One of cinema's most important critics and thinkers B Ruby Rich comes to Barbican London this week for a Club des Femmes homage to her work and in a celebration of our legacy of New Queer Cinema. From her keynote speech to an exploration of queer media online, Rich brings us up to date on what she is calling the 'cinema of urgency'.
Kicking off on Wednesday at Birkbeck Cinema with an all-day symposium looking at the three movements with which Rich is most associated: 1970s and 1980s feminist cinema, 1990s and 2000s international New Queer Cinema and 21st century social documentary. Events will continue with a four-day series of screenings at Barbican Cinema co-curated by queer-feminist collective Club des Femmes and B Ruby Rich with talks by Rich herself.
I will be taking part as a panelist for a discussion after the film programme A Room of Our Own Friday 23 June at 8.30pm Barbican Cinema 2
Being Ruby Rich: A Room of Our Own Shorts + Panel discussion
This programme of shorts delves into the hidden spaces, abandoned and threatened by mainstream culture and economics, where queer culture and desires have flourished. Passing through generations and paralleling herstories the programme explores our contemporary moment and the precarity of intersectional queer feminist subject, space and community on both sides of the Atlantic.
Programme + panel discussion with guests Laura Hudson (artist, curator, lapsed filmmaker); Ben Walters (writer, campaigner), Liv Wynter (Sisters Uncut; WHEREISANAMENDIETA), and chaired by Claire Kurylowski (kuntinuum).
UK 1979 Dir Sally Potter 34min
Sex, Lies, Religion
UK 1994 Dir Annette Kennerley 7min
Sticks and Stones: Bambi Lake
US 2014 Dir Silas Howard 14min
Lucid Noon, Sunset Blush
US 2015 Alli Logout 32min
Being Ruby Rich: Film Curation as Advocacy and Activism Symposium Wednesday 21st June 2017 9:30-18:30 Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square
Being Ruby Rich: De cierta manera (One Way or Another) (15*) + Keynote by B Ruby Rich
Thursday 22 Jun 17 / 18:15 / Barbican Cinema 2
Being Ruby Rich: A Room of Our Own Shorts programme (18*)+ Panel discussion
Friday 23 Jun 17 / 20:30 / Barbican Cinema 2
Being Ruby Rich: Strong Island (15*) + ScreenTalk with B Ruby Rich and Yance Ford + Introduction by Sophie MayerLondon Premiere Saturday 24 Jun / 18:00 / Barbican Cinema 2
Being Ruby Rich: Queer Cinema in the Age of Streaming Roundtable (#)
Sunday 25 June / 16:00 / Barbican Cinema 2
Being Ruby Rich: The Holy Girl (La niña santa) (15*) + Girl Power
Sunday 25 June / 18:00 / Barbican Cinema 2
A Club des Femmes and Barbican Cinema collaboration, in association with Birkbeck College.
Programme supported by Film Hub London, managed by Film London. Proud to be a partner of the BFI Film Audience Network, funded by the National Lottery. www.filmlondon.org.uk/filmhub