The Cinema Museum, London

The Vito Project presents The Living End (1992)

Wed 28 Feb 2018 @ 19:00 · Events

The Living End ReShape and the Cinema Museum present the third season of the VITO Project, a series of free monthly screenings bringing generations of LGBTs together to provide an alternative space to mix, watch films and share ideas.

The Vito Project presents The Living End, a 1992 film by underground filmmaker Gregg Araki.

The film, part of the New Queer Cinema genre, is an early film portrayal of gay men living with AIDS. As such, the film averts many cliches common to portrayals of gay characters at the time; no Magical Queers or buried gays here. Instead, the main characters are Anti-Heroes struggling with meaninglessness and alienation from society.

The film follows Jon, a sensitive film critic who learns he is HIV positive at the beginning of the movie. Jon picks up Luke, a mysterious and sexy hitchhiker who is also positive, throwing his life into upheaval. Luke and Jon decide they have nothing left to lose and embark on a road trip filled with sex and violence in response to their own impending deaths.

The Living End was nominated for a Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival in 1992.

The screening will be followed by an open discussion with Alexis Gregory, writer, performer, director and Mark Ravenhill, playwright and director.

The project is endorsed by BFI Flare: London LGBT film festival, 56 Dean St, QX Magazine, Gay’s the Word, ACT UP London, Gay Mates, a Change of Scene, the Cara Trust, I-Base, UK-CAB, Positively UK, Gaydio, NAZ Project, Frank Byrne & his walkers and Broad Appeal Podcast.

Doors to the cafe/bar will open at 18.00 for a 19.00 screening. Come early to secure a seat as it can get very busy and we do not take bookings. The doors to the Cinema will be shut once capacity is reached.


This is a free event but we need your donations on the night to ensure the continuation of the VITO project. All donations go towards covering the costs associated with running the event (film licences, heating and lighting, rental of the premises, printing, promotion etc). Donations are VITO’s only source of funding and we need to raise an average of £5 per person just to cover our costs. So PLEASE DIG DEEP and give us a paper donation if you are able to.

Find out more about the VITO Project on their website.