With audiences stuck at home, film distributors are finding creative new ways to get some much-missed togetherness back into the movie-watching experience. Say a big hello, then, to a new LGBTQ+ movie club, a weekly global get-together that you won’t need to leave your couch to join.
Peccadillo Sofa Club is the brainchild of LGBTQ+ cinema specialists Peccadillo Pictures and kicks off with ‘Are You Proud?’ and a filmmaker Q&A on Thursday April 2. How does it work? Simple: watch the film on Vimeo, iTunes, Vimeo On Demand, BFI Player or Amazon Prime in the US and then send questions to director Ashley Joiner via Peccadillo’s YouTube channel before 8.45pm UK time, when he’ll answer them live.
The film is great – ‘An inspiring LGBTQ+ doc’ says Time Out’s four-star review – and the virtual event offers viewers the chance to connect with the man who made it and pose any Pride-related questions you’ve been itching to ask.
‘Are You Proud?’ kickstarts a rich run of Sofa Club screenings and Q&As that also takes in queer Barca-set love story ‘End of the Century’ and striking Georgian-Swedish coming-out drama ‘And Then We Danced’. The directors of these films – Lucio Castro and Levan Akin – will be logging on to answer questions on April 9 and 16 respectively.
Other movie houses have been getting in on the act, with Curzon in the UK offering a similarly communal-feeling watch-and-Q&A-along evenings. Get the lowdown on that via Curzon’s Twitter feed.
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