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USA, 1985, 81mins, Cert.15
With West Yorkshire Queer Stories & PACT
Showtimes and location

Film description

Digitally restored and now available for a new audience to discover, Buddies was the first feature-length drama about AIDS when it was released in 1985. 

When 25 year-old David volunteers to be a “buddy” to an AIDS patient, the gay community centre assigns him to Robert, a 32 year-old politically impassioned gay California gardener abandoned by his friends and lovers. Revolving around the confines of Robert’s Manhattan hospital room, Director Arthur J. Bressan skilfully unfolds this devastating two-hander. As David gazes out at the piers and rooftops of Manhattan, we hear his deftly scripted diary entries in voiceover. And as David is changed by knowing Robert, so too are we. In the simplicity of the story and the elegance of its unfolding, Buddies achieves a rare perfection. It’s a timeless portrayal of an entire era in gay history.


Before Buddies we'll also be playing two locally produced non-fiction shorts from West Yorkshire Queer Stories.

James' Letters & Coming Out (9mins)

James appeared as a ‘gay teenager’ in a 1988 BBC2 documentary, receiving letters of support – and criticism – as a result. A few years later, in a difficult conversation with his family, he made the decision to come out as HIV-positive.

AIDS and the Deaf Community (5mins)

Howard describes the lack of information and support deaf gay men received when the impact of AIDS started to be felt in the 1980s, and how it affected a friend of his who was deaf and HIV-positive.


Following the film, Andi Walker will say a few words about the work of PACT (Positive And Confident Together) – a Leeds-based group who provide peer support for gay/bi HIV-positive men in the city. For more about the work of PACT, visit the BHA website.

Showing as part of LGBTQ History Month

This film is part of our LGBTQ History Month season
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Docs & Artists' Moving Image

at 42 New Briggate

Together with visual arts organisation Pavilion, we'll be screening brilliant documentaries and supporting the development of exciting artists' moving image work, from our new cosy screening room, located at 42 New Briggate in Leeds City Centre. Read more

Showing at

42 New Briggate

Venue details


42 New Briggate, Leeds LS1 6NU, UK
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Access info

Due to the narrow entrance, unfortunately 42 New Briggate is not wheelchair accessible, and the toilets are via a short flight of stairs. On the Road venues which are fully accessible include Leeds University Union, Heart and the Brudenell Social Club.

Refreshment info

Due to licensing restrictions at this venue, we’re unfortunately unable to sell refreshments. However, included in your ticket price is a free tea, coffee or soft drink. We’re happy if any visitors wish to bring their own refreshments, however alcohol and hot food is not permitted.


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Tue 25th February