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Director Billy Boyd Cape says the Pride movement has a long way to go

Short film shown on Channel 4 celebrates the movement but pushes for more

29 June, 2018 — By The Xtra Diary

DIARY’S attention now turns to next weekend, and the annual Pride event that parades through the West End and takes over Soho.

While you may think such a summer landmark needs no advertising, the Pride organisers had a primetime slot on Channel 4 last week to screen a two-minute video, marking the success of the event since its inception, but also warning how there was still a long way to go.

Shot by director Billy Boyd Cape, who has previously worked on music videos, adverts and other shorts, it was meant as a reminder of what Pride is all about.

“Our pitch was to say why Pride exists,” the director told Diary.

“It isn’t a party, it is a political movement. It is a fact that actually a lot of people within the community do not feel welcome at Pride as it is seen as a flamboyant celebration – some people do not feel well represented by this at all, and we wanted to say ‘Pride is for you as well’.”

He said the film is as much for the young man who has yet to come out or the woman who does not want to reveal her sexuality in case her community reacts in a negative way, as well as those who feel the community represents them.

“We wanted a series of different people in the community represented, from those who are out to those who are in, from those who have suffered hate crimes to those who just don’t know… the film is about giving glimpses of a series of people and then making the connections between them.”

The film’s tagline is “We have come a long way, but we have a long way to go” – a sentence worth pondering on if you are joining next weekend’s celebrations.

To watch the film, go to: https://www.campaignlive.co.uk/article/pride-london-pride-matters-bmb/1485721


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