and has completed more than thirty tours of Europe from 1985 – 2000. For the last 14 years he has collaborated with Carol Ann Duffy the Poet Laureate and toured extensively in the UK and also in UAE, Europe and New Zealand. Tickets Book your ticket with the button at the top of this page. Your ticket includes complimentary refreshments as part of the evening.  General Admission: £5 Senate House Library noreply@senatehouselibrary.ac.uk Europe/London public

Queer Between the Covers Lunchtime Film Showing - Killing of Sister George (1968)

Join us for an exciting series of free lunchtime film showings from January to June. ...
Add this event to your calendar 2018-02-14 13:15:00 2018-02-14 13:15:00 Queer Between the Covers Lunchtime Film Showing - Killing of Sister George (1968) Queer Between the Covers Lunchtime Film Showing Killing of Sister George (1968), 135 mins. Seng Tee Lee Seminar Room 14th February Starting at 1:15 p.m.   For its time, The Killing of Sister George was a ground breaking film - and one of the first films in history to be released with an 'X' rating in the United States - a fact which no doubt impacted its first-run box office total. The film centres around the soon-to-be-ending television career of June Buckridge (Beryl Reed) - a staple of a long-running British soap opera based in a bucolic and idyllic English countryside town called 'Applehurst'. On that series, she plays a motor-scooter-riding jack-of-all-trades (nanny, health provider, sage, best friend) - a feisty yet lovable and omnipresent voice of reason in the small town. Fiercely protective of her career and her character, she is equally fierce and protective of her live-in lover, 'Alice' (or 'Childie' as she is 'affectionately' called by her lover) (Susannah York) - a much younger, more nubile, and therefore more unstable presence in her life. This is a free event and no prior booking is required. The event includes light refreshments.     Senate House Library noreply@senatehouselibrary.ac.uk Europe/London public

Queer Between the Covers Lunchtime Film Showing - Sunday, Bloody Sunday (1971)

Join us for an exciting series of free lunchtime film showings from January to June. ...
Add this event to your calendar 2018-03-21 13:15:00 2018-03-21 13:15:00 Queer Between the Covers Lunchtime Film Showing - Sunday, Bloody Sunday (1971) Queer Between the Covers Lunchtime Film Showings Sunday, Bloody Sunday (1971), 106 mins. Seng Tee Lee Seminar Room 21st March Starting at 1:15 p.m.   Peter Finch gives a quietly devastating performance as the gay Jewish doctor bearing up through romantic crisis in John Schlesinger’s piercing and brilliantly observed suburban drama. Film critic Penelope Gilliatt won plaudits for writing this sensitive account of bourgeois mores, but her script was secretly based on director John Schlesinger’s own troubled personal life, in which his male lover was also seeing another woman. Peter Finch is very touching as the Jewish physician who can’t confront his self-involved partner Murray Head for fear of losing him to romantic rival Glenda Jackson. Avoiding overt melodrama, Sunday Bloody Sunday captures individuals caught between sexual yearning and emotional compromise, while drawing effective parallels between their private turmoil and the shambling state of early 1970s Britain. Were it not for director Schlesinger’s subsequent fall from critical favour, this would be regarded as one of the great British films of its decade. The film was considered groundbreaking for its romantic triangle in which a bisexual man has both male and female lovers, a device repeated in the following year’s Cabaret (1972). This is a free event and no prior booking is required. The event includes light refreshments.   Senate House Library noreply@senatehouselibrary.ac.uk Europe/London public

Queer Between the Covers Lunchtime Film Showing - Paris is Burning (1990)

Join us for an exciting series of free lunchtime film showings from January to June. ...
Add this event to your calendar 2018-04-18 13:15:00 2018-04-18 13:15:00 Queer Between the Covers Lunchtime Film Showing - Paris is Burning (1990) Queer Between the Covers Lunchtime Film Showing Paris is Burning (documentary) (1990), 73 mins. Seng Tee Lee Seminar Room 18th April Starting at 1:15 p.m.   The film explores the elaborately-structured ball competitions in which contestants, adhering to a very specific category or theme, must "walk" (much like a fashion model's runway) and subsequently be judged on criteria including the "realness" of their drag, the beauty of their clothing and their dancing ability. Most of the film alternates between footage of balls and interviews with prominent members of the scene, including Pepper LaBeija, Dorian Corey, Angie Xtravaganza, and Willi Ninja. Many of the contestants vying for trophies are representatives of "Houses" (in the fashion-brand sense, such as "House of Chanel") that serve as intentional families, social groups, and performance teams. Houses and ball contestants who consistently won in their walks eventually earned a "legendary" status. Jennie Livingston, who moved to New York after graduating from Yale to work in film, and who spent six years making Paris Is Burning, concentrated on interviews with key figures in the ball world, many of whom contribute monologues that shed light on the ball culture as well as on their own personalities. In the film, titles such as "house," "mother," and "reading" emphasize how the subculture the film depicts has taken words from the straight and white worlds, and imbued them with alternate meanings, just as the "houses" serve as surrogate families for young ball-walkers whose sexual orientations have sometimes made acceptance and love within their own families hard to come by. The film depicts people with different gender identities or communities and their different forms of expression. It also explores how its subjects dealt with the adversity of racism, homophobia, AIDS and poverty. This is a free event and no prior booking is required. The event includes light refreshments. Senate House Library noreply@senatehouselibrary.ac.uk Europe/London public