The 24th Lesbian and Gay Film Festival closed in London last night with the UK premiere of Kareem Mortimer’s Children of God.
The film is a love story between an artist and a local boy and unfolds against a backdrop of violent homophobia and social unease in the Bahamas.
The two-week festival showcased more than 200 films from 29 countries around the world and organisers estimated that 28,000 visitors attended, with a new record for ticket sales.
Some of the world premieres which showed at the event included James Kent’s The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister; Gary Reich, Mike Nicholls and David Hoyle’s Uncle David; and Kate Davis and David Heilbroner’s Stonewall Uprising.
Other attractions were I Killed My Mother, written, produced, directed by and starring 20-year-old Xavier Dolan, and Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls, Leanne Pooley’s award-winning documentary about Jools and Lynda Topp, the folk-singing lesbian twins and national celebrities in New Zealand.
The LLGFF art programme also took up residences in two of London’s most prestigious galleries. Invocations and Evocations was a sold-out weekend of surrealist film events at Tate Modern, whilst the V&A presented All That Is Solid Melts into Air, a programme that explored art, dance and literature at the dawn of modernism.
Next year’s event will be the silver anniversary.