sunday bloody sunday + looking awry (talk)

Eyes Wide Open Cinema is teaming up with The Towner Gallery for a screening and talk exploring issues around bisexual* representation in cinema. 

saturday 4 november - towner gallery, eastbourne - 1.30pm

Eyes Wide Open Cinema programmer, Jacob Engelberg, presents an hour-long illustrated talk, journeying through cinema’s representations of bisexuality*, from well-known Hollywood neo-noir thrillers to underground queer filmmaking to the extremities of European art cinema. 

When do we read a character as bisexual*? How can a character’s bisexuality* be communicated? What tropes and stereotypes are at play in these representations and what purpose do they serve? What is the impact of the scarcity of bisexual* representations on bisexual* people’s lives? 

The talk will be followed by a screening of the classic Sunday Bloody Sunday

Director: John Schlesinger. 1971. UK. 110 minutes. 

Recently divorced career woman Alex Greville (Glenda Jackson) begins a romantic relationship with glamorous mod artist Bob Elkin (Murray Head), fully aware that he's also intimately involved with middle-aged doctor Daniel Hirsh (Peter Finch). For both Alex and Daniel, the younger man represents a break with their repressive pasts, and though both know that Bob is seeing both of them, neither is willing to let go of the youth and vitality he brings to their otherwise stable lives.