February Is LGBT+ History Month, Let’s Have A Gay Old Time
Last Friday night, myself and some friends went to the Omnibus in Clapham Common to see five LGBT+ short films; including animation, documentary, drama and comedy.
Love Works: The Elephant and the Chariot Riders (Bobby Tiwana, Kate Jessop and Carl Miller)
Love Works are two sister films both digital animation about the love in British South Asian communities. The first, Chariot Riders, is about a young boy’s feelings for his first love in his best friend, who’s a boy. The second is The Elephant, is about the relationship between a father and his gay daughter, now a mother who wants to rebuild their relationship.
These two films are a great anthology pieces with transitional animation making it a flowing and smooth piece.
This documentary followed black LGBT+ Londoners in the 80s and their experience in coming out, growing up and being gay now compared to the 80’s.
This film was incredible to watch, both amusing and interesting capturing an audiences attention with great editing.
MacBethenny (David Allen Castleman and Kevin Meyers)
This is a reimagining of the Shakespeare classic, MacBeth, as a gay dark comedy in America.
The camp dramatics suit Shakespeare with a drag queen as the witch, I mean the word drag comes from Shakespeare, making this film a better retelling then RuPaul’s Drag Race’s efforts.
You can watch the trailer here: http://www.macbethenny.com/trailer.html
Dawn (Jake Graf)
As dawn rises over a bus stop bench, two outcasts meet in the darkness both fighting themselves. As dawn reveals them the pair are forced to look at their harsh realities that the cold light of day shows them in bright lights.
This film is encourages change, I believe, of how we see ourselves in others eyes, negativity clouds our judgements of ourselves and the realisation that we can change and be a better self is a positive message from this film.
You can watch the trailer here: https://vimeo.com/153231890
These shorts all present different parts of the LGBT+ community and demonstrate queer filmmaking and the direction that it’s going. I recommend trying to see them.
More Queer Art! Lucy.