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SQIFF Shorts: Some Like it Rough

October 5, 2019 @ 9:00 pm - 10:25 pm

Free - £8
Black and white grainy archive image of a man with white tshirt and tight jeans with his hands handcuffed behind his back.

We delve into the varied practices of BDSM and societal attitudes towards this age-old erotic preference, which continues to be subject to stigmatisation and censorship. In Lasting Marks, one of sixteen gay men put on trial for taking part in consensual sadomasochism in late 80s England narrates his experience. Berlin-based conscious BDSM practitioner, Caritia, explains her spiritual journey through eroticism and life in Rituals + Worship. In French dramedy, Dressed for Pleasure, a young disabled woman seeks a more exhilarating sexual satisfaction. Mockumentary No Democracy Here sees a lefty dominatrix employed by right-wing Israeli men to force them into recanting their politics. The programme concludes with super hot non-binary, lesbian action with a punk boidyke given the rough-tender treatment in Driven.

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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This screening has an age recommendation of N/C 18+.

Films have English, French, Hebrew, and German audio with English language subtitles/captions. Hearing loop available.

Films are moderately accessible to blind and partially sighted audiences with two of them English language with explanatory dialogue and voiceover but the others non-English language, a fair amount of visual storytelling throughout, and a mix of dark and bright images. Large print versions of handouts available.

CCA has good access for wheelchair users, gender neutral toilets, and welcomes assistance animals. Click here for CCA’s Accessibility Guide.

A Quiet Space and programme content notes will be available. Click here for a list of content notes for the 2019 Festival.

Comfy seating (bean bags) are 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.


Lasting Marks (14m)
Dir: Charlie Lyne, Country: UK, Year: 2018, Language/s: English
The story of sixteen men put on trial for sadomasochism in the dying days of Thatcher’s Britain was told by the police, the prosecution, and the tabloid press — but not by those in the dock. Director Charlie Lyne has created an experimental recreation of what happened offered by the men themselves.

Content note: Discussion of sex including BDSM, homophobia, mental health issues, and police persecution.

Rituals + Worship (13m)
Dir: Morgana Muses, Country: Germany, Year: 2015, Language/s: English
A short BDSM documentary that explores the workshop culture in Berlin and focuses on conscious BDSM practitioner, Caritia.

Content note: Depiction of BDSM. Discussion of racism.

Dressed for Pleasure (17m)
Dir: Marie de Maricourt, Country: Switzerland, Year: 2017, Language/s: French
Sarah, a young disabled woman, lives with her parents. She is increasingly subject to many fantasies and sees her sexuality taking up more and more of her attention. The arrival in the house of a new cleaner, Victoria, a trans woman, will upset the family balance.

Content note: Depiction of nudity, sex including reference to BDSM, and transphobia.

No Democracy Here (25m)
Dir: Liad Hussein Kantorowicz, Country: Germany, Palestine, Israel, Year: 2017, Language/s: Hebrew
No Democracy Here deals with the topic of political domination. Liad, a lefty human rights defender dominatrix, re-educates her Israeli right-wing-leaning obedient submissive slaves to follow upstanding leftist ethos and morals, like freedom of movement, economic justice, direct democracy and human rights by using domination practices such as humiliation, doggy-training, coercion, and administration of pain.

Content note: Depiction of light BDSM and racism.

Driven (13m)
Dir: Toni Karat, Country: Germany, Year: 2018, Language/s: German, English
A punk boidyke, handcuffed, facing the wall in a sparse, empty room, breathes heavily with anxiety and expectation. And anxious she should be, for the rough treatment she will face in the 13 minutes that follow! The film is a contribution to much-needed lesbian visibility – conveying a proud and unashamed image of dyke eroticism and BDSM – also at the age of 50+!

Content note: Depiction of BDSM including consensual non-consent.


October 5, 2019
9:00 pm - 10:25 pm
Free - £8
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