The Voices Film Series
The Voices Film Series at BPS presents three months of screenings and events centring underrepresented voices in film.
December: Women on Screen and Behind the Camera
January: Race, Identity and Visibility
Febuary: LGBTQIA+ Communities
The Voices Film Program Presents: Queer Portraits
Saturday 5 February 2022 | 4pm – 6pm
A Selection of four short films that paint nuanced portraits of queerness.
You are a Letter, written not with ink, but with spirit
you must everywhere wander 你必顧盼
With You I See Light
Join us for a screening followed by a Q&A with the creative teams
Tickets £5 available via Eventbrite
A film by Ella Boucht, Heather Glazzard, Nora Nord and Bryanna Kelly
HÄN is a visual ode to contemporary Finnish queerness filmed in Iniö in the archipelago of Turku. HÄN aims to show LGBTQ+ people from different backgrounds living in Helsinki, focusing specifically on butch, dyke, non-binary, trans and masc-presenting queer people whose spirit, beauty and life perspectives are often overlooked by the mainstream culture.
The short film takes place among forests and the sea, taking queerness out of the often implied club or urban settings – showing that queer identity and community can thrive beyond the busy cities. It puts Finland’s LGBTQ+ on the map of global culture, while also building the bridge between queer communities in Helsinki and London – a temporary queer utopia free to visit for all.
With You I See Light
A film by Emma Morgan-Bennett, Aisha and Florence Clapcott
You I See Light was commissioned by Apples & Snakes and Bristol Trinity Arts for emerging spoken word artists in the South West; The film is a response to climate change, reflecting on the meaningful connections that can be created in nature and the journey that the mind can go on when unravelling questions around sexuality, queerness, blackness, divinity and higher consciousness.
You are a letter, written not with ink, but with the Spirit
A film by David Leal
You are a letter, written not with ink, but with the Spirit Directed by David Lealfollows Michelle, a trans woman who started transitioning later in her life, finds in faith the strength to welcome her true self.
This Film is a portrait of Michelle, Leal describes it as ‘a moving photograph’ There is no need to follow a plot or action – just look. You are a letter, written not with ink, but with the Spirit is an invitation to a ceremony of commemoration, celebrating queer spirituality
you must everywhere wander 你必顧
A Film by artist Whiskey Chow
Showcasing an imaginative queer masculine body-scape, where the spices used in Chinese cooking grow as spectacular natural landscapes. This work is a hybrid of filmed performance, CGI animation and sound art. It draws on Chinese myth and a sense of belonging from an Asian queer diasporic perspective.
you must everywhere wander 你必顧盼 is a meeting point of transgressive queer desire, a dream homeland and reality. We are what we eat, we are what we remember, we are what we believe.
Director of Photography: NIng Zhou, Digital Director: Gene Chen, Sound Design: Carina Qiu, Make-up Artist: Olly Yip, Producer: Ruth Holdsworth
The Voices Film Series Presents: Documenting Afrofutures: Filming Race and Reproduction in the Age of Black Lives Matter
22 January 2022 | 4pm – 6pm
A film screening and talk from Emma Morgan-Bennett
Join us for a private screening of Emma Morgan– Bennett’s newest documentary Mama, I’m Through Followed by a talk exploring her process of Afro Futurist Film Making and themes of race and reproduction in the age of Black Lives Matter.
Emma Morgan-Bennett (@emmazinha) is a filmmaker from Washington Heights, NY. She holds a particular interest in questions surrounding visual media, race, reproduction, and apocalypse. Awarded the Marshall Scholarship, she is currently pursuing a MA in Digital Media at Goldsmiths.
Director Statement: In wake of the Black Lives Matter Movement, we need art that explores Black lives within and beyond the legacy of racism. Mama, I’m Through reflects the particular choices facing Black women, but also the reality of every person who has wrestled with the ethics of becoming a parent in this chaotic modern world. As a director, I feel deeply drawn to conversations on Blackness and reproduction as an Afro Futurist filmmaker, as a scholar of Medical Anthropology, and personally as a practicing birth Doula.
Tickets £5 on the door
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The Voices Film Series Presents: Sex Work Spoken
Postponed ( New date to be announced shortly)
Join us for a screening of ‘Sex Work Spoken’ followed by a talk and pannel Q&A
‘Sex Work Spoken’ is a contributor-led short documentary that aims to tackle the stereotypes of sex workers presented to us in the mainstream media by giving a voice to a marginalised community.
The film presents a spectrum of subjects, discussing immigration, sexuality, media representation and societal abjection. It has an overall ethos of highlighting the progressive action which first and foremost should be taken to push for safety, security and decriminalisation.
Co made by Sophie Farrell, Abi Fleming and Verity Hobbs
Thursday 9 December
The Voices Film Series Presents:
Lured by images of ‘glass skin perfection’ a young woman enters the world of a morning makeup routine only to discover it is not as perfect as it first seems. An experimental and darkly ironic film which holds the mirror up to past and present toxic beauty standards and unattainable ideals of perfection.
Saturday 4 December
Voices Film Series presents: Nina Mdwaba
Performance Artist Nina Mdwaba shared two of her Spoken Word Films “I’ll Believe It When I See It & #Elevatedvoices” and “Let’s Take It Home” followed by a talk and Q&A Session.
Nina Siphesihle Pinkie Mdwaba is a South African born (b.1995) writer, theatre-maker, spoken word, and performance artist. Nina explores subject matter relating to race, gender, and sexuality, and ritualistic healing. Nina has performed her works in over 20 art venues in Glasgow and London, including the GOMA, Modern institute, CCA, Transmission, Turner Prize contemporary, and a handful of festivals including Brainchild and Womenfest in London. She is now focussing on poetry for film.
The Voices film series presents: Monument
Saturday 4 December
The Women Now Film Series
12 – 20 August 2020
The Women Now Film Series at Bermondsey Project Space centred emerging female filmmakers and celebrated London’s vibrant film scene, through a series of screenings, Q&A’s and panel discussions. The program explored themes of identity, body image, and comunnity.
Featuring Carmen & Luisa, Issy Wharton, Ula Taylor-Riley, Tracey Francis, Mouni Productions, Georgie Cowan-Turner, Luna Carmoon, Nina Mdwaba, Sophie Farrell and WomeninFilmSE15
WomeninFilmSE15 are a collective rooted in the local neighbourhood. The collective’s focus is on discussing, screening and making films centred around women’s interests. Their main aim is to promote the female voice within film, bringing different narratives and diverse local communities together. For this series, they showed a collection of community-made animations.
The Series also included an event titled ‘Getting Into The Film Industry’ where producer and writer Helen Simmons talked to filmmaker Luna Carmoon about how she got started in the film industry, and the experience of making two incredibly well-received short films. This was followed by a panel discussion from prominent screenwriters Louise Nesbitt, KT, and Milly Thomas.
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