Sunday, June 6, 2010

Twenty Years of Queer Cinema

Last week's marked the twentieth anniversary of the Inside Out queer film festival. In addition to this year's crop of queer shorts, documentaries, erotica, and feature films, the festival also screened classic works, like The Celluloid Closet and past winners at Inside Out, including one of my favorites, Saving Face. See it! It stars Joan Chen!

I was happy to catch a screening of shorts, Dyke World, which included films from Bosnia, Australia, Poland, Sweden, and the United States. It was great spending an evening watching dyke shorts in a room full of fellow Toronto dykes. All that was missing was popcorn.

One film I was sorry to miss was the international premiere of the BBC's Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister. Nothing warms the heart of a queer archivist more than the existence of secret diaries, written in code, detailing the Sapphic adventures of a woman born wayyyy back in 1791. We're also suckers for the term "bodice ripper." Or maybe that's just me.

More on Anne Lister:
From History to Herstory: Yorkshire Women's Lives Online
Catalogue records for the Anne Lister papers.
The West Yorkshire Archives Service is currently hosting a special exhibit on Anne Lister to accompany the BBC 2 documentary "Revealing Anne Lister."

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