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Lgbt film 'Wasp' denied entry to Beirut film festival

Lgbt film 'Wasp' denied entry to Beirut film festival
The Lebanese Censorship Bureau banned the British film, despite it being selected by the festival.

British Lgbt film Wasp has been banned from screening at the Beirut International Film Festival by the Lebanese Censorship Bureau.

Despite being selected by the festival’s programming team, the film has failed to receive the necessary permit from the country’s government to be screened during the event.

The move comes as a surprise as Hong Khaou’s Ben Whishaw-starring Lilting and Xavier Dolan’s Tom At The Farm - both of which highlight with Lgbt issues - were permitted to screen at the festival in 2014.

Wasp recently played at Britain’s Raindance Film Festival (Sept 23 - Oct 4), having debuted at FilmOut San Diego in May this year.

The film follows a young gay couple, Olivier (Simon Haycock) and James (Hugo Bolton), whose romantic break in the South of France is interrupted by the arrival of an old friend ([link
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Breaking Glass Pictures Catches North American Distribution Rights to 'Wasp'

Breaking Glass Pictures Catches North American Distribution Rights to 'Wasp'
Read More: Breaking Glass Pictures Acquires Geraldine Chaplin Drama 'Sand Dollars' Lgbt drama "Wasp," the debut feature film from Philippe Audi-Dor, has been acquired for North American distribution by Breaking Glass Pictures. The film premiered at the 2015 Boston Lgbt Film Festival and stars Simon Haycock, Elly Condron, and Hugo Bolton. From the official press statement: "'Wasp' is the story of two lovers, James and Oliver, who open up an old family house in Provence for the summer. When James' old friend Caroline unexpectedly joins them their relationship and sexuality are tested." "Wasp" received good reviews after its press screening in December 2014, with Entertainment Focus applauding its "strong central performances, interesting and original premise and stunning direction." "I wanted to turn the cliché of the straight-homo binary around." said Audi-Dor. For once have a gay character be...
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'Wasp' flies to Breaking Glass Pictures

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Exclusive: The distributor has picked up North American rights to the Lgbt drama from Swiss feature directorial debutant Philippe Audi-Dor.

Simon Haycock, Elly Condron and Hugo Bolton star in the tale of male lovers whose relationship and sexuality are tested when a female friend joins them at a family house in Provence.

Wasp premiered at the Boston Lgbt Film Festival and went on to screen at Film Out San Diego.

“I wanted to turn the cliché of the straight-homo binary around,” said Audi-Dor, who directed from his screenplay.

“For once have a gay character be attracted to the opposite-sex, in order to properly open up a general discussion on the complexity of sexuality.”

Breaking Glass CEO Rich Wolff negotiated the deal with Camille Pages of Wide Management and plans a DVD and VOD release in August.
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