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Queeriosities from the Archive (N/C 15+)

30 November

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  • D Dementia friendly

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We invite you to get curious as we rediscover tantalising tales from the archives. With this curated programme of short films, we say goodbye to what is expected of us when it comes to intimacy, partnership and sexuality. Whether forgotten or rarely screened, we explore a multitude of desires and depictions of queerness reflective of their times, and of an always existing community.

A continuation of Birds’ Eye View’s previous touring programme Queerious which explored desire on screen from the 1980s to the present day, this selection digs deep in to archives across the UK and beyond, bringing stories of sexual awakenings and realisations, love and lust through a feminist lens from 1932 to now. Freed from the restrictions of mainstream filmmaking, this collection of hidden gems from the archives is a celebration of desires which invites us to question, learn and enjoy our sexual selves.

With an extended introduction from Birds Eye View’s Glasgow and Edinburgh Impact Producer, Xuanlin Tham.


Rosebud (1991) UK 14m

Director: Cheryl Farthing

Kay moves into a new flat and finds herself unexpectedly intrigued by the open sexuality of the lesbian couple next door in this erotic tale of voyeurism and fantasy; seeing, and being seen.


Waiting Woman
(1991) UK 7m

Director: Nikki McKay

Women move and dance in the landscape, in line-drawn animation from Midlands-based artist, animator, and former dancer Nikki McKay. Drawing inspiration from Tamara de Lempicka, Henri Matisse and contemporary dance, McKay's work in colour and the female form creates a language of mood and movement.


Miss Norah Blaney
(1932) UK 9m

Director: Unknown

“Masculine women and feminine men, which is the rooster, which is the hen - it's so hard to tell 'em apart these days!” In this early sound film, popular musical hall singer and pianist Norah Blaney performs a ditty about the gender-bending ways of modern young things, putting an innuendo-laden queer spin on popular (heterosexual) hits.


8mm Lesbian Love Film
(1992) USA 4m

Director: George Corzine

A joyous pop music video celebrating lesbian desire on celluloid, with a tune so catchy you’ll be singing it all day!


Without Vertigo an Innocent Desire to Fly
(1993) UK 6m

Director: Nikki McKay

A woman’s body moves through a landscape, walking, morphing into other forms, dancing, and flying in the air, in another of Nikki McKay’s studies on positive images of womanhood. We see the body as both a line drawn animation and as part of a live action film utilising computer effects.


Sex Change
(1980) UK 7m

Director: ATV Today

Wife and husband Cathy Brown and Chris Johnson speak to interviewer Wendy Nelson about how they met, fell in love and started a family. This ATV news piece offers a rare record for the time of a trans couple telling their own story, as they are filmed going about daily life at home and walking with their daughter in the park. Please note this film contains phrasing and a line of questioning from the interviewer regarding the couple’s transition which is outdated, and which has since (mostly) evolved. The chance to hear Cathy and Chris’s story in their own words, however, feels just as important 42 years later.


In the Pink Blues
(1993) UK 2m

Director: Nikki McKay

Line drawn animation of a naked woman dancing across a blank background, which changes colour from pink to blue.


Man
(2016) Sweden/UK 12m

Director: Maja Borg

A journey of physical transformation through the wilderness of pregnancy, echoed by the sole remaining recording of Virginia Woolf’s voice. Using hand-processed super 8mm film combined with watercolour-negative animation, footage of a pregnancy shot frame by frame, day by day is bookended by a series of self-portraits. Borg satirises their own use of particular attire, generally read as masculine, becoming revelatory when posed in the context of the pregnant body.


Apartments
(1977) Australia 10m

Director: Megan McMurchy

Two women living in the same apartment block are drawn to each other. Each is unaware of the other's desire, but a shared erotic fantasy develops between them. Megan McMurchy invites us in…


Queeriosities From The Archive is supported by the BFI Film Audience Network with National Lottery funding as part of Changing Times - Curious, a UK-wide Screen Heritage programme led by Film Hub North.

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