Alphabet Soup Cinema turns one
Alphabet Soup Cinema – the Blue Mountains’ monthly film club for LGBTIQ people and their friends – is turning one. And to mark the occasion, the group is planning its biggest event yet.
On Saturday, September 24, the movie club will hold its first birthday film night and party at the Baroque Bar and Nightclub, Katoomba.
The event will kick off at 7.30pm with a screening of Between a Frock and a Hard Place, the acclaimed documentary about Australian film classic The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert – the movie Alphabet Soup launched with last year.
The documentary’s producer, Katoomba resident Jo-Anne McGowan, will be on hand to introduce the 58-minute film, which was screened nationally on ABC-TV in March.
Between a Frock and a Hard Place – billed as “the true story behind one of the world’s most loved films” – is narrated by iconic British actor Terence Stamp, who played the character of Bernadette in Priscilla.
The documentary was recently nominated for a prestigious AWGIE Award by the Australian Writers’ Guild, and features interviews with actors Guy Pearce and Hugo Weaving, Priscilla director Stephan Elliott, and key figures from Sydney’s LGBTIQ scene in the 1980s and ’90s.
“Between a Frock and a Hard Place has been very well received since its release – but it’s an extra special buzz to have a public screening right here in my home of Katoomba,” said Ms McGowan.
“Priscilla is integral to Australia’s cultural landscape – it’s a crucible of transformation and changing attitudes, and it propelled many of its young cast and crew to international fame,” she added.
Between a Frock and a Hard Place will be followed by a screening of Priscilla itself, after which the Baroque will shift into nightclub mode for a dance party featuring pop and disco classics.
“It’s going to be a great night of fun and celebration,” said Alphabet Soup Cinema coordinator Peter Hackney.
“Think music, lights, disco balls and drag queens.”
He added that 100 per cent of profits from the evening would go to Pink Mountains Youth, the new social support group for local LGBTIQ youth.
“We’d like to thank everyone who’s supported Alphabet Soup over the past year,” he said.
“It’s because of you that the night has been a success.”
Tickets to the evening ($15 concession, $20 full price) are available now at www.alphabetsoupcinema.eventbrite.com. Bookings essential.