Comedy & subversion in LGBTQ+ film & artist moving image
Join us for a screening of short films to mark LGBTQ+ History Month, followed by a Q&A with the showreel curators.
This event explores the history of comedy as a queer identity defence, a means of expression and storytelling and the subversive and surprising ways that humour can be used on screen. It responds to the growing interest in LGBTQ+ folk using film and moving image to tell their stories by focusing purely on humour.
Whilst the concept of humour helping LGBTQ+ people is an interesting (and vital) world to explore, this event seeks to also engage wider groups of artists, academics and students interested in film and/or the study of humour. We also invite health/inclusion/wellbeing practitioners who are interested in how comedic storytelling may encourage people’s understanding of LGBTQ+ communities.
The reels include films originally made by Ernesto Sarezale, Jordan McKenzie and many more, on the themes of homosexual life and comedy and are curated by Lee Campbell and Deborah Espect.
Homo Humour curated by Lee Campbell
Dr Lee Campbell is an artist, poet, experimental filmmaker, writer and founder of Homo Humour, the first of its kind project on contemporary queer male film and moving image practices that explore humour and LGBTQ+ storytelling. His experimental performance poetry films have been selected for many international film festivals since 2019 including Queerbee LGBT Film Festival, The Gilbert Baker Film Festival, Kansas 2020 and 2021, HOMOGRAPHY, Brussels and STATES OF DESIRE: Tom of Finland in the Queer Imagination, Casa de Duende, Philadelphia, USA, 2020 WICKED QUEER 2021, Boston, USA, FilmPride - Brighton & Hove Pride's official LGBTQ+ film festival, Brighton, UK, Splice Film Festival 2021, Brooklyn, USA and Darkroom Festival, London.. He has won several awards/nominations for these films including Best Psychedelic Fantasy film winner for 'See Me' (2020), Retro Avant Garde Film Festival NYC 2021, Semi-Finalist at Serbest International Film Festival 2021, Honorable Mention and Semi Finalist winner at Splice Film Festival, New York (2020 and 2021), Nominee for Best Original Concept and Best Atmosphere Independent Horror Movie Awards 2021, Honorable Mention Award, Screener Short Films 2020, Best Kent Film nominee, Margate Bookie Film Festival, 2020 and Special Mention Award, London-Worldwide Comedy Short Film Festival, 2019.
The Funny Side Of Lesbianism curated by Deborah Espect
Deborah Espect is an award-winning filmmaker and editor based in Brighton, UK.
Deborah’s focus is on queer content and her mission is to bring positive queer stories into the mainstream. She also seeks to elevate other independent, LGBTQ+ filmmakers by showcasing their work as part of the festival that she runs, FilmPride, which is Brighton & Hove Pride’s official film festival. She is currently developing her first feature with Makelight Productions and a documentary on local lesbian punk band Siren, with band members in their 60s and 70s. Deborah also works as Film Programmer for local TV channel Latest TV, where she hosts regular shows, and curates a number of festivals for TV channels in the U.K. and Northern Ireland.
Liberty Antonia Sadler - Discussion Chair
Liberty Antonia Sadler is an artist & filmmaker based in London, working with mediums of drawing, text and moving image to explore issues of body politics, with a focus on the experience of living in a large femme body. Working within a personal-political context, she uses characters, radical softness & raw
playfulness to discuss themes of size, food, queerness, gender performance, vulnerability & eroticism. Liberty Antonia is an Associate Lecturer at Central Saint Martins, the founder of artist film night MicroActs, and their artist research explores the portrayal of fat bodies & the power of subjectivity within art practice.
Please note that a couple of these films contain graphic imagery that may be triggering for some/unsuitable for under 18s
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