wednesday 21 june - my genderation: short film programme - duke's at komedia - 6pm
My Genderation is an ongoing film project celebrating trans lives and trans experiences co-created by Fox Fisher and Lewis Hancox, who met after taking part in C4’s My Transsexual Summer. It is currently run by Fox and Owl, who are non binary trans partners in crime and in love. Since My Genderation started, they have released over 60 short films, documentaries and sketches on trans issues, endorsed by the BBC, C4 and NHS (Choices & E-Learning). In 2016, Fox was invited to Russia to share and make films. Fox also created film content with TGEU (Transgender Europe), IGLYO (International LGBT Youth Organisation) and Trans Iceland. What makes My Genderation unique is that it's an initiative started by trans people aimed to make films about other trans people.
The short films being shown include a mix of fact and fiction. Highlights include our film that we made about trans people in Russia, a short fiction called Stealth and a film following three years of transition for a young person aged 9 to 12.
THURSDAY 29 JUNE - YOUNG SOUL REBELS - THE DE LA WARR PAVILION, BEXHILL - 7.30PM
Director: Isaac Julien (UK. 1991. 105 mins)
Against the backdrop of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee, Chris and Caz, two young black Londoners, run a pirate radio station out of a tower block in Dalston. At a time when punk is beginning to dominate the London music scene, these young men are determined to promote soul music and both dream of careers as DJs. This is violently interrupted however when their friend TJ is found murdered in a known local cruising ground. As personal and political tensions arise, allegiances are put to the test, desires are forged across social divides, and community unrest seems inevitable. Isaac Julien’s first full-length film is an urgent and explosive drama that paints a delicately nuanced portrait of what it meant to be young, black and queer in Thatcherite Britain.
The screening will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Jacob Engelberg (Eyes Wide Open Cinema) and featuring Hakeem Kazeem (Fringe!, The Bernie Grant Centre), Tara Brown (Wotever DIY Festival), with more speakers to be confirmed.
FRIDAY 14 JULY - THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW - PRESTON MANOR (OUTDOOR SCREENING)
Director: Jim Sharman (UK and USA. 1975. 100 mins)
A newly engaged couple have a breakdown in an isolated area and must pay a call to a bizarre residence . A camp classic featuring Tim Curry as the brilliantly bisexual "transvestite from Transylvania", Dr. Frank-N-Furter. Dressing up is encouraged, quoting along is welcome, and singing and dancing's a must.
Doors open at 7.00pm. Screenings will take place around 9.15pm or as soon as it becomes dark. You are invited to arrive early, relax and enjoy a drink in the surroundings.
The screening will take place in the open, with a limited number of deckchairs available on a first come first served basis.We will also have cardboard ‘bumbox’ seating available for sale but feel free to bring along small picnic chairs – however these must be placed towards the rear of the cinema area. This is a licensed event, so we cannot accept any alcohol brought in from outside, however a bar will be open for beer and wine sales. You are welcome to bring a picnic!
friday 21 july - trans pride 2017 shorts programme - duke's at komedia - 6.30 & 8.30pm
For the fifth year running, Trans Pride Brighton & Hove, My Genderation and Eyes Wide Open Cinema have teamed up to curate a selection of short film exploring a variety of trans lives and experiences worldwide. This eclectic selection, featuring both fact and fiction film, is a testament to the heterogeneity of trans lives and a celebration of resilience in the face of oppression.
This programme will also be repeated at the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill on Monday 31 July. Grab your tickets for that here.
tuesday 1 august - queerama + Q&A - duke's at komedia - 9pm
Director: Daisy Asquith (UK. 2017)
Fifty years after the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in the England and Wales, director Daisy Asquith mines the jewels of the BFI archive to journey into a queer history of British cinema. The opening film of this year’s Sheffield Doc Fest, this vibrant and lyrical documentary takes us into the relationships, desires, fears and expressions of sexual minorities in British cinema, starting in 1919 and weaved with the music of John Grant and Hercules & Love Affair.
The screening will be followed by a live Q&A with director Daisy Asquith.