SWITCHBOARD LGBTQ+ VIRTUAL PRIDE 2021

Older and younger, Black and white women look out and at each other

Welcome to our the Women Over 50 Film Festival (WOFFF) and Switchboard – the LGBT+ Helpline Virtual Pride Watchalong. We’ve got a fabulous line-up of short films made by and about older queer women and a live online Q&A and discussion to celebrate Pride 2021.

On Monday 16 August at 7PM (BST British Summer Time), join us for an online queer watch party. Afterwards, around 8:30PM, we’ll be chatting virtually with the filmmakers. We’ve got directors tuning in from around the UK, as well as from the US and Canada. So join us and share your opinions about these brilliant films and ask your questions of these fab filmmakers whose work celebrates older queer women in front of and behind the camera.

It’s FREE to join the conversation and Q&A but you have to book a place here.

6 SHORT FILMS BY/ABOUT OLDER QUEER WOMEN

SWIVEL | Lois Norman | UK | 2019 | Experimental | 7min
OLDER THAN WHAT? | Steen Starr | Canada | 2017 | Documentary | 13min
MY MAMA, A MAN | Helena Middleton | UK | 2019 | Documentary | 9min
THE PASSIONATE PURSUITS OF ANGELA BOWEN | Jennifer Abod | USA | 2018 | Documentary | 25min
SWING | Natacha Horn | UK | 2017 | Experimental | 10min
WINGS | Jamie Weston | UK | 2019 | Drama | 18m

ACCESSIBLE FILMS AT WOFFF

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.

SWIVEL

What if you can be all of who you are and still allow another? What if, just for one night, judgement no longer exists? What if love is not a gender but a swivel of the heart? A tender, sensual film by Lois Norman.

SWIVEL is available to watch here 12 – 19 August. Watch the trailer below.

OLDER THAN WHAT?

In OLDER THAN WHAT? by Steen Star, 12 LGBTQ Canadian elders answer questions about ageing and share stories on how they made history.

This film is available to view here 12 – 19 August. Watch the trailer below.

MY MAMA, A MAN

MY MAMA, A MAN by Helena Middleton is a documentary about Julie who has a list of 60 things she wants to do before she turns 60. Top of the list: be a ‘man’ for a day.

MY MAMA, A MAN is available to view indefinitely below.

THE PASSIONATE PURSUITS OF ANGELA BOWEN

This film by Jennifer Abod is a portrait of Angela Bowen from inner cities streets of Boston, to founder of Connecticut’s beloved Bowen-Peters School of Dance, to Black lesbian feminist activist, to distinguished writer and professor.

THE PASSIONATE PURSUITS OF ANGELA BOWEN is available to watch here 12 – 19 August.

Black woman standing in front of a piece of political graffiti

SWING

SWING by Natacha Horn is an abstract, stylized dark comedy about abuse in familiar situations, highlighting how accustomed many of us have become as both the victims and perpetrators.

SWING is available to view indefinitely below.

WINGS

In the World War II Blitz, families and friends try to survive the nightly bombing raids. They live and work and fall in love. 60 years on, what has become of them? WINGS by Jamie Weston features lesbian national treasure Miriam Margolyes.

WINGS is available to view here 12 – 19 August. Watch the trailer below.

ONLINE CONVERSATION

On Monday 16 August around 8:30PM (BST British Summer Time) join us, along with some of the filmmakers for a virtual Pride chat about these brilliant LGBTQ+ films.

It’s FREE to join the conversation and Q&A but you have to book a place here.

WATCHALONG FAQS

What are watchalongs? And why is WOFFF doing them? Click here to learn more with our watchalongs FAQs.