Gay and lesbian senior citizens can look forward to a movie event with a difference when ACON presents Afternoon Delight at Hoyts in Moore Park at noon, Saturday, March 26.

Afternoon Delight is a gay and lesbian movie matinee and tea party that’s also presented by Queer Screen and the Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care (DADHC) as part of the official program of events for NSW’s 2011 Seniors Week.

The free event will include a double feature presentation of two contemporary queer films, with high tea served between screenings.

“NSW has a significant older GLBT population. In fact, about 35,000 people in NSW over the age of 55 identify as gay or lesbian,” ACON CEO Nicolas Parkhill said.

“It’s great that the organisers are recognising the GLBT community in this year’s Seniors Week celebrations and we look forward to working more closely with a range of government and community organisations to help provide more opportunities for older gay men and lesbians in NSW.”

The movies to be screened are Handsome Harry (pictured) and Gen Silent, which have both screened at gay and lesbian film festivals around the world.

Starring Jamey Sheridan, Steve Buscemi and Aidan Quinn, Handsome Harry is a 2009 American psychological drama in which an ex-Navy man, carrying out a dying shipmate’s last wish, renews contact with old friends to break the code of silence around a mysterious, long-buried crime.

Gen Silent is a 2009 documentary from award-winning filmmaker Stu Maddux that examines homophobia in the aged-care sector.

The event is free but bookings are essential. Call 02 9206 2121 or email vcoumbe@acon.org.au

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