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SHORTS: Utopiapocalyptic!

Thu Nov 11, 20:30 to 22:30

Film, Rose Lipman Building, £5 / £0 con

The world is on fire and the feeling of impending doom lingers but there is a glimmer of hope in the guise of sumptuous queer utopias and chaotic anarchic dystopias.

Whether you are seeking eternity in a pink cloud or having a surreal fever-dream in an industrial estate, queertopias will lead you on a journey beyond this realm and into the joy and chaos of possibilities. 

UPLANDS UTOPIA IOU | dir. Louise Ashcroft | UK 2021 | 22'
Queer cartoon characters manifested from the trash of a North London industrial estate. A pandemic fever-dream that pokes at all our capitalist neuroses: productivity, overwhelm, loneliness and excess.

TRACING UTOPIA | dirs. Catarina de Sousa, Nick Tyson | Portugal, USA, 2021 | 26’
An odyssey into the dreams of a group of queer teens in New York City as they envision a better world. Through a collaborative manifesto that weaves pasts and futures together, they imagine the possibilities in community spaces and online.

FLY AWAY WITH ME | dirs. Maude Matton, Amina Mohamed, Nikki Shaffeeullah | Canada | 10’
A humble servant of surveillance obediently monitors the activity of the prison enclosure. Track the path and life lessons of a young drone fumbling to do right by her lineage.

BE TRANS DO CRIME | dir. Julia Konarska | UK 2021 | 5’
Sarah Jane Baker is a graffiti artist, a violinist, an author, a sex worker and an icon of the anarchist movement in London. She is also the longest sentence-serving trans prisoner in the UK.

COMMANDER 2019 | dir. Aitan Ebrahimoff | UK 2019 | 5’
Set in a timespace where historical past meets speculative future, Colonel Pike encounters hybrid beings (animal-human) in a shingle interzone. Paralysed by naivety Pike is alienated and becomes the subject of perverse ritual.

LAST ROMANTICS OF THE WORLD | dir. Henrique Arruda | Brazil 2020 | 23'
2050. The world as we know it is about to be ended by a pink cloud. Far away from the urban chaos, Pedro and Miguel seek only eternity.


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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