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Trojan Horse / Rainbow Flag

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The Marlborough Pub & Theatre

4 Prince's Street

Brighton

BN2 1RD

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Trojan Horse / Rainbow Flag
Friday 26th April 2019
Presented by videoclub and Fabrica
The Marlborough Pub & Theatre | 4 Prince's St, Brighton BN2 1RD
6:30pm doors and bar, 7:00pm screening
Running Time 1 hour 30 mins (approx)
Free - Booking required - This event will be oversubscribed – first come first served




Trojan Horse / Rainbow Flag is a program of artist films about LGBTQI+ spaces, presented by videoclub and Fabrica at The Marlborough Pub & Theatre. At a time when queer spaces are increasingly under threat from gentrification the selected films variously configure a range of environments as places of resistance, community, desire and historical significance. By presenting both urban and rural spaces, the artists encourage us all to view our environment through a queer lens.

Artist Ian Giles’ newly commissioned film Trojan Horse / Rainbow Flag; about the closure of LGBTQI+ pub the Joiners Arms on Hackney Road, provides the conceptual springboard to show works by Rob Crosse, Mathew Parkin, Hannah Quinlan & Rosie Hastings and Patrick Staff. Supported by Arts Council England.

A publication featuring a text by Paul Clinton alongside the transcript from Giles’ film will be distributed at the screening.

Following the screenings there will be an informal discussion about queer spaces with local leaders and organisers.



About the films

Within his filmmaking process, Ian Giles continues his employment of first-hand research, and participatory workshops as structures to produce a social network. By working directly with members of Friends of the Joiners Arms (a community campaign group), Giles’ film Trojan Horse/Rainbow Flag examines the campaign to save the Joiners Arms – an iconic LGBTQI+ space. The film’s title was inspired by campaigner Amy Roberts, when describing the cynical approach of property developers seeking to push through proposals to erase queer spaces by disingenuously claiming that their LGBTQI+ status would remain unchanged post-development.

Rob Crosse’s Prime Time (2017) follows a group of older gay men as they travel together on an organised trip on a cruise ship. Crosse’s incisive eye sensitively follows the group on their journey, and the vast ocean is an omnipresence here too – adding to the sense that Prime Time is, more than anything, a vital meditation on the passing of time.

Mathew Parkin filmed Kake on a camcorder during visits to his lover’s farm in rural Scotland. The resulting work is intensely personal – a quietly yet all-pervasively erotic contemplation of queer rural life that invites us to recontextualise queer bodies beyond the usual urban centres that tend to dominate LGBTQI+ narratives.

Pink Room presents an empty gay bar drawn from Hannah Quinlan and Rosie Hastings’ self-compiled moving image archive – an urgent strategy of resistance against the gentrifying forces that are rapidly erasing the UK’s LGBTQI+ spaces. By filming spaces devoid of revellers, the artists reveal the complex visual language they employ in their self-representation as gay.

Patrick Staff’s Weed Killer centres around a monologue adapted from ‘The Summer of Her Baldness’, artist and writer Catherine Lord’s memoir about her experience of breast cancer. Staff accompanies the startlingly candid dialogue with a series of choreographic gestures shot on a thermal imaging camera, hinting at the all-consuming nature of serious illness and treatment. The film brings together questions of queer identity, societal attitudes to illness, and the blurry boundary between poison and cure.


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