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This October The Voices Film Programme celebrates Queer Identity. Come along to Bermondsey Project Space for a selection of Screenings and events spotlighting LGBTQIA+ filmmakers.
Step into the world of queer cinema and enjoy a diverse selection of genres from comedy to documentary to fantasy. The programme places a significant focus on the experiences of young people and brings together film-makers from across the UK in an artistic exploration of queer culture and identity.
Tuesday 11 October | 7 – 9 pm
A collection of short films by emerging LGBTQIA+ Filmmakers. With genres spanning comedy, documentary and fantasy these films are united in their nuanced and sensitive exploration of queer communities, characters and identities.
Screening followed by a Q&A with the creative teams.
Hold The Sausage a BBC New creatives film Directed by Cal Freeman. This comedic and experimental short follows the drama that unfolds when Saoirse refuses the sausages at Sunday lunch with her Nanny.
Silent Pride, is a Welsh LGBTQ+ coming-of-age short film. Set on the outskirts of a teenage house party, Sammy discovers a connection with Ffion that pushes her to question her sexuality. Written and directed by Kristy Philipps and commissioned by the BBC, This heartwarming film puts the spotlight on LGBTQ+ and Deaf communities and celebrates them through a story of love and hope.
Dykotomy is A playful response to the twisted dichotomies of lesbian cinema. Directed by Jo watters, this cheeky documentary pokes fun at Hollywoods cash-in on sapphic relations and the misrepresentation of lesbians on screen. Jo asks the question, why does mainstream representation often fall so flat?
Datura Daydreams, a surreal fantasy short that follows Sam who, bored of hookup culture and superficial attraction discovers an escape in an ugly thorned flower. Convinced that the man of his dreams lives inside the flower sam pours his affections into the plant and discovers its hallucinogenic but toxic properties. Written and directed by Jonah Garrett-Bannister, Art Direction by Ripley Renner Fletcher.
World of my Own directed by Anna Rooney is a coming-of-age story told through the autistic lens. For many people on the spectrum, their bedroom is their safe space where they are in control of sensory inputs. When this place cannot be accessed, they tap into their vast interior worlds, where they are free to daydream. World of my own It is an exploration of this daydream space and its inhabitants.
Tuesday 18 October | 7 – 9 pm
This screening event presents the work of Simisolaoluwa Akande
From Nigeria to England, Simisolaoluwa Akande’s fascination with the art of storytelling has crossed continents before expressing itself through film. Now a multi-award-winning documentary filmmaker, her films embrace a deeply collaborative approach to storytelling that provides black stories space to be told and retold.
The screening will include two of Simisolaluwa’s award-winning films plus a preview of her upcoming piece The Archive: Queer Nigerian Project – an experimental documentary that uses a patchwork of archive video, audio, and photography to paint an intimate portrait of the contemporary lives of queer Nigerians living in London.
The Screening will be followed by a Q&A session with the artist.
down there the sea folk live
Tuesday 25 October | 7 – 9 pm
Come along to the gallery for a Screening of ‘down there the sea folk live’ followed by a Q&A with the director and a sneak preview of their upcoming cinematic projects.
Selected as part of the BFI London Film Festival 2020 down there the sea folk live is a experimental documentary that explores the sacrifice of starting HRT for trans singers who rely on their voice for performance.
Offering a subversion of trans narratives, the film explores the experience of trans masculine performers and their complicated relationships with their voices and stage personas. Visually captivating and enchanting, seafolk takes the audience on a journey through the many facets of the trans-masculine community, from drag performances to live music. The film provides an intimate insight into the lives of trans men struggling with the sacrifices that gender transition presents – and why it’s worth it.
Friday 28 October 7 – 9 pm
Screening and Q&A event focusing on the work of Whiskey Chow
Whiskey Chow is London-based performance artist and Chinese drag king. Whiskey’s art practice engages with broadly defined political issues, covering a range of related topics: from queer masculinity, problematizing the nation-state across geographic boundaries, to stereotypical projections of Chinese/Asian identity. Her work is interdisciplinary, combining embodied performance with moving image, experimental sound, installation, and printmaking.
As an artist-curator, Whiskey launched, led-curated and performed in ‘Queering Now 酷兒鬧’ in 2020 (Chinese Arts Now Festival). Queering Now is a curatorial programme amplifying marginalized voices of the queer Chinese/Asian diaspora.In addition to teaching at the Royal College of Art, Whiskey is also a Guest Lecturer at Sotheby’s Institute of Art.Whiskey has been involved in feminist and LGBTQ activism in China since 2011. She contributed to and performed in ‘For Vaginas’ Sake 將陰道獨白到底 (2013)’ (original Chinese version of The Vagina Monologues), and curated the first Chinese LGBTQ music festival, ‘Lover Comrades Concert 愛人同志音樂會 (2013)’, Guangzhou.
Recent works include: you must everywhere wander 你必顧盼, Yorkshire Sculpture Park (2022) / EXiS Film and Video Festival, Seoul (2021); Do You Hear The People Dream?, Wysing Polyphonic Festival, Online; The Moon is Warmer than the Sun, Queering Now, Rich Mix, London (2020); Unhomeliness, Tate Modern, London; Whiskey the Conqueror, Tate Britain, London (2018); Purely Beautiful New Era (ft. Haocheng Wu), V&A Museum, London; Great Conversation, Uppsala Konstmuseum (2017).