an unashamed claim to visibility

The film will have closed captions (English subtitles especially for D/deaf or hard of hearing attendees) and Audio Description. The event will have British Sign Language interpretation. 

Prefer this information in BSL? Find our BSL translated version here

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monday 23 april, 6pm - duke of york's

An Unashamed Claim to Visibility: short films at the intersection of queerness and dis/ability

As queer communities strive to embrace intersectional politics, those with a disability or functional diversity are often left behind. Despite the higher prevalence of disability among LGBTIQA+ communities, disabled, D/deaf, visually impaired, learning disabled and/or chronically ill queers are often excluded from queer spaces and queer screens.

More recently, a growing body of work is redressing this balance and bringing previously invisible stories to the forefront of the conversation. This programme presents an exciting selection of performative work by functionally diverse filmmakers exploring the intersections of queerness and disability. From beautifully-rendered tales of forbidden love to how to get jiggy in (accessible) bathrooms, this collection of hilarious, agonising, erotic, tender and sexy shorts represents an unashamed claim to beauty, desire, autonomy and, above all, visibility.

We have a limited amount of tickets available for free for those who cannot afford the regular ticket price. Please email to reserve these.



Ebony Rose Dark

The screening will be preceded by a performance by Ebony Rose Dark AKA Mickel, who also joins us for a post-screening discussion.  

Ebony Rose Dark is your all singing/lip-syncing all-dancing, story-telling, V.I.P/Visually Impaired cabaret artist. A feisty Birmingham Lass who loves a party, with big red lips and snaking hips - she’s a diva and a half but with a heart of gold. 

She is currently artist in residence at RVT’s Bar Wotever, and performs nationally and internationally in theatres, bars, pubs and community settings. Recent works include Dance solo at Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol at 2017 Pre-Bristol Pride Party as well as performing at Brighton Pride Party 2017 at the MarlboroughTheatre.



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Kyla Harris

Kyla has a background in film and visual arts as a mixed-race, queer, disabled woman. She is the founder of The Other Screen, a monthly film event that questions the perceptions of disabled people in the moving image through film pairings and facilitated discussions.


Charlie Willis

Charlie is a disabled activist - passionate about advocating for, and creating, change. He believes that representation of different identities is a key part of ensuring that the fight for disability equality is taken seriously. Charlie has worked with big name charities and spoken internationally about acceptance, disability, sexuality and youth. 

Access Information:

This film screening will have closed captions, audio description, and BSL interpretation for introduction/Q&A. Large Print programme notes will be available on the night.

The venue is wheelchair accessible downstairs and there are 8 removable seats in the auditorium. Please let the venue know that you are looking to reserve one of these seats when booking, by dropping a line to There is a wheelchair-accessible adapted toilet on the ground floor.  

Assistance animals are welcome. 


Tickets are £7.50 (regular) and £5.50 (Picturehouse members). Tickets for PAs and carers are free. They can be bought here.

We have a limited amount of tickets available for free for those who cannot afford the regular ticket price. Please email to reserve these.