Centre for the Study of Sexual Dissidence

Film Club Archive 2016-


Sex Diss Film Club is delighted to be co-sponsoring Dreamland Cinema & Eyes Wide Open's 'Queer Dreams' season at Fabrica


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 queer dreams

My Own Private Idaho (1991)

dir. Gus Van Sant [102 mins]

my own private idaho

Sat 11 Feb, Doors 7.30pm, Film 8pm 

Fabrica, 40 Duke Street, Brighton, BN1 1AG

Mike (River Phoenix) and Scott (Keanu Reeves) are two sex workers hustling around the US to make ends meet. When Mike goes in search of his long lost family, the two find themselves on a precarious journey of discovery and change. One of the earliest films in the trend now referred to as New Queer Cinema, and one of the most well-known representations of male sex work and male bisexuality, this is a remarkable feature in queer cinematic history, as well as being a gritty, sexy, and stylish road movie. 


Orlando (1992)

dir. Sally Potter [93 mins]


Wed 5 March, Doors 7.30pm, Film 8pm 

Fabrica, 40 Duke Street, Brighton, BN1 1AG

Across four centuries, one figure strides, androgynous, beautiful, shapeshifting: Orlando. Sally Potter’s seminal adaptation sees Tilda Swinton take on the eponymous role created by Virginia Woolf. Swinton plays a young noble who is instructed by Queen Elizabeth I (Quentin Crisp) to stay forever young. When, magically, the queen’s wishes are realised, Orlando embarks on a variegated life that spans across centuries and sees the character inhabit both male and female genders. An angel (played by gay pop icon Jimmy Somerville) serenades us as we sink into the pageantry of this singular classic of British cinema, watching as Swinton effortlessly spans time, physicality and desire. 


Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974)

dir. Rainer Werner Fassbinder [93 mins]

ali fear

Fri 21 April, Doors 7.30pm, Film 8pm 

Fabrica, 40 Duke Street, Brighton, BN1 1AG

The rain is unrelenting and the middle-aged woman needs shelter, so she steps in to a
bar playing Arabic music. A handsome young Moroccan man asks her to dance, and from this unexpected proposition, an electric connection is sparked. Evoking the work of queer auteur Douglas Sirk in both its aesthetic and its astute social commentary, Fassbinder explores love and desire across the boundaries of age and race. Ali being played by the director’s own romantic partner El Hedi ben Salem imbues this masterpiece film with further queer significance. 





Film Club AW16

Like Cattle Towards Glow (2015)

Tue 4 Oct, 6,30pm

Duke of York’s Picturehouse, Preston Road, Brighton, BN1 4NA

[94 mins], dir. Dennis Cooper, Zac Farley

Presented in association with the University of Sussex’s Centre For American Studies and Eyes Wide Open Cinema.

This beguiling new film from acclaimed author Dennis Cooper and Zac Farley consists of five independent, thematically and emotionally interconnected scenes – a complex, intimate, strangely serene, wide-ranging and always challenging exploration of sexual desire as a hiding place. In these unique, stylistically and temperamentally diverse scenes, sex makes a promise of something so intense and untenable to the characters that they feel they must enter it in secret. Like these characters, and like sex itself, Like Cattle Towards Glow is as deep, knowing and unknowable as it is raucous, original and explicit on the surface.

The film will be followed by a Q&A with Dennis Cooper and Zac Farley, interviewed by Sex Diss MA graduates Dr. Diarmuid Hester and Eyes Wide Open programmer Jacob Engelberg.


Film Club SS16

The Innocents (1961)

Tue 15 March, Arts B274, 6pm-8.30pm

[100 mins], dir. Jack Clayton

Introduced by Dominic Dean (University of Warwick)

Based on Henry James’s The Turn of the Screw, this psychological thriller follows a governess (Deborah Kerr) who fears the house she works in is haunted and the children in her care are possessed. With an award-winning script by William Archibald and Truman Capote, the film is noted for its pioneering use of synthesised sound and controversial ending.


Calamity Jane (1953)

Tue 19 April, Arts B274, 6pm-8.30pm

[97 mins], dir. David Butler

Introduced by Rachel O'Connell (School of English)

Loosely based on the real life of the eponymous Wild West heroine, this musical follows the romance between Calamity (Doris Day) and Wild Bill Hickok (Howard Keel). Cases of mistaken identity, gender confusion and same-sex cohabitation make this one of the quintessential coded queer films of its time, with Doris Day’s rendition of ‘Secret Love’ proving one of the defining caberet numbers of its generation.