Anthem (8m) – Dir: Marlon Riggs, Country: USA, Year: 1991
Marlon Rigg’s experimental music video politicises the homoeroticism of African-American men. With images sensual, sexual and defiant and words intended to provoke, Anthem reasserted the “self-evident right” to life and liberty in an era of pervasive anti-gay, anti-Black backlash and hysterical cultural repression.
Content note: Discussion of sex and death.
Crashing Waves (4m)- Dir. Emma Gilbertson, Country: UK, Year: 2018
Two young working-class men explore the intimacy and vulnerability of relationships in a combative dance against the backdrop of an inner city estate, risking all under the scrutiny of a tight-knit community.
Content note: Depiction of homophobia.
Night Dances (17m)- Dir: Sandra Lahire, Country: UK, Year: 1995
“Night Dances is for my mother, who died whilst helping me to make this piano musical. The Dance of Death is bound to life – Lechaim – as we whirl together by Hebrew gravestones. A dreaming woman is ferried through our decaying city. This is the age of the Personal Computer – the Private Catacomb for the switched-on elite. Its dark doorways are for the wandering homeless… true survivors.”
Content note: None.
Iridescence (9m)- Dir: Maxime Beauchamp, Country: Canada, Year: 2017
Iridescence is an experimental visual short film, which exposes how society needs to label a person by their sexuality. In this story, dance and interpretive movement replace dialogue, allowing us to use the body to communicate the relationship between the characters and their emotions. Through stylised lighting and abstract visuals, Iridescence tells the story of an emotionally repressed abusive father and his son who struggles to accept himself and his sexuality.
Content note: Depiction of homophobia, violence, blood, and scars.
**Strobe lighting: 03:24 to 03:38 (starts just after main character picks up tattoo gun and approaches figure in chair from behind)
6 Feet-Dancers Whom I Know and Love (23m) – Dir: Carl Michael George, Country: USA, Year: 1991
Vignettes by three dancers, Peter Cramer, Brian Taylor, and Jack Waters; choreographic fantasies of German New Wave urbanity, bureaucratic existentialism, primal illusions, Butoh musings, and a campy romp down Central Park South!
Content note: Depiction of nudity.
Etérea (5m)- Dir: Tino Monetti, Country: Brazil, Year: 2019
Etérea is a music video and mini-documentary by award-winning Brazilian artist group, Criolo. In this project, rap and sambas feature alongside electronic beats shining a light on LGBT phobia and culture in Brazil. Starring and interpreted by 8 performers from different queer collectives in São Paulo.
Content note: None.