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February 4 2015

February 4, 2015
February 4 2015
February 4 2015


Inside Out couldn’t possibly think of a better way to celebrate 25 years than to do so on screen.

We hope you have as much fun basking in the nostalgia of these movies as we did curating them on our road to celebrating the 25-year milestone. Please sit back, relax and indulge in our reflection of what remains most important to Inside Out - telling our stories on screen.

Introducing the first half of Inside Out's Retro Series:

TICKETS ON SALE FEBRUARY 11 - All Screenings Feature 1991 Retro Pricing $5.50

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Culled from a list of hundreds of LGBT film titles, we are pleased to kick off this retrospective series with the Academy Award nominated Stephen Frears classic, My Beautiful Laundrette.

My Beautiful Laundrette 
Stephen Frears 
United Kingdom 1985 (97:00)

In a rough London suburb rife with racial tension and poverty, handsome young Omar, together with his English friend Johnny, inherits a run-down laundrette from his rich uncle. As the space transforms, complete with muzac and video screens, their own relationship begins to blossom.

Nominee, 1987 Academy Award - Best Original Screenplay

Newly Restored 30th Anniversary Print


LGBT film festivals have never been more relevant as evidenced in the 1961 classic The Children’s Hour, starring Shirley MacLaine and Audrey Hepburn, accused of having an ‘unnatural’ relationship, that could have been ripped from today’s headlines.

The Children's Hour 
William Wyler 
USA 1961 (108:00)

At an exclusive girl's school managed by best friends, Martha (Shirley MacLaine) and Karen (Audrey Hepburn), a mean-spirited student causes controversy and outrage when she makes accusations of an "unnatural relationship" between the two women. Based on the eponymous 1934 play by Lillian Hellman.

Five Academy Award Nominations including: 
1962 Academy Award – Best Supporting Actress (Fay Bainter)

Original 35mm


Ang Lee’s hilarious and heart-warming The Wedding Banquet was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film in 1994, establishing Lee as one of the generation’s most important filmmakers.

The Wedding Banquet 
Ang Lee 
Taiwan/USA 1993 (106:00)

A young, gay professional living in New York plots to avoid coming out to his family by marrying a woman. His plan hilariously backfires when his parents insist on visiting from Taiwan to attend the wedding.

Nominee,1994 Academy Award – Best Foreign Language Film


Swedish auteur Lukas Moodysson knocked the independent film scene on its back with his edgy debut lesbian coming of age movie Show Me Love (yes, named after the Robyn song).

Show Me Love (Fucking Åmål) 
Lukas Moodysson 
Sweden 1998 (89:00)

A coming-of-age comedy set in a Swedish town called Åmål, deemed “the most boring place in earth” by 15-year-old resident Elin. Unbeknownst to Elin, her classmate Agnes is in love with her. As the two friends grow closer, Elin copes with her burgeoning feelings for Agnes by turning to a local boy, Johan.

Winner, 1999 Berlin International Film Festival Teddy Award - Best Feature Film

Original 35mm (Courtesy of the Swedish Film Institute)


Our list wouldn’t be complete without acknowledging one of the most crucial Canadian films that erupted out of the tail end of the New Queer Cinema age: Thom Fitzgerald’s The Hanging Garden. Having won every audience award possible at festivals back in 1997, as well as multiple Genie Awards (now Canadian Screen Awards), the time felt right to revisit the story of Sweet William and his family.

The Hanging Garden 
Thom Fitzgerald 
Canada/United Kingdom 1997 (91:00)

After ten years of being estranged from his family, Sweet William returns home to Nova Scotia for his sister's wedding. The past lingers as his sister’s new husband, Fletcher, flirts shamelessly with William, bringing back memories of the painful relationship they once shared. When his mother disappears, William must confront the haunting visions of his past and the unfinished business he left behind.

Winner of three 1997 Genie Awards 
Winner, 1997 TIFF People’s Choice Award 
Winner, 1997 Atlantic Film Festival Audience Award – Best Film

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Funding for Retro Series provided by:


Through the Pride and Remembrance Run, the Foundation provides financial support for projects of registered charities that benefit the LGBTQ community.

Funding for 25th Anniversary programming provided by:

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