European exhibitor Vue International has cancelled a private screening of a documentary feature that the cinema chain says promotes a “cure to being gay”.
The company released the following statement: “While it is not our intention to censor content, in some instances where we feel an activity is in direct contradiction to Vue’s values a decision will be made to refrain from allowing a private event to go ahead.”
The screening had been booked by UK-based faith organisation Christian Concern, and was scheduled to take place tomorrow (Feb 8) at Vue Piccadilly in London after being privately booked on Jan 22.
Vue said that the content of the screening had initially been overlooked but once it had been alerted to the “purpose and intentions of the event”, it cancelled the screening “due to the event clearly endorsing and promoting a ‘cure’ to being gay”.
A spokesperson for Vue confirmed that the incident will trigger a revision of policy to make sure similar instances don’t happen through its private booking service in the future.
The film, titled Voices Of The Silenced: Experts, Evidences And Ideologies, is directed and produced by Mike Davidson, CEO of the Core Issues Trust, an organisation that claims to be a “Christian ministry supporting men and women with homosexual issues who voluntarily seek change in sexual preference and expression.”
Christian Concern told Screen that it still intends ”to go to the cinema tomorrow and to watch the film”, though Vue has made it clear that the film will not be playing.
The story was first reported by PinkNews.