Cinema audiences in Nottingham are being offered another opportunity to see the inspirational film comedy Pride at a special screening in the city to mark the beginning of LGBT History Month.
The film, which first hit cinemas in the UK in September, tells the true story of a group of lesbian and gay activists who raised money to support families affected by the 1984 miners’ strike.
The event, taking place at the Broadway Cinema on Sunday February 1 at 2pm
, has been organised by The University of Nottingham’s Faculty of Arts in conjunction with the Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM) campaign, whose roots are explored within the film.
Taking a humorous look at the unlikely alliance that formed between the gay and lesbian activists and the small mining community of Onllwyn in South Wales, Pride premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last year. Its Nottingham screening is doubly timely as it takes place shortly before the 30th anniversary of the formal end of the National Union of Mineworkers’ strike in March.
The screening will be introduced by Dr Mark Sabine of the Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies and followed by a panel discussion with Mike Jackson, co-founder of LGSM and Dr Christopher Phelps
of the Department of American and Canadian Studies.
Dr Mark Sabine said: “We are delighted that Mike Jackson, who was born in Nottingham, is able to come back to the city and talk to us about his experiences and we are excited that we can start LGBT History Month with a screening of Pride.”
The screening is among a wider programme of events being organised by The University of Nottingham for LGBT History Month, which will celebrate the lives and achievements of the LGBT community throughout February and aims to challenge homophobia, biphobia and transphobia.
The full events programme is available on the University’s LGBT History Month blog
, which will be updated regularly throughout February with more detail about events, and blog posts from staff whose research touches LGBT culture, history, politics and health.
The majority of events taking place, both on campus and in the city and county, are free and open to all unless otherwise stated on the events posters.
The events programme is a collaboration between the University’s HR and Professional Development departments, the LGBTQ Staff Network, and schools and departments across the institution.
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