CLOSING GALA - SHE WHO MUST BE LOVED
Jun
15
6:45 PM18:45

CLOSING GALA - SHE WHO MUST BE LOVED

Activist, trailblazer, and true inspiration, Freda Glynn is one of the key founders of C.A.A.M.A. (Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association), an organisation created to highlight Aboriginal culture to the rest of the continent. Freda’s daughter, Erica, sets off to make a film about her mother’s past, however, the story Freda herself wants to tell is that of her grandmother who was killed in a massacre. Spanning across multiple generations of women, She Who Must Be Loved manifests the Glynn family’s deeply rooted ancestral connection through the investigation and connection of forgotten political events and rich indigenous culture. A unique, original and extremely edifying film.

Join us for drinks in the bar following the screening for our Closing Gala, including the festival awards ceremony, live music by the ghostly pop band Candy Cane, and DJ sets until late!

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THE SOCIAL MODEL + Q&A with Director Justin Edgar
Jun
15
3:30 PM15:30

THE SOCIAL MODEL + Q&A with Director Justin Edgar

The Social Model is a feature documentary looking at how disabled people are portrayed as victims, villains or martyrs in film and television and how able-bodied filmmakers and actors have exploited negative depictions of disability to win awards and gain stardom. The film examines the emerging grassroots disability film movement in the UK and how disabled people are fighting back against outdated and outmoded portrayals of disability. Featuring interviews with noted disabled academics, filmmakers and actors alongside examples of disability cinema from the disabled community and the mainstream this thought-provoking documentary poses questions to challenge the status quo in the film industry.

This screening will include a Q&A with Director Justin Edgar.

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EDGE OF THE KNIFE
Jun
15
1:15 PM13:15

EDGE OF THE KNIFE

In a 19th-century summer, two large families gather for their annual fishing retreat on the far-removed island of Haida Gwaii. Adiits'ii, a charming nobleman, accidentally causes the death of his best friend Kwa's son and hastens into the wilderness. Adiits'ii is tormented by what he has done and spirals into insanity, becoming Gaagiixid, a supernatural being crazed by hunger. This is a rare film; the first feature to be made entirely in the Haida language of Pacific-coast Canada and co-directed by an indigenous woman. While it’s often as brutal as it is beautiful, it certainly offers a unique insight into a culture we may otherwise never witness.

Co-presented with Border Crossings Origins Festival

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FRAGMENTS CONNECTS
Jun
15
1:00 PM13:00

FRAGMENTS CONNECTS

Fragments Connect is for emerging filmmakers aged 16-30. The programme includes free screenings, workshops and Q&As with UK-based industry members, including Lashana Lynch, Joy Gharoro-Akpojotor, and Gini Goodwin. More industry professionals to be announced.

DOP camera skills 1-1:30pm (Workshop) - Olan Collardy and Richie Luwawa 
 Writing for TV and Film - 1.35-2.05pm - (Talk) - Koby Adom

London Shorts: - 2.10-3.10pm 

  • Cracked Screen - dir: Trim Lamba (8 mins)

  • Wireless - dir: Tayo Odesanya (4 mins)

  • Black Sheep dir: Ed Perkins (27 mins)

Production (Talk) 3.15-3.45pm -   Gini Goodwin, Joy Gharoro-Akpojotor producer and production manager from BlueStory

Making a music video (Workshop) 3.45 - 4:15pm - Nathan James Tettey 

Acting on screen (Q&A) - Lashana Lynch interviewed by Anna Mayers 4.15 - 5.00pm

Produced by Harts Theatre Company, co curated by Caroline Wilson 

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HAIL SATAN?
Jun
14
9:00 PM21:00

HAIL SATAN?

Chronicling the extraordinary rise of one of the most colourful and controversial religious movements in American history, Hail Satan? is a fascinating and enlightened look at the religious and political organisation called The Satanic Temple. When the members organise a series of public actions designed to advocate for religious freedom and challenge corrupt authority, they prove that with little more than a clever idea, a mischievous sense of humour, and a few rebellious friends, you can speak truth to power in some truly profound ways. Funny, illuminating, and entertaining throughout, this film will redefine your understanding of Satan-worship as you know it.

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NORMAL + Q&A with Director Adele Tulli
Jun
14
6:30 PM18:30

NORMAL + Q&A with Director Adele Tulli

Presented with CinemaItaliaUK

Normal is a silent observation of the seemingly unshakeable gender norms rooted in contemporary society, from birth through adulthood. Filmed in a warm, almost flat colour palette, the camera acts as an unblinking observer, allowing the viewer to gaze down the lens at the everyday rituals being performed with an almost detached sense of unease. The beautiful composition and patient editing of Normal is in contrast to the eerily ordinary world revealed, of the feminine and masculine roles hidden in familiar scenes and relationships. What’s left is one unsettling question - why is this normal?

