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Photograph by Ben Hopper

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SomoS Art House, Berlin

I’m delighted to announce that Somos Art House in Berlin will be exhibiting the poetic film collection Church & Other Dirty Words on the 14th December 2018. Followed by talks with myself, cinematographer Jayden Robinson and performers Charlie Knight, Danny Polaris and Joseph Connolly.

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Taken from SomoS website:

“For the third edition of the Cinema Conversación LGBTQ* series of screenings/artist’s talks, taking place December 14th 2018, SomoS presents the cinematic poem Church & Other Dirty Words by Sian Williams: A queer-feminist take on adapting Brad Cohen’s queer poetry to the screen.

Cinema Conversación

Cinema Conversación brings the audience in direct dialogue with artists and filmmakers, thus creating a platform where thoughts and experiences can be shared freely and where the usual separation between spectator and artist is lifted.

The program series deliberately focuses on LGBTQ* experiences and facilitates an ongoing discussion about feelings, desires, issues, goals, and social, political, and artistic positions of LGBTQ* individuals and communities. Besides the thematic focus, Cinema Conversación is also a platform to challenge and question the rigid boundaries of film and cinema, to expand on the idea of what the cinematic arts could mean, and to experiment with the wide range of genres and artistic practices involved in moving image-based productions.

Lady Liberty

The glorious Tayah Ettienne in my new film Lady Liberty (previously known as Precisionism).

Out early 2019.

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Cinematography by Jayden Robinson

Written by James Neale Hunter

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Directed by Sian Alexandra Williams

Produced by Cecily Mitchell & Jon Parry

Girl Under You – Fringe! Queer arts & Film festival 2018

Delighted to announce that Girl Under You (2017) has been chosen to be part of Fringe! Queer Arts & Film Festival 2018! In the festivals F.O.C.K: FABULOUS ORIFICES AND CONSENSUAL KINKS’ selection of shorts.

Fringe! has described Girl Under You as having ‘Sensual female connections, in the nebula of desire and connection.’

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The Screening will take place in Hackney House on the 17th of November, followed by a Q&A by myself, Brad Cohen and Victoria Matthews.

I have also made a mini ‘spin off’ / trailer for Girl Under You, with some unseen footage &  Directors statement on some of the thought behind the film. It’s called The Toxicity of the word ‘lesbian’ and can be viewed on youtube here.

 

 

 

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…