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Film Society team up with LGBT+ Soc present a joint screening

Film Society teamed up with LGBT+ to present a screening of “The Crying Game” (1992), which also marked Transgender Day of Remembrance

The film is a psychological thriller directed by Neil Jordan, who went on to make Breakfast on Pluto (2005) and Byzantium (2012). It concerns a love triangle between a member of the IRA (Stephen Rea), a soldier who is held prisoner by the group (Forest Whitaker) and his girlfriend (Jaye Davidson).

Sarah Garnham attended the screening and reported on the event.

“The joint Film Society screening with LGBT society was so well attended by members of both societies (including former Filmsoc president Alex Turner) that we had to put out extra chairs! It was also Film Society’s first joint screening of the year, with a Rock and Metal Society one planned for later this semester.

The evening started with a brief talk from LGBT society about Transgender Remembrance Day, a day to remember transgender people murdered as a result of transphobia, for which we held a two minute silence. We then watched a short educational film entitled ‘In My Shoes’ before starting our main film, the 1992 multi Oscar-nominated ‘The Crying Game’.

The film was an interesting drama that explored aspects of race, nationality and gender and centred around an IRA group. It starred Stephen Rea, Miranda Richardson and Forest Whitaker. It also tied into Film Society’s current month of films all based in London. Afterwards we all went to Wetherspoons to discuss the film and get to know each other better. Overall it was a great success, and was nice to meet some new people.”

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