This screening will include a Q&A with Director Adele Tulli.

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A DOG BARKING AT THE MOON
Jun
13
9:00 PM21:00

A DOG BARKING AT THE MOON

Returning with her Western husband to her broken family in Beijing, pregnant writer Huang Xiaoyu finds herself trapped between her cult brainwashed mother and her secretly homosexual father, as other secrets slowly come to light. A painfully honest family drama, this is a rich and radical directorial debut that partly fictionalises director Xiang Zi’s own family life and conflicts.

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LET'S TALK ABOUT SEX WORK
Jun
13
8:00 PM20:00

LET'S TALK ABOUT SEX WORK

An event to shine a light on the important conversations around sex work. Featuring panel discussions with sex worker activists as well as art and film screenings in response to SEARCHING EVA. Panellists will include Rosie Van Boschen and Samantha Sun.

Produced by Harts Theatre Company co curated by Joana Nastari

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SHORTS VOL. 3
Jun
13
7:20 PM19:20

SHORTS VOL. 3

We take a look at male mental health, gender differences and erotic encounters in this session of films from around the world.

  • Pay No Attention to the Man Behind the Curtain by Joseph Daly

  • Interview by Christopher Guyon

  • F**k The Boxes by Abel Rubinstein

  • Have We Met Before? by Oliver Mason

  • Gifts From Babylon by Bas Ackermann

  • Grounding by R.M. Moses

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SHORTS VOL. 2
Jun
13
6:00 PM18:00

SHORTS VOL. 2

Including Welsh language sci-fi, lost LGBT love, tales of hard-won migration and experimental film from Bangladesh this session is a kaleidoscope of colourful short films suitable for all ages.

  • Day With A Loner by Muzahidul Islam Zahin

  • Imparfecto by Cristian García Zelada

  • A Conversation with the Subconcious by Hedydd Ioan

  • The Internship by Aaron Christian

  • Unsent Letter by Christian Gordine

  • Migrate Journey by Nurull Islam & Lindsay Knight

  • Black Man Stand by Kashif Boothe

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KNIFE + HEART
Jun
12
9:00 PM21:00

KNIFE + HEART

The raw sex appeal of gay club culture takes centre stage in this bizarre Queer horror-thriller from Yann Gonzalez. Vanessa Paradis stars in her most entrancing role to date as the ferocious Anne, a producer of kaleidoscopic gay porn who uses her films to work through her own issues of heartbreak and self-identity. But when her male stars start turning up brutally murdered her work takes a bizarre turn and the lines between reality and erotic fantasy begin to blur. Featuring a killer soundtrack from French electro pop giants M83 and the colourful dreamscapes of every queer kid’s imagination, Yann Gonzalez creates an aesthetic that we are desperate to live in.

This film will be preceded by a screening of Christian Gordine's short RE:PRODUCTION.

This shivering slice of an avant-garde nightmare imagines a dystopian future in which male sexuality has been reduced to a necessary process more in common with a mass production ‘milking’ factory. Exploring themes of submission, control and the underworld, RE:PRODUCTION is a portal into the dark webs of the imagination.

This screening will include an intro by Christian Gordine and Muffin Hix from Fringe!.

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SHORTS VOL. 1
Jun
12
6:50 PM18:50

SHORTS VOL. 1

Featuring a series of the best short films of 2018/19, this session offers tales of kindness from India, lighthearted comedy from London and insights into modern society and culture from around the world.

  • Lunch Break by Thamanna Sol

  • Bradford Young: Cinema is the Weapon by Corine Dhondee

  • Rain Stops Play by Mika Simmons

  • The Millennial Disruption by Somi Arian

  • Embrace Me by Melissa-Kelly Franklin

  • The Lyrics That Took Me Home by Jan Rufus

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SEARCHING EVA + Q&A with Eva Collè
Jun
11
9:00 PM21:00

SEARCHING EVA + Q&A with Eva Collè

Eva – 25, drifter, Berliner, poet, pet-owner, sex worker, virgo, recovering addict, housewife, feminist, model – declared privacy  an outdated concept at the age of 14. This is the tale of a young woman growing up in the age of the internet, turning the search for oneself into a public spectacle, challenging what a woman “should be“. Through her fragmented personalities you see the emergence of a generation, in which the concept of a fixed identity has grown old. A portrait of modern existence.

