With the release of Saim Sadiq’s ground-breaking Joyland at the end of the month, February gives us an opportunity to reflect on how gender has been previously presented and received in on-screen narratives worldwide. With this in mind, we bring you a season that invites you to reflect on cinema’s inclusive good intentions and refract from narrow-minded portrayals.
Kickstarting in sixties Japan, Toshio Matsumoto’s Funeral Parade of Roses launches us in at the deep end, exploding onto screens with no sense of inhibition. This is followed up with Brian De Palma’s controversial Dressed To Kill, then Sally Potter’s free-spirited Orlando, and finally Alexandra-Therese Keining’s gender-switching fantasy drama Girls Lost.
This season has been curated by Harriet Taylor (organiser of Bristol Trans & Non-Binary Creatives), who will be introducing each of these screenings with an opportunity to discuss the film in the Café & Bar afterwards. She will also hosting the director Q&A preview for Joyland on Thu 9 Feb.
Harriet runs SWITCH: an organisation bringing inclusive cinema to the big screen, with a focus on the trans/non-binary experience.