LGBTQ+ History Month 2024 at Showroom Cinema

This February, Showroom’s annual LGBTQ+ History Month season returns with a diverse range of films made by and about LGBTQ+ people.

Kicking off with an Andrew Haigh Weekender, Showroom celebrates the Yorkshire-born filmmaker who is known for his intimate and personal dramas. Alongside his latest film, All of Us Strangers, his critically acclaimed whirlwind romance Weekend screens with follow-up features 45 Years and Lean On Pete.

The programme then showcases the queer side of the 90s rom-com genre. Finding representations of joy within LGBTQ+ film can be a struggle; countering this is the rare opportunity to see cult classic The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love on the big screen, including a Valentines Day special. The following weekend focuses on polarising comic romance Chasing Amy, which will be shown in a new light through an introduction exploring bisexuality in cinema.

Diving even further into Chasing Amy’s legacy is a special preview of documentary Chasing Chasing Amy, which follows director Sav Rodgers’ personal journey with the film. Fresh off the festival circuit, including Tribeca and London Film Festival, this special event will be the film’s Northern premiere.

For Showroom Spotlight, a poll was conducted to determine staff’s favourite LGBTQ+ film. The votes revealed that Celine Sciamma’s Portrait of a Lady on Fire would be the special selection; the rest of the results can be found on our Letterboxd page.

Showroom’s friends and partners will also be bringing in some extra-special one-off events. In collaboration with Mars Nicoli, a Sheffield Hallam PHD researcher in trans horror, we present Cybergrime, a programme of short films oozing with “homo-depravity”, plus a virtual Q&A with filmmaker and curator Henry Hanson.

Sheffield DocFest DocNights returns with Transition, which follows documentarian Jordan Bryon as he reports on the situation in Afghanistan, facing ethical dilemmas as he navigates the situation as both a trans man and journalist.

As part of the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme, Showroom is excited to welcome Ice Cream Fever director Tetsuya Chihara to the UK for a live Q&A. This stylish film tells the intersecting stories of four young women in contemporary Tokyo, including an infatuation between an ice cream shopgirl and a customer.

Though this month-long showcase can only highlight a small segment of queer life on film, Showroom hopes to pique your interest with this unique set of LGBTQ+ History Month screenings, ready for more events to come throughout 2024!

Discover Showroom Cinema’s full LGBTQ+ History Month programme at /lgbtqhistorymonth2024


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