Queeriosities From The Archive – Reclaim The Frame Short Film Night (18) + Q&A

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Part of: Storyhouse Queer

We invite you to get curious as we rediscover tantalising tales from the archives. With this curated programme of short films we say goodbye to what is expected of us when it comes to intimacy, partnership and sexuality. Whether forgotten or rarely screened, we explore a multitude of desires and depictions of queerness reflective of their times, and of an always existing community. A continuation of Birds’ Eye View’s previous touring programme ‘Queerious’ which explored desire on screen from the 80s to the present day, this selection digs deep in to archives across the UK and beyond, bringing stories of sexual awakenings and realisations, love and lust through a feminist lens from 1932 to now. Freed from the restrictions of mainstream filmmaking, this collection of hidden gems from the archives is a celebration of desires which invites us to question, learn and enjoy our sexual selves.

This screening will be followed by a panel discussion with Siân A Williams and Harri Shanahan, the filmmakers behind 2021 documentary release Rebel Dykes which led to the Rebel Dykes Archive History Project.

Harri Shanahan is an artist, filmmaker and animator and Siân A Williams is filmmaker and professional archivist. Both are based in Manchester.

The panel will be hosted by Reclaim The Frame Impact Producer, Anne-Louise Kershaw.

 

1.ROSEBUD (1991) UK 14 min.
Director: Cheryl Farthing
Kay moves into a new flat and finds herself unexpectedly intrigued by the open sexuality of the lesbian couple next door. A tale of voyeurism and fantasy, and about seeing, and being seen.

2.WAITING WOMAN (1991) UK. 7 min
Director: Nikki McKay
Women move and dance in the landscape, in line drawn animation. From Midlands based artist, animator, and former dancer Nikki McKay, whose work in colour and the female form to create a language of mood and movement draws inspiration by Tamara de Lempicka, Henri Matisse and contemporary dance.

3. MISS NORAH BLANEY(1932) UK 9 min
Director: Unknown
“Masculine women and feminine men, which is the rooster, which is the hen – it’s so hard to tell ’em apart these days!” Popular musical hall singer and pianist Norah Blaney performs a ditty about the gender-bending ways of modern young things, putting an innuendo-laden queer spin on popular (heterosexual) hits, for the camera in this early sound film.

4.8MM LESBIAN LOVE FILM (1992) USA. 4 mins.
Director: GEORGE CORZINE.
A joyous pop music video celebrating lesbian desire on celluloid, with a tune so catchy you’ll be singing it all day!

5.WITHOUT VERTIGO AN INNOCENT DESIRE TO FLY (1993). UK. 6 min
Director: Nikki McKay
A woman’s body moves through a landscape, walking, morphing into other forms, dancing, and flying in the air, in another of Nikki McKay’s studies on positive images of womanhood. We see the body as both a line drawn animation and as part of a live action film utilising computer effects.

6.SEX CHANGE (1980) UK. 7min
Director: ATV Today
Wife and husband Cathy Brown and Chris Johnson speak to interviewer Wendy Nelson about how they met, fell in love and started a family. This ATV news piece offers a rare record for the time of a trans couple telling their own story, as they are filmed going about daily life at home and walking with their daughter in the park. Please note this film contains phrasing and a line of questioning from the interviewer regarding the couple’s transition which is outdated, and which has since (mostly) evolved. The chance to hear Cathy & Chris’s story, in their own words, however, feels just as important 42 years later.

7.IN THE PINK BLUES (1993). UK 2 min.
Director: Nikki McKay
Line drawn animation of a naked woman dancing across a blank background, the colour of the background changing from pink to blue.

8.MAN (2016) Sweden/UK 12 min
Director: Maja Borg
A journey of physical transformation through the wilderness of pregnancy echoed by the sole remaining recording of Virginia Woolf’s voice and told through hand-processed super 8mm film combined with watercolour-negative animation.

9.APARTMENTS (1977) Australia. 10 mins
Director: Megan McMurchy
Two women living in the same apartment block are drawn to each other.

 

Queeriosities From The Archive is supported by the BFI Film Audience Network with National Lottery funding as part of Changing Times – Curious, a UK-wide Screen Heritage programme led by Film Hub North.  

 

        

Certificate:

18

Time details

70 mins + Introduction & Discussion

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