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Lesbian Cinema: From Subtext to Visibility

Join our panel of experts to explore the myriad ways queer women have been reflected on the screen in this thought-provoking discussion event.

Sunday 22 March, 12:00PM
BFI Reuben Library

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Queer female representation on the big screen has been going through something of a renaissance over the last decade. Gone are the days, or so it seems, when a queer audience could only catch glimpses of lesbian desire on screen. We were hidden and coded beings, buried beneath layers of the dominant narrative, a subtext that only queer audiences could see and rejoice in. Now though, we have moved out of the shadows and our lives and desires are taking centre stage at last. But how did we get here? What are the key lesbian cinematic moments along the way? And has the journey from subtext to visibility meant we’ve sacrificed the illicit pleasure of interpreting cinema the way we want? Join programmer Emma Smart and Dr Clara Bradbury-Rance, author of Lesbian Cinema After Queer Theory, and our panel of experts to find out.

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Our panel of experts will be: programmers Emma Smart and Jay Bernard, filmmaker Kelly Walker (director of My Fiona) and academic and filmmaker Leila Mukhida, with chairing duties by Clara Bradbury-Rance.

Free event. Places are limited, first come, first served.

Total running time c180min.

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