Pride in Plymouth are pleased to announce that in association with Peninsula Arts and Transgender Information there will be a FREE screening of the award winning film ‘Boys Don’t Cry‘ for Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) that takes place on 20th November. The film will be introduced by a member of Transgender Information and there will be a minutes silence to remember our trans brothers and sisters that have been killed or subjected to hate crime and violence. There will also be a post film discussion on trans issues. This will provide a perfect opportunity to ask questions and learn about the issues and challenges trans people continue to face and how you can help support someone through transition and beyond.
Boys Don’t Cry – A young gay girl adopts the male identity of Brandon Teena and attempts to find love in Nebraska.
“A true story about finding the courage to be yourself”
Released in the UK in 2000, Hillary Swank won an Oscar for best actress in a leading role at the Academy Awards 2000 and Chloë Sevigny was nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. This was repeated at the Golden Globe Awards with Hillary taking the globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama and Chloë nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture. With another 47 wins and 27 nominations this film is defiantly worth seeing. Based on actual events. Brandon Teena is the popular new guy in a tiny Nebraska town. He hangs out with the guys, drinking, cussing, and bumper surfing, and he charms the young women, who’ve never met a more sensitive and considerate young man. Life is good for Brandon, now that he’s one of the guys and dating hometown beauty Lana. However, he’s forgotten to mention one important detail. It’s not that he’s wanted in another town for GTA and other assorted crimes, but that Brandon Teena was actually born a woman named Teena Brandon. When his best friends make this discovery, Brandon’s life is ripped apart.
Pride in Plymouth and Trans Information are very grateful to Peninsula Arts for funding this film and making it available FREE of charge. Even though admission is FREE the film is certified at 18 so young adults should bring ID with proof of age.
Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) was started by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith as a vigil to honor the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1998. The vigil commemorated all the transgender people lost to violence that year and began an important memorial that has become the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance.
“The Transgender Day of Remembrance seeks to highlight the losses we face due to anti-transgender bigotry and violence. I am no stranger to the need to fight for our rights, and the right to simply exist is first and foremost. With so many seeking to erase transgender people — sometimes in the most brutal ways possible — it is vitally important that those we lose are remembered, and that we continue to fight for justice.”
Transgender Day of Remembrance founder Gwendolyn Ann Smith
For more information about TDOR – visit – http://www.transgenderdor.org/
Peninsula Arts – Plymouth’s Center for Arts and Culture Open to the public, all year round, with the largest contemporary art gallery in Plymouth they host exciting exhibitions from internationally renowned artists. One of their principle aims is to provide access to a programme of wide-ranging high quality arts and cultural experiences, which is informed by the expertise, research and scholarship of the University of Plymouth and its partners, to the communities of Plymouth and the South West and visitors to the region. Peninsula Arts Website Jill Craigie Cinema The Jill Craigie Cinema is situated on the ground floor of the Roland Levinsky Building (Plymouth University) opposite the central library and city museum. The cinema has state of the art equipment including a 35mm and a 60mm film projector, a high quality DLP based projector, an AMX controller, special cinematic equipment and Dolby Digital Surround Sound. The cinema has a seating capacity for 128 people, and hosts a variety of films and events including the prestigious British Animation Awards Public Choice. The cinema was named after Jill Craigie (1914 – 1999) who was an English documentary film director, actor, writer, feminist, and wife of distinguished Labour Party politician Michael Foot. Michael was born and raised in Plymouth and he and his wife Jill lived in the city for a number of years.