XYZ: 'IT'S ON!' EVENTS & OFFERS - *WHAT'S ON IN BRIGHTON & HOVE*
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The Marlborough Pub
6:30pm doors and bar, 7pm screening
Sam Ashby, Rob Crosse, Ian Giles, Mathew Parkin, Hannah Quinlan & Rosie Hastings Presented in partnership with Fabrica and Brighton LGBTQ+ History Club
Address: 4 Prince’s St, Brighton BN2 1RD
Price: Free – booking required
Booking link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/trojan-horse-rainbow-flag-tickets-58676438808
“The Joiners Arm smelt, tasted, sounded and felt like freedom” Dan Glass, 2018
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 Sam Ashby, Rob Crosse, Mathew Parkin and Hannah Quinlan & Rosie Hastings. 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.
The program is produced by videoclub and supported by Arts Council England. Touring with the support of Gasworks, London; HOME, Manchester; BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead and Fabrica, Brighton. With thanks to Film and Video Umbrella.
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. His films have been screened at MoMA PS1, New York and Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.
Sam Ashby’s The Colour of His Hair is based on an unrealised 1964 film script written by The Homosexual Law Reform Society – a British organisation that campaigned for the decriminalisation of male homosexual relations. Ashby’s film draws on oral histories and news clippings to create a crucial meditation on queer life before and after the UK partially legalised homosexuality in 1967. Sam’s film was co-funded by the BFI and Wellcome Trust and premiered at International Film Festival Rotterdam.
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.
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