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SQIFF Shorts: Deaf Perspectives

December 8, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


A showcase of work by and about Deaf queer filmmakers and artists. Films include Dickie Hearts’ latest short, zombie spectacular The Deaf vs The Dead; a documentary about Deaf gay porn actor, Rick; a film-poem, featuring Donna Williams, about translation between British Sign Language and English, Bilingual Poet’s Dilemma; and The Unlimited House of Krip, a doc exploring the fusion of D/deaf and disabled performers with the extravagant world of vogue culture.

Tickets are priced on a sliding scale £0-£8 depending on what you can afford. To book, please use the button below or call CCA box office on +44 (0)141 352 4900.

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Films in English and German as well as British, American, and German sign languages with English language subtitles/captions. Hearing loop available.

Films rely to some extent on visual material but most have explanatory dialogue and voiceover, so are relatively accessible for blind and partially sighted audiences. Large print versions of handouts available.

CCA has good access for wheelchair users. Click here for more details on venue access.

Comfy seating (bean bags) available. If you would like to reserve this, please contact access@sqiff.org.

We have a limited travel fund to assist people to come to the Festival for those who could not otherwise afford to attend. If you would like to apply for this, please contact access@sqiff.org.


In order to make SQIFF more accessible to those on a low income, we use a sliding scale ticket price of £0-£8 for our events. You can choose what you pay based on your circumstances – you won’t be asked for any proof / ID, we just ask that you are honest! Our ticket sales go towards supporting the vital work of LGBTQ+ filmmakers, artists and organisers. If you have a free ticket and can no longer use it, please contact the relevant venue box office to let them know so it can be used by someone else. For more info on what you should pay, click here.


The Deaf vs The Dead – Episode 1: “Outbreak” (7m)
Dir: Dickie Hearts, Year: 2017
When the undead apocalypse breaks out in Los Angeles, an out Deaf man must find a way to survive and protect his loved ones, even if it means teaming up with some unlikely people.

Rick (16m)
Dir. Jan-Peter Horstmann, Year: 2017
Ricco Muller was crowned Mr Gay Switzerland in 2009 and now finds a home under the bright lights of the adult film set as Rick Louis, coming into himself away from the limitations that society has tried to put on him as a gay, D/deaf person.

Bilingual Poet’s Dilemma (4m)
Dir. Sandra Alland & Ania Urbanowska, Year: 2017
Deaf poet Donna Williams playfully shows the difficulties of translation between British Sign Language and English. Poem in English and BSL by Donna Williams; reading of poem by K. Yvonne Strain. Part of Stairs and Whispers: D/deaf and Disabled Poets Write Back (Nine Arches Press, 2017), edited by Sandra Alland, Khairani Barokka and Daniel Sluman.

The Unlimited House of Krip (26m)
Dir. Garry Robson & Jane Farley, Year: 2018
Exploring the fusion of D/deaf and disabled performers with the extravagant world of vogue culture. Fittings Multimedia Arts formed a “House” of Deaf performers to walk in the Legendary House of Suarez Vogue Ball and the process – from auditions to performance – was recorded as a celebration of diversity.


December 8, 2018
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Centre for Contemporary Arts
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Glasgow, G2 3JD United Kingdom
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