QUEER 50 - DOCS, Shorts And Talks 

Saturday 16th September 2017

Live Art Bistro
1-2 Regent Street, Leeds LS2 7QA

Come join us for a full day of films and talks. We’ll be looking at LGBT+ lives, the issues and triumphs of our communities from the 1960s up to the present day. 


There’ll be feature length documentaries, short films, talks, artefacts display, zine workshop, vegan food and snacks and a bar.



12:00 – 12:40 SHORTS


My Aunt Mame (Krissy Mahan, USA, 8:58) [A] [S]

A butch dyke remembers her working class, butch dyke great-aunt.


Nocturnal (Alfonso Guevara, Mexico/USA, 15:41) [D] [S]

A photographer reflects on his work dealing with loss and change in the AIDs crisis era.


Afterglow (Akira Kamiki, Brazil, 11:53) [F] [S]

A man helps his boyfriend through his depression.



1:00 – 2:25 FEATURE

Britain on Film: LGBT Britain (Various, UK, 85:00) [D] [S]

With films spanning 1909 to 1994, this collection documents a century of activism, and the shifting attitudes to LGBT+ people and their rights across the board throughout a time of explosive social change. Including some of the earliest known representations of LGBT+ people on screen, the collection includes a 1925 film on ‘Cutie Cattaro’, a boxer more interested in flirting than fighting and a drag queen, ‘Percy’ competing for a prize in 1909. Exploring the struggles and identity politics of the 80s and 90s, the films cover early AIDS victims recounting their experiences; the formation of the London Gay Black Group and the 1980 fight for transgender rights in the European Court.

Please note: the film contains a sequence of flashing lights which might affect audience members with photosensitive epilepsy.

2:50 – 3:50 SHORTS

Lying Women (Deborah Kelly, Australia, 3:56) [A] [ND]

Women from art history escape from servitude to form a revolution.


Out Of Breath (Shauly Melamed, Israel, 13:12) [F] [S]

A man confronts his past by making a memorial film.

The Devil is in the Details (Fabien Gorgeart, France, 19:25) [F] [S]

Set in 1859, an intersex trainee teacher is forced to resign.


Decoding DarkMatter (Crystal Waterton, USA, 22:00) [D] [S]

Two trans performance artists discuss their work and challenges they face as activists and people of colour.

4:05 – 5:00 TALK

The stigma of HIV/AIDs on screen – a talk by Pat McCusker of Yorkshire MESMAC

5:15 - 6:25 FEATURE

Last Men Standing (Erin Brethauer & Tim Hussin, USA, 66:12) [D] [S]

Rich and distinguished stories unfold among the lives of long-term survivors who have learned how to celebrate, heal, love, and thrive after the devastation of the early AIDS crisis. In this cathartic and intimate documentary, eight men look back on their experiences and then toward the future with the strength and resiliency they have cultivated over the past 30 years.

7:00 – 8:00 SHORTS

Man and Me (Marval A Rex, USA, 9:21) [E] [ND]

An exploration of trans masculinity through experimental imagery.

Fragments of a Round Table (Esra Özban, Turkey, 5:00) [D] [S]

Pink Life, a queer group in Turkey, discuss what to do with their archive.

As Human As I Am (Alice McDowell, Ireland, 30:00) [D] [S]

Stories from LGBT+ communities in Nepal, Malawi and Fiji, as they campaign for recognition, protection and inclusion.

Bride of Frankie (Devi Snively, USA, 18:48) [F] [S]

Comedic, feminist nod to Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.


8:15 – 8:45 TALK

A talk and Q&A from Sophia of Trans Leeds 'Self-gentrification in the queer scene, and the damage of rejecting personal experience in favour of academia'.

9:00 – 10:45 FEATURE

The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson (David France, USA, 105:00) [D] [S]

Academy Award nominee David France (How to Survive a Plague) follows a new investigation into the mysterious death - and lasting political legacy - of self-described “street queen” Marsha P. Johnson. Featuring never-before-seen footage and rediscovered interviews, this documentary is a timely tribute to a courageous black trans activist and veteran of the Stonewall riots.

[S] subtitles [F] fiction [D] documentary [E] experimental [A] animation [ND] no dialogue



We are committed to making the event affordable for everyone. Tickets on a sliding scale from £0 - £9 are available on the door or in advance.


We ask that you be honest with yourself and your financial situation. If you purchase a ticket at the lowest end of the scale when you could afford the higher ticket prices, it makes it harder for us to provide financial flexibility to those who most need it.


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The venue is wheelchair accessible with a single step entrance with ramp.


Off-street parking is available nearby (charges may apply).


All toilets will be gender-neutral.


An accessible toilet will be available.


There is a range of seating available in the screening room: hard backed chairs, sofas, beanbags. If you need to enter the screening room first or need a particular place in the room please let an organiser know.


Films will be shown with English subtitles where available.