Hilton pinking differently about film

2009-07-02 00:00

THE City of Choice is going pink — and not because of cold weather.

For the past three months, the Silver Spoon Coffee Café and Restaurant in Hilton has been hosting a monthly Pink Movie Night, showcasing movies that wouldn’t have ordinarily made it to South African cinemas — gay films.

Pink Movie Nights not only aims to provide an intimate space for gay people to mingle, but also to raise funds for KwaZulu-Natal’s only gay pride festival, the Pink Mynah.

At the next movie night, the Silver Spoon will be screening Beautiful Thing, the Brit cult-classic that won four awards and was also nominated for a European Film Award in the year of its release.

Beautiful Thing is a love story set during a hot summer on a South-East London housing estate. It tells the story of Jamie (played by Glen Berry), a relatively unpopular guy who bunks school to avoid football.

Jamie lives next door to Ste (Scott Neal), a popular athlete who is frequently beaten up by his father and older brother. As a result of one of these beatings, Jamie’s mum offers refuge to Ste, who has to share a bed with Jamie.

And the rest, as they say, is history. From initial lingering glances to their irrefutable love, the film tells it all — even the not-so-happy moments.

It has been branded by many who have seen it as one of the finest “gay” films so far. In my opinion, it is one of the better films (gay or straight) about self-discovery and teenage love released so far.

Also featuring in this film is actress and comedian Meera Syal of The Kumars at Number 42 fame. She plays a teacher, Ms Chauhan. Her character provides that extra bit of comic relief, as in the case of most of her roles.

Beautiful Thing will be screened at 8 pm on Saturday. Festivities, however, begin at 6.30 pm and patrons are encouraged to arrive early. Proceeds from every movie night go to the Gay and Lesbian Network to host the annual Pink Mynah Festival.

To book, phone 033 343 1043.

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