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.