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Superbia Cinema is a great way those interested in LGBTQ+ arts to come together and immerse themselves in queer culture, plus you'll get the opportunity to learn more about each film's production process, directors, actors, filmmakers and more.
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Join us on Thursday 15th June as we present a series of shorts exploring themes of neurodiversity, uplifting neurodivergent artists and filmmakers.
Neurodivergent people often do not see themselves represented in film and media, however many of us are working in the industry undiagnosed and unrecognised.
Society hasn't always possessed the right language to articulate the neurodivergent experience in a way that neurotypical people understand, however this has started to shift in recent years. Superbia Cinema Creative Producer, Joshua Hubbard, wishes to push this narrative with this month's selection of short films.
Whilst the Neurodivergent experience is indeed unique, it is usually ‘othered’ and classed as strange, or is considered to be 'lucky' and an indication of 'genius' by neurotypical society - assumptions that don't often reflect the realities of neurodivergent people. The boldness and unique perspectives that neurodivergent communities bring to creative spaces has the power to challenge societal norms and change the conversation around neurodiversity, making for moving and relevant film and art.
We hope you enjoy this month's selection of films as much as we do!
18:00: Join us at Cultplex and socialise before the screening begins
19:00 - 20:20: Our series of short films, curated by Joshua Hubbard
20:30 - 21:00: Q&A with David Hoyle
By Sophie Broadgate
In Motion sheds light on the emotional experience of autism, normalising and celebrating different forms of stimming (self-stimulatory behaviour). Stimming is a mode of emotional regulation and expression used by the neurodivergent community, which many still feel the need to hide or minimise in public. The film was made in response to Michael Gordon’s music piece ‘Weather’.
Filmmaker: Sophie Broadgate | Contributors: Marisa Crane, Kofi Gyamfi and Nicola Smith | Voiceover artist: Anne Louise Kershaw | Composer: Dean Jones | Producers: Steph Clarke and Manchester Collective
Directed by Matt Lambert, starring David Hoyle
Directed by Matt Lambert, Divine David features avant-garde performance artist David Hoyle. The short film shows David recounting his first time attending a gay club - transcending boundaries as he enters a ‘forbidden world’ denied to him through his religious upbringing. He revels in this safe space, shrouded in hues of purples and pinks: a hedonistic escape.
Directed by Steven Fraser
A short animated documentary exploring the experience of telling the world that you are autistic when you also identify as LGBTQ+. Queer coming out stories are well documented, but the occurrence of telling friends, family, co-workers and strangers that you are autistic is less explored. Parallels with queer experiences are investigated and a wide range of individuals are interviewed to express the array of feelings and reactions that are encountered.
Voices by a variety of anonymous individuals and Red Aller, Timothy Dimal, Philip Hurd-Wood, Connor Marshall, Michael Matarese | Music and Sound Design By David John Bartlett
Directed by Steven Fraser
A short animated documentary on the gay male/trans/non-binary body, and why it's common for people to send naked pictures via dating apps. The documentary takes an experimental approach in its visual style, tackling themes of masculinity, queerness, solitude and the body.
Voices by a variety of anonymous individuals and Edward R. Curtis, Csongor Cs. Cs, Spike Jefferson, Péter Kiss, Kyle Randal, Max Marshall, Brodie Marshall | Music by Stefano Fasce
By Tre Wilson
An autistic filmmaker recounts his personal experience living through the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic, and concerns around rejoining society in a world now ready to move on from a time that gave him shelter from an ableist society.
Directed by Joseph Wilson
Through lipsyncing, Isn't It A Beautiful World depicts the traumatising stories of queer performers Soroya, Harry, and Kenya. The film takes the audience on a journey through metaphorical locations to explore themes of loneliness, anxiety, addiction, and recovery - all common expereinces within the LGBTQ+ community.
By Joseph Wilson
A dystopian short film that reimagines the effects of Section 28 on queer people. ‘Il-Widna’ follows a group of unapologetically queer warriors arriving as exiles on an island, forced to flee the UK after the introduction of Thatcher’s homophobic laws.
By Joseph Wilson
A collaboration between Joseph Wilson, dancer William Darby and musician Hannah Holland.
Directed by Andrew Knötting
Diseased and Disorderly uses the paintings, drawings and collages of neurodivergent artist Eden Kötting to make imagistic gold. Assisted by her father Andrew Kötting, the 2D animator Glenn Whiting and the 3D animator Isabel Skinner, the collaboration takes us on a phantasmagorical journey into a world of Eden’s making, and then beyond.
Andrew Kötting: Writer/Director | Eden Kötting: Artist | Hattie Naylor: Co-Writer | Rebecca Mark-Lawson: Producer | Daria Nitsche: Line Producer | Glenn Whiting: 2D-Animator | Isabel Skinner: 3D-Animator | Jem Finer: Composer | Nick Gordon Smith: Dop | Simon Cooper: Vr |Marcia Farquhar: voice over | Schneider: voice over | Voice Over also: Hattie Naylor, Eden Kötting, Andrew Kötting
By Bonnie Bakeneko
"My performances before have always been heavily symbolic and metaphorical with a redemption arc, but with this piece I just wanted to convey the feeling of being relentlessly fucked with (be that from metal health/past abusers/disabilities/grief etc) with no positive outcome." ~ Bonnie Bakeneko
By Tabby Lamb
Northern Stage presents Scroll: Love Letter To Us
In a time when physical queer communities are impossible to access, Tabby Lamb celebrates the Trans Body in a lyrical love letter to the community. Featuring over 200 beautiful & diverse Trans bodies and an original composition from Nicol Parkinson. Join us for a 2 minute embrace by one of the most exciting queer artists in the country.
Written and directed by Tabby Lamb | Music by Nicol Parkinson | Videographer & Editor - Leena Norms
Directed by Floria Sigismondi
Floria Sigismondi explores existential teenage angst and the over-medicalisation of the USA. This is a coming-of-age story about a young boy growing up in the nineties, submitting to a world of prescription drugs, and losing himself in the storm of adolescence. Postmortem Bliss was director Floria Sigismondi’s first foray into short-form filmmaking back in 2006. It's also an adaptation of a book of the same name written by her husband, Lawrence Rothman, who describes his teenage years in which he was diagnosed with ADHD and became addicted to antidepressants.
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Established in 2019, our new Superbia Cinema venue, CULTPLEX, is based in Cheetham Hill close to the city centre. It’s the home of cult films, video games, and cool nerd stuff in Manchester and we’re thrilled to be partnering with them for our future Superbia Cinema screenings!
Find out more about CULTPLEX here.
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