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We’ve Always Been Here: D/deaf Disabled Queers On Film

A timely provocation that highlights the importance of queer disability representation within the landscape of film and culture.

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Illustrated presentations from some of the leading people in the movement for accessibility and queer disability on film make this event essential. Featuring rare clips which highlight the fact that queer disabled folk have always been here, We’ve Always Been Here will not only touch on representation in film, but also access to the festival scene. Afterwards, Tara Brown will lead an in-depth panel about the intersections of queerness, disability and film.

Theresa Heath
Theresa Heath is a final year PhD student researching queer film festivals and cinema in the context of urban gentrification and the loss of queer space. She was also founder and producer of the Wotever DIY Film Festival and is now access officer on Fringe! Queer Film and Arts Fest. Theresa’s presentation explores the temporalities and spaces of queer crip cinema, arguing that the centring of the queer disabled body in cinema and at queer film festivals allows us to challenge normative modes of embodiment and imagine alternative queer ontologies.

Matthew Hellett
Matthew is a gay learning disabled filmmaker and performer. He has been part of the Oska Bright Film Festival team for many years. In 2017/18 he was accepted on to the prestigious Guiding Lights scheme, the UK film industry’s leading mentoring programme. This has seen Matthew take the role as lead programmer for the Oska Bright Film Festival. As part of this role he introduced a new strand into the festival, ‘Queer Freedom’. In Matthew’s presentation he will talk about how he introduced the Queer Freedom strand to Oska Bright Film Festival, how it came about, why it’s important and what the future holds for the strand.

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Total running time c90min.

This talk will be followed by a zine-making workshop to commemorate the event, making sure that these vital conversations go beyond the panel and into the physical world.

£3 tickets for D/deaf and disabled patrons. Email box.office@bfi.org.uk or call 020 7960 2102.

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