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Opening Night Film: Playland + shorts Admit One & Oral History

16 September 2023
Rio Cinema
107 Kingsland High St, London E8 2PB, UK
£9.50, 11.50

Put on your black caps, it’s time to join arms: we’re diving into the past for lost queer spaces. Taking a cue from the arthouse stylings of Fassbinder & Jarman, Playland presents an abstract resurrection of the Playland Cafe, which served Boston’s queer community for over 60 years before its closure in 1998. As trans & gender non-conforming performers restage a docufiction take on 6 decades of queer history through the stories of real Playland attendees, past and present collide with drag, theatre and queer cinema cultures.

Join us before the feature for our opening night intro to the fest, as well as 2 shorts that give love to the queer spaces around us and the communities that keep them alive.

dir. Georden West | USA 2023 | 72’

Cast: Lady Bunny, Aiden Dick, Miranda Quinn

In English and German, with English subtitles

CW: discussion of HIV/AIDS, police raids, racism, sex work

Shorts before the feature:

Admit One | dir. Vieira Vasco | UK 2022 | 3’

Oral History | dir. Vaughn Trudeau Schoonmaker | USA 2022 | 15’

Programme supported by Film Hub London, managed by Film London. Proud to be a partner of the BFI Film Audience Network, funded by the National Lottery.

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