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Monday 3rd August 2015
Runtime: 128 mins
Rating: 15A
From BAFTA award-winning director Asif Kapadia (SENNA), AMY tells the incredible story of six-time Grammy-winner Amy Winehouse - in her own words.
Featuring extensive unseen archive footage and previously unheard tracks, this strikingly modern, moving and vital film shines a light on the world we live in, in a way that very few can.
A once-in-a-generation talent, Amy Winehouse was a musician that captured the world's attention. A pure jazz artist in the most authentic sense - she wrote and sung from the heart using her musical gifts to analyse her own problems. The combination of her raw honesty and supreme talent resulted in some of the most unique and adored songs of the modern era.
Her huge success, however, resulted in relentless and invasive media attention which coupled with Amy’s troubled relationships and precarious lifestyle saw her life tragically begin to unravel. Amy Winehouse died from alcohol poisoning in July 2011 at the age of 27.
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Runtime: 90 mins
Rating: CLUB
In the 1950s, blonde, blue-eyed, square-jawed Tab Hunter is number one at the box office and number one on the music charts. He is Hollywood's most sought-after star and America's boy next door. Hunter is Warner Bros.' top-grossing star, and Natalie Wood, Debbie Reynolds and Sophia Loren are just a few of the actresses to whom he is romantically linked - nothing, it seems, can damage this skyrocketing career. Nothing, that is, except for the fact that Tab Hunter is secretly gay. Now Tab Hunter’s secret is out. In Tab Hunter Confidential we will meet the real Tab Hunter, as he shares for the first time the whole story of a happy, healthy survivor of the Hollywood rollercoaster. From veteran LGBT filmmaker Jeffrey Schwarz, director of I Am Divine and Vito, comes another story of a gay icon, though this time one who kept his sexuality secret for most of his life.
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Runtime: 77 mins
Rating: CLUB
Is there such a thing as a 'gay voice'? Why do some people 'sound gay', but not others - regardless of orientation? Why are 'gay voices' a mainstay of pop culture representations of LGBT characters, but also a trigger and a target for harassment and violence? Recently single and feeling self-conscious, David Thorpe sees his 'un-masculine' voice as an obstacle to his dating success. His determination to transform himself from a "nattering ninny" leads him on a quest to find the origins of the 'gay voice', building a historical, cultural and semi-scientific account of where it evolved and how it developed, and bringing him on his own journey of self-acceptance. Featuring interviews with queer icons such as Margaret Cho, Tim Gunn, Don Lemon, Dan Savage and George Takei, Do I Sound Gay? explores a topic rarely discussed up until now. This film will certainly be a conversation starter.
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Runtime: 105 mins
Rating: CLUB
The Dublin Film Qlub is delighted to collaborate once more with GAZE to present another little-known queer classic, Toshio Matsumoto’s astonishing and stylish Funeral Parade of Roses. A queer version of the classic Greek tragedy Oedipus Rex, set in the underground gay scene of 1960s Tokyo? Sure, why not? This operatic film blends documentary and fiction, as daring now as it must have been then. Superb performances from non-professional actors hold up a mirror to the elaborate, well-rehearsed, audience-validated, and carefully scripted daily public performance of gender and sexuality we all observe and participate in. Would there have been a David Lynch, a Sally Potter, a Stanley Kubrick, or a Pedro Almodovar without this film, we wonder? And have those four produced anything to match this bold genius?
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Runtime: 74 mins
Rating: CLUB
Tulsa, Oklahoma – the buckle on the Bible Belt. Its sole gay and lesbian youth centre, in a town of 4,000 churches and nearly half a million inhabitants, is the headquarters for Larissa, Ben, D and other youths who are living gay, lesbian and transgender lives. It is in this environment, permeated by Christian fundamentalism, that they grow up, explore their gender identities, love, and are loved in return. Misfits portrays these average young people informally - an almost entirely observational approach to the depiction of the lives of three teenagers. D manages, step by step, to improve his precarious existence and Ben learns from his brother how to defend himself. Larissa and her girlfriend develop their feelings for each other, surrounded by intolerance. In this film, Jannik Splidsboel gently examines first love, longing, coming out, finding your place, and the hopes and dreams of the three young people.
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Runtime: 87 mins
Rating: CLUB
After taking a wrong turn in their car, a young gay Russian couple witnesses what they believe is a vicious gay bashing. Their quandary over what to do propels them into dangerous territory. Stand is a highly topical film, given worldwide outrage over Russia’s mistreatment of its LGBT citizens, and the country's 2013 federal law prohibiting "homosexual propaganda". Anton and Vlad are a handsome pair, sharing a loving and natural chemistry in the comfortable privacy of their Moscow apartment. For Anton, the burden of what they may have witnessed outweighs Vlad's fear of probing too deeply into the incident and attracting attention. When, convinced of the police’s indifference, Anton talks his sceptical lover into launching their own investigation, their search for the truth has unexpected and grim consequences.
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Runtime: 70 mins
Rating: CLUB
Short - Change Directed by Ger Philpott Change is a film about a young Irish Gay man whose lover became ill and died from AIDS. Main Feature: Now more than 50 miles long were it to be laid out end-to-end, The AIDS Memorial Quilt is too large to display in any one location. Yet, even at this size, it does not begin to reflect the number of people who have succumbed to the pandemic. The Last One traces The Aids Memorial Quilt's history and continued growth, examining how stigma, discrimination, social status and the lack of access to care exacerbate a disease that has already claimed the lives of roughly 30 million people and currently infects another 34 million men, women and children around the globe--including 50,000 new infections a year in the US alone.
