Liberace film spotlights gay rights

The relationship between the flamboyant pianist Liberace and his young lover has dazzled at the Cannes film festival and threw the spotlight on gay rights at the movie industry’s largest annual gathering. Director Steven Soderbergh said he struggled five years ago to secure funding for Behind the Candelabra because some financiers thought the film would only appeal to a gay audience and, at a cost of US$25 million (NZ$30.6 million), would be a financial risk