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Still from Ed Webb-Ingall's We Have Rather Been Invaded (2018) courtesy the artist

Section 28: Spoken Histories and Queer Defiance

Burning Illusions: British Film and Thatcherism

  • Sunday, March 5, 2023
  • 2:00 p.m.
  • East Building Auditorium
  • Films
  • In-person
  • Registration Required

Registration is required and opens at noon on Friday, February 24.

Four titles present distinct approaches to recording the experiences of queer communities living in the shadow of Section (or Clause) 28, a series of draconian laws implemented in the UK that prohibited the “promotion of homosexuality” by government and local authorities. Introduced by Thatcher’s government in 1988, this legislation had the effect of overtly forbidding activities of LGBTQ+ organizations until it was finally repealed in 2003.

This program includes Veronica 4 Rose, an educational film by and about lesbians living in a predominantly heterosexual and homophobic society (Melanie Chait, 1981, 48 minutes); We Have Rather Been Invaded, a video influenced by the three others in this program, featuring a round table discussion with Sunil Gupta among other activists (Ed Webb-Ingall, 2018, 40 minutes); the hilariously deadpan Pedagogue (Stuart Marshall and Neil Bartlett, 1988); and celebratory Kiss 25 Goodbye (Steve Farrer, 1991).

Total running time 105 minutes. Thanks to Charlotte Proctor, the artists, Cinenova, and LUX.

Part of the film series Burning Illusions: British Film and Thatcherism, engaging questions of cinematic representations of race, class, and sexuality through examples of moving images rooted in Britain's contested social and political histories. 

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