Her Lens, His Story:
Female Directors and Masculinities
Explore complex, revealing and often provocative takes on men and masculinity, as seen through the lens of female filmmakers around the world.
Featuring films from the UK, Norway, the Soviet Union, Argentina, Australia, Afghanistan and Japan, this film season shows how great female directors have reversed the traditional male-female gaze to give us exciting and challenging male characters across multiple genres, including film noirs, melodramas, comedies and war movies.
Directors featured in this season include Edith Carlmar, Destiny Ekaragha, Kinuyo Tanaka, Larisa Shepitko and Shahrbanoo Sadat, many of which are very rarely screened in the UK and offer interesting and insightful depictions of its male characters.
Her Lens, History: Female directors and Masculinities is programmed in association with the Art Gallery exhibition Masculinities: Liberation through Photography
Love Letter + Introduction
Kinuyo Tanaka’s debut feature is a marvellous post-war melodrama, following the relationship between a reserved man reunited with his former girlfriend, but with complications.
Head On + Introduction
Ana Kokkinos’ explosive drama follows a day and a night in the life of a troubled gay Greek-Australian teenager in Melbourne, with an electrifying performance from lead actor Alex Dimitriades.
Death is a Caress + Introduction
A very rare chance to see Edith Carlmar’s noir-tinged tale of lust, murder and male hysteria on the big screen.
The Ascent + Introduction
Larisa Shepitko’s final film is a masterly war movie following two very different soldiers during the Great Patriotic War.
A Year Without Love + Introduction
An HIV positive gay man searching for love and connection is drawn to the Buenos Aires S&M and leather scene in Anahi Berneri’s award-winning debut feature.
Gone Too Far! + Introduction by director Destiny Ekaragha
Destiny Ekaragha adapts Bola Agbaje’s fast and funny play about London teenager Yemi, whose street-cred takes a hit when his eccentric Nigerian brother comes to visit.