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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.



The films in this programme all have closed captions (CC), but there is no access provision for the intro/Q&A.



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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