February 2017

As part of this year’s LGBT History Month I shall be introducing the 1961 film Victim at Cambridge Arts Picturehouse on at 6.30 p.m. on Thursday, 9th February. This film is a landmark in both queer film history and queer social history. We would regard it as being incredibly tame these days but, at the time, it was extremely controversial, not least because of the use of the word ‘queer’. Banned in the USA, the British Board of Film Censors gave it an ‘x’ rating – something that was usually reserved for horror or soft porn films. It’s neither of those; just an extraordinarily important insight into our history.

Course One

From Perversion to Pride: An Overview of Queer Film History

Please note booking for this course is now closed

Cost: £40 (including Study Notes)

“Brilliant. Well researched, friendly and informative.” Previous course participant

salome smallWhile recent films like ‘Pride’ and ‘The Imitation Game’ have at their core the notion of the homosexual as hero, they remain the exception rather than the rule when considered in the context of the movie industry’s entire history. For the majority of that time queer characters were either ignored completely or portrayed in line with the prevailing – negative – stereotypes.

This one-day course looks at areas such as the legal, social and technological contexts from the beginning of the 20th century to the present day and how changes in those areas affected – and were affected by – film representations of queer people.

A number of queer-themed films are shown to illustrate the various elements that are covered throughout the day. These elements include mainstream representations of queer people (both sympathetic and otherwise), the development of queer voices in cinema, the impact of the Gay Liberation movement – and some creative attempts to get around the censors!

“Really interesting content, great variety of clips. Very informative.” Previous course participant

The next course will take place 10.00am to 5.00pm, Saturday. February 6th 2016 at the Encompass Network, Dales Brewery, Gwydir Street, Cambridge, CB1 2LJ.

50% of the profits from this event will go to Encompass Network’s Community Fund.

To ensure participants get the most out of the course, numbers are limited to a maximum of 16 people.

To register and pay by PayPal or credit/debit card please click on the ‘Register’ button at the top of this page. N.B. Course fees cannot be refunded if cancellation occurs later than 30th January 2016.


Course Two – 20-21, February 2016

Subversive Cinema: Further Studies in Queer Cinema


caged smallThis two-day course takes a more detailed look at specific elements of queer cinema history. Presented by myself and Evie Salmon from the University of Cambridge, topics covered include:

  • Weimar Germany: The pioneers of queer