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Camden's LGBT community run a forum for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people in the area. Their aim is to promote equality and eradicate discrimination. The best way to do this is through raising awareness and helping people understand LGBT culture. The forum do this by running monthly meetings, visiting schools and youth groups, and running projects and events.

One event they have organised is an LGBT Film Day at the British Museum, which will not only provide relatable entertainment for the LGBT community, but also provide others with insight into what life is like when your sexual orientation is different from mainstream society.

The LGBT Film Day is on the 12th October and includes four free screenings. It is, however, best to book, which you can do online or by calling 44 (0)20 7323 8181. The films explore the them of love and marriage, and each screening will end with a special showing of objects from the museum's collection that relate to the context of the film.

10.45am, 1 hour 20 minutes, 1987, 15

Set in Edwardian England, Maurice is based on a novel by E. M. Forster. The film follows the story of Maurice Hall, who at school is taught about the 'sacred mysteries' of sex. Upon reaching Cambridge University, however, he finds that these values are put into question, when a fellow student, Clive, expresses feelings towards him. After their friend, Lord Risley is arrested for homosexual behaviour, their relationship is put under strain.

Flames of Passion
1.45pm, 18 minutes, 1989, 18

It is love at first sight in Flames of Passion, a short film directed by Richard Kwietniowski. A doctor finds a photograph of a man while at a train station, and immediately falls in love with him. The screening will be followed by a Q&A session by the curator, Richard Parkinson, who wrote A Little Gay History.

Small Town Gay Bar
2.50pm, 1 hour 21 minutes, 2006, E

Directed by Malcolm Ingram, Small Town Gay Bar is a documentary that explores at two gay bars in the Mississippi. The men and women who go there for a brief respite from the discrimination of the straight community, describe their struggles, and how they have to deal with ignorance, hypocrisy and oppression.

4.15pm, 1 hour 33 minutes, 2011, 15

A slightly lighter affair is Cloudburst, a romantic comedy about an elderly lesbian couple who go on a road trip to Maine so that they can get married. Adapted from a stage play, it won an Atlantic Canada Award for Best Screenplay.

It would be interesting to watch each film back to back to see the evolution in our attitudes towards LGBT culture over the last three decades.
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Why? Fun for film lovers
When: 12th Oct
Phone: 44 (0)20 7323 818
Where: British Museum
Cost: Free
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