Saved events

Coming Out (15*) + ScreenTalk with actor Dirk Kummer

Queer 80s

Two young people look romantically in to each other's eyes whilst leaning against a window frame showing a city skyline.

An East German teacher has a sexual awakening following a fateful night in a gay bar in this powerful story of love and self-acceptance, originally released on the night the Berlin Wall fell. 

High school teacher Philipp (Matthias Freihof) starts a whirlwind relationship with a female colleague. However, an encounter with a man from his past triggers a journey of self-discovery, and a fateful night in a gay bar changes his life, leading to a romance with another man (Dirk Kummer). 

Heiner Carow, an established filmmaker in East Germany, directed this powerful story of gay love and self-acceptance, released in 1989, just as Germany, and, indeed, Europe were about to change, forever. It was one of the last films released by DEFA (the East German film studio) and premiered on 9 November 1989, the same night the Berlin Wall fell. The film features wonderful scenes in East Berlin’s gay hangouts, the legendary Zum Burgfrieden and Schoppenstube bars. 

Tagged with: Cinema Queer 80s Pride 2024

East Germany 1989 dir Heiner Carow 113 min, in German with English subtitles

Following the film, there will be a ScreenTalk with Dirk Kummer, hosted by Timothy Phillips. 

Please note this film contains a scene of a suicide attempt and a scene of homophobic violence. 


Become a Member

Corporate Members - Various Pricings

Become a Corporate member



14–25? Join Young Barbican for free

Subject to availability 

Students £11

Unwaged £11

Over 60s £11

Under 18s £6

Wheelchair spaces, free companion seats may now be booked online.

Please select the relevant preferences on the access registration page during your booking, so we can provide you with the correct information and discounts.

Booking a wheelchair space

Select a seat displaying the wheelchair user icon and then select 'wheelchair user' ticket type. The ticket will be priced at the lowest price for that event. If you need an essential companion, please select the E icon next to the wheelchair space you have selected.

Booking essential companion tickets

Please select at least two tickets and one of them will be automatically discounted to zero in the basket.

Booking British Sign Language or Captioned Seats

Select seats in the area appropriate to your needs.

*Excludes £1.50 booking fee
‘Coming Out is a period piece, with its cigarettes, tight pants and typewriters, a snapshot from a bygone age. It is entertaining and revealing, a bit of an education, and a wonderful time capsule.‘
Derek Winnert, Classic Movie Review

Give a year of art, music, film and theatre

They'll enjoy free entry to all exhibitions, discounts, no booking fees, priority booking, Members' events, our Members' Lounge and more (T&Cs apply)

Cinema 1

Celebrate Pride with us

Don’t miss the much anticipated return of Classical Pride, our Queer 80s film season, and Soufiane Ababri's exhibition in The Curve.