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Director of ‘Milk’ joins exclusive film screening at National Student Pride in London

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Stuart Milk, the director of Milk, speaking to an interviewer at Student Pride 2016

Stuart Milk, the director of the famous LGBT film ‘Milk’, attended an exclusive screening of the film as part of National Student Pride 2016 at the Regent Street Cinema On Sunday 7th February.

This year’s National Student Pride, laden with celebrities including Will Young and BBC Radio 1 DJ Adele Roberts, was broadcast live online, which you can still watch here.

The festival ended on a high with the movie screening with an exclusive Q&A session on the last day of the three-day festival, which saw students engage in talks with the director, attracting an audience of around 50 people.

With the venue being located in the centre of London, most of the festival attendees arrived in time and were greeted upon arrival by the friendly and cheerful-looking staff standing at the entrance scanning mobile tickets, all of whom helped create a more relaxed and embracing atmosphere at the film screening event.

A complimentary breakfast was provided at the venue during the hour prior to the screening to anyone who purchased the £3.50 ticket for Sunday. All the tables were occupied and the bar was busy until the last minute and the event seemed to be already in full swing before the film was being played.

The film screening took place just after half past three which kept the whole room captivated for the next two hours and eight minutes.

The American biographical movie from 2008 was based on Harvey Milk as an gay rights activist, a politician as well as a boyfriend, in a time that was a lot tougher for LGBT people. Directed by his nephew Stuart Milk, the film skilfully captures the emotional and historical moments in the life of Harvey Milk and shares details only someone who was as close to him as Stuart could relive in the form of motion picture.

Many viewers got emotional as some of them were seen wiping their tears while others who appeared to be first time viewers looked shocked at the level of inequality with regard to gay rights.

The movie was then swiftly followed by an intimate interview with the director where he told the audience about his uncle’s influence on accepting being different to others as a child.

‘He gave me a book, actually, that same week…He was in New York. He came to the house and gave me a book of native American traditions called “Seven Arrows”. And in the cover he wrote, “You and all your differences is the medicine that will heal the world even when the world doesn’t realise that.”

He then added: ‘I went to a veal farm in grade school and I was aghast that we have this horrible thing that we do to these cows to create veal, and you know, nobody else, my teachers, my parents, nobody else goes and said about this but only me. But when I did tell Harvey, he was like “that’s great.” (I said,) it alienate me even more, (but Harvey said,) “that’s really cool.”

‘Seeing the world differently is a great a gift and my uncle was my compass to my own authenticity and to accepting that.’




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