This screening will include a Q&A with Eva Collè herself.

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CARMEN & LOLA
Jun
11
6:30 PM18:30

CARMEN & LOLA

Carmen lives in a gypsy community in the suburbs of Madrid. Like every other woman she has ever met, she is destined to live a life that is repeated generation after generation: getting married and raising as many children as possible. But when she meets Lola, an aspiring teacher and graffiti artist who likes girls, Carmen begins to realise there may be more possibilities in life than just caring for a man. This film unravels the complex relationships between the home, the church and the community, exposing the remarkable ritualistic gender imbalances ingrained within. At its heart, however, Carmen and Lola is simply a beautiful story of love between two women desperate to be understood.

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RED COW
Jun
10
9:00 PM21:00

RED COW

Set against the backdrop of a religiously tense Jerusalem, Red Cow follows 16-year-old Benny as she experiences her sexual awakening. Gently photographed using a plethora of natural light, this sensual tale develops bathed in twilight as Benny and her lover hide their forbidden relationship from her father. Offering priceless insight into a Jewish community that awaits messiah, and unquestionably forbids homosexuality, this familiar story tackles topics of belonging and identity.

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NORMAL IS OVER 1.1 + Q&A with Director Renée Scheltema and Extinction Rebellion
Jun
10
6:00 PM18:00

NORMAL IS OVER 1.1 + Q&A with Director Renée Scheltema and Extinction Rebellion

A compelling and visually rich film directed by award-winning investigative TV-journalist Renée Scheltema. The film analyzes the big picture of why humans have inadvertently imperiled our planet: climate change, species extinction, the depletion of critical natural resources, and industrial control of our food production.

The documentary examines how our economic and financial system connects all these issues, and offers solutions which could be implemented immediately, from practical everyday fixes to rethinking the overarching myths of our time. The film takes off on an international voyage, meeting not only prominent experts but also everyday citizens who concentrate on matters such as organic agriculture, the banning of plastic, saving species, ecological economics, sustainable architecture, renewable energy, and more.

This screening will include a Q&A with director Renée Scheltema, in conversation with Extinction Rebellion and Citizen’s Assembly.

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PERMISSION
Jun
9
8:30 PM20:30

PERMISSION

Afrooz has given her life to football. Now, as she is about to captain Iran’s national futsal team to the final of the Asian Nations Cup in Malaysia, her estranged husband exercises his legal right to refuse her permission to leave the country. Thus begins a battle in which the fiercely determined Afrooz uses any means necessary to fight the everyday injustices faced by women in Iran. Exceptionally well-crafted, Permission is a bold, uncompromising look at gender roles in the modern Middle East.

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TIME TO DIE + Q&A with Directors Yonni Usiskin and Matt Shea + guest contributor Chris Nolan
Jun
9
6:15 PM18:15

TIME TO DIE + Q&A with Directors Yonni Usiskin and Matt Shea + guest contributor Chris Nolan

We meet four individuals and their families suffering various life-hindering conditions who seek to take control of their situation by ending their own lives. This touching documentary gives insight into the organisation Exit International that provides information to its members about end of life choices and methods, including advice on lethal drugs classed as illegal in many countries around the world. Exploring the debate surrounding assisted-suicide without judgement, the film sensitively handles the stories of those who endeavour to experience death on their own terms.

This screening will include a Q&A with Directors Yonni Usiskin and Matt Shea + guest contributor Chris Nolan.

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OUT + Q&A with Director Denis Parrot
Jun
9
4:00 PM16:00

OUT + Q&A with Director Denis Parrot

An uplifting and heartbreaking look into the experiences of young queer individuals as they come out to the people who matter most to them. Through a compilation of videos posted online by the individuals themselves, filmmaker Denis Parrot stitches together a tapestry of unbridled authenticity which is both life-affirming and disturbing.

On one level these snapshots serve as a comforting reminder of the collective experience we all share as members of the LGBTQIA+ community. Perhaps more importantly, however, this film sheds vital light on the reality of the coming out process to those who will never have to.

This screening will include a Q&A with director Denis Parrot and one of the of subjects the film, Stephen Clifford.

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HOMEGROWN + Q&A & LIVE PERFORMANCES
Jun
9
4:00 PM16:00

HOMEGROWN + Q&A & LIVE PERFORMANCES

Homegrown is a travel series following the music producers from Treehouse 707, creating unique music based on the location they are in. Barney Dwyer samples raw sounds of the environment, while AJMW samples vinyl records sourced locally, fanshore uses the creative energy of the city to create a track with full songwriting embedded. They have a day to draw inspiration for research around the location.

