Both Sides Now V: It’s All about the “Queer”
Why We Recommend it
The activity-packed programme looks at the ways artist filmmakers are exploring Queer culture in Hong Kong and the UK through various film and video techniques.
British colonialism widely affected legal discrimination against LGBT people – specifically homosexual men (just like in Britain, female homosexuality was not recognised in colonies). As in many colonies, laws criminalising male homosexuality were slow to change in Hong Kong, with decriminalisation taking until 1991, as opposed to 1967 in the UK. In 2019, laws regarding equality for LGBTQ+ people are almost equal, though reception to Queer people in the UK and Hong Kong varies across geographical, generational and social boundaries. With the rise of right-wing sentiments globally, the acceptance Queer people have enjoyed seems in descent.
In response to post-colonialism and the rise of right-wing opinions, Isaac Leung from Videotage and Jamie Wyld from videoclub have curated a programme to show a range of artworks that explore contemporary and historical Queer identity and culture. Filmmakers and artists from both the UK and Hong Kong making work that reflects upon aspects of LGBTQI+ life, identity and creativity are featured.
The programme also plays host to a series of events, such as screening and showcase, exhibition, LGBTQ party, talks, “slow dating” and more.