T A P E x INVISIBLE WOMEN PRESENT
Turn up the bass and join us for a celebration of feminist & queer nightlife. To party is political - it’s time to reclaim the night!
In true T A P E x Invisible Women fashion, we’ve curated a series of archive and contemporary short films, all of which explore the connections between urban space, music and activism through feminist and queer lenses.
Nightlife has historically provided liberation and escape for subcultures and marginalised communities, but today many of our nightclubs and DIY venues are at risk disappearing altogether in the face of gentrification and soaring costs.
After Hours, a new touring shorts programme co-curated by T A P E and Invisible Women, brings together archive and contemporary film to explore the connections between urban space, music and activism through feminist and queer lenses.
Turn up the bass and join us on an immersive journey, from the dance bars of 1960s Soho to the warehouse raves of the 1990s, via the sound systems of South London and two sets of nightclub toilets...
Mirror Mirror (Wendy Griffin, 1996, 10mins)
A series of vignettes from the toilets of a Glasgow club, a place where women go to chat, commiserate and connect over the course of a raucous night out.
Fun Palace: Nightclub (Outtakes) (Joan Littlewood, 1963, 4mins)
In 1960s London, a multi-racial crowd drink and dance together framed by swirling cigarette smoke. A series of silent outtakes shot by pioneering filmmaker Joan Littlewood.
Bhangra Jig (Pratibha Parmar, 1990, 4 mins)
A young Asian woman walks through the streets of Glasgow, once the second largest city of the British empire, countering those colonial echoes through dance and music - a new culture of resistance.
Rave (Torstein Grude, 1997, 11 mins)
A frenetic window into the 1990s rave features pulsing strobe, pumping bass and some psychedelic insights from a young woman seeking liberation in the illegal party scene.
B.U.C.K.L.E (Catherine Saalfield and Julie Tolentino, 1994, 11 mins)
Women dance, cruise and practice their pick up lines in this playful parody of New York lesbian life.
Collective Hum (B.O.S.S, 2019, 7 mins)
Through a visceral collage of movement, polyphonic sound and overlapping voices, artist collective B.O.S.S. capture the visceral experience of Black British sound system culture.
Expensive Shit (Adura Onashile, 2020, 15 mins)
Adura Onashile’s dazzling short is a reminder of the skewed power dynamics that govern so many nights out - and a reminder of why safe queer and female spaces are so important.
Advisory age 15+ - references to drug use, sex references, strong language
Some of these shorts feature strobe and flickering imagery
All screenings are HOH captioned.
The programme is now on sale and screening at venues in Scotland and Brighton:
Tuesday, 22 November
The Wee Red Bar, Edinburgh [book tickets here]
Wednesday, 23 November
Phoenix Art Space, Brighton [book tickets here]
Thursday, 24 November
G A M I S, Glasgow [book tickets here]
Supported by Film Hub North. Part of Changing Times: the U.K. wide screen heritage programme in collaboration with Film Hub Midlands.