From films to workshops and interactive apps to wild parties, Fringe 2012 hosted over 40 diverse events, tickling every one of your senses in our signature blend of plush cinemas and grungy guerilla venues around the east end.
Highlights included the sold out premiere screening of Travis Mathew’s hotly tipped I Want Your Love – UK premieres of army cadet love story Private Romeo plus docs (A)sexual, Audre Lorde: The Berlin Years and Short & experimental film hosted by cult les mag Girls Like Us. Plus the Little Joe Clubhouse from the creators of Little Joe magazine which hosted screenings, discussions and a library and acted as an under canvas meeting point during the festival.
We revamped classics with specially enhanced screenings of classic films, including:
Brooklyn attitude and motorbike epic Gang Girls Trilogy – presented by the London Rollergirls. 400 people dressed up and danced in aisles at our screening of In Bed with Madonna hosted by East End drag legend Holestar. Our New Queer Cinema retrospective celebrated the 20th anniversary of the movement that iconised queer outsiders featuring: High Art, Young Soul Rebels AND Swoon! Plus we met some of last centuries unsung queer visibility heros in Gays on TV
Queer erotica spread eastwards– with hot curated film, performance and talks including Wakefield Poole’s classic Bijou, cult doc In their Room Berlin, the sexy, funny, weird and perverse Community Action Centre, a lesbian darkroom haunt, plus the Tate gallery’s Stuart Comer talked secret codes and shameless exhibitionism in Caught in the Act
Art went large at Fringe! in 2012 with Facing You A photo-exhibition exploring the notion of queer. The Cruising - an interactive iphone app charting east London’s gay geography, Artifacts and filmic memories in After Louie. Aerobics meets performance art in Dragercise, and night owls convened at Tweet the Dawn a 4am interactive twitter performance event, 50 meters up.