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QueerBee Film Fest: Faith

  • Harris Academy South Norwood 2 Cumberlow Avenue London SE25 6AE (map)
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QueerBee is a brand new platform for LGBTIQ shorts, established to help queer filmmakers bring authentic queer stories directly to new audiences. Queer shorts provide an excellent means of connecting with one another, validating our lived experiences, helping to change attitudes, improve confidence in individuals and our communities, and break down barriers.

Get ready to launch into LGBT History Month with this programme of shorts exploring issues around faith. Throughout our lives we discover there are special religious paradoxes reserved for LGBTIQ people with impacts as varied as the individuals who carry their faith and those who encounter them. There are nine films, followed by a filmmaker Q&A.

In partnership with QueerBee Film Fest and Croydon Area Gay Society (CAGS).

Programme duration 95 mins • Cert 15
Plus licensed bar serving beers, wines, soft drinks and snacks


The Programme

Stormcloud
Director: Kate Johnston | Canada 2013 | 15 minutes

A young, lesbian artist, Vi, heartbroken after her lover has left her, is met by two very happy Evangelicals who arrive at her door selling Jesus. Stormcloud explores the nature of 'sin' and love with passion, pathos and very subversive humour.

Out Of Love
Director: Linda Mason | UK 2014 | 10 minutes

OUT OF LOVE focuses on the subjective experiences of three young women, using a mix of personal recollections and sensual imagery to convey the experiences of reconciling their sexuality with their faith.

Lucky Fares
Director: Marco Fettolini | Spain 2014 | 13 minutes

One of the Three Kings and Santa Claus spend Christmas in jail, talking about what their future will be like in a world like this.

Like Father Like Son
Director: Jonathan Rivera | USA 2017 | 3½ minutes

A father and son pray to the heavenly father seeking answers about each other.

Mark Bunyan: Very Nearly Almost Famous
Director: Jac Nunns & Angie West | UK 2012 | 15 minutes

In the words of a fan, he was 'The First Gay Superstar' but was he too gay for his own good? Co-founder of the Pink Singers and a driving force behind Gay's The Word bookshop, Mark Bunyan has been engaged in almost every pivotal event in UK gay history including fundraising for the defence of the famous blasphemy case Whitehouse v Lemon involving Gay News and a high court battle to prevent the religious funeral of a lover.

He Could’ve Gone Pro
Director: Mcghee Monteith | USA 2016 |10 minutes

When Debbie comes home for Christmas, she and her mother Gayle are forced to confront the truth about their family's past over a tense holiday lunch.

Get The Life
Director: Ozzy Villazòn | USA 2016 |12 minutes

To Alex's surprise, Jesse offers a strikingly opposing view on how to deal with a pregnancy. Alex considers what he is willing to lose in order to live honestly and courageously.  

Medulla Oblongata
Director: Roberto Nascimento | New Zealand 2017 | 7½ minutes

Granted refugee status in New Zealand due to the persecution he faced for being gay in the Maldives – where the official religion is Islam – Medulla Oblongata explores where he is now and the life he left behind.

More than God
Director: Kev Cahill | Ireland 2015 | 9 minutes

A short comedy set in modern Ireland that follows the attempts of a religious doctor to uncover his wife's suspected affair, but instead is confronted by the rigidity of his religion, the boundaries of his love for his daughter, and his obligation to resuscitate her lover's husband.


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