Interview with Joyce Franklin Society

 

 “Make friends with your darkness, don’t let it destroy you’. Darkness 100% inspires me, it always has and I think almost everything I do comes from a dark place, but that isn’t always a horrendous experience. It can be uplifting and enlightening. There is an optimism that comes from accepted pessimism. As clichéd as it is, my ‘art’ is a way of medicating and channelling the darkness. It’s a way of taking something awful and making it productive and perhaps ‘beautiful’ or interesting.”

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Read my interview with the Joyce Franklin Society of the University of Cambridge here

 

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31

 

’31’ is a guerrilla style horror film which I made specifically for Halloween. I was getting ‘creatively restless’ so I decided to set myself a challenge; how quickly can I make a low budget mini horror film – the deadline Halloween.

I filmed all the footage in roughly two – four hours and edited the entire film in around seven hours on the 31st October 2017 – the total budget of the entire project costing £1.60

This film is not for the faint hearted, quite literally.

Filmed/Edited/Directed by Sian Williams
Performed by Louise Antonia, Imogen Williams, Sian Williams
Music by Xavier Boot & Rugile Daujotaite

Girl Under You

 

A collaborative piece, Written by Brad Cohen and Sian Williams, Girl Under You explores the assertive sexuality of masculine and feminine women, exploring the concept of ‘top’ and ‘bottoms’ in lesbian sex. Girl Under You aims to portray real lesbian relationships and sexuality as a backlash to the fake lesbian porn that is geared towards the ‘male gaze’, rather than an ‘lesbian eye’. Lesbian porn has been taken and over sexualised by patrichary – thus making ridicule of what it truly means to be a homosexual woman in societies eyes. This piece is about lesbians and women taking back their sexuality – there’s nothing wrong with the voyeuristic act of watching two women have sex, as long as it’s a realistic representation. Directed by two female directors , Girl Under You hopes the viewer will enjoy lesbian sexuality through an empowering ‘lesbian eye’ rather than a cliched, unrealistic, demeaning ‘male gaze’….

Directed by Sian Williams & Victoria Matthews
Written by Brad Cohen & Sian Williams
Edited by Sian Williams
Performed by Sian Williams & Victoria Matthews
Cinematography Jayden Robinson
Sound by Guy Farber & Matthew Williams
Assistant Directors Charlotte Dowell & Alya Soliman
Music by Himuro Mansion

Church & Other Dirty Words: The whole Collection

 

Director Sian Wiliams (Fringe Queer Arts Festival, FEST Portugal) has produced film adaptations of Brad Cohen’s first collection of poetry ‘Church & Other Dirty Words’. From ISIS and gay conversion therapy to feminism and the male gaze to toxic masculinity, femme-shaming and blurred gender lines– the collection extensively discusses many issues the LGBTQ+ culture is faced with today.

Cohen uses sex in his collection to deliver important messages. One piece entitled ‘Bedside Surgeon’ portrays that feeling when your hook up rolls over after sex and goes on Grindr, looking for his next fix. Another important discussion takes place in ‘Church’ (first published by Fincham Press in ‘Purple Lights’, 2016) where Cohen uses catholic language to describe a post-sex scene whilst simultaneously highlighting the friction between Catholicism and homosexuality. ‘DJ Pygmalion’ is a dark satirical piece warning of the dangers in watching too much porn.

Girl Under You is a collaborative piece written by both Cohen and Williams, highlighting the problems with mainstream lesbian pornography. The piece aims to portray lesbian sexuality through an empowering ‘lesbian eye’ rather than a cliched, unrealistic, demeaning ‘male gaze’…

Girl Under You

 

A collaborative piece, Written by Brad Cohen and Sian Williams, Girl Under You explores the assertive sexuality of masculine and feminine women, exploring the concept of ‘top’ and ‘bottoms’ in lesbian sex. Girl Under You aims to portray real lesbian relationships and sexuality as a backlash to the fake lesbian porn that is geared towards the ‘male gaze’, rather than an ‘lesbian eye’. Lesbian porn has been taken and over sexualised by patrichary – thus making ridicule of what it truly means to be a homosexual woman in societies eyes. This piece is about lesbians and women taking back their sexuality – there’s nothing wrong with the voyeuristic act of watching two women have sex, as long as it’s a realistic representation. Directed by two female directors , Girl Under You hopes the viewer will enjoy lesbian sexuality through an empowering ‘lesbian eye’ rather than a cliched, unrealistic, demeaning ‘male gaze’….

Directed by Sian Williams & Victoria Matthews
Written by Brad Cohen & Sian Williams
Edited by Sian Williams
Performed by Sian Williams & Victoria Matthews
Cinematography Jayden Robinson
Sound by Guy Farber & Matthew Williams
Assistant Directors Charlotte Dowell & Alya Soliman
Music by Himuro Mansion

DJ PYGMALION

DJ PYGMALION has a strong feminist visual throughout – forcing the viewer to rethink gender norms, female sexuality and empowerment. Combing porn addiction with a subversive angle on the ‘male gaze’, DJ PYGMALION is an erotic poetic short shot down the rabbit hole of desperate masturbation. Watching porn is a multi-sensory experience… unless you’ve watched too much. There is always better porn, but hanging on the edge for too long has its downfalls.

Directed and Edited by Sian Williams
Written by Brad Cohen
Performed by Charlotte Dowell
Assistant Director Victoria Matthews
Cinematographer Jayden Robinson
Sound by Guy Farber & Matthew Williams
Music by Himuro Mansion

 

Bedside Surgeon

 

That feeling when you’ve just finished having sex and he reaches over to check his Grindr… ‘Bedside Surgeon’ is the film adaptation of Brad Cohen’s poem describing just that feeling. Using each line from the poem Luigi Ambrosio and Joe Gilmore choreographed a contemporary dance in response to the piece.

 

Directed & Edited by Sian Williams
Written by Brad Cohen
Choreographed & Performed by Luigi Ambrosio and Joe Gilmore
Cinematography by Jayden Robinson
Music by Olivia Swann
Music production by MOMBRU