Queer film is not just about re-interpreting straight storylines to accommodate ‘gay’ characters – it’s an excuse to play with more than gender and sexuality… super 8, chroma key, sci-fi storylines about aliens and androgynous bisexual nymphomaniac fashion models and remaking Soviet propaganda into a transgender revolution are all examples in our film programme of how queer film can play with you, and cinema too.
Come for queer shorts, a performance by Gaylourdes invoking the film theory spectre of vagina dentata in song and dance, 2 minutes of infamy for queer film makers and a screening of the cult 80s sci-fi movie Liquid Sky.
MAGGOTS AND MEN (Trailer) by Oakie Treadwell (5 minutes)
In the style of a Soviet Propaganda film Maggots and Men recounts the tragic events of the Kronstadt Uprising (Russia, 1921). This history is combined with fictionalized inter-personal relationships between the sailors.
PHINEAS SLIPPED by Oakie Treadwell (15 minutes)
A boy’s school class and their teacher discuss romance in literature. Each boy has his own interpretation on this. The film is one of the first genderqueer version of schoolboy fantasies, played by genny boys, trans boys and butche
A GIRL NAMED KAI by Kai Ling Xue (8 minutes)
An autobiographical vignette in three chapters about Kai Ling’s relationships, self discoveries, passions, secrets and dreams. Using digitally-edited Super 8 and 16mm, this experimental short is a journey from the highs of love to the lows of loss, delicately threaded together with original music.
SUPERHERO by Salote Tawale (4 minutes)
A satirical take on the superhero genre. Multiplicities of identity are explored – you can be the hero and the victim in the same moment, play more than one gender/archetype in a story.<
INTERMISSION w/ two minutes of filmic infamy and performance by Gaylourdes
LIQUID SKY by Slava Tsukerman (1 hour 52 minutes)
Invisible aliens in a tiny flying saucer come to Earth looking for heroin. They land on top of a New York apartment inhabited by a drug dealer and her female, androgynous, bisexual nymphomaniac lover, a fashion model. The aliens soon find the human pheromones created in the brain during orgasm preferable to heroin, and the model’s casual sex partners begin to disappear. This increasingly bizarre scenario is observed by a lonely woman in the building across the street, a German scientist who is following the aliens, and an equally androgynous, drug-addicted male model. This is a mostly fun movie but does contain scenes that may disturb some viewers