T A P E Collective & Invisible Women Present Touched
Celebrate the diversity and fluidity of desire with Touched, a collection of sensuous shorts by female and non-binary filmmakers.
Co-curated by collectives T A P E and Invisible Women, this subversive and surprising programme connects filmmakers from across the decades by combining contemporary work with rarities from the archive. The result is a witty, intimate and unapologetically sexy selection of films that open up space for wider discussions about self-love, intimacy and longing.
The screening will be followed by a recorded Q&A with filmmakers Ruth Lingford, Lois Stevenson and Katayoun Jalilipour, hosted by Hanna Flint.
The tour kicks off at LSFF on Friday 14th January at ICA but the programme will go nationwide after.
Running time 83min + Q&A circa 30 min.
All films are captioned. LSFF will have a BSL interpreter and the recorded Q&A will be captioned.
Invisible Women is an archive activist film collective which champions the work of female filmmakers from the history of cinema through screenings, events and editorial. invisible-women.co.uk
T A P E was founded in 2015 and was launched as a response to the lack of representation on screen; wanting to platform and highlight the sheer variety of under-served films we know are out there. We decided to bring exciting screenings to new audiences, championing the forgotten could-be cult films of the festival circuit and programmes of women of colour both behind and in front of the camera. tapecollective.co.uk
What About Me? (dir. Lois Stevenson, UK 2021, 3 min)
What About Me? is a playful take on the many faces of heartbreak; a manic journey of self-discovery and a force of feminine energy. Inspired by an original concept by knitwear designer, Megan Sharples (Knit Lyf), it follows Sanaa, a heart-broken woman possessed by a destructive being, The Love Monster, who largely narrates the film through an internal monologue.
Random Acts of Intimacy (dir. Clio Barnard, UK 1999, 15 min)
Random Acts of Intimacy is a film about brief moments of contact and sexual intimacy. It addresses notions of erotic memory, sexual fantasy, sexual desire and romantic love.
FUCK YOU (dir. Anette Sidor, Sweden 2018, 14 min)
Alice is together with Johannes but she doesn't have enough space to be herself. On a night out with friends, she steals a strap-on and challenges her boyfriend's thoughts about girls.
What She Wants (dir. Ruth Lingford, UK 1994, 5 min)
A woman travelling on the underground is bedevilled with images of desire. What She Wants - wholly created on an Amiga 1500 home computer – is a film about sex and shopping, the social deployment of sexuality, and capitalism in detumescence.
Wavelengths (dir. Pratibha Parmar UK 1997, 15 min)
Wavelengths is a short dramatic film about the time honoured quest for love and human intimacy. This stylish, witty and warm movie set in gay bars, in dreams, in adverts and cyberspace delights in the gloss of the world it depicts as it explores one womans foray into cybersex looking for emotionally safer sex.
#Familiar #Touch #Lost #Figures (dir. Katayoun Jalilipour, UK 2017, 12 min)
“#Familiar #Touch #lost #Figures” is an exploration of queer ancestry and diaspora, the hybrids between cultural traditions and contemporary queer identity. This short film is about intimacies that are taboo. It’s about when you’re stuck between not knowing where home is, and finding home in a stranger.
The Birth Of Valerie Venus (dir. Sarah Clift, UK 2020, 15 min)
A vicar's devoted wife finds herself possessed by a strange force that reveals a naughty side she didn't know she had.
She Wanted Green Lawns (dir. Sarah Turner, UK 1991, 4 min)
Featuring the Carpenters song ‘Close To You’, this is an ode to love and fantasy. Filmed in a gay bar, the roving camera hesitates on a woman’s face, on some lilies, on small groups of people drinking and enjoying themselves and on the proverbial kiss between two women. As if on cue, ten lesbians gather in line at the bar and nonchalantly perform a synchronised dance. A sublime fantasy, with pleasure as protest.
This screening contains sexual content
Runtime doesn't include pre-recorded 30 minute Q&A
Showing as part of T A P E Collective UK tour
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Leeds University Union