The Fruit Machine
Some softened by age and sadness, others loud and angry, the voices of the survivors of Canada’s public service homosexual purge are now united, and determined. They are torqued by decades of silence, years of being ignored. They demand justice, and they want to be heard.

Theirs is a story of betrayal that is both national and deeply personal. Men and women who dedicated their lives to public service, some signing oaths of allegiance and servitude; casualties of a political tapestry woven in the fibers of acute security measures that somehow became normalized.



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Wednesday, August 29th, 2018
Film Review: The Fruit Machine

It was the estimable Pierre Trudeau who, in 1967, boldly announced that the government had no place in the bedrooms of the nation. Two years later, as Prime Minister, he spearheaded the decriminali…

Saturday, August 18th, 2018
LGBT Purge Playhouse 2018

This slideshow was put together with love by Gail Costello who organized the recent screening of the film in Fredericton.

Slide show of past and present photos from the survivors of the LGBT Purge that happened to Military, RCMP and Federal employees from the 10950's to the mid ...

Wednesday, August 15th, 2018
Documentaries: THE FRUIT MACHINE - FIN Atlantic International Film Festival

Thrilled to announce that we're headed to the Atlantic International Film Festival in Halifax this September! Box office is now open.

FIN Atlantic International Film Festival curates movies and shorts from local, national and international storytellers exploring vast emotional journeys that engage, entertain and invigorate Atlantic ... See more

Monday, July 30th, 2018

Sunday, July 29th, 2018

Not a clue...I'll have to check it out.

Friday, July 6th, 2018

Friday, July 6th, 2018

Happy to share that our film is Yukon bound later this year!

Sunday, June 24th, 2018

Happy to share that we'll have our East Coast premiere on July 14th in Caraquet, New Brunswick. Many thanks for Fierté Acadie Love for programming our film.

About Acadie Love:
Le Rendez-vous de la ... See more

Thursday, June 21st, 2018
10 Canadian LGBTQ stories that need to be made into films or TV series | CBC Arts

"Telling the stories of actual people and events in Canadian LGBTQ history on any sort of screen hasn't exactly been a regular occurrence. There have been some great documentaries (like this very ... See more

Jim Egan — whose story is at the heart of the first queer Heritage Minute — is far from the only history-making Canadian worthy of immortalizing on the screen.

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Grateful for the opportunity to attend a screening of "The Fruit Machine" about the LGBTQ purge at @spao_613, and to learn from CAF veterans, survivors, about how their expulsion from the military affected them.

Diane Pitre was told she was not a good @CanadianForces soldier because of her sexual orientation. For Diane, the @CanadianPM LGBTQ2 apology was an acknowledgement. A confirmation. She was a good soldier and what happened to her was wrong. #FreeToBeMe

Nice sighting of Barry Deeprose in downtown Ottawa on this the last day of an incredible 2018 for us. Grateful, thankful and looking forward to more screenings in the new year.

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