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Fighters of Demons, Makers of Cakes: D/deaf and Disabled Queer and Trans Shorts

+ Q&A with Michael Achtman, Sandra Alland, David Ellington, Matthew Hellett, Lynn Stewart-Taylor and Bea Webster.

An unconventional and often fantastical examination of LGBTQ+ disabled, neurodiverse, chronically ill and/or D/deaf lives. Packed with experimental docs, dance, animation, poetry, drama and comedy. Plus zombies.

Programmed by Sandra Alland | Total running time 105min

If you are D/deaf and/or disabled there are still some and accessible tickets available by calling 020 7928 3232 or emailing box.office@bfi.org.uk.

Access information

Level access, hearing loop, BSL interpreting for Q&A, semi-relaxed, guide dogs welcome. All films captioned. Audio description available via headset. Wheelchair spaces limited; please book in advance.

• BFI Southbank is fully wheelchair accessible. To ensure access wheelchair users should book tickets by phone or in person. (There are 4 wheelchair spaces.)
• Only the front row is level and all other rows have steps
• People with mobility issues, and wheelchair-users who can transfer, please call the access number
• Those who need to be closer to view BSL or captions, or for any reason, please call the access number
• Guide dogs welcome (please inform Box Office in advance)
• Disabled parking available

Find out more about Flare screenings with additional accessibility features. We advise visitors to contact box office if they have any access requirements we should be aware of. To find out more about access at BFI Southbank call the Ticket Office on 020 7928 3232 (11:30 AM-8:30 PM).

Films in this programme
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    Resemblance

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    voice/over

  • Image from Honeymoon

    Honeymoon

  • Image from John and Michael

    John and Michael

  • Image from Hold Music

    Hold Music

  • Image from The Deaf Vs the Dead

    The Deaf Vs the Dead

  • Image from Awake

    Awake

  • Image from Long Lost Lover

    Long Lost Lover

  • Image from Mrs Sparkle

    Mrs Sparkle

  • Image from Atlantic is a Sea of Bones

    Atlantic is a Sea of Bones

Film 1

Resemblance

A ritual with an object of support. A choreography of women in war: makers of objects of bodily destruction, menders of the aftermath.

Dir Claire Cunningham, Dale Corlett. UK 2014. 3min. No dialogue, English captions.

Film 2

voice/over

‘Scars should also be crowned.’ An experimental documentary examining the filmmaker’s relationship with her body and voice after a shooting.
Content Notes: Scars; descriptions of violence and injury.

Dir Shelley Barry. South Africa 2004. 6min. English, English captions.

Film 3

Honeymoon

A seemingly insignificant disagreement turns into a hurtful argument for two Deaf women on their honeymoon.
Content Notes: Strong language; pushing.

Dir Ronit Meranda. UK 2016. 10min. BSL (British Sign Language), English and English subtitles (some silent dialogue).

Film 4

John and Michael

This animated short pays tribute to two men with Down syndrome who shared an intimate and profoundly loving relationship.
Content Notes: Descriptions of life in a disabled group home; natural death; loss of a loved one.

Dir Shira Avni. Canada 2005. 11min. English, English captions.

Film 5

Hold Music

In this semi-silent experimental short, a gay, deaf-blind man faces a number of challenges when purchasing tickets for a musical.
Content Notes: Homophobic language; family rejection; ableism.

Dir Michael McNeely. Canada 2016. 10min. English, English captions (some silent dialogue).

Film 6

The Deaf Vs the Dead

When the zombie apocalypse breaks out in Los Angeles, an out deaf man must find a way to survive.
Content Notes: Descriptions of anti-Deaf sentiment; comic violence; slight gore.

Dir Dickie Hearts. USA 2017. 7min. ASL (American Sign Language) and English, English captions (some silent dialogue).

Film 7

Awake

Chronically ill Anna is visited by Doreen, a door-to-door proselytiser who invites herself in. Two blind actors. An existential comedy.
Content Notes: Drug use; strong language; religion; mention of suicide.

Dir Michael Achtman. UK 2015. 22min. English, English captions.

Film 8

Long Lost Lover

Bisexual Deaf poet Bea Webster performs a poem in British Sign Language about her return to Thailand.
Content Notes: Descriptions of heterosexism and anti-Deaf sentiment.

Dir Sandra Alland, Ania Urbanowska. UK 2017. 5min. BSL, English captions (silent).

Film 9

Mrs Sparkle

Walking to the shops one night, Matthew passes a doorway and is beckoned inside. But is it real or a dream?

Dir Matthew Hellett. UK 2010. 4min. No dialogue, English captions.

Film 10

Atlantic is a Sea of Bones

Through everyday acts of refusal, performer Egyptt LaBeija confronts legacies of violence, intimately shaped by HIV/AIDS, against Black queer and trans bodies in this otherworldy film.
Content Notes: Nudity.

Dir Reina Gossett. USA 2017. 7min. English, English captions (almost no dialogue).

Additional information

Level access, hearing loop, BSL interpreting for Q&A, semi-relaxed, guide dogs welcome. All films captioned. Audio description available via headset. Wheelchair spaces limited; please book in advance.



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