Friday evening, October 11 (8pm), there is a ‘homophobic’ film evening at the EYE Film Institute in Amsterdam North.
The evening is named ‘Gijp night’, after the tv personality René van der Gijp, who is a regular guest in the Dutch soccer talkshow Voetbal International. Last summer, he caused a little uproar in the gay community by airing his views on gay men in the world of soccer. What it comes down to, is that Mr Van der Gijp believes that gay men just don’t feel at home in soccer teams and are better off as hairdressers or something. Up to now, he still doesn’t see what is wrong with saying that.
The Dutch director Martin Koolhoven organizes a monthly thematic event in the EYE Film Institute and he chooses a different theme every month. For october he decided to give the soccer analyst a cinematic reply and select two homophobic movies for viewing. Mr van der Gijp has been invited to the film evening (but is not really expected to come). This Friday, two movies will be shown: Cruising (1982) and The New Barbarians (1983).
In Cruising you’ll see Al Pacino(still young & handsome – and the only one in the movie without a moustache) as a police officer who infiltrates the gay scene to solve some murders. It is not enitirely clear if this movie is really homophobic, but it might be. Back in the eighties, a lot of people thought it was. You be the judge!
In any case, if you’d like to see what gay life was like in the eighties (muscles and moustaches), this is a good primer.
The New Barbarians is an apocalyptic movie about the end of the Earth. On what is left of the planet, a gang of homosexuals terrorize the other survivors. With anal rape and revenge!
(If that’s not homophobic, I wouldn’t know what is).
For more information visit the EYE Film Institute website.