18 April 2020 — 25 April 2020

QUEER EAST FILM FESTIVAL

Queer East Film Festival brings East and Southeast Asian LGBTQ+ cinema to London with a fortnight of screenings and events this April.

The festival offers a chance to celebrate the rarely seen queer stories on screen and explore gender, sexuality and what it means to be Asian and queer today through a programme that highlights the 50-year making of queer cinema in Asia.

As part of the Brent 2020 London Borough of Culture, Queer East bring a series of five curated screenings will take place at the Lexi Cinema from 18 to 25 April, echoing Brent’s strong Asian affiliations. The films will explore the queer relationship with identity, religion, family, adulthood and politics in films from Hong Kong, India, Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and The Philippines.

£5 Special Tickets for Brent residents with the support from Brent 2020 Culture Fund.

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When

Sat 18, Sun 19, Tues 21, Thurs 23 and Sat 25 April

Tickets

£5 Special Tickets for Brent residents with the support from Brent 2020 Culture Fund

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Where

Lexi Cinema
194b Chamberlayne Road
Kensal Green
London
NW10 3JU

Venue Info

UPCOMING SCREENINGS

18 April - Tracey (15)
This pioneering transgender drama from Hong Kong follows 51-year-old Tung Tai-hung, who is caught between his duties as a family man, and his innermost desires as a woman trapped in a man’s body. Jun Li’s debut feature tells a powerful story of identity and acceptance.

19 April - The Shepherds (15) (UK Premiere)
This documentary charts the struggles of LGBTQ+ Christians in Taiwan, and the challenges they face in confronting social discrimination and institutional prejudice. The Shepherds captures both the bravery and desperation of this religious community, focusing on their role in advocating for marriage equality in Taiwan.

21 April - Between the Seasons (12) (UK Premiere)
A friendship develops between reserved café owner Hae-Soo and high school student Ye-Jin. Fate pushes the two women together, but both have their secrets, which they guard carefully. Kim Jun-Sik’s debut feature sensitively develops the emotional lives of the two women, and offers a thoughtful reflection on gender, sexuality and self-acceptance.

23 April - Malila: The Farewell Flower (15)
Pich has cancer and finds peace in making Bai Sri, a Thai floral ornament used in traditional rituals. By chance, he reunites with his former lover Shane, and together they must face up to the prospect of their mortality. Anucha Boonyawatana’s second feature is a meditative and sensuous portrayal of life’s fragility.

25 April - Girlfriend Boyfriend - GF*BF (15)
Set in the 1980s, GF*BF charts the relationship between Mabel, Liam and Aaron, who join the social revolution that is sweeping across Taiwan and fight for democracy. But Liam is secretly in love with Aaron, which threatens to test the friends’ relationship to its limits.

£5 Special Tickets for Brent residents with the support from Brent 2020 Culture Fund.

This programme is supported by Film Hub London, managed by Film London, which is a partner of the BFI Film Audience Network, funded by the National Lottery.