Film festival has wide appeal

2012-05-21 00:00

AMONG the many films being screened during the second Durban Gay & Lesbian Film Festival is Carl Medland and Amarjeet Singh’s psychological thriller The Adored.

The film tells the story of Maia, a struggling has-been model who hopes that a session with the prolific celebrity photographer, Francesca Allman, will rejuvenate her career and bring her out of her depression.

During the session Francesca builds Maia’s confidence, but as they spend more time together, Maia becomes the object of Francesca’s obsession and things slowly spiral out of control. Adored can be seen at 4 pm on Sunday, May 27.

Another Medland film, the drama Cost Of Love, which can be seen at 10 pm on Thursday, May 24, revolves around Dale, a male escort in Greenwich London.

Sexy, confident, full of attitude and imagination, he is the king of his domain, and also secretly in love with his best friend Raj, a handsome compassionate doctor who has just announced that he’s getting married.

Dale, shocked and despairing, turns to his friend, rebellious drag artist Sean, for answers, not knowing that Sean has strong feelings for him.

Medland will be attending the festival from May 24 to May 29 and will present a Q&A discussion on Thursday at 9.30 pm.

Other films worth catching include:

• Veronica Kedar’s Joe + Belle, a whimsically dark romantic comedy, about a wild cross-country escape after an inadvertent death. This Thelma and Louise-style tale can be seen at 6 pm on Thursday.

• Co-dependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same, directed by Madeleine Olnek, follows the adventures and misadventures of three aliens sent to Earth on a mission to rid themselves of romantic emotions. See it at 2 pm on Sunday.

• The romantic comedy eCupid, directed by JC Calciano, which tells the story of two men in a relationship rut, whose lives are changed by a downloaded phone app. See it at 8 pm tomorrow and at 10 pm on Friday, May 25.

• The musical drama Leave It On The Floor, directed by Sheldon Larry, is a musical story about homeless young gay men, makeshift families, African-American gay culture and the grand diva who holds it all together. See it on Monday, May 28 at 4 pm.

• You Should Meet My Son, directed by Scott Boswell, tells the story of a mom who inadvertently learns that her son is gay and enthusiastically drags her sister out to find him a decent boyfriend. See it at 8 pm on Saturday, May 26.

All screenings for the Durban Gay & Lesbian Film Festival take place at the KZNSA Gallery in Bulwer Road, Durban.

The festival runs until May 28 and screens more than 35 films that have been selected to appeal to a wide audience within the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex community, and still be of interest to cinema lovers from mainstream society. Screenings are from 10 am to midnight daily, and a full programme can be accessed online at www.dglff.org.za

The Arts Cafe will be open from 8.30 am to 5 pm daily (except Mondays) and evening screenings will include refreshments and a festival bar.

Note that the films and the accompanying art exhibition are of an adult nature, so no under-18s are allowed.

Tickets are R35 per main screening (R20 for students and pensioners). Access to the workshops and discussions is free, with seating on a first-come-first-served basis. Tickets can be bought at the gallery. All advance and block bookings can be made via e-mail at bookings@dglff.org.za

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