NEW SHORTS: Presence
Sunday, 24 January 2021
A BEAUTIFUL STRUGGLE, dir. Dafe Oboro
A programme of revelries, looking to the fun, freedoms and intricacies of taking up space.
These sumptuous works travel us the world over - from Beyoncé’s Black Is King co-director Dafe Oboro capturing the hustle and high fashion of a vibrant Lagos, to Ian Hart (Noughts and Crosses) finding himself through drag in Margate.
The underground dance scene offers sanctuary and introspection to a family of trans club kids, whilst performance artist Michael Portnoy’s absurdist sexual slap-stick sets up three queer couples to fool around to an erratic score.
Programmed by Philip Ilson and Jenna Roberts. 78'
This programme contains unsimulated sex and drug use. Please note, the film Duncan can only be accessed by UK audiences at the request of the filmmaker.
In an abandoned warehouse, a crowd is dancing as one on 145 BPM techno music. Among them is Dustin, a young transgender and crew: Felix, Raya and Juan. As the night draws on, collective hysteria morphs into sweet melancholy, and euphoria into yearning for tenderness.
Hawthorn, a quiet teenage boy with all the correlating tender attributes, lives in a village on the West Coast of Scotland. The mournful landscapes and dystopic industrial score mirrors Hawthorn's defeated ego in his desperate love for a returning friend.