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Opening Film: When The Beat Drops

Tue Nov 13, 20:30

Film, Rio Cinema, £11.5 / £9.5 con


Dir Jamal Sims | US | 2018 | 86min

Athletic, acrobatic synchronised dance routines and built from the practice, persistence and the passion it takes to be a part of a national championship squad is one of the many  things that make this a thrilling and compelling invitation into the Atlanta born subculture of the world of Bucking.

Inspired from the football fields of Atlanta cheerleaders and born in gay clubs and gatherings.  Since the 80’s, Bucking has grown to become a team sport of squads competing across America in national competitions!

When the beat drops introduce us to the families of big personalities, passionate debates, and inter community challenges and conflicts that arise being a part of world that require discipline and commitment in a society where you could lose your livelihood if seen and how we confront and overcome these battles to, not only win the championship, but win our hearts.

When The Beat Drops is a valuable addition to a long list of resounding examples of how queer people have, and will, always gather and build art, families and culture as resilience to the world around them. This year find out how battles are won, passion is unleashed and the love that comes alive… “When The Beat Drops!”

Supported by Scruff. In partnership with BlacKOutUK.



Short before the feature:

Into A Space of Love | dir. Wu Tsang | USA | 25’

A magical realist documentary that explores the legacies of house music rooted in New York underground culture, starring Kevin Aviance and Kia LaBeija. It is the first in the Second Summer of Love series collaboration between Gucci and Frieze, exploring the impact of 1988 – the year which saw a magmatic music-driven cultural revolution.

Frieze with Gucci.


Inspired? Try some of these dance moves yourself...

Bucking Workshop with D'Relle West
Wednesday 14 November 7-9pm @ UEL Stratford Campus

Inspired by the opening film? Come learn the basics of bucking from D'Relle West, the dancer with all the moves. All abilities welcome.

Overall European Father D'relle West has been involved in Ballroom scene  over 14 years and is known as one of the original pioneers of the UK ball scene. He has taught in schools,universities and spoken on panels including at Oxford University on the History of Ballroom for LGBT weekend.

He has worked for artists such as Will I am,Jessie J , Rita Ora,Madonna, Kylie and with Chris Brown honouring Michael Jackson for the World Music Awards to name a few. He has been on Channel 4 , BBC, Sky ,London Live,Sky Arts and MTV. 

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