Eyes Wide Open Cinema is a branch of queer film exhibition, curation and events that take place in various venues around Brighton, UK. Over the past 5 years, they’ve held plenty of screenings featuring filmmakers such as Ira Sachs, Desiree Akhavan and even attracted the attention of John Waters himself!
Eyes Wide Open Cinema was founded in 2012 by Jonathan Hyde. Jonathan was a manager at the Duke of York’s Picturehouse and was disappointed to see that there was no regular platform for queer cinema in Brighton – so he created one! From 2012 to 2015, Eyes Wide Open Cinema developed as a regular strand at Brighton’s Picturehouse cinemas and from 2015 onwards, it has travelled to other venues both within and outside of the city.
Make no mistake – Eyes Wide Open Cinema has been incredible for the LGBT film community, and their regular screenings helped introduce a wave of people to cinema that they might never have seen otherwise. And that’s why it’s so special!