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SQIFF Shorts: Anxiety Sucks

September 26, 2015 @ 8:45 pm - 10:00 pm

Negotiating dating when you’re genderqueer; the repercussions of modern technology on your sex and love lives; being scared to hold hands in public; trying not to squish the tomatoes you’re balancing whilst doing a waltz; working out if the person you’re snorting drugs with in a club toilet is also gay; and seeing Jesus on a young man you fancy’s swimming trunks. There is a never-ending list of anxieties the modern queer has to deal with and this selection of shorts painfully and hilariously explores just a few.

Content note: discussion and depiction of homophobia and genderqueer-phobia.

Screening with English subtitles.

£5/£4 Conc/Free unemployed and asylum seekers. To book tickets please use the button below or call CCA box office on +44 (0)141 352 4900.

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Full Programme

Dating Sucks: A Genderqueer Misadventure (13m)

Dir. Sam Berliner, Country: USA, Year: 2013

Dating Sucks: A Genderqueer Misadventure is Episode 1 of an animated documentary webseries about the successes, failures, and incredible confusion of trying to date as a genderqueer/trans person.

Watch trailer for Dating Sucks: A Genderqueer Misadventure

Phone Me Don’t Write (3m)

Dir. Elly Clarke, Countries: USA/Germany, Years: 2013-15

A short film (and song) about love, sex, loneliness, and relationships in the era of instant communications.

Waltzing Tomatoes (4m)

Dir. Coffee+Sponge, Country: UK, Year: 2013

Waltzing Tomatoes sees performance collaboration Coffee+Sponge attempt to dance with each other over various terrains and under diverse conditions all while holding tomatoes between their fingertips.

I want to see you from a different perspective (3m)

Dir. Elly Clarke, Countries: Canada/UK, Year: 2014

A song about trying and failing to change a person you are in a relationship with.

Aquarium (3m)

Dir. Yonatan Tal, Country: USA, Year: 2015

A closeted guy goes with his secret boyfriend to the aquarium. A cute animation about the nerves that go with displaying affection in public when you’re queer.

Instantaneous Culture (3m)

Dir. Elly Clarke, Country: Germany, Years: 2013-14

A ballad about love in a time of mobile phones, about wanting, longing, desiring but not really getting. Talk versus action, song versus stillness, and some great lingerie to go with it.

Followers (12m)

Dir. Tim Marshall, Countries: UK/Australia, Year: 2015

When an elderly woman sees a vision of Jesus on the shorts of a young man at her swimming class, she befriends him, believing God has sent him to free her from loneliness.

Watch trailer for Followers

Mirrors (12m)

Dir. Neil Ely, Country: UK, Year: 2015

In the toilet of a Manchester nightclub, two young men (played by Shameless’ Jody Latham and Skins’ Liam Boyle) catch each other’s eye. As they reveal their feelings to one another, they find that their lives mirror each other in more ways than one.


September 26, 2015
8:45 pm - 10:00 pm
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Centre for Contemporary Arts
350 Sauchiehall Street
Glasgow, G2 3JD United Kingdom
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