Culture: Film

Fringe! Is Back And Better Than Ever


East London’s annual alternative queer film and arts festival is proud to reveal its exciting 2013 programme.

With four days of enhanced screenings, world premieres, queer classics and cult rarities, Fringe! continues to mix great gay film with high-energy creative events, art happenings, oddball performance, discussion and debate – and upbeat after parties – with many events free!

The festival will present the European Premiere of writer-director Alan Brown’s Five Dances as its opening night screening at Hackney Picturehouse. A special collaboration with renowned choreographer Jonah Bokaer, Brown builds a tight-toned narrative around five gifted New York dancers in a classic tale of finding success and love in the big city.

Also showing will be the World Premiere of Julia Ostertag’s And You Belong as its closing night screening, a documentary that uncovers the queer music underground via two-girl electro hip hop band Scream Club – screened at Arcola Tent.

As part of its Limited Visibility series, Fringe! will focus on marginalised groups in the LGBT community via two special strands on senior LGBT individuals and those living with HIV (2013 marks the 30th anniversary of the isolation of the HIV virus) and is supported by Film London’s Community Pilot Fund. New documentaries Gen Silent and deepsouth contrast with classic works from the archive, including Barbara Hammer’s Nitrate Kisses, Rosa von Praunheim’s Silence=Death, and a specially curated screening of Derek Jarman’s The Garden.

Alex Karotsch Film Festival Producer, said: “We are thrilled to bring back Fringe! for the third year running, building on the success of the festival in 2012 which saw a record number of attendees and events over a long weekend in April. This year we will again be working with brilliant directors, artists and performers to bring you an exciting programme of international films, great art and events – from the weird to the wonderful.”

Fringe! Film Festival, East London: Thursday 11 April – Sunday 14 April 2013

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