No Shadow Between the Thighs: Eccentric & Bizarre.. rare and unknown films presented with our Youth Programmer and local creativesFilm Sat 6 Jan, 1pm–8pm
No Shadow Between the Thighs: A Ridykeulous Film Programme
A delicious meander through classic, cult and unknown films of Queer Cinema
This season of The Screen we conspired with our exhibiting artist-curators Ridykeulous (Nicole Eisenman & A.L. Steiner, with Sam Roeck) to deliver a selection of art house queer film.
To accompany our current exhibition, Ridykes’ Cavern of Fine Inverted Wines and Deviant Videos which features a broad selection of short moving image works, we conceived some films intended to be viewed full length in a cinema setting. From an expansive list across 1970s’s exploitation, Queer New Wave and contemporary cinema, we chose a selection of artist's moving image, feature films, shorts, fiction, documentary and experimental titles presented in four chapters that represent a slice of lesser-known queer cinema. Films that inspired and excited the Ridykes and filmmakers that have influenced them, collaborated with them or who they just think are "kind of cool".
Part Four. Eccentric & Bizarre.. rare and unknown films presented with our Youth Programmer and local creatives (with interventions in between)
£10 all day. 18+ screenings
BY HOOK OR BY CROOK Harry Dodge & Silas Howard (2001) 98 min
Shy is a transgender man who leaves his small town for better things after his father dies. Along the way he meets Valentine, who is in search of his birth mother, and these unlikely friends quickly become partners in crime. With nods to American New Wave and the cultural connotations of the open road, this sweet and warm film is a lesser-known gem of New Queer Cinema.
SHINJUKU BOYS Jano Williams & Kim Longinotto (1995) 53 min
We delve into the world of the New Marilyn Club in Tokyo, Japan where women enjoy the attention of their charismatic hosts: three transgender non-binary men (or onabe) who run the club. An intimate look into a space where radical modes of sexuality, relationships, and self-expression are explored in Japan. Longinotto handles it all with her signature tenderness, and captures some truly beautiful moments.
SHAKEDOWN Leila Weinraub (2018) 82 min
A creative nonfiction film documenting a groundbreaking Los Angeles underground strip club where performers and clients were free to be Black, Queer, and expressive. Director Weinraub was the club’s resident videographer, and as an insider was able to paint an intimate portrait of this unique space. Made from 400 hours of footage, Shakedown is an intoxicating and visceral watch. It's perhaps the only film to be distributed via Pornhub as well as shown at film festivals and galleries, and we are excited to show this unique film.
OPEN Jake Yunza (2010) 93 mins
A cast of genderqueer characters explore new possibilities of love and identity in the twenty-first century, including Pandrogeny, by which two lovers grow to resemble each other via gender-affirming surgeries. With actors playing versions of themselves, Open blurs the lines between fact, fiction, and dream as it traces the travails of its pioneering protagonists.
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