SWITCHBOARD LGBTQ+ VIRTUAL PRIDE

#WOFFFWATCHALONG

Welcome to our LGBTQ+ WOFFF watchalong, co-hosted with Switchboard – the LGBT+ Helpline filled with a fabulous selection of films made by and about older queer women and a live online Q&A and discussion.
Some of the films are available for 24 hours only, some are available for a week and some are available for longer.
We’re delighted to have Film Talks from some of the filmmakers introducing their films – from filmmakers in Canada and the US.
On Saturday 8 August 2020 at 4:00PM (BST) we’re hosting an online chat with some of the filmmakers. So come and join us and share your opinions and questions about these great films celebrating older queer women.

5 short films by/about older queer women

AND ON THE SEVENTH DAY SHE PLAYED SOCCER by Ali Grant
HALWA
by Gayatri Bajpai and Nirav Bhakta
INVISIBLE WOMEN by Alice Smith
MY GENDERATION: ALICE by Fox Fisher and Lewis Hancox
SHE IS JUICED: SLICE FOUR SARAH JANE MOON by Lois Norman

ACCESSIBLE FILMS AT WOFF-SWITCHBOARD VIRTUAL PRIDE

Thanks to funding from the National Lottery Community Fund and BFI Film Hub South East all the films in our Virtual Pride programme are available with subtitles and closed captions. Thanks to The Film Bunch for making all our films accessible.

HELLO FROM WOFFF

Welcome to our the Women Over 50 Film Festival (WOFFF) Switchboard Virtual Pride Watchalong. We’ve got a fabulous line-up of short films made by and about older gay women to help celebrate Pride 2020.

Film Talk: Ali Grant

Here’s Ali Grant to tell us about going back to school in her 50s, going on dyke marches and her short documentary AND ON THE SEVENTH DAY SHE PLAYED SOCCER.

Film: AND ON THE SEVENTH DAY SHE PLAYED SOCCER

On any given weekend in Vancouver, Canada, more than 4,000 women compete in the non-professional Metro Women’s Soccer League. Sunday after Sunday, women in the “Classics” divisions push their middle-aged bodies to the limit, for neither fame nor fortune. Why do they do it? This short documentary, by Ali Grant, not only answers that, it will make you want to get out there and join them!

FILM TALK: Vijaya (Vee) Kumari

Vee Kumari, the Executive Producer (EP) and lead in the drama HALWA, introduces the film for us.

Film: HALWA

In HALWA by Gayatri Bajpai and Nirav Bhakta, empty-nester Sujata Chopra learns about the passing of her childhood companion’s spouse on Facebook.
This film is available to view here 2 – 9 August.

Film: INVISIBLE WOMEN

INVISIBLE WOMEN by Alice Smith is a documentary exploring the untold story of England’s North West’s LGBTQ past over the last 50 years through two women’s incredible journey rebellion and activism.
Angela Cooper and Luchia Fitzgerald have spent the last half a century fighting for their rights as women and as lesbians.
This film will be available to view here on 8 August only. You can watch the trailer below.

Film: SHE IS JUICED: SLICE FOUR SARAH JANE MOON

This film by Lois Norman explores the work and world of New Zealand/British portrait and figurative painter, Sarah Jane Moon, as she uses her brush to make visible London’s Queer community: into the limelight and onto the canvas.
This film is available to view here 2 – 9 August.

FILM: MY GENDERATION: ALICE

This film by Switchboard patrons Fox Fish and Lewis Hancox is part of their film series MY GENDERATION. In this film we meet Alice, a spoken-word poet, who shares with her hopes and fears of life as an older woman.

ONLINE CONVERSATION

On 8 August at 4:00 PM (BST), join us along with some of the filmmakers for a virtual Pride chat about these LGBTQ+ films.

FILM FEELS CONNECTED

This Watchalong is part of FilmFeelsConnected, a UK-wide cinema season, supported by the National Lottery and BFI Film Audience Network. You can explore all films and events here at filmfeels.co.uk
If you have watch any of the films in this programme or joined the WOFFF-Switchboard Virtual Pride Q&A, please fill out this out 5-minute online feedback form.

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