THE DEAF VS THE DEAD
SUN 25 MAR
A SMALL PART OF ME
FIGHTERS OF DEMONS, MAKERS OF CAKES
DEAF AND DISABLED QUEER AND TRANS SHORTS
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. Sandra Alland
RESEMBLANCE Dir Claire Cunningham. UK 2014. 3min. No dialogue
A ritual with an object of support. A choreography of women in war: makers of objects
of bodily destruction, menders of the aftermath.
VOICE/OVER Dir Shelley Barry. South Africa 2004. 6min. English
‘Scars should also be crowned.’ An experimental documentary examining the
filmmaker’s relationship with her body and voice after a shooting.
HONEYMOON Dir Ronit Meranda. UK 2016. 10min. BSL & English
A seemingly insignificant disagreement turns into a hurtful argument for two
deaf women on their honeymoon.
JOHN AND MICHAEL Dir Shira Avni. Canada 2005. 11min. English
This animated short pays tribute to two men with Down syndrome who shared
an intimate and profoundly loving relationship.
HOLD MUSIC Dir Michael McNeely. Canada 2016. 10min. English
In this semi-silent experimental short, a gay, deaf-blind man faces a number of
challenges when purchasing tickets for a musical.
THE DEAF VS THE DEAD Dir Dickie Hearts. USA 2017. 7min. ASL & English
When the zombie apocalypse breaks out in Los Angeles, an out deaf man must find
a way to survive.
AWAKE Dir Michael Achtman. UK 2015. 22min. English
Chronically ill Anna is visited by Doreen, a door-to-door proselytiser who invites herself in.
Two blind actors. An existential comedy.
LONG LOST LOVER Dir Sandra Alland, Ania Urbanowska. UK 2017. 5min. BSL
Bisexual deaf poet Bea Webster performs a poem in British Sign Language about her
return to Thailand.
MRS SPARKLE Dir Matthew Hellett. UK 2010. 4min. No dialogue
Walking to the shops one night, Matthew passes a doorway and is beckoned inside.
But is it real or a dream?
ATLANTIC IS A SEA OF BONES Dir Reina Gossett. USA 2017. 7min. English
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.
Total running time 85min
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.
Please visit bfi.org.uk/flare for additional language information and content notes.
Riding the gamut of maleness, comprising drag kings, trans teens, and macho
environments. Some shorts contain violence and bad language. Zorian Clayton
A SMALL PART OF ME
Dir Sean Horlor, Steve Adams. Canada 2016. 15min
A transitioning teenage actor makes his stage debut in small town British Columbia.
Dir Clara Stern. Austria 2017. 30min
A young man navigates male bonding and living stealthily alongside post-transition
SPECTRUMS AL HARETSEF
Dir Zohar Melinek Ezra, Afek Testa Launer. Israel 2017. 15min
Resilience in the face of estrangement, non-binary narratives and trans pride.
Dir Jesse Lewis-Reece. UK 2016. 25min
Family hardship and fitting in to the ferocious world of male hierarchies at
a boxing gym.
I’M A MAN
Dir Holly Lucas, Alice Johnstone. UK 2017. 3min
Drag kings lampooning the worst of misogynist and chauvinist tropes.
HANDSOME & MAJESTIC
Dir Jeff Lee Petry, Nathan Drillot. Canada 2016. 12min
A moving documentary about a trans boy overcoming discrimination at high school.
Total running time 100min
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