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Watch Party: Transdimensional Voices

October 17, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Free - £8
Two figures, one wearing a red hazmat suit and gas mask and the other wearing an elaborate black plastic head to toe outfit including a tall black hat stand amongst buildings in rubble.

This collection of shorts uplifts trans* voices and showcases a wide range of trans* identifying talent based within Glasgow. Jamie Crewe’s “The Ideal Bar” — “Le Narcisse” — “Alec’s” touches on experiences of transphobia and LGBTQIA+ solidarity and conflict. Sorcha Clelland presents Where the Red Fern Grows, interrogating performance, queer club space aesthetics, and the consistent demolition of community spaces which seek to aid queer voices. Powder Snowdrop Catatonic is a performance featuring various camp characters by Sgàire Wood. The films cover a multitude of themes, depending on the viewer’s perception of the work.

Curated and hosted by Glasgow-based artist TAAHLIAH. There will be a Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening.

Image credit: Sorcha Clelland’s Where the Red Fern Grows.

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ACCESS

This screening has an age recommendation of N/C 15+.

The films have English audio with English language captions. BSL interpretation and live captioning provided for introduction and Q&A.

The films are 32 minutes long with a brief introduction at the start and a 45 minute Q&A.

Content notes: depiction of violence, gruesome imagery, and an animal in distress.

The films in Transdimensional Voices include some loud music and abrasive sound effects, disorientating editing, and flashing lights.

We have a limited access fund to assist people with no or limited internet access to attend the Festival. If you would like to take this up, please contact info@sqiff.org.

If you have any questions about accessibility at SQIFF 2020, please contact info@sqiff.org.

Tickets

Tickets for most live events are on a sliding scale of FREE, £2, £4, £6, or £8. Our sliding scale allows you to choose what to pay based on what you feel you can afford. No evidence or proof of circumstances is required. If you can afford to pay more, we really appreciate it as we rely on this income to pay queer people fairly for their work and keep the festival going.

PROGRAMME

“The Ideal Bar” – “Le Narcisse” – “Alec’s” (2m)
Dir: Jamie Crewe, Country: UK, Year: 2020, Language/s: No spoken language

“The Ideal Bar” – “Le Narcisse” – “Alec’s” is a dramatised exchange between two characters in a Glasgow nightclub, inspired by a sequence in Radclyffe Hall’s The Well of Loneliness in which Stephen Gordon encounters a repellent reflection of herself in a Parisian gay bar. Their exchange is punctuated, as in Radclyffe Hall’s text, by the image of a panting, dying fox. Though it demands compassion, this fox is not real, and its blood looks perhaps more like lipstick. The video is scored by a hyperventilating concertina.

These characters are portrayed by performance maker and ogre Sorcha Clelland, and performance artist and music producer TAAHLIAH. In this version, TAAHLIAH is standing, and Sorcha is seated.

Powder Snowdrop Catatonic (17m)
Dir: Sgàire Wood, Country: Scotland, Year: 2020, Language/s: English and French languages

Produced in one room over the course of a week in the heart of lockdown, Sgàire Wood’s Powder Snowdrop Catatonic is an irreverent pantomime performance of mental deterioration under mandatory quarantine. Summoning a cast of capricious characters, Wood runs a Kübler-Ross style gamut of emotions precipitated by self-isolation, from misanthropic smugness to mind-bending ennui and cabin fever. Seen solely through the narrow lens of a smartphone camera, she dances before the flimsy trompe l’oeil facade of a Victorian parlour, existing in the space between coziness and claustrophobia, flippancy and sincerity. The film’s celebratory intimacy pays tribute to queer, radicalised or feminised practices which, being underrepresented in traditional art spaces, are relegated to the realm of domesticity and how under the circumstances in which the film was produced, have found a new appreciation and importance.

Where the Red Fern Grows (11m)
Dir: Sorcha Clelland, Country: UK, Year: 2020, Language/s: No spoken language

Sorcha Clelland’s Where the Red Fern Grows, titled after Wilson Rawls’ 1961 children’s book about hunting dogs, exists as a love letter to a rave and venue in Ibrox, Glasgow. Filmed at The African Arts Centre in May 2020 during the venue’s demolition and Scotland’s lockdown from COVID-19. The novel begins with an aspiration to heal and a birth of kinship. Character growth is continued through belief in a magic. Performing as SHREK 666, the embodiment of a demonic ogre shifting through monstrous transformation chained to catholicism, he revisits a site and performance which was formerly a scene of Queer Intimacy.

“The Ideal Bar” – “Le Narcisse” – “Alec’s” (2m)
Dir: Jamie Crewe, Country: UK, Year: 2020, Language/s: No spoken language

“The Ideal Bar” – “Le Narcisse” – “Alec’s” is a dramatised exchange between two characters in a Glasgow nightclub, inspired by a sequence in Radclyffe Hall’s The Well of Loneliness in which Stephen Gordon encounters a repellent reflection of herself in a Parisian gay bar. Their exchange is punctuated, as in Radclyffe Hall’s text, by the image of a panting, dying fox. Though it demands compassion, this fox is not real, and its blood looks perhaps more like lipstick. The video is scored by a hyperventilating concertina.

These characters are portrayed by performance maker and ogre Sorcha Clelland, and performance artist and music producer TAAHLIAH. In this version, Sorcha is standing, and TAAHLIAH is seated.

Details

Date:
October 17, 2020
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Cost:
Free - £8
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