LGBT film barred from festival by Lebanese censors

Simon Blish

British LGBT film Wasp, which was recently screened at the Raindance Film Festival, was recently refused entry to play at the Beirut International Film Festival by the Lebanese Censorship Bureau.

LBGT films have previously screened at the festival before, such as Lilting and Tom à la Ferme in 2014, but spokesmen for the Beirut International Film Festival announced Wednesday that the planned showing of Wasp wouldn’t go ahead.

The reason given by the festival was that they hadn’t secured a permit from General Security.

Director Philippe Audi-Dor said, ‘I am very disappointed that Wasp won’t be screening at the renowned Beirut International Film Festival because of its LGBT content. That said, I do understand that the film touches upon a delicate subject, and do respect the censorship bureau’s decision. I do think however that the cancelling of the movie emphasizes just how relevant a film like Wasp is in today’s world.’

Wasp tells the story of Olivier and James’ romantic break in the South of France. The pair are interrupted by the sudden arrival of Caroline, an estranged friend of James’, who comes for a shoulder to cry on following a break up.

Olivier, who finds himself inexplicably drawn to the newly single Caroline, finds his attentions on her quickly repaid in kind. James, however, is caught between his love for two people: his friend and his boyfriend.

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Simon Haycock makes his debut as Olivier in Wasp, which also stars Hugo Bolton as James, and Elly Condron as Caroline.

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