METRO is delighted to be working on an exciting new opportunity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and questioning (LGBTQ) youth in collaboration with Studio Voltaire and The British Film Institute.
Together we invite anyone who identifies as LGBTQ aged between 16-25 to be part of a filmmaking project that takes the 'invasion' of a broadcast of the six o'clock news in 1988 by four lesbians protesting against Section 28 as a starting point.
We will meet, visit archives, watch films and carry out graphic design and filmmaking workshops. This will lead up to a three day workshop at London's Lesbian and Gay Film Festival FLARE and the production of a new film.
We'll look at what the 'invasion' meant as a protest against a law that prohibited local authorities in England and Wales from "promoting" homosexuality and that labelled gay family relationships as "pretend".
Also how are we affected by representations of ourselves in the media?
- 27th and 28th February 2016 (all day): Out of the Archives and onto the Streets: A textual and typographic workshop using archival material produced as a result of section 28. The workshop will seek to create and explore new visual interpretations of the material to understand and interpret the law and its legacy. With Ed Webb-Ingall and Rosie Eveleigh.
- 18th, 19th and 20th March 2016 (all day): Three day film making workshop with artists and filmmakers at the British Film Institute.
What will I get out of it?
Getting involved is a great opportunity to meet other LGBTQ youth, explore and learn about our histories as well as our lives now. It's also a chance to help educate others on LGBTQ histories and representation. You'll learn new skills from trained professionals working in filmmaking and design. And most importantly of course, have fun doing it.
Food and refreshments will be provided at each of the workshops.
How can I get involved?
Places are limited. To book your place and take part in the project please email email@example.com or call 020 8305 5004 and ask for Sarah. if you already attend one of METRO's youth groups you can pass your details to the youth worker at your group and Sarah will contact you.
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