Reel Life

On Monday 9th October Queerly Beloved held their third film screening night at The Glory. If your unfamiliar with Queerly Beloved and The Glory I will explain. QB is a film screening event hosting LGBT+ and feminist films. These screenings are to create a safe and engaging place to challenge, educate and entertain through the films screened. The Glory a renowned gay pub in London creating a safe and community space for Queerly Beloved to join. This time the theme was documentaries exploring queerness.

Writer Shon Faye On The Experience Of Queer Identity (Random Acts)

This film was a spoken word, slightly experimental short reflecting Shon Faye’s experiences with the LGBT spectrum and scrutinises, especially the labels that mainstream society have forced upon her. This film is a beautiful film brilliantly written to speak out against conforming and mainstream ideas.

Catharsis (Amy Sargeant and Lauren Moore)

Catharsis explores the trans identity from the perspective of Lu Armstrong in an intimate documentary. This documentary is honest and brave making it emotional, educational and funny. Someone in the audience during the Q&A suggested screening it at schools and I think that’s a fantastic idea, it is an emotional film but has heart and laughter through out.

Asexual (Oli Eli Isaac Smith)

A short documentary about the identity of asexual from different people. This is the first film I had seen about asexuality a unrepresented community of the LGBT+ and was great to see different people talking about their experiences. During the Q&A someone said about how seeing real people talking about asexuality made it seem more real to someone who doesn’t know anyone who identifies that way. Confirming the idea if we talk about it and those who identify as asexual talk they become more visable.

Pride, Pole, & Prejudice (Rebecca Graham)

This short film investigates the rising trend in pole dancing. It looks into the artistry, tutors and students who pole dance, aiming to banish the myth of pole dance and prejudice of those who do it. Exploring everyone who does it no matter what gender, race or sexuality.

Overall all these films explored different sides of the LGBT+ community. Those who are unrepresented or misrepresented by mainstream ideas creating false stereotypes and harmful opinions. These documentaries confirmed the need to keep making films that explore new ideas, educate and inform those in the community and outside.

Make sure you check out the next Queerly Beloved event in December about gender. Like their Facebook page to keep up to date and if you have a queer film the submission date will be opening soon.

Plus £5 cocktails.