Dir: Alice Smith 2019 UK 25 mins
+ discussion on cross-generation activism
Black Box Green Room
£4 / more if less if
Manchester, 1969: Luchia Fitzgerald, a teenage lesbian runaway from Ireland, struggles to survive on the streets of Manchester. Arrested and sent for a lobotomy to “cure” her, she escapes to the New Union, a pub at the epicentre of Manchester’s gay underground. At her lowest ebb, she hears a female student at the next table giving voice to every frustration she felt. That student was Angela Cooper and this chance encounter sparked a relationship that has endured half a century of euphoric highs and earth-shattering lows, including starting the local Gay Liberation Front, the city’s first women’s refuge, a rock band, and a radical queer printing press.
Angela and Luchia have spent 50 years fighting for lesbian rights and transforming the lives of thousands of women in Manchester and yet no record of them exists in the city’s archives. Their story has risked disappearing from history. Until now.
We are excited to have Angela and Luchia with us to discuss this extraordinary short film and to join a wider discussion about how we document and share activist experience and know-how across generations.
10th December 6pm, Free, Marriage Equality: Lessons from the Campaign
Patrick Corrigan of Amnesty International, Clare Moore of Irish Congress of Trade Unions and John O’Doherty of The Rainbow Project discuss the successful and many-sided campaign for marriage equality, which led to the recent law change at Westminster. Chaired by journalist Amanda Ferguson.
10th December 8pm, Free, Hear my Voice, Film Screening,
Join us for a screening of the emotive film by Brendan Bryan that explores artist Colin Davidson’s ‘Silent Testimony’ exhibition. ‘A cinematic tribute to those who suffered loss in the Northern Irish Conflict.
Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of THE JERK by Steve Martin in association with Belfast Film Festival
Just who is Navin R Johnson? He (Steve Martin) was born a poor black child, rises to become a gas station attendant, a ‘random bastard’, owner of a hero dog called Lifesaver, then inventor of the ‘Opti-grab’, a revolutionary device to aid the donning and removal of spectacles. Even with great wealth and taste, Navin is still The Jerk.
Released 40 years ago this year, The Jerk still remains one of the funniest films ever made, certainly one of Steve Martin and director Carl Reiner’s. Its mix of slapstick, absurdist humour and Martin’s performance as the naive and hapless Navin is irresistible. This afternoon screening will be a welcome tonic from Xmas movies. And xmas shopping.
We are delighted to be showing ‘Gruß vom Krampus’ for an alternative seasonal film screening this December in The Green Room.
Young men have fun by dressing up in frightening, elaborate Krampus costumes. Traditionally on December 5th “Krampusnacht” is when large cohorts of these “Krampuses” run through the streets of town squares around Austria merrymaking. The documentary “Greetings from Krampus” by female director Gabriele Neudecker points out why this last bastion of men is fascinating to young people in Austria and gives a glimpse of the Krampus runs as a cross between male masquerade, ritual beatings and long standing tradition. “Greetings from Krampus” is awarded with five international prizes so far.
So come along and enjoy this exclusive screening and pair it with a mulled wine and Krampus themed toastie!
Friday 3 January, 9.00pm
DJ Yoda’s Tarantino AV show explores the work of one of Hollywood’s most iconic directors, in a live spectacular.
The multi award-winning producer takes to the turntables for a new spin on Tarantino’s well-loved cult classics. Expect the unexpected and everything in-between from this preview, as DJ Yoda reinvigorates his craft with wry invention and humorous intent.
Yoda’s AV show is perfect for hardcore fans of Tarantino (Pulp Fiction / Once Upon A Time In Hollywood) as well as newly introduced audiences. It’s sure to be a night of epic production from one of the UK’s freshest DJs.
Doors 8.30pm | Unreserved Seating
Cassetteboy VJ Show
The Black Box
Saturday 25 January, 9.00pm
The legendary video mashups from Cassetteboy have had over 26 million views! Be it Lord Sugar, Downton Abbey or Harry Potter, no one is safe from their editing talent.
Cassetteboy are a cut ‘n’ paste duo from Chelmsford, Essex. They re-edit footage of TV shows to make celebrities talk about sex and drugs, and are somehow trying to make a career of it. They’ve released five albums including The Parker Tapes, which received a mark of 8.7 on Pitchfork, if that’s important.
Their smash hit The Bloody Apprentice, in which Alan Sugar talks about sh*tting frying pans, has been watched five and a half million times. They have also tackled David Cameron, Downton Abbey, Harry Potter, and The Only Way is Essex.
Cassetteboy have over 123,000 YouTube subscribers and 26,000,000 total video views. Their work has been featured on Radio One and regularly appears on Rude Tube. They enjoy long walks in the country and have kind eyes.
Cassetteboy are famous for lying about themselves and recently sailed round the world with Clare Balding.
Doors 8.30pm | Unreserved Seating