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Queer Gaze Film – But I’m A Cheerleader

Date(s) - 02/12/2023
19:30 - 21:15


Electric Palace cinema, Hastings TN34 3ER


A satirical teen romantic comedy film in which a naive teenager is sent to rehab camp when her parents suspect her of being a lesbian.


92 MINS  / 1999 / USA

The Queer Gaze is an exploration of the Queer Worlds of Powell and Pressburger, how their coded queer characters can now ‘come out’ in 21st century films, curated and presented by Bexhill Film Programmers with support from Peccadillo Pictures and Hastings and Rother Rainbow Alliance.

The evening will be an exploration and celebration of the queer gaze in classic and contemporary cinema and include a surprise full length screening of a queer cinema classic: But I’m A Cheerleader.

Megan (Natasha Lyonne) considers herself a typical American girl. She excels in school and cheerleading, and she has a handsome football-playing boyfriend, even though she isn’t that crazy about him. So she’s stunned when her parents decide she’s gay and send her to True Directions, a boot camp meant to alter her sexual orientation. While there, Megan meets a rebellious and unashamed teen lesbian, Graham (Clea DuVall). Though Megan still feels confused, she starts to have feelings for Graham.

About Cinema Unbound: Powell and Pressburger season

This is the third of our Student Saturdays, devised and curated by people under 25 – to explore the influence of Powell and Pressburger on contemporary filmmakers today.

Cinema Unbound: The Creative Worlds of Powell and Pressburger is a major UK-wide celebration of one the greatest and most enduring filmmaking partnerships: Michael Powell (1905-1990) and Emeric Pressburger (1902-1988). Bold, subversive and iconoclastic, challenging and changing the visual language of film, their passionate collaborative artistic vision, spanning 24 films together between 1939 and 1972, is a vital part of the fabric of British cinema history.

In our series this Autumn, see original Powell and Pressburger classics, learn about their craft in filmmaking workshops, and enjoy a selection of modern films which bear the hallmark of their impact on filmmaking beyond the pair’s generation.

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Screening as part of Cinema Unbound: The Creative Worlds of Powell + Pressburger, a UK-wide film season supported by National Lottery and BFI Film Audience Network.

The Electric Palace cinema is proud to be part of this UK wide celebration programming a mix of screenings, events and workshops this autumn, bringing their work to new audiences to their work.

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