The Voices Film Programme

The Voices Film Programme is supported by Film Hub London, managed by Film London. Proud to be a partner of the BFI Film Audience Network, funded by the National Lottery.

The Voices Film Programme Highlights underrepresented voices in cinema and platforms some of the UK’s most talented emerging film-makers.

Delve into the world of independent cinema and artists’ moving image, watch exclusive premiers and hear from industry experts.

The aim of The Voices Film Programme is to provide cinematic experiences that respond to the needs and interests of our diverse local community.

The Voices Film Programme takes place over three months and focuses on a different theme each month

October: Queer Identity

November: Race, Identity and Visibility

December: Women on screen and behind the camera

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. 

Collected Stories

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.


Featured Films:

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. 

Simisolaoluwa Akande

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.