The pilot episode is set in London. The producers are given just one hour to create their track. It will then be judged by pioneers from the city in subject. The London pilot will be judged by underground legends Lord Apex and Louis Culture from Elevation Meditation Collective.

This event will include:

  • Screening of the pilot episode 

  • Q&A panel with Fanshore, AJMW, Dwyer (Homegrown cast) Larry Lineker and Seb Virgo (Directors)

  • Live performance from Lord Apex & Louis Culture 

  • DJ Set from TreeHouse707

Produced by Harts Theatre Company and Treehouse 707

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ALICE T.
Jun
8
9:00 PM21:00

ALICE T.

Alice, a buoyant and impertinent teenager, is far from the charming little girl her mother adopted. Affected by the specter of her mother’s disappointments, Alice acts with her back against the wall, forging lies and blurring lines between the fiction she designs for herself and the reality of her existence. Until her mother discovers she is pregnant. A rite of passage story that tackles raw topics like abortion and adoption head-on, a remarkable gut-punch of a film.

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GENESISTERS UNOFFICIAL BIKINI KILL PRE-PARTY
Jun
8
7:45 PM19:45

GENESISTERS UNOFFICIAL BIKINI KILL PRE-PARTY

The UK’s biggest Riot Grrrl night, #Genesisters returns to Genesis as part of Fragments - as ever featuring female-led live music, art and film. We’re hosting a party on Saturday June 8th to mark Bikini Kill’s return to the UK and we’ll have 3 live acts, a late-night screening of the Kathleen Hanna documentary ‘The Punk Singer’, free cupcakes and lashings of radical intersectional feminism! Entry to the night is free with your ticket to see the amazing ALICE T. that night at 9pm.

Sponsored by Signature Brewery - Like all the best music, our beer speaks for itself.

LINE-UP: SUGGESTED FRIENDS // CAPTAIN HANDSOME // LILITH AI

  • Live music from 8pm

  • Alice T at 9pm

  • More Live Music from 10.45pm

  • Late Night Show of The Punk Singer @ Midnight - all included in your ticket price.

Did we mention that the first 50 ticket holders through the door get a free beer? Well...they do!

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WE THE ANIMALS
Jun
8
6:45 PM18:45

WE THE ANIMALS

Narrated by the youngest of three brothers, We The Animals tells the story of Manny, Joel and Jonah as they grow up observing the volatile, unstable relationship between their parents and how it shapes their development. While Manny and Joel grow into versions of their father, Jonah uses creativity to escape his reality and come to terms with his burgeoning sexuality. This dreamlike and poetic coming-of-age drama boasts impressive performances throughout, especially by the three young boys.

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VISION PORTRAITS
Jun
8
4:40 PM16:40

VISION PORTRAITS

Exploring art through the perspective of four visually impaired artists and their disciplines of photography, dance, writing and film, Vision Portraits examines the worth placed on sight in an art scene which revolves so entirely around the seeing audience. Visually striking and emotionally enrapturing, queer filmmaker Rodney Evans delicately balances archive footage, interview and experimental imagery to draw the viewer into a world where the clear-cut binaries of visibility and blindness, outward and inward, are continually being deconstructed.

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A SEASON IN FRANCE + INTRO BY REFUGEES AT HOME
Jun
8
2:15 PM14:15

A SEASON IN FRANCE + INTRO BY REFUGEES AT HOME

A Season in France takes a close look at the borrowed time of two African refugees that are fighting for a second chance in life after fleeing their war-torn country. Abbas, once a school teacher, and his brother Etienne, once a philosophy professor, have left those identities behind in exchange for an inhospitable country that refuses to give them asylum.

With introduction by Refugees At Home.

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OPENING GALA - TEEN SPIRIT
Jun
7
8:00 PM20:00

OPENING GALA - TEEN SPIRIT

Bursting with pop sounds, Max Minghella’s glossy directorial debut delivers a fierce take on the classic Cinderella story. We follow Violet (Elle Fanning), a shy Polish immigrant teen who attempts to break out from her obscure existence through her love for singing. She finds unlikely help in the shape of a once famous opera singer turned boozing fairy godfather figure. Walking a road paved with dreams, temptations and glitter, Violet’s talent, dedication and integrity will be put to the test in this explosive fairy tale of the desire for stardom.

Join us after the screening to celebrate our Opening Gala, with drinks in Bar Paragon, live synth pop by the electrifying Spike and a set from DJ MILF.

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