London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival: An intimate portrait of Bishop Gene Robinson

‘Love Free or Die’ is the inspirational story of the first openly gay and partnered Bishop in Christendom, Bishop Gene Robinson, as he documents his travels between small-town and big city US churches to London’s Lambeth Palace, dedicating his courageous ministry to developing the Church’s relationship to its LGBT members.

Bishop Gene Robinson is a thorn in the side of the Church. Banned from attending the Lambeth Conference in 2008, the first openly gay and partnered bishop in Christendom, he has been a standard bearer for LGBT Christians. This film explores his problematic relationship to the Church with an account of his life as a husband, a father, a priest, and a lover. Some within the Episcopalian Church see his creation as a Bishop in 2003 as an abomination. Selected for this year’s Sundance Film Festival, the film follows Gene Robinson’s courageous ministry in the face of many obstacles and documents his struggle. This is a close-up portrait of a man who has taken on the Church hierarchy and is relentless in his need to stand up and be counted. By turns both disheartening and inspiring, this is a developing story of the Church’s relationship to its LGBT members.
Brian Robinson

Saturday, 24 March 2012, 1.50pm

Students/Concession   £6.75
16-18 year olds              £4
Adults                             £10

For tickets, visit bfi.org.uk/llgff or call BFI Southbank Box Office on 020 7928 3232.