curl up with a good movie at the Milw LGBT Film/Video Festival
Our Sunday afternoons at this year's Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video
Festival will feature epic adaptations of two treasured novels - May
Sarton's Mrs. Stevens Hears the Mermaids Singing and Sarah Waters'
Mrs Stevens Hears the Mermaids Singing
Tomorrow afternoon - Sunday, October 2 - at 2pm we will present the
certified audience favorite Mrs Stevens Hears the Mermaids Singing,
Linda Thornburg's adaptation of May Sarton's celebrated 1965 novel.
This vivid adaptation is an epic quietly rendered, a tale of one
woman's experience that, with a certain inclusiveness and delicacy,
offers both a personal and public history of the 20th century. On her
70th birthday, Hilary Stevens, a stand-in for Sarton, allows two
reporters an interview on her career as a poet. The interview summons
forth, via flashbacks, a panorama of women's history, a consideration
of varieties of women's work, and an appreciative understanding of a
creative process rooted in quotidian pleasures and relationships with
As Stevens recounts the inspirational encounters she had with, among
others, a hospital nurse who tends to her after her husband's death,
a Gertrude Stein-style literary salon hostess/critic, a Paris Jazz
club singer, and a prominent sociologist, Thornburg's film details
the corresponding larger and ever-changing fortunes for lesbians,
garnering the film the richness of the novel. Mrs. Stevens Hears the
Mermaids Singing offers a resonating portrait of an artist, nicely
complicated by the tenor of her times and with its central
character's own instinctive inquisitive restlessness.
Just this month, Linda Thornburg's film won the Audience Award for
Best Lesbian Film at the Pikes Peak Lavender Film Festival and the
Audience Award for Best Feature Film at the 2005 Fire Island Film &
..then see Fingersmith for FREE!
The following Sunday afternoon, Sunday, October 9, at 3pm, the
Festival will present a FREE screening of the BBC adaptation of Sarah
Waters novel Fingersmith.
Offering a twist on and of Dickens, Fingersmith unfolds in a
Victorian England circa 1862, a time rife with plotting, scoundrels,
unexpected alliances, and unpredictable downfalls and upswings of
fortune. Sue Trinder, a young orphan, finds shelter with Mrs.
Sucksby, a queen bee to a family of thieves, i.e. fingersmiths.
Impressed upon to serve Richard Rivers, a confederate of Mrs. S., Sue
starts work as a maid for the wealthy young lady Maud Lilly, the
better to convince her to marry Rivers, who, the cad, schemes to
defraud her. The complications start when Sue falls for the young
Maud, but schemes already set in motion prove hard to undo.
Fingersmith does elegant justice to Waters' wizardry and dexterity at
crafting an engaging and suspenseful web of sustained plot gyrations
and romance, and this three-part series, the best sort of TV,
presented here in its entirety, is sure to have you hooked.
Two years ago we presented Tipping the Velvet, a BBC adaptation of
another Waters novel, and it proved to be the most crowd-pleasing
screening of that festival. This one promises the same, so be sure to
steal away three hours Sunday afternoon, October 9.
After Fingersmith, stick around and enjoy our closing night
reception, co-hosted with the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, to be
held in the UWM Union Art Gallery before our closing night screening
of the antic French comedy Cote D'Azur.
Mrs. Stevens Hears the Mermaid Singing
(Linda Thornburg, video 120 min., 2005)
Sunday, October 2, 2pm
Fingersmith - presented for FREE!
(BBC Productions, video, 180 min., 2004)
Sunday, October 9, 3pm
Both shows are at the UWM Union Theatre in the UWM Student Union at
2200 E Kenwood Blvd. Tickets for Mrs. Stevens... are $7 general, $5
students / senior. Buy a Festival pass and see more for less! For
complete schedule info see www.arts.uwm.edu/lgbtfilm
Okay, I'm out for today, back to the Union Theatre for four more
shows this afternoon and this evening - including the only
"transvestite Marxist comedy" ever at 11pm!
Thanks for all your support and later on -
Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video FEstival
Film Department / UWM
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