120 beats per minute

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tuesday 27 march - duke of york's - 6.00

Director: Robin Campillo. 2017. France. 143 minutes. 

The lives of AIDS activists in early 90s Paris are reimagined in bold and vivid detail in 120 BPM, a stunning and heart-wrenching drama from Robin Campillo. Winner of the Grand Prix at Cannes 2017 and a host of international awards, this is an essential work of cinema with a profoundly moving and delicately crafted love story at its heart.

As the AIDS epidemic tears through their community, the members of ACT UP Paris are fighting for survival. While they battle against governmental apathy, pharmaceutical greed and public ignorance, they also go out partying, debate politics and, occasionally, fall in love. One day, as outspoken radical Sean  strikes up a conversation with shy newcomer Nathan, they have no idea that their lives are about to change forever.

Based on the director’s own experiences, this vibrant and deeply emotional drama rushes with youthful energy, balancing powerful themes of social justice with euphoric moments of spine-tingling sensuality. Urgent and affecting, it’s a film about life, death, love, tragedy – and, above all, the will to survive.

We have a limited amount of tickets available for free for those who cannot afford the regular ticket price. Please email tickets@eyeswideopencinema.co.uk to reserve these. 

panel discussion

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Miqx Kannemeyer has worked as a psychiatric nurse as well as in life-long community activism via co-operatives, charities, voluntary groups, festivals and campaigns in many areas such as social justice, housing, queer politics, green issues and complementary therapies. 

Now practising as an acupressurist, offering meditation and qi qong group-work, and self-identifying as gender-queer, Miqx witnessed the devastation of the first wave of HIV/AIDS first-hand and after several years is still involved with The Helios Foundation. Miqx is a Radical Faerie, co-ordinates the QueerDome project and is a core organiser of the Queer Spirit Festival

 

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Ray Malone is an ACT UP activist, theatre maker and single mother. Ray was part of the BEYOND UKIP CABARET, creating a UKIP themed Swing Dance for which she was described as ‘scum’ by Nigel Farage. Ray is a theatre director with companies Heads Bodies Legs, Sea-change Theatre and Waiting in the Dark. Ray is a founder member of the NHS Anti-Swindle Team, and is committed to fighting the privatisation of the NHS through creative direct action. Please talk to her about how to get involved with the NHS Anti-Swindle Team.

 

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Duncan Churchill has been a Consultant at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton since 1999. He trained at Oxford University and at The Middlesex Hospital Medical School, and trained in HIV Medicine at The Middlesex and St. Mary’s Hospitals. He is currently Honorary Treasurer of the British HIV Association (BHIVA), past Chair of the BHIVA Antiretroviral Guidelines writing group, and is Deputy Convenor of the Diploma in HIV Medicine examination at the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries.