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BFI Comedy Genius: Gay as in Hysterically Funny
QFN is excited to be taking part in BFI Comedy Genius with its Gay as in Hysterically Funny tour.
Gay as in Hysterically Funny asks what it means to make fun of yourself and your community as an LGBTQ+ person. The tour includes a shorts programme with films by Raymond Yeung, Jordan Firstman, and Alli Logout, and episodes from Ingrid Jungermann’s classic webseries, F to 7th. Feature films being screened by QFN members for the tour include Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Dyke Hard, and White Rabbit. Screenings will be followed by panel discussions with special guest, comedian Rosie Jones, and others tackling questions of queerness and onscreen comedy.
All films in the tour are being shown with English language subtitles/captions for D/deaf and Hard of Hearing access with BSL interpreters for panel discussions.
Gay as in Hysterically Funny is visiting the following locations:
29th October White Rabbit plus panel at FACT hosted by Liverpool Pride. More info.
9th November Hedwig and the Angry Inch plus panel at CUBE, Bristol hosted by Queer Vision. More info.
29th November Gay as in Hysterically Funny shorts plus panel at Exeter Phoenix hosted by Cine Queer. More info.
4th December Hedwig and the Angry Inch at Exeter Phoenix hosted by Cine Queer. More info.
9th December Gay as in Hysterically Funny shorts plus panel at Scottish Youth Theatre hosted by SQIFF. More info.
9th December White Rabbit at Scottish Youth Theatre hosted by SQIFF. More info.
14th December Dyke Hard at Live Art Bistro hosted by Leeds Queer Film Festival.
17th December Tangerine at Tribeca Manchester hosted by Make A Scene Film Club. More info.
An Unashamed Claim to Visibility: Short films at the intersection of queerness and dis/ability
Over April 2018, this tour was presented by 4 QFN members, across 3 events: Eyes Wide Open Cinema in Brighton, SQIFF in Glasgow, and Wotever DIY Film Festival & Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest in London.
This programme presented 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. It aimed to address the fact that learning disabled and/or chronically ill queers are often excluded from queer spaces and queer screens, and to bring previously invisible stories to the forefront of the conversation.
Screened in Glasgow, Shropshire and Cardiff, in October 2017. Co-writers Fawzia Mirza and Lisa Donato joined the events for Q&As.
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!