The glorious Tayah Ettienne in my new film Lady Liberty (previously known as Precisionism).
Out early 2019.
Cinematography by Jayden Robinson
Written by James Neale Hunter
Directed by Sian Alexandra Williams
Produced by Cecily Mitchell & Jon Parry
Directed by Jayden Robinson & Sian Williams, Anonymous Bodies is an ongoing series regarding peoples own perceptions on their bodies.
Sound by Matthew Williams
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.’
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.
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.
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…
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!
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’
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