Following VFD’s successful season of film events held during October and November last year (through the Marsha P Johnson Film Club featuring trans, queer and outre content), we are now turning our attention to '60s and '70s representations of queer culture. The late '60s and early '70s was an important time for many Queer communities across the world with homosexuality being decriminalised. There were many who responded to this freedom by exploring new ways of being and living as well as giving rise to a political queer voice. With the formation of Gay Liberation Fronts (GLF) in America, England and later Canada, the setting up of communes were starting points for much artistic expression and experimentation, including the likes of The Cockettes, Hot Peaches and the Bloolips.
Join us on Tuesday 19th January when we are lucky to have an original member of London’s short lived GLF, Stuart Feathers, who will be reading from his new book about this period, examining its politics, life in the counter culture, and being part of a theatrical collective.
Stuart Feathers co-founded the GLF Street Theatre, was a member of the radical queens commune and the Bethnal Rough bookshop and commune, a later a founding member of Bette Bourne’s gay theatre troup, Bloolips.
Following Stuart’s reading, Andreas Lon Grill will present a selection of queer cinema clips from that era, including Portrait of Jason, It Is Not The Homosexual It Is Not the Homosexual Who Is Perverse, But the Society in Which He Lives. A film from 1971, and The Naked Civil Servant, plus some footage of pioneering psychedelic theatre group, The Cockettes.
Doors open at 7pm.