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The 20th Out In Africa Gay & Lesbian Film Festival’s 2013 final edition takes place in Jozi at Nu Metro Hyde Park and in CT at both Nu Metro and Cinema Nouveau V&AC Waterfront from 18-27 October.  For film trailers, workshops and all other info, check out our website here

Bookings will open on Monday, 30th September

OIA will be opened in Jozi on Wednesday 16 October by Justice Edwin Cameron. The Opening Night speaker in CT, on Thursday 17 October, is still to be confirmed.

The sure-fire hit of the Festival will be the French title Blue is the Warmest Colour, Abdellatif Kechiche’s 3-hour epic, awarded the Cannes Palme d’Or by a jury headed by Steven Spielberg. Courtesy of Ster Kinekor Cinema Nouveau, this will be the South African Première. It will screen at Nu Metro Hyde Park and Cinema Nouveau V&A Waterfront.

Continuing the French theme is the documentary Louis(e) de Ville, portrait of a bad girl!   This is not to be missed by anyone.  Louis(e), a guest of the Festival courtesy of the French Embassy / IFAS will attend all screenings, and perform her inimitable style of live burlesque in both cities. Intelligent, articulate and political, she performs in burlesque shows throughout Europe. Details of her performances and workshops are on the OIA website. Portrait screens as a double bill with In their Room: London directed by Travis Mathews, who often collaborates with James Franco. In their rooms are a surprising cross-section of gay men who share what’s on their minds and.. Intelligent and insightful, compulsive and compelling, voyeuristic and sometimes just plain crazy, the film is also surprisingly tender.

German director Patrick Schuckmann will present his film Lose Your Head, a tense and sexy psychological thriller based on the true story. Luis, a young Spaniard, comes to summery Berlin to party and meets the sexy, intriguing Viktor. It all becomes scary and sinister when a Greek woman mistakes Luis for her brother who has disappeared.

Schuckmann will run Script Writing workshops in Jozi and Cape Town.

Another German offering is the award winning Free Fall (Freier Fall) directed by Stephan Lacant.  Set far from the gay world, it is a gritty, intense study of a riot squad policeman whose life comes apart when he falls for a colleague.  Beautifully shot, exquisitely acted, Free Fall is part Brokeback Mountain, part Undertow.

Director Rodney Evans, a guest of the 2005 Festival with Brother to Brother, has delivered a well-scripted, often pin-sharp delving into the new rules of engagement as permanence makes way for pleasure in The Happy Sad. Here two couples, one (nearly) straight, one gay, find themselves exploring alternatives to the usual ’til-death-do-us-part monogamy roundabout, with intriguing consequences and more twists than a 5th Avenue pretzel.

Doug Spearman’s Hot Guys with Guns is a modern take on the old-fashioned detective story. It’s Chinatown meets Boystown. A series of raids on exclusive parties leaves a raft of LA’s most influential gay men high and dry. Will our amateur PIs catch the bastards, or just the clap? By turns tense and dramatic, it’s also titillating, funny, cruisey, filled with Hollywood insider-humour and some pretty decent acting. Lots of fun.

Out in the Dark, directed by Michael Mayer, is a multi-award winning Israeli film that delivers a gripping tale of love that both comments on, and uses the backdrop of, Israeli-Palestinian politics to great effect. Palestinian Nimr sneaks across the border at night to the gay bars of Tel Aviv where he meets the sexy Israeli lawyer, Roy.  The cinematography, music and editing all contribute to an edgy, urgent drama of star-crossed lovers.

