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Fringe! Queer Film and Arts Festival Taking Over London’s East End

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Our favourite queer film festival is back. Fringe! is an altogether different sort of film festival that brims with originality and excitement. A perfect remedy.

And this November, Fringe! celebrates Queercore and Riot Grrrl, the two subcultures that allowed the queer community to cement its relationship with punk. Films, conversation, music and rare footage from the era compose the event ‘There’s a Dyke In the Pit: A Day of Queer Grrrl Power’ on the 8 November at the Hackney Attic (Hackney Picturehouse) and the Rose Lipman Building.

The day kicks off with ‘There’s a Dyke In the Pit: Exhibition’ and Social Space, Rose Lipman Building, 12:00. The exhibition includes handmade posters and artwork by Racheal House and Gwenael Rattke, rare posters from the archives of Val Phoenix, archival Riot Grrrl photography and a complementary There’s a Dyke in the Pit zine/programme.

Frenzy: A Riot Decade, a short film programme originally curated by Dirty Looks NYC, follows at 14:00 at the Hackney Attic. The programme features shorts from Jill Reiter, Shu Lea Cheang, and more, and is followed by a panel discussion at 15:30. Both Jill Reiter and Shu Lea Cheang feature in the panel, alongside Liz Naylor (Catcall Records), Sophie Mayer (Film theorist and feminist academic), and Nazmia Jamal (Ladyfest London, Ladies! Rock Camp and film programmer).

The day finishes with In Search of Margo-Go at Club Totally, 20:00, Rose Lipman Building. Jill Reiter’s never-before-seen DIY film In Search Of Margo-Go features at Fringe! with live performance of some of the missing scenes. The film stars Bikini Kill/Le Tigre/ Julie Ruin front woman Kathleen Hanna and Jill Reiter as bandmates and fledgling queer punks on the NYC scene.

Fringe! will also held the UK premiere of Abby Moser’s Grrrl Love and Revolution, live music from London grrrl band Skinny Girl Diet and a Q&A with Jill Reiter, Lucy Thane and Val Phoenix hosted by Kanchi Wichmann. DJ’s Linster Sangster (The Librarian) and Jill Reiter will play an eclectic mix of new wave, post-punk and grrl punk in the evening.

If you can’t make it, we are also having a bonus screening of Frenzy, Grrrl Love and Revolution and In Search of Margo-Go at Hotel Elephant in association with Wotever Film Festival on Monday 10 November.

Last but not least, there will be special hair & make-up artists in the café area from 16:00 onwards, where participants will embrace the Club Totally new-wave look whilst taking a sneak peek at the teaser for Yony Leyser’s forthcoming documentary on queercore.

The event is curated by Kanchi Wichmann, Val Phoenix & Amelia Abraham. Programme supported by Film Hub London, managed by Film London. Proud to be a partner of the BFI Film Audience Network, funded by the National Lottery. The visual arts programme is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

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