Record ticket sales for London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival
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.