FACT, 88 Wood Street
After three successful screenings so far, the Liverpool Pride Film Programme hots up with two
powerful films: Bashment and Leave It On The Floor, showing at FACT.
Bashment is the new film from Rikki Beadle Blair and his company, Team Angelica and will be screened
on the 30 August. It is the story of J.J., a white, gay rapper making his way in the underground urban
music scene. The film challenges every kind of attitude around sexuality, race, disability and class,
whilst always gripping its audience with action and emotion.
Liverpool Pride is very pleased to announce that Director Rikki Beadle Blair will be at the screening for
a Q&A session after the film where he will discuss his inspiration for working with the film’s themes.
The grand finale of the film programme will be on the 6 September with the screening of Leave It on
the Floor, a sensational Vogue musical. Liverpool’s own Vogue superstar Darren Suarez has been the
inspiration for this screening and his company, House of Suarez, will introduce the film with a live
performance of excerpts from this year’s Vogue Ball, Twisted Fairytales.
The film is a result of the twenty-year passion of award-winning director Sheldon Larry, with an
exceptional screenplay and lyrics by Glenn Gaylord. It also boosts an original score by Beyonce’s
creative director Kim Burse, and heart-thumping choreography by Frank Gatson Jr. the wizard behind
Beyonce’s image and music videos (including the “Single Ladies” phenomenon and J.Lo’s current
hit ”On the Floor”).
The film tells the story of an outsider, Brad, who’s been thrown out of his own dysfunctional family
onto the streets of LA. By chance, he stumbles into a ball, a startling underground scene populated by
a ragtag assortment of strays. Brad’s journey is the journey of the film to where he ultimately will find
home, love and acceptance in this most unlikely of places.
Joan Burnett, Trustee of Liverpool Pride comments on the programme:
“This year’s programme has been all about young people finding their way in the world – surviving
through the hard times and celebrating the good ones. Both Bashment and Leave it O The Floor show
how young people can rise above harsh circumstances to make good in the world, using their creativity
as a touchstone”
It’s a major coup to end the programme with Rikki Beadle Blair and House of Suarez in attendance –
I’m so excited and can’t wait for audiences to be able to share the films and performances”.
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