I've Heard the Mermaids Singing + Wavelengths (short film) 15

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This film was last shown on 7 July 2022

Opening with a video-recorded confession from Polly, a secretary, this comedy tells of her voyeuristic fascination for her new boss, the ambitious Gabrielle, owner of an art gallery. The two women are like night and day - the new temp is absent-minded and innocent beyond her years with spiky orange hair and the curator bourgeois, polished and with a gift for gab - yet a strong connection builds through their shared love of art, curiosity and appetite for love. Directed by Patricia Rozema (Mouthpiece, 2018), a significant player in the Toronto New Wave, I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing is a playful, humorous and complex look at the many different kinds of desire and admiration between women.

+ short film WAVELENGTHS by Pratibha Parmar (UK 1997, 15’)

An exploration of the time honoured quest for love and human intimacy in the polished world of computers and the Internet. Set in gay bars, dreams, and cyberspace, this perceptive and highly visual film from Pratibha Parmar (Nina’s Heavenly Delights, My Name is Andrea) contemplates one woman's search for emotionally safer sex. Mona's girlfriend has left Mona with a broken heart, an empty goldfish tank, and—in her altered state—the ability to pick up other people's conversations. Stuck in the post relationship blues, Mona just can't seem to move on...that is until she discovers "cybersex". 

Screening as part of Birds Eye View’s Queerious programme, exploring a multitude of desires on screen in ways we all too rarely see in cinema. Birds Eye View is a UK-wide charity with a mission to bring a broader perspective of the world through cinema. Through their #ReclaimTheFrame programme, they support films by women & non-binary people, with the aim of building a community for those who make, show, release and watch them. 

Please note: This is a special screening and so there will be no trailers or adverts before the film begins. The event will start at the time stated so please plan your arrival accordingly.



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