A film and video programme that explores the historical and contemporary moment as gender, sexuality and bodies are explored through queer feminist parenting and caring.
Dir. Jayne Parker / UK / 1984 / 90min
How can we use film language to express things that words cannot express? Jayne Parker’s extraordinary film places herself and her mother in an editing suite, naked - to talk. They explore their relationship, Jayne’s sexuality, bodies, looking, the gaze and power. A cameraman is present too and his work is analysed between the three. A truly radical film for its time made when nakedness and the very image itself had become taboo in British feminist circles, and a film that brings us to the contemporary moment as gender continues to be explored through queer feminist parenting and caring.
MAN (London premier)
Dir. Maja Borg / Sweden, UK / 2016 / 13min
MAN is a kaleidoscope, a queerly beloved spin on how we see (and don’t see) pregnancy, parenthood, becoming and desire, from the unique vision of Maja Borg. Shot over nine months, MAN is an intimate observation of a changing body and a playful conversation with queer ideas of creativity and identity from Virginia Woolf to Sadie Benning, wrapped in epic and audacious images of the body.
Followed by a Q&A with Jayne Parker, Maja Borg and Sophie Mayer (Club des Femmes).
Jayne Parker is an artist and filmmaker whose work has been widely shown, both nationally and internationally, in major art institutions, on television and in film and music festivals. She was a visiting lecturer at Goldsmiths’ College from 1984 until 1998 and has taught at the Slade School of Fine Art since 1989. In 2003 she was the recipient of the 1871 Fellowship, researching the relationship between music and film, hosted by the Ruskin School of Drawing, Oxford and the San Francisco Art Institute. In 2008 she completed Trilogy: Kettle's Yard, funded with the help of an AHRC Small Award and the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL and premiered at The Times BFI 52nd London Film Festival, October 2008. In 2011 she presented a retrospective of her films at the BFI Southbank as part of Maya Deren: 50 Years On, a celebration of the American film maker's life.
Sophie Mayer is a full-time feminist film activist, with queer feminist curators Club des Femmes, community campaign Raising Films, and advocacy programme F-Rated. She is the author of Political Animals: The New Feminist Cinema (IB Tauris, 2015) and The Cinema of Sally Potter: A Politics of Love (Wallflower, 2009), and a regular contributor to Sight & Sound, The F-Word and Literal. She co-edited Catechism: Poems for Pussy Riot (English PEN, 2012) and her most recent poetry collection is (O) (Arc, 2015). @tr0ublemayer
Maja Borg was born in Norrköping, Sweden, in 1982. Her graduation film ‘Look at Lucia’ (2006) won several awards and her 13-minute experimental documentary ‘Ottica Zero’ (2007) received great international acclaim. Her first feature film ‘Future My Love’ premiered at EIFF 2012 and was nominated for the Michael Powell award. In 2009 she took part in the widely debated ‘Dirty Diaries’ project, produced by Mia Engberg, and in 2014 Borg was selected as one of Dazed and Confused’s ‘visionaries’ and premiered her experimental short ‘We The Others’ in March 2014. ‘MAN’ is her most recent film.