NEW SHORTS: Presence

Sunday 24th 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 (Nought 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.

Sunday 24th January at 4.30pm

Online

£4

Films:

DUSTIN

Naïla Guiguet

20'

2020

France

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.

SOFT INSTRUCTIONS: SLOW DOWN

Geraldine Snell

4'

2020

United Kingdom

A portrait-oriented video where a disembodied mouth softly sings as it floats down the frame and the music slows with each round.

RED HAWTHORN

Florrie James

11'

2020

United Kingdom

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.

QUEENS

Nick Bechman

17'

2020

United Kingdom

Set in the coastal town of Margate, England, this story of family explores what happens when two very different worlds come together.

A BEAUTIFUL STRUGGLE

Dafe Oboro

13'

2020

Nigeria

A fashionable portrait following a small town man’s pursuit of stardom against the vibrant, psychedelic backdrop of Lagos city.

PROGRESSIVE TOUCH

Michael Portnoy

13'

2020

USA

Can you fu*k to an irregular beat? Three moody, absurdist love scenes play out with the goal to 'improve' sex by complicating its rhythm and choreography.

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