Stonewall is working with UK film distributor Network Releasing in a unique partnership centred on the award-winning gay thriller Out in the Dark (rated 15), which opens in UK cinemas on 5 July. The arrangement will see an advance preview screening of Out in the Dark on 1 July at Hackney Picturehouse at 8.30pm followed by a discussion with one of the film’s stars, Nicholas Jacob, Guardian columnist and Heat magazine film editor Charles Gant, and Stonewall’s International Officer Jasmine O’Connor.
The directorial debut from Michael Mayer stars newcomer Nicholas Jacob as Arab student Nimr alongside Michael Aloni (Policeman, Infiltration) who plays Jewish lawyer Roy. The gripping story of an Arab-Israeli gay love affair sees Nimr rejected by Islamic society for his sexuality and by Jewish society for his nationality.
Stonewall Head of Policy Sam Dick said: ‘Out in the Dark highlights the difficulties facing gay couples living in cross-cultural relationships. It provides a fantastic opportunity for us to debate the issues facing lesbian, gay and bisexual people globally and how we in Britain can help them secure gay equality in their own countries and communities.’
Tim Beddows, managing director at Network Releasing, said: ‘We’re delighted to be working with Stonewall to raise awareness of the issues in this powerful, award-winning gay thriller.’
Out in the Dark opens at Cineworld Haymarket from 5 July, plus other key cities in the UK. The film made its UK debut at the BFI London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival earlier this year and was screened as part of the Accenture Gala. The film also won the Audience Award for Best Feature Film at the Mardi Gras Film Festival 2013. For more information about Out in the Dark visit the film’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/OutInTheDarkUK.
Stonewall campaigns against state-sponsored homophobia globally, working closely with the UK Government, EU and campaigners in countries worldwide. For more information about Stonewall’s international work visit www.stonewall.org.uk/international.