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Not Quite That

September 30, 2023 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Free – £10
Sarah looks at herself in the mirror. She’s wearing a colourful shirt with designs in blue, orange and purple.


‘Not Quite That’ follows 57-year-old Sarah, a butch lesbian predisposed to breast cancer.

Sarah discusses the implications of a mastectomy as a butch presenting person. She contemplates if people would perceive her as transmasculine and how that would make her feel.

Her long-term close friends listen attentively and help her process the situation. The love and support shared by this group of old friends is heartwarming. A feel-good film for sure.

This film is followed by two shorts. Director Leo Torre of The Ship of Theseus will join us to chat about short filmmaking and the importance of queer/trans friendships.

Curated by Nat Lall.

Tickets are on a pay what you can sliding scale of FREE, £2, £4, £6, £8, or £10. To book, click here or call the CCA Box Office on 0141 352 4900.


Not Quite That (2022, Dir. Ali Grant): Might a genetic mutation be the very thing that allows this nice Jewish butch lesbian to be fully seen at last? Meet Sarah, 57. Lesbian? For sure. Jewish? Yes and no. Mother? In all but one sense. Trans? No, just often mistaken as such. Breast cancer survivor? Well, that’s the plan, the survival bit, but without the cancer or the breasts. Not Quite That is an intimate and insightful exploration of how we are seen, how we see ourselves, and why it matters.

The Ship Of Theseus  (2022, Dir. Leo Torre): A creative trans self-documentary video exploring themes of early transition and gender rebirth using themes of mythology and the sea.

Patricia in the Dark (2023, Dir. Laura Hartley): Born into a world where the word ‘transgender’ didn’t exist, 95-year-old Patricia spent most of her life longing for love and acceptance but too afraid to reveal her true self.



Content Warnings:

  • Discussion of cancer diagnosis, surgery, gender dysphoria, body image, transphobia;
  • Depictions of pregnancy, nudity, drains, hospitalisation.

This screening has an age recommendation of N/C 16+.

60 minutes long with Q&A after the screening.

English and French audio with English language captions. BSL-English interpretation and live captioning provided.

Audio description available for the film. Headsets available at the cinema entrance.

We have an Audience Access Fund for travel. If you would like to take this up, please visit the access desk at the entrance of the CCA, or contact info@sqiff.org.

You can find out more information about accessibility at SQIFF 2023 here. If you have any questions about accessibility at SQIFF 2023, please get in touch with us at info@sqiff.org or by phone on 07873 331 036.

We ask that you wear a mask if possible and please don’t attend the screening if you have any symptoms of Covid-19 or have been in recent contact with a confirmed case. FFP2 masks will be available for free around the building.

Image: from Not Quite That (2022, Dir. Ali Grant)


September 30, 2023
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Free – £10
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Centre for Contemporary Arts
350 Sauchiehall Street
Glasgow, G2 3JD United Kingdom
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