Out in Africa Gay & Lesbian Film Festival spreads its wings
The pick of the recent 10th Out In Africa South African Gay & Lesbian Film Festival 2004 will soon be screened for the first time in George, Bloemfontein, Pietermaritzburg and Potchefstroom by Ster-Kinekor.
During May a special highlights package of the popular Out in Africa Film Festival will travel to several cities around the country that hasn't been exposed to the international filmmaking that made it the longest-running, best-attended and best-dressed film festival in South Africa.
Out in Africa is also extending its reach and fan base as part of celebrating the country's first decade of democracy.
The satellite festivals kicks off in George on Thursday 29th April and ends on Sunday 2nd May. It then moves to the Free State with Bloemfontein (Mimosa Mall) as host - from Thursday 6th May to Sunday 9th May. Next up is Pietermaritzburg (Scottsville) - from Thursday 13th May tot Sunday 16th May. The satellite tour wraps up in Potchefstroom (Riverwalk), starting on Thursday 20th May and ending on Sunday 23th May.
Some of the films featured during the satellite festivals include the South African co-production Proteus with Neil Sandilands (Bart in the popular TV soap 7de Laan on SABC2), Pick of the Mix, Celluloid Closet, Beautiful Thing, Circuit and Power Up Shorts.
Multiple award-winning director John Greyston and South African Jack Lewis co-directed Proteus (Canada/South Africa 2003), a true story based on an 18th century court record found in the Cape archives. It tells the story behind the imprisonment of Rijkhaart Jacobz (Sandilands) and Khoi Claas Blank (Rouxnet Brown) for "mutually perpetrated sodomy". Proteus had its World Premiere in Toronto last year and screened at the Berlin Film Festival recently.
Pick of the Mix consists of four short films that highlights gay issues in South Africa. Power Up Shorts is a collection of six short films, including Angela Robinson's D.E.B.S. (USA 2002), a funny, sexy spoof of the blockbuster Charlie's Angels, and Colette Burson's Little Black Boot (USA 2003), an insightful reworking of the popular Cinderella fairy tale.
Beautiful Thing, one of the hits at a previous festival, is the heartwarming love story of two British teenage boys falling in love in a middleclass suburb. The film is based on Jonathan Harvey's stage play and promises to be a true gem, appealing to a broad audience.
Glistening biceps, wild parties and the smell of poppers provides the backdrop to Dirk Shafer's Circuit (USA 2001). John is a policeman, persecuted in his small hometown for being gay. When he moves to Los Angeles at the invitation of his cousin, Tad, he's literally sucked into the world of dance music, drugs, penile injections and beefcakes.
To date, Out in Africa has screened over 440 titles in Ster-Kinekor theatres. Over 125 000 tickets have been sold for a wide selection of gay filmmaking ranging from one-minute shorts to full-length features and three-hour television series.
The programme is the same in all of the visiting cities, with the festival screenings in Cine 3.
Thursday: Proteus (20:00)
Friday: Power Up Shorts (18:00), Celluloid Closet (20:00), Circuit (22:15)
Saturday: Knock 'em Dead & Wave Babes (16:00), It's in the Water (18:00), Beautiful Thing (20:15), Leather Jacket Love Story (22:15)
Sunday: Robin's Hood (16:00), Pick of the Mix (18:00), For a Lost Soldier (20:00)
Tickets cost R25.
All festival films