Church & Other Dirty Words Photography

 

Click here to see cinematic film stills from the Church Collection

 

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The problem with the word ‘lesbian’

I feel the word ‘lesbian’ has been taken from queer women and transformed into something that is no longer queer or anything to do with female/female same sex desire. Rather, the word ‘lesbian’ in mainstream culture, particularly pornography, suggests a highly sexualised fetish for a heterosexual audience (predominantly male) with little or no relation to actual female/female desire.
In my eyes, mainstream terms such as ‘lesbian’ ‘lesbianism’ or ‘lesbian pornography’ have little to do with actual real queer female representations of sex or lifestyle. A man watching two lesbians on porn hub is not experiencing queer culture, a man engaging in a threesome with two women is not engaging in a queer act.

 

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History has been written predominantly by men, so of course there is little mention of homosexual activity between women (unless of course it entertains the male sexually). Lesbianism has therefore historically either been considered an illness, non-existent or a sexual act for a male to enjoy (as history would tell us females have no sexual desire, they are purely there to please the male)
The term ‘lesbian’ has been stolen from queer women. It no longer exclusively translates as the desire between two females, rather the term ‘lesbian’ has become a heterosexual fetish. Two women and one man is NOT homosexual… its completely heterosexual. Actual gay women like myself could not think of anything more horrific than engaging in a sexual act with a female lover and a male.
I wish to dissociate myself from the label ‘lesbian’ and rather be referred to only as queer, gay or sapphic. My current projects have only slightly touched on the problem with the term ‘lesbianism’, but I have big plans for the future regarding this concept…

PRECISIONISM [teaser trailer]

 

Take a glimpse into the world of PRECISIONISM by James Neale. A city in love with drink and drugs, sex and jazz.

Directed by Sian Alexandra Williams & Written by James Neale Hunter

Cinematography Jayden Robinson

In collaboration with The Old Sole Theatre Company

Oceans 8 – A gateway film for the future of women in Hollywood?

Disclaimer: I aim to write a more fluent article/essay on Oceans 8…but right now I’m far too excited and I had to just get my initial thoughts of my chest

Finally! This is exactly what I have been waiting for…

A film with eight, not just one, but EIGHT female protagonists who barely (if at all) cater for a male-gaze.

Revolutionary? I think so!

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No male-lead, barely any heterosexual romance or sex. No fragmented female bodies catered for heterosexual male audiences. No ‘silly’ female roles who do nothing but support the ‘all important white male’. None of the classic Hollywood sexist, racist, homophobic bullshit.

Only eight, powerful, intelligent, charismatic, diverse women.

and…they do none of the following;

Find a man, have a baby, get married, have sex with men, look pretty , look sexy, find a man, do a nude scene.

Oceans 8 is revolutionary because none of the eight women in the film play into the above stereotypes of ‘what female roles in Hollywood typically do’ 

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Hollywood has finally produced a film that is so positive for female leads and female role models. The film is also racially diverse which is brilliant!

Lets hope Oceans 8 is a gateway film for more female positivity, female protagonists and diversity in Hollywood!

Female Protagonists – 1

Male-Gaze – 0

 

Watch the trailer here

GREY

Go beyond my outer sphere and you will find my dear… Grey.

A Film By Sian Williams & Jason Patel

Written & Composed by Jason Patel

Camera by Jayden Robinson

Vocals by Jason Patel and Larissa Teale

Music Production by Rachel Goldberg

 

© Copyright Sian Alexandra Williams 2018. All rights reserved.

PRECISONISM TRAILER

 

Take a glimpse into the world of PRECISIONISM by James Neale. A city in love with drink and drugs, sex and jazz.

Directed by Sian Alexandra Williams & Written by James Neale Hunter

In collaboration with The Old Sole Theatre Company

Coming September 2018, Buy tickets to the theatre production here!