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An Unashamed Claim to Visibility: Short films at the intersection of queerness and dis/ability
As queer communities strive to embrace intersectional politics, those with a disability or functional diversity are often left behind. Despite the higher prevalence of disability among LGBTIQA+ communities, disabled, D/deaf, visually impaired, learning disabled and/or chronically ill queers are often excluded from queer spaces and queer screens.
More recently, a growing body of work is redressing this balance and bringing previously invisible stories to the forefront of the conversation. This programme presents an exciting selection of performative work by functionally diverse filmmakers exploring the intersections of queerness and disability. From beautifully-rendered tales of forbidden love to how to get jiggy in (accessible) bathrooms, this collection of hilarious, agonising, erotic, tender and sexy shorts represents an unashamed claim to beauty, desire, autonomy and, above all, visibility.
This programme will be presented by 4 QFN members, across 3 events:
23rd April, Eyes Wide Open Cinema, Brighton
26th April, SQIFF, Glasgow
29th April, Wotever DIY Film Festival & Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest, London
Access information for each event is available on the organisations’ websites. All screenings will take place in wheelchair accessible venues, and will include closed captions, audio description, and BSL interpretation for introductions/Q&As.
Dir. Matthew Kennedy | 2014 UK | 2’54
Fresh, frank and low-fi, Matthew Kennedy’s performance of selfhood tackles labelling and prejudice towards queerness, being femme, and having a learning disability.
Dir. Faye Carr-Wilson | 2016 UK | 5’41
“I think of my drag as kind of a big Fuck You to everyone,” says the incandescent Venus Dimilo in this forthright documentary portrait about taking up the space you deserve.
Dir. Rosina Andreaou | 2017 UK | 6’10
Exploring the on and offstage comedy of Rosie Jones, this documentary questions stereotypes about disability, sexuality, and being a Northerner.
Faggot girl gets busy in the bathroom
Dir. Krissy Mahan | 2016 USA | 3’39
Mahan’s disability-rights campaigning, alter-ego butch dyke genderqueer superhero Faggot Girl relentlessly crusades for greater accessibility, arguing that access is a queer issue. In this episode they demonstrate why public bathrooms are a crucial frontier in the fight for equality, and how hot sex and accessibility principles share common ground.
Dir. Christine Bylund | 2013 Sweden | 8’14
The bittersweet story of love between two girls in a Swedish residential home for young people with disabilities, this performed monologue is brimming with sensuality as it questions who is allowed to love.
Dir. Jan-Peter Horstmann | 2017 Germany | 15’33
Ricco Müller was crowned Mr Gay Switzerland in 2009 and now finds a home under the bright lights of the adult film set as Rick Lous, coming into himself away from the limitations that society has tried to put on him as a gay, D/deaf person.
Sins Invalid: An Unashamed Claim to Beauty
Dir. Patty Berne | 2013 USA | 33’00
A provocative and unflinching documentary shining a light on Sins Invalid, a performance project on disability and sexuality that incubates and celebrates artists with disabilities, centralizing artists of colour and queer and gender-variant artists. Featuring performances by Nomy Lamm, Cara Page, Maria Palacios, ET Russian, Antoine Hunter, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha , seeley quest, Mat Fraser and Rodney Bell.
Looking Awry: Representing Bisexual* Desires on Screen
An illustrated talk presented by Jacob Engelberg (Eyes Wide Open Cinema), which dissects cinema’s invocations of bisexuality – from well-known Hollywood neo-noir thrillers, to underground queer filmmaking, to the extremities of European art cinema. Presented in Dublin, Glasgow, Shropshire, Cardiff, and Manchester, in August-November 2017, alongside a selection of films, including Uisenma Borchu’s Don’t Look at Me That Way, Gregg Araki’s Nowhere, and Sheila McLaughlin’s She Must Be Seeing Things. Films from the selection were also screened at SQIFF events in Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Dundee.
Screened in Scotland, Shropshire, Cardiff and Bristol with music performance gigs and Q&A panels in September and October 2016.
Do you have an idea for a tour? A film that you think is a gem and needs to be seen? We have got together some dates that have the possibility to offer potential tour opportunities to share thought the network.
• 01 Dec– World AIDS Day
• 27 Jan– Holocaust Memorial Day
• February– LGBT History Month (theme Citizenship, PSHE & Law)
• 08 Mar– International Women’s Day
• 31 Mar– TDoV (Trans Day of Visibility)
• 26 April– Lesbian Visibility Day
• 17 May– IDAHOBIT (International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia & Transphobia. Theme ‘Families’)
• 27 July– 20 years since Sexual Offences Act 1967
• 4 Sept– 60 years since publishing of the Wolfenden report
• 23 Sept– Bi-Visibility Day
• October– Black History Month UK
• 11 Oct– National Coming Out Day
• 26 Oct– Intersex Awareness Day
• 8 Nov– Intersex Day of Remembrance
• 20 Nov– Transgender Day of Remembrance
Jump onto the QFN Facebook group and share your film ideas and inspirations and let’s start building our next tour!