15 | 45min | Biography, Drama |
A fantasy black and white recreation of the Harlem Renaissance intercut with archival footage and photographs. At a wake, mourners gather around a coffin. Elegantly-dressed men dance and talk at a bar downstairs. A young man dreams that he meets Beauty, and when he wakes Beauty is asleep beside him. Voices read from the poetry of Langston Hughes, the poet and gay icon, as the freedom of black gay life in 1920s Harlem is brought to life in this dream-like celebration.
Director: Isaac Julien
Writer: Isaac Julien (screenplay)
Stars: Ben Ellison, Matthew Baidoo, Akim Mogaji
QUEER NATION FILM FESTIVAL
Queer Nation Film Festival 2017, running 1-3 June 2017, is a pop-up collaboration between the Bernie Grant Arts Centre and long-running club night Queer Nation.
Patrick Lilley’s Queer Nation opened in 1990 and has been hosting weekly events in London ever since, with outings and events in Brighton, Manchester, Paris and Milan. In 2002, Queer Nation partnered with mobile network 02 to create a photographic history of LGBT clubbing since World War II. Queer Nation has hosted parties and events at London Pride, as well as community fundraisers and most recently a short film club, Queer Nation Shortz, in collaboration with ArtHertz.
Curators of the Queer Nation Film Festival include Patrick Lilley, Dennis Da Silva, Batty Mama, and Hakeem Kazeem for the Bernie Grant Arts Centre.
Thurs 1 June 2017 - 7:30 pm (Book Here)
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