SUDDENLY LAST WINTER Gay Rights, Human Rights Documentary Screening, Special Event With Directors In Attendance

Event details:

Sunday 16th May, 7:00 p.m. start (Doors Open at 6:30 p.m.)
Admission Free-No Need to book but you are advised to come early
Main Hall, Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, Holborn, WC1R 4LR

Gustav Hofer and Luca Ragazzi, the couple behind documentary SUDDENLY LAST WINTER will be in the UK to promote the UK release of the acclaimed film about the shocking truth of modern day Italy’s sexual intolerance. SUDDENLY LAST WINTER has received various accolades including Best Documentary from the Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists, Best Documentary at the Milan International Lesbian and a Special Mention at the Gay Film Festival and at the 58th Berlin International Film Festival. The film will be available to rent and buy on 7th June 2010 courtesy of Network Releasing.

The Vatican continues to attack homosexuals and during the church’s paedophile scandal, Cardinal Bertone the Vatican Secretary of State, told a news conference: “Many psychologists and psychiatrists have shown that there is no link between celibacy and paedophilia, but many others have shown, I have recently been told, that there is a relationship between homosexuality and pedophilia”. Not even a law against homophobia got a majority in the Parliament, while homophobic-based violence has risen.

In February 2007, the shared private life of Gustav Hofer and Luca Ragazzi was turned upside down: the Italian government had presented a draft law that acknowledged the legal rights of unmarried and gay couples, prompting a tidal wave of ferocious homophobia throughout Italy. The Vatican and the conservatives challenged the legalisation of civil unions, insisting that the end of morality and “family” would be the inevitable outcome should homosexuality be tolerated and further indulged.

Partners for more than eight years, Gustav and Luca attempted to understand the different arguments for and against the law. Camera in hand, they undertook a journey into a country they did not know and did not expect to find – their very own. The resulting documentary shows what they learned on the way featuring interviews with passersby, religious figures, conservative and liberal politicians, in addition to protesters on both sides.

SUDDENLY LAST WINTER is a personal, moving, humorous, courageous and frequently shocking portrait of the intolerance of a country that most people might have felt that they knew. Released to great acclaim in 2008, this film garnered numerous awards include Best Documentary from the Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists, Best Documentary at the Milan International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival and Panorama Jury Special mention at the 58th Berlin International Film Festival.