“That was the whole point of it, to make visibility happen. Most of our LGBT brothers and sisters have no idea who I am, the flag is completely independent of personality and celebrity. It has a different meaning for everyone individually.”
For anyone who has ever wondered, Ballinlough Castle is not, as one may think, in Ballinlough! We found it eventually, and twe were greeted by security men pink hi-vis vests! All that remained was to collect the tickets, park the car and begin our MILK adventure.
The film is beautifully constructed, book-ended by Penn as Milk dictating his policital life story while sitting in his kitchen. It starts with Milk’s arrival in San Francisco, all hippy hair and gay muscles, happy and in love.
As we still cry out for representations of ourselves (and to be entertained), I’ve had a rummage through the next few months to see what gay films are coming up. Just one of the films will be coming to a cinema near you, the rest will be part of film festivals, so keep an eye out. Or you could…ahem…procure them from the internet..legally of course.