Polly Braden: Holding The Baby

Arnolfini, Bristol 19 February to 12 June 2022 So the show’s already been at the Museum of the Home, London. How is the Arnolfini show different? Polly Braden:  When the Arnolfini show opened on Saturday 19 February, there were queues to get into the space. It was jammed all day with people reading the text,... Continue Reading →

Watching A Man Crying at Love & Chaos

In the basement of Alchemy Experiment there’s a film of a man crying. Over the course of 15 painfully slow minutes we watch him, the steady camera focused on the emotions in his eyes and the bob of his Adam’s apple as he swallows.  The film, ‘Unfeeling’, is directed by Babar Suleman and stars Omer... Continue Reading →

SQIFF: Birthday Boy, dir. Leo LeBeau

Birthday Boy, directed by Leo LeBeau and screened at this year’s Scottish Queer International Film Festival (SQIFF), perfectly captures this feeling of being on the “wrong” side of the gender binary. It follows the character of Alex, a transgender teenager attending an all-girl’s private school, played by Sebastian Emmerson - an out trans man himself.... Continue Reading →

SQIFF 2021: Poetics of the Visual

David Ellington stands in front of a wall. He points to the sky, making a bird with his hands. The overlaid text says, “Two birds shoot and dart as one. Around a far, far tree. He runs the distance. And watches the other. Together.”Here, in his film Liberty, Ellington’s BSL is like a dance. Heart... Continue Reading →

SQIFF 2021: Aspects of the Embodied Self

Content warning: discussion of self-harm and HIV/AIDs “They need to make sense of this nonsense. Together”, says the voiceover of The Devotions, one of several short films shown as part of the Aspects of the Embodied Self event at this year’s SQIFF.  SQIFF, the Scottish Queer International Film Festival, is hosted each autumn at the... Continue Reading →

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