Offical Selection: London Film Festival
With the national debate and vote on same-sex marriage only really a few months old, the issues raised back then and now in this film seem remarkably fresh. Give the discussion a good dose of the Atomic Café found-footage collage styling and you’ve got an always fascinating exploration of GLBTIQ representations in British film and television.
Made up of all manner of material from feature films going back to some of the earliest, news reports, investigative TV programs, education and instructional films, TV commercials and much more, Queerama is almost symphonic but certainly kaleidoscopic in style and scope.
The beauty of these kind of collage works are the surprising new meanings that come with the play of cinematic time and space. In producing this excellent essay about this often-hidden history, filmmaker Daisy Asquith dives deep into the British archive and pulls out many “how could they say that?”, “I never knew” and “I never noticed” moments which often playfully flips the film back onto the audience.
Within the collage however there are through stories from television interviews with both men and women about their experiences of being GLBTIQ that are both deeply moving and horrifying at the same time.
It’ social justice, politics, gender, sexuality and film and media history rolled into one very neat syncopated package.
Screens with the short film Out of the Closets, Into the Streets.
Tue 10th, 9pm, Luna Leederville