World Premiere

Lilies Not For Me

18
99 mins
Will Seefried
Erin Kellyman, Fionn O’Shea, Jodi Balfour, Louis Hofmann, Robert Aramayo

Premiere Status

World Premiere

Countries

South Africa, UK, United States

Language

English

Content Warning

Animal cruelty, Blood, Death and dying, Homophobia and heterosexism, Police brutality, Self-harm, Violence

Run Time

99 minutes

Overview

Part of the 

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An intricately constructed, lyrical and heartbreaking film about two young men wrestling with their sexuality in the repressive English society of the 1920s.

Told in elegant flashback, an institutionalised novelist recounts the story of his love affair with a friend, convinced their shared sexuality could be ‘cured’. 

Visually striking, beautifully acted and defined by a haunting mix of romanticism and unflinching horror, this bold film bravely examines a shamefully neglected period in queer history. 

– Paul Ridd


Lilies Not For Me started when I learned about a cure for homosexuality. The founder of this harrowing procedure, Eugen Steinach, was nominated for the Nobel Prize in 1920 and practiced his methodology (detailed within the film) for years before being discredited. It didn’t take long for this shard of history to become lodged in my psyche. A chilling expression of the message I spent much of my life trying to make sense of: There is something inside of you that needs to be destroyed.

The protagonist of Lilies Not For Me, Owen James, is a novelist who, despite the cultural context of 1923 England, does not see his homosexuality as a problem. His objective is not to change who he is, but to love in the face of insistence that there is something fundamentally wrong with him. As one of our producers said after watching the first cut, simply and profoundly, “That is Owen’s nature. To love.”

– Director Will Seefried

Showtimes

Friday 16 August
16:00

99 mins

The Cameo

Cameo 1
Friday 16 August
18:30

99 mins

50 George Square

Screening Room
Saturday 17 August
18:15

99 mins

Summerhall

Red Lecture Theatre
Wednesday 21 August
12:30

99 mins

Inspace

Screening Room
Pay What You Can (£3 – £11)

The Venue

50 George Square

Newington,
Edinburgh,
EH8 9JU

The Venue

Inspace

1 Crichton Street,
Edinburgh,
EH8 9AB

The Venue

Summerhall

1 Summerhall,
Edinburgh,
EH9 1PL

The Venue

Cameo Cinema

38 Home Street,
Edinburgh,
EH3 9LZ

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