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Snap: Desert Hearts (18)
Fabrica Gallery
Brighton United Kingdom
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Snap: Desert Hearts (18)
Eyes Wide Open Cinema is teaming up with the University of Sussex's Centre for the Study of Sexual Dissidence and Centre for American Studies, to bring you a season of pioneering American queer cinema at Fabrica Gallery. We begin with Donna Deitch's landmark 1985 drama Desert Hearts.

Doors will open at 7.30 and the event will begin at 8.00. The film will have closed captions (English subtitles especially for D/deaf or hard of hearing attendees) and the event will have British Sign Language interpretation.

Director: Donna Deitch. 1985. USA. 96 minutes.

In 1950s Nevada, discontented professor Vivian arrives in Reno to obtain a quick divorce from her husband. On the ranch where she is staying, she meets Cay, the daughter of ranch owner, a bohemian self-assured lesbian who works in the local casino and makes art on the side. As the two women grow closer, Vivan becomes anxious about her emerging feelings towards Cay and, against the backdrop of rocky landscapes and desert planes, the two begin to come to terms with their emergent desires.

In the postmodernist 80s, it is risky to be romantic, unfashionable to be direct, and downright retrograde to be lesbian. Enter 'Desert Hearts', the debut feature by Donna Deitch that dares to risk social ignominy and deliver what some of us, growing up in the culturally bereft 1950s and 1960s, have always been waiting for. - B. Ruby Rich, 1985.

While 'Desert Hearts' is the most conventional narrative love story of our season, its importance should not be underestimated. Deitchs romance helped widen the horizon of her queer cinematic successors in the decades that followed.

+ short film BOOTWMN in association with the Women Over 50 Film Festival

Directors: Paige Gratland and Sam McWilliams. 2015. USA. 11 mins.

Deana McGuffin is a third generation New Mexico bootmaker, hand-crafting wearable pieces of art. When she is approached by a Canadian artist and a San Franciscan tattooer to create a gay-themed cowboy boot, a story unravels of a unique collaboration that takes them to the heart of cowboy country.

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This project is supported by Film Hub South East with National Lottery funds distributed by the BFI Film Audience Network (FAN).


Fabrica Gallery (View)
40 Duke St
Brighton BN1 1AG
United Kingdom

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Film > Festivals
Social > LGBT

Minimum Age: 18
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: Eyes Wide Open Cinema
On BPT Since: Jul 15, 2017
Eyes Wide Open Cinema

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