And for a truly South African experience the Festival includes a programme of three local shorts: Benedicte Roumega’s White Lies, set in a Cape Town hair salon, starring Alan Committee; Oko Macanda’s  Somagwazaabout two boys undergoing their initiation into the world of men; and Duan Myburgh’s DIFF award winning tale of love and revenge, The Brave Unseen

Out In Africa

www.oia.co.za

Booking details:

Nu Metro (Jozi and CT): R53 all concessions apply www.numetro.co.za

Call Centre:  8am to  8pm:  0861 246 362

In CT – Blue is the Warmest Colour screens at Cinema Nouveau:  R63 all concessions apply

For bookings and info visit www.cinemanouveau.co.za or call  Ticketline on 082 16789

The Festival is sponsored by

The National Film & Video Foundation, HIVOS, The Times, The Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice The French Embassy, the ever-generous individuals who subscribe to the 8333 fund and our small businesses 6 Spin Street, Graton Guest House, The Glen Boutique Hotel, Original Cocktails and SoupSaladSandwich

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“Artist iO Tillett Wright has photographed 2,000 people who consider themselves somewhere on the LGBTQ spectrum and asked many of them: Can you assign a percentage to how gay or straight you are? Most people, it turns out, consider themselves to exist in the gray areas of sexuality, not 100% gay or straight. Which presents a real problem when it comes to discrimination: Where do you draw the line?”

iO Tillett Wright: Fifty shades of gay

(Recommended by Mehita I.)

“David M. Halperin, who coincidentally is the W.H. Auden Distinguished University Professor of the History and Theory of Sexuality at the University of Michigan, starts with the idea that homosexual sexual experience is no guarantee that one is initiated into any larger sense of gay culture. It must, he argues, be learned from older or at least more savvy gays or somehow intuited on one’s own. Some straights are imbued with the gay sensibility, just as many homosexuals reject or don’t know about gay culture; those married men at the baths may be completely clueless and want to stay that way.”

IS THERE A GOOD WAY TO BE GAY?

(Article recommended by Lester A.)

HSRC SEMINAR: Categories and their Discontents: The trials and tribulations of using the terms ‘LGBT’ and ‘MSM/WSW’

Dr Surya Monro, University of Huddersfield, UK, 20 February, 12H15 for 12H30 to 14:00

02-20 Monro
Do we need the terms ‘Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender’? How useful are the categories of ‘Men who have Sex with Men’ and ‘Women who have Sex with Women?’ In what ways do these labels construct, contain and constrain us? Do we need them, as a basis for forging identities, as a foundation for activism, for research, for policy making and practice?  This seminar explores the ways in which sexual and gender categories structure the forms of identity that we consider possible, looking at the absences that occur when ‘shorthand’ style categories are used, at attempts to dismantle or move beyond categories, and at the politically strategic use of sexual/gender categories. The talk draws on a number of original empirical studies including a study about transgender in the UK in the 1990s, a large research project about LGBT equalities in local government (2007-2010) and a project about bisexuality (current).

Surya Monro is Reader in Sociology and Social Policy based at the Centre for Research in the Social Sciences, University of Huddersfield, UK, email s.monro@hud.ac.uk. Surya has published substantially in the fields of gender and sexuality, notably on the topic of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equalities. She is the author of Gender Politics: Citizenship, Activism, and Sexual Diversity (Pluto Press 2005) and co-author (with Diane Richardson) of Sexuality, Equality and Diversity (Palgrave MacMillan, 2012).

Kindly RSVP by 18 February 2013

Cape Town : HSRC, 12th Floor, Plein Park Building (Opposite Revenue Office), Plein Street, Cape Town. Contact Jean Witten, Tel (021) 4668004, Fax (021) 461 0299, or JWitten@hsrc.ac.za
Durban :  First floor HSRC board room, 750 Francois Road, Ntuthuko Junction, Pods 5 and 6, Cato Manor, Contact Ridhwaan Khan, Tel (031) 242 5400, cell: 083 788 2786 or RKhan@hsrc.ac.za
Pretoria : HSRC Video Conference, 1st floor HSRC Library Human Sciences Research Council, 134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria. Happy Solomon Tel: (012) 302 2369, e-mail: HSolomon@hsrc.ac.za

(sent by Hannah B.)