First Published: February 2006
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The 20th London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival (LLGFF) runs from 29 March to 12 April 2006 with screenings of nearly 200 films and special events at the bfi National Film Theatre. As befits a 20th anniversary year, the festival has some fun, some reflection, some nostalgia, a timely look back at how far they've come and a celebration of queer achievement over the past two decades.
The Opening Night Gala screening on 29 March will be the witty and compelling LA epic Happy Endings, directed by Don Roos and featuring a star-studded cast including Maggie Gyllenhaal, Lisa Kudrow, Steve Coogan, Tom Arnold, Jason Ritter and Laura Dern.

This classic West Coast comedy of manners is set against the brutal ironies of love, betrayal, sperm donors and adoption with a stand-out performance from Coogan as an extremely convincing gay man and Dern obviously relishing her role as a lipstick lesbian.

The LLGFF is the UK's third largest film festival and offers an unrivalled showcase of the very latest in European and World lesbian and gay film-making, with audiences of over 25,000 and more than 100 visiting film-makers and actors.

This year's features and short films come from Japan, Argentina, Israel, Iceland, the Philippines, Korea, Spain, Norway, France, Germany, Canada, the USA, India and the UK.

The festival this year will turn a special spotlight onto queer video artists. To mark the LLGFF's second collaboration with the Tate Modern, they are screening two programmes of the groundbreaking video work of the late Stuart Marshall.

The London season of the LLGFF is followed by a nationwide tour to more than 40 towns and cities across the UK and Ireland from May to September. Full venue and screening details for the tour will be available on the website as they are confirmed.


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