Getting into character for A Night at the Movies

We’re getting a little too excited about our upcoming concert, so much so that this happened:

Can you name all the films we pay tribute to? We can count over twenty…
Got your tickets for A Night at the Movies, yet? If not, hurry – they are selling fast!

Films that mean something: Philadelphia

Iain
Iain

In the first of a series of blog posts leading up to our next concert, A Night at the Movies, Iain recalls a particularly moving film moment…
I was a 20 year old 1st year medical student when the film “Philadelphia” was released in 1993 and I saw it with my Mum during one of the university holidays – I think it’s probably the only film we’ve seen together in the cinema that features gay characters and it was certainly the first one we’d seen after I had come out earlier that year.

philadelphiaThe film tells the story of a senior lawyer, “Andrew Beckett”, played by Tom Hanks, who begins to suffer from AIDS related illness and then battles discrimination from his employers due to this and his subsequently revealed homosexuality.
It was pretty much the first major Hollywood film to tackle HIV/AIDS and to feature a sympathetic portrait of a gay man played by a big film star. The film tackled prejudice against people with HIV/AIDS head on as well as challenging homophobia and yet did not meet with 100% approval from LGBT people. Many of the scenes of affection between Beckett and his lover (Antonio Banderas) were cut from the film owing to sensitivities around mainstream depictions of gay love and the only way we know that the two are actually physically intimate, is a kiss in the final cut of a scene (shot from behind Banderas’s head so that you can’t actually see their lips touch).
There is one incredibly powerful scene, which has always stayed with me. Beckett is meeting with the lawyer representing him when he is distracted by the music playing in the background: it is Maria Callas singing the aria “La Mamma Morta” from the opera Andrea Chenier by Umberto Giordano. Continue reading “Films that mean something: Philadelphia”

A Night at the Movies – concert tickets on sale now!

Love films? Love soundtracks? Then join the Pink Singers for A Night at the Movies – an audio-visual choral blockbuster at Cadogan Hall on Saturday 25 January 2014.

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Experience the magic of cinema from the minute you arrive on the red carpet – with popcorn, usherettes and Hollywood glamour. Featuring over 80 singers, we’ll be performing a host of iconic songs from the silver screen, including Moon River from Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Ride of the Valkyries from Apocalypse Now, Circle of Life from The Lion King and Take My Breath Away from Top Gun.

We’ll be joined on stage by special guests the London Gay Big Band, for an unforgettable evening of eight-part harmonies and big band sounds.

Ticket information

Tickets are available at these price points: £10, 15, 20, 25, 30
And why not treat yourself to the special Red Carpet package and you’ll receive the full star treatment, including a private VIP drinks reception and the best seats in the house, for just £50.
Book your tickets online now or by calling 020 7730 4500.