For Immediate Release – 26.03.2018.

London launch party for ‘120 BPM’ shines a light on AIDS activism in the UK

On Thursday 28th March Curzon Soho will play host to a riotous launch party for award-winning film ‘120 BPM’ to commemorate the work of AIDS activists in the UK and highlight the ongoing issues surrounding HIV treatment. The event will see lead actors Nahuel Perez Biscayart and Arnaud Valois joined on stage by high-profile political voices, healthcare workers and activists, including those from ACT-UP London and AIDS Memory UK.

Award-winning film ‘120 BPM’ reimagines the lives of AIDS activists in early 90s Paris in bold and vivid detail, paying tribute to the effectiveness of their direct action campaign. Based on the director’s own experiences, this vibrant and deeply emotional drama rushes with youthful energy, balancing powerful themes of social justice with euphoric moments of spine-tingling sensuality. ACT-UP London is calling on those affected by the film to join them in their campaign to safeguard HIV treatment in the UK.

The screening will be followed by an after-party in the Curzon Soho bar with a DJ set from Horse Meat Disco paying music inspired by the film.

“120 BPM is not a film about being a victim of the epidemic but about being stronger and becoming active” Robin Campillo, Writer and Director of 120 BPM

For event information and to book tickets – http://www.curzoncinemas.com/qas/120-bpm-launch-event

120 BPM is In Cinemas and On Curzon on Demand from Friday 6th April

“Two of the biggest problems facing the HIV movement at the moment is the privatisation of the NHS and the negative impact on a person’s mental health that comes as a consequence of the stigmatization of HIV. ACT UP LONDON are calling on everyone affected by 120 BPM to join us in celebrating the films positive message and in opposing the privatization of the NHS.” Dan Glass, ACT UP LONDON

“Memories and emotions rest together. Many of us who lived through the period of the film were numbed by the number of deaths of our friends and loved ones we witnessed, the emotions were overbearing, the unwanted memories traumatising. 120 BPM realises that struggle which today is almost forgotten yet remains painfully alive in so many. This is why a national tribute to HIV is so important in the U.K.” Ash Kotak, AIDS Memory UK

“120 BPM is an incredible film. Both a sensitive and heart-breaking portrait of a young man’s experience of AIDS, and a celebration of activist group ACT UP in their fight for justice against the government and the pharmaceutical giants. The film shows us how ACT UP transformed the world of activism through non-violent direct action, street theatre and creative civil disobedience. It salutes the heroism of ordinary people in social movements and shows how a badass community of radical queer activists can bring about change. With the ongoing destruction of the NHS, I cannot think of a more poignant film to inspire courage and action in the face of the present public health crisis. You need to see this film!” Ray Malone, NHS Anti-Swindle Team

“120 bmp is the inspiring, uplifting and empowering story of how people with HIV and allies transformed the AIDS narrative through non-violent direct action and civil disobedience that successfully challenged government inaction, drug company greed and public prejudice and ignorance. Though this film is about the AIDS activist group, ACT UP Paris, it tells the awesome universal story of the global struggle by activists worldwide whose daring, courage and militancy saved millions of lives.”
Peter Tatchell, ex-ACT UP LONDON & DIRECTOR, PETER TATCHELL FOUNDATION

“120 BPM is deeply important for me because it validates my existence. It also affirms and shows solidarity to all of us affected by HIV. All those years of tears, die-ins and illegal needle exchange were not in vain.” Andria Mordaunt, ACT UP LONDON

“ACT UP is among the world’s most successful direct action and advocacy group of all time.  They changed the way the world dealt with the AIDS pandemic and in doing so saved millions of lives. On a more personal note, and as an original member of ACT UP Melbourne in 1989, they changed my life and continue to inspire and enrich the way I see the world today.” Jeremy Goldstein, founder and director London Artists Projects and Truth to Power Cafe

Notes to editors

ACT-Up London is a diverse, non-partisan group of individuals united in anger and committed to direct action to end the HIV pandemic, along with the broader inequalities and injustices that perpetuate it. @ACTUP_LDN / www.actuplondon.wordpress.com / actuplondonfighttilltheend@gmail.com 

AIDS Memory UK – Support us in creating a UK HIV/AIDS Memorial in London. – aidsmemoryuk@gmail.com / https://twitter.com/AidsMemoryUK

NHS Anti-Swindle Team

The Anti-Swindle Team is a grassroots collective at the intersection of arts and activism. They use creative practice to expose private health companies and racketeers, who are privatising the NHS and making obscene profits from ill health.   http://headsbodieslegs.org/nhs-anti-swindle-team/

Contact Details

ACT-UP London

Tel – 07717811747 / @ACTUP_LDN / www.actuplondon.wordpress.com / actuplondonfighttilltheend@gmail.com 

To request an interview with any of the activists mnetioned please contact –  actuplondonfighttilltheend@gmail.com

For interviews with Robin Campillo, Nahuel Perez Biscayart and Arnaud Valois contact – John.Scrafton@ddapr.com

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120 BPM – Official Synopsis

The lives of AIDS activists in early 90s Paris are reimagined in bold and vivid detail in 120 BPM, a stunning and heart-wrenching drama from the writer of Palme d’Or winner The Class, Robin Campillo. Based on the director’s own experiences, this vibrant and deeply emotional drama rushes with youthful energy, balancing powerful themes of social justice with euphoric moments of spine-tingling sensuality.

Winner of the Grand Prix at Cannes 2017 and a host of international awards, this is an essential work of cinema with a profoundly moving and delicately crafted love story at its heart. Urgent and affecting, it’s a film about life, death, passion, tragedy – and, above all, the will to survive.

For more information on 120 BPM and to download press images go to https://www.curzon.com/120bpm

 

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