Queerspace FC (film club): The Watermelon Woman

Doors open at 7 - Film should start around 730 :)

This is an open social space by, for, and centring the work of self-identified queer, lesbian, bi and trans women, transmen, non-binary and intersex people. Taking up space is political!

Cis men: sorry this one's not for you!

Suggested donation (for

the Common House) £2 low/unwaged, £5 higher waged, noone will be turned away for lack of funds.

The Movie: The Watermelon Woman. Popmatter says, "Watch The Watermelon Woman to see how it negotiates and reclaims Hollywood’s racist past, and how it establishes what a black lesbian gaze might look like." and "Cheryl Dunye’s The Watermelon Woman rides on the crest of New Queer Cinema wave. Like many inspired first feature-length films, it’s a raucous, intense, and playful work. One can feel Dunye trying to smuggle as many issues as she can into her film since, after all, when has a black lesbian filmmaker ever been given the chance to make a feature-length film?"
Kanopy says: "Cheryl Dunye plays a version of herself in this witty, nimble landmark of New Queer Cinema. A video store clerk and fledgling filmmaker, Cheryl becomes obsessed with the "most beautiful mammy," a character she sees in a 1930s movie. Determined to find out who the actress she knows only as the "Watermelon Woman" was and make her the subject of a documentary, she starts researching and is bowled over to discover that not only was Fae Richards (Lisa Marie Bronson) a fellow Philadelphian but also a lesbian.

The project is not without drama as Cheryl's singular focus causes friction between her and her friend Tamara (Valarie Walker) and as she begins to see parallels between Fae's problematic relationship with a white director and her own budding romance with white Diana (fellow filmmaker Guinevere Turner).

Interviews with her own mother, Irene, and cultural critic Camille Paglia, along with Dunye's own direct address of the camera and a survey of what were once Depression-era nightspots further the non-fiction conceit in a film that uses the mockumentary format to unpack LGBT, Philadelphia and Black history.

Complete with grainy clips and stills from movies that never were, The Watermelon Woman--winner of the Teddy Award at the 1996 Berlin International Film Festival-- is social critique at its most charming and audacious."

Watch a trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXRYhmx9AXo

Feel free to bring your own popcorn, food, drinks, etc. There's a small kitchen at the Common House for making tea etc.

Access info: The Common House is on the ground floor close to Bethnal Green tube and many bus lines. It's wheelchair accessible although the bathroom is does not have turning space for a wheelchair. Nearest fully accessible loo 200m away at McDs on Bethnal Green Road. Seating consists of folding chairs, some arm chairs and some large floor cushions. If you have any specific access needs please get in touch and we will do our best to meet them.


Queerspace FC is a collective of, and for, queer, lesbian, bi and trans women, transmen and non-binary and intersex people, promoting an affirming space where we can regularly play football, socialise and organise inclusive events. Queerspace FC (film club) is the social arm of Queerspace FC (football club) but you don’t have to be into football to join our fortnightly film screening! We aim to take turns curating and hosting evenings and you’re welcome to propose a movie, invite a guest speaker, etc. Our choice of films does not necessarily mean endorsement, discussion and dissent is welcomed!

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Unit 5E (press the buzzer, please don't ring any other buzzers), Pundersons Gardens, E2 9QG, E2 9QG
London
24 January , Wednesday 19:00

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