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Runtime: 82 mins
Rating: CLUB
An accurate portrayal of trans life on film is important to GAZE. This anthology of short films aims to promote diversity in representation, counter underrepresentation, and move away from any sort of tokenism or symbolism. We want to see LGBTQ characters on film valued for the richness and intricacy of their experience, and will continue working in our programming towards the most diverse possible array of stories in order to inform, amuse and educate. Butterfly is a unique and heart-warming story about Adrianne and Karl, a couple who both have Asperger's Syndrome, in a story which explores the human condition, acceptance and community. In Boy, 16-year old Emilie has always been male inside, but will her mother finally see who her child really is? Luke tries to avoid labels at all costs, as gender is not as simple or binary as we have been taught. Black Is Blue tells the story of Black, an African-American transman, quietly following him over the course of a day, and revealing a journey from his past life as Blue, a queer woman of colour who knew how to stand up for herself. My My is a futuristic epic set in a trailer park. It’s a search for kinship and understanding – with robots. Experimental hybrid film My My is unlike anything else on the programme, and all the more weirdly and wonderfully brilliant for it. In Wannabe, Sofia reluctantly returns to the family home she swore never to return to after her father announced his decision to live as a woman.
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Runtime: 78 mins
Rating: CLUB
This year's GAZE Women's Shorts programme is a meditation on duality - togetherness and separation, violence and peace, public and private, fractures and bonds and the schismatic nature of the lives of women from the past to the present day. Living in the Overlap is the improbable but true story of two women falling in love in the Midwest and making a life together in North Carolina, where their relationship has weathered over 40 years together. In Disaster Preparedness, with a hurricane racing toward New York City, a couple decides to wait out the storm in the safety of their apartment, forcing them to confront their underlying issues and what they really mean to each other. Our Gemma explores questions of identity and how the comedian Gemma Hutton responds to bigotry and sectarianism in Northern Ireland. When Fragile Things Break is an explosive drama about dreams, love, and the reality of relationships. What was your First Clue that you were a lesbian? This playful short explores poignant and charming takes on the typical 'when did you know?' and 'coming out' stories. In Notes from There, Pepca and Martine are lovers and dance collaborators torn apart by the immigration authorities' arrest of Martine, in a story that uses dance to reveal a tender love story and the destruction of a separation.
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Runtime: 90 mins
Rating: CLUB
An intriguing mix of horror and romantic comedy, You're Killing Me demonstrates what happens when narcissistic, wannabe Internet star George meets Joe, a monotone serial killer.

George catches Joe's attention and they immediately begin dating. While all of George's friends agree that Joe seems a bit strange, George claims his new beau "isn't scary, he's gorgeous."

As George's friends start to disappear, the remaining group decides to take matters into their own hands. Directed and co-written by Jim Hansen (creator of The Chloe Videos with Drew Droege), this gay mixture of Dexter and Gilmore Girls blends witty banter, pop culture references and good old-fashioned gore. You're Killing Me will have you laughing hysterically as you cover your eyes in fear.
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Runtime: 103 mins
Rating: G
Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it's no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions - Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley's mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley's main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school
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Runtime: 83 mins
Rating: CLUB
IRIS pairs legendary 87-year-old documentarian Albert Maysles with Iris Apfel, the quick-witted, flamboyantly dressed 93-year-old style maven who has had an outsized presence on the New York fashion scene for decades. More than a fashion film, the documentary is a story about creativity and how, even in Iris' dotage, a soaring free spirit continues to inspire. IRIS portrays a singular woman whose enthusiasm for fashion, art and people are life's sustenance and reminds us that dressing, and indeed life, is nothing but an experiment. Despite the abundance of glamour in her current life, she continues to embrace the values and work ethic established during a middle-class Queens upbringing during the Great Depression. "I feel lucky to be working. If you're lucky enough to do something you love, everything else follows."
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Runtime: 93 mins
Rating: PG
Years after the death of their mother, Ben and his little sister Saoirse live with their dad in a lighthouse by the coast. Saoirse is a quiet child – in fact, she has never spoken a word, and Ben finds her incredibly frustrating. One night, she goes exploring in the beautiful white coat that used to belong to her mother, and when she approaches the sea, she discovers the mystical secret at the heart of who she is. Ben and Saoirse’s grandmother becomes worried about the children, and takes them to live with her in the city. But Saoirse’s emotional connection to the sea proves difficult to overcome. Can she stay true to who she really is, or will the distance keep her from herself, and the mother she never knew? This enchanting film has been nominated for Best Animated Feature at the Academy Awards, and has received a lot of positive praise since its premiere at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. With a really entrancing soundtrack that captures the spirit of this legend, Song of the Sea is utterly charming, and a real treat for cinema-goers.
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Runtime: 78 mins
Rating: 15A
After her mother's death, Stacey (Lauren Kinsella) moves with her uncle Will (Aiden Gillen) to a remote region in the Irish midlands. As the two cautiously get to know each other,they have to deal with the dark shadows of the past.
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Runtime: 78 mins
After her mother's death, Stacey (Lauren Kinsella) moves with her uncle Will (Aiden Gillen) to a remote region in the Irish midlands. As the two cautiously get to know each other,they have to deal with the dark shadows of the past....
Wednesday August 5 2015 @ 11:30