Birmingham LGBT History Festival: The AIDs Generation & 'Uncle Howard' Screening 15

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Presented in partnership with IKON gallery, Jose Arroyo (University of Warwick) will introduce a talk on ‘the AIDS Generation’ exploring the history of the AIDS Crisis in the 1980s and its representation on screen. This will be followed by a screening of the 2016 critically-acclaimed documentary ‘Uncle Howard’.


When Howard Brookner lost his life to AIDS in 1989, the 35-year-old director had completed two feature documentaries and was in post-production on his narrative debut, ‘Bloodhounds of Broadway’. Twenty-five years later, his nephew, Aaron, sets out on a quest to find the lost negative of ‘Burroughs: The Movie’, his uncle's critically-acclaimed portrait of legendary author William S. Burroughs.

‘Uncle Howard’ opens a vibrant window on New York City’s creative culture from the 1970s and ‘80s, and inspires Aaron’s wide-ranging exploration of his beloved uncle's legacy - a complex, creative man; cut down, like so many others of his generation, in his prime, but who lived his short life to its fullest.

"an indelible, must-see ode to gay New York." - New York Times

"it's impossible to remain unmoved."  - Andrew Pulver, The Guardian

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