Group set to protest alleged gay movie screening

 |Jul 10, 2017
It was earlier alleged that PenangPac will be screening Lost in Paradise, however according to their Facebook page and website, they will be screening West Side Story and not a previously scheduled film.

GEORGE TOWN: A group of Malay Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) is expected to stage a protest tomorrow night against what is thought to be the first gay movie screening in Penang.

The group is expected to hold the protest outside the Performing Arts Centre (PenangPac) at Straits Quay here despite being notified that the screening has now been changed to a different movie.

The movie screening announcement was made on a news portal (menara.my) which had initially claimed PenangPac would be screening Lost In Paradise tomorrow at 8pm.

According to the portal, the Vietnamese film depicts a love triangle between three men and portays male prostitution in Ho Chi Minh City.

The film, touted to be the first Vietnamese gay movie by Agence France-Presse was the opening act at the Lesbian and Gay Film Festival in Hong Kong in 2010.

However, in the latest update, it is said that the movie has been changed to West Side Story, a 1961 film starring Natalie Wood.

However, it is unclear if PenangPac had infact planned to screen Lost in Paradise as no posting was found on their Facebook page.

PenangPac did however inform of a change in movies, but did not state what the initial movie was.

“Due to unforeseen circumstances the film that was scheduled for viewing has now been replaced. We sincerely apologise of any inconveniences caused,” PenangPac said. – MO