The Vancouver Queer Film Festival is back again for it’s 28th year from August 11-21! This year’s theme is “Quriosity” and promises a wide range of films to peak all quriosities. Check out the full film listing here.
Hastings Crossing Business Improvement Association is the screening sponsor for the VICE UK documentary Chemsex, which addresses issues surrounding drug use and sex. Following participants in London’s 56 Dean Street Sexual Health Centre program, this documentary shares the experiences of those struggling with chemsex in the gay community. The film also provides insights from Dr. David Stuart, the Substance Use Lead at 56 Dean Street, who has been instrumental in placing chemsex issues firmly on international public health agendas. Directed by Max Gogarty and William Fairman, Chemsex offers an opportunity for more conversations about intimacy, HIV, and wellness.
Following the film screening, the conversation will continue with a Q&A with Dr. David Stuart, and a panel discussion with some of Vancouver’s leading health workers, including Matthew Taylor, Outreach Engagement Manager of Health Initiative for Men (HIM), Nathan Lachowsky, Assistant Professor at the University of Victoria’s School of Public Health and Social Policy, and Al Zwiers, Registered Social Worker who has worked on substance abuse, addiction and mental health issues in queer and trans communities for decades. Joshua Edward of HIM will moderate discussion.
Please note that this film contains graphic images of injection drug-use, BDSM and sex.
Sunday, August 14, 6:30pm
SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
View a trailer for the film here.
Tickets can be purchased in singles, 6 packs or you can opt for the Scotiabank Super Pass, which allows you to see as many films as you want during this 11-day festival! You can purchase tickets online or at designated ticket sellers such as Little Sister’s or Black Dog Video. The VQFF Street Team will also be at events throughout the summer selling tickets. Click here for more details on dates and locations.