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Invitation to a free online screening of the brilliant & much requested documentary: Gen Silent. Thursday 13th August 2020, 7.30PM (BST)

“The LGBT+ generation that fought hardest to come out, is going back in – to survive.”

SAND is proud and delighted to welcome Producer Joseph Applebaum and Director Stu Maddux to introduce and host this historic screening and Q & A, together with friends and colleagues at AgeUK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin.

Made in the US, Gen Silent premiered in the UK in Shropshire, in February 2012. It was the catalyst to bring people together locally into an organisation now known as SAND, which last year secured lottery funding to progress a Campaign to EMBRACE A Culture of Inclusion across Shropshire Telford & Wrekin.

This full length (60 min) version of the film has only been screened twice in Shropshire and SAND has shown the impactful trailer at every single training it has delivered and at many other events.

The film will be followed by a Q&A (approx. 30 mins).

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Shropshire Rainbow Film Festival is a charity with registration number 1168000.  The number of trustees changes from time to time, as at March 2020:

The Trustees

Peter Roscoe

(cis) gay male – pronouns he/him – title none

The extraordinary film: ‘Victim’, 1961, (about the then prevalent blackmail of gay men), starring Dirk Bogarde (in the role of a high flying barrister) and Sylvia Syms (in the role of his wife) made a huge impression on him.

He has been involved with the Rainbow Film Festival for many years. Otherwise he makes presentations about  LGBTQ+  history, with a current focus on women who are a part of that history and had a connection to the county of Shropshire.


Sue Gorbing

Sue Gorbing

(cis) lesbian – pronouns: she/her

Sue Gorbing has lived in Shropshire for 15 years. She was a programmer for the Rainbow Film Festival 2007 – 2010, a founder of the L Fest Cinema which she programmed 2011-2013 and one of the organisers of Shrewsbury LGBT+ History. She is a Director of SAND (Safe Ageing No Discrimination), a Shropshire-based Community Interest Company that aims to increase the expectation and improve the experience of LGBT+ people accessing health and social care as they age. Sue recently returned to the Rainbow Film Festival as a Trustee.


Geoff Hardy

(cis) gay male – pronouns he/him – title none

Geoff has campaigned for LGBTQ rights since Gay Liberation Front days, in 1971. He is actively involved locally, with SAND (Safe Ageing No Discrimination) and Shrewsbury LGBT History.

Geoff has been involved with Shropshire Rainbow Film Festival since it began, in 2006.

We really appreciate the support of volunteers to work with us and help with choosing films, fund raising, promotion and running our events. If you are interested in doing this please contact us.

Grants, Donations & Sponsorship

We are very proud of our supporters. One of the things the festival tries to do is to involve local businesses, charities, trade unions and individuals, providing them with an opportunity to publicly declare their support for LGBTQ+ communities, working with the film festival which is completely organised by unpaid volunteers.

All the income from ticket sales is kept by the main venue, the Old Market Hall, Shrewsbury (a cinema, owned and run by Shropshire Council ), on the basis that we do not pay to use the premises or for their staff costs (but we do also underwrite any loss made). At other venues we simply pay their hire charge. We finance the film licences, all promotional materials/events, advertising and other costs e.g. expenses associated with Q and A sessions with film makers, from sponsorships.

How To Sponsor

If you would like to support the Shropshire Rainbow Film Festival please get in touch via our sponsor application form.

In line with our mission, the films we screen at the Shropshire Rainbow Film Festival aim to entertain, educate, challenge and change. We also support and publicise local LGBT events and campaigns.

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