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SX presents: What Brings You On Here?

October 4, 2019 @ 3:15 pm - 4:45 pm

Free - £8
A black man looks directly at the camera. He has a small moustache and is wearing a brown flat cap, red and white shirt, and tan with white collar jacket. Behind him is a park railing and trees.

Filmmaker and poet Ross Wilcock presents films focusing on the experiences of gay men with online dating. A history of gay sex and cruising from the 70s to the internet takeover of today. Dissatisfaction with emotionless encounters and the yearning for something more. Meeting up with men online as a way of expressing your queerness when you’re not out. The sometimes all-consuming obsession of people with their phones. Grindr, swiping left, hooking up, insecurities, getting tested, and a bit of hot sex are all contained in this challenging selection.

Curated by Ross Wilcock, who will host a discussion after the screening with director Sean Lìonadh. In partnership with SX, Sex Health Wellbeing for Gay & Bisexual Men provided by Waverley Care.

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 15+.

Films have English audio with English language subtitles/captions. The discussion will be BSL interpreted. Hearing loop available.

Audio description available. Films are otherwise relatively accessible to English-speaking blind and partially sighted audiences with some visual storytelling but a reasonable amount of explanatory dialogue and relatively 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.


Have We Met Before? (12m)
Dir: Oliver Mason, Country: UK, Year: 2019, Language/s: English
A short docudrama exploring the history of sex in the gay community from the 1970s to the present day, and how the internet has changed the way queer men meet forever.

Content note: Depiction of sex.

Fun Only (9m)
Dir: Lukas Revzin, Country: UK, Year: 2018, Language/s: English
Growing tired with emotionless digital encounters, Matt yearns for something more substantial.

Content note: Depiction of sex.

Jamie (10m)
Dir: Christopher Manning, Country: UK, Year: 2016, Language/s: English
Shy, quiet Jamie spends a revealing afternoon with Ben after meeting on a dating app. As they chat, Jamie finds himself opening up and letting loose his hopes and fears in an unexpected awakening.

Content note: Discussion of homophobia.

The Date (15m)
Dir: Christopher Birk, Country: USA, Year: 2015, Language/s: No dialogue
Two guys meet on a date – but it is not your ordinary date, as they both soon discover.

Content note: None.

Thirst (8m)
Dir: Eoin Maher, Country: UK, Year: 2017, Language/s: English
Drew leaves another disappointing gay hook up and wonders why he feels so alone. This revealing monologue delves deep into the mind of a lonely gay man. His desires, his insecurities, and his wavering belief he’ll find love.

Content note: Brief depictions of sex and blood.

Tonight (2m)
Dir: Sean McInally, Country: UK, Year: 2017, Language/s: English
Looking for fun, looking for home, looking for assurances, but maybe not tonight. Tonight is a circular short film by Sean McInally exploring the relationship of a user with his hook-up app. From swiping left to getting tested, Tonight shows the reality for many.

Content note: Brief depictions of sex and blood.


October 4, 2019
3:15 pm - 4:45 pm
Free - £8
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