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Pretty Red Dress + Ordinary + Panel & Drag Performance

The New Black Film Collective and Donor Research Unite for a Special Film Screening in Celebration of LGBTQ+ History Month

The New Black Film Collective (TNBFC) and Donor Research are thrilled to announce their collaboration, presenting the second film in their Films For Life series at Komedia in Brighton. Pretty Red Dress is a captivating cinematic experience that will be showcased on the 14th of February, 2023, at 7:30 PM, aligning with both LGBT History Month and Valentine’s Day.

This Tina Turner tribute, LGBTQ+ History Month celebration and special Valentine screening of Pretty Red Dress is hosted by The New Black Film Collective and University of Brighton’s Donor Research to raise awareness of blood donation eligibility for men within the LGBTQ+ community.

Pretty Red Dress is a poignant and thought-provoking film that delves into the life of Travis, recently released from prison, as he grapples with a world that has dramatically transformed during his absence. His girlfriend, Candice, is on the cusp of stardom, auditioning for a lead role in a musical. Meanwhile, their teenage daughter, Kenisha, is struggling with school and a strained relationship with her mother. When Travis purchases Candice her dream dress for her audition, it inadvertently triggers a cascade of family turmoil. Unspoken secrets and desires bubble to the surface, compelling Travis to confront his identity and how he wishes to be perceived in the world.

A debut feature from writer and director Dionne Edwards, Pretty Red Dress has breakthrough performances from Natey Jones (National Theatre Live: Small Island), newcomer Temilola Olatunbosun, and the chart-topping singer and West End actor Alexandra Burke in her first film role.


This screening is preceded by Ordinary – directed by Altas O Phoenix and presented by our partner, FilmPride. This short film is a patchwork quilt of intersecting identities, weaving together multiple storylines to explore the purpose of identifiers and their meaning. Atlas questions whether identifiers truly identify anyone.

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14th Feb




Duke’s at Komedia

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