Made in the space of just nine days in the summer of 1985, filmmaker Arthur “Artie” J Bressan Jr’s Buddies was the first to ever tackle the Aids pandemic four years after the first clinical diagnosis. An intimate two-hander that received a muted showing at a handful of cinemas just months after it was completed, it has been unavailable ever since, a hushed legacy belying a ground-breaking significance because Buddies is quite possibly the most important film you’ve never heard of.
This event is supported by Peccadillo Pictures.
This screening will be introduced by Dr Monica Pearl, Lecturer in 20th Century American Literature at the University of Manchester, who will also lead a post-screening discussion about the film after the screening.
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Join HOME and George House Trust for a special exhibition, forming part of a ‘quilt trail’ of the UK AIDS Memorial Quilt.
Exhibiting in 15 locations across Greater Manchester to mark World AIDS Day on Sunday 1 December, one of the quilt panels will be displayed at HOME from Monday 25 November.
The UK AIDS Memorial Quilt is an irreplaceable piece of UK social history. It reflects a time when the nation was impacted swiftly and deeply by HIV and AIDS, and shares the stories of the people who were lost to that early epidemic and the memories of those who supported them.
Each individual panel commemorates someone who died from AIDS related illnesses and will be accompanied by emotive testimonials, photos and personal documents – each lovingly made by friends, lovers or family.