This November, Fringe! returns for its eighth year with a diverse, celebratory and provocative programme of film screenings alongside workshops, panels, and parties, transforming venues across East London from 13th – 18th November.
Founded in 2011 as a community-led response to cuts to arts funding and the detrimental impact on LGBTQIA+ art and cultural production, the festival is committed to celebrating the best in queer filmmaking, from the DIY to the high budget. Fringe! remains entirely volunteer-run and not-for-profit, whilst having become a landmark cultural event in London’s queer calendar.
A decidedly literary theme runs throughout this year’s programme. Closing night film Wild Nights with Emily offers a comic reimagining of Emily Dickinson’s rumored sapphic encounters, with Molly Shannon playing the famously reclusive poet and cameos from the likes of Genevieve Turner.
The UK Premiere of The Rest I Makeup revisits the life of Maria Irene Fornes, arguably one of the most influential and yet least known playwrights of the 20th century as well as being Susan Sontag’s lover.
In a new partnership, Fringe! has worked with Hackney based LGBTQ youth support group, Project Indigo, to curate a free shorts programme which will be screened at festival hub, Hackney House. Over the course of four months, a group of 13 to 25-year-olds worked collaboratively with Fringe! to create a selection of eleven shorts from over 400 submissions.
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