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Talk: Queering the Small Screen

October 4, 2019 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

A still from the Black Mirror episode San Junipero: a white woman with long frizzy blonde hair, glasses, a shirt, and stripy jumper gazes at a black woman with long black hair, gold earrings, and a gold top. Behind is a brick wall.

Where cinema is falling behind in queer representation, television is making leaps and bounds: in 2018, a GLAAD survey showed a record-high percentage of queer characters on broadcast and streaming television. Zoë Shacklock, Associate Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of St Andrews, gives a talk on the surge in representations of queer identity, desire, and sex on contemporary TV. What kinds of queer stories and bodies do we see on our screens? Is there something about television making it particularly suited to exploring queer sexuality? Drawing from examples like Sense8, American Gods, Pose, Black Mirror, Special, and Gentleman Jack, topics will include presentation of explicit queer sex and how TV queerness intersects with race and disability.

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 event has an age recommendation of 18+.

Any film clips shown in the talk screening with English captions/subtitles. The event will be BSL interpreted. Hearing loop available.

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.


October 4, 2019
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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Centre for Contemporary Arts
350 Sauchiehall Street
Glasgow, G2 3JD United Kingdom
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