Comedian Matt Lucas joins Brian Robinson, Senior Programmer for the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, at BFI Southbank to discuss his love for Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen's Singin' in the Rain, which first formed when he was nine years old. He comically details the reasons for his choosing the classic title as his Screen Epiphany, crediting it for his first crush at nine, his inspiration for comedy, and his passion for musicals. Robinson insightfully suggests that Singin' in the Rain may also have subconsciously inspired Lucas to form his double act with David Walliams due to the powerful duos involved in the film's creation. Lucas also talks about coming out and how an appreciation for musicals is often correctly linked to male homosexuality. He acknowledges that he may not have sidestepped this stereotype after asking for a recording of a broadway hit for his tenth birthday. Above all, Lucas feels this 59 year old film remains fresh, pacey, colourful and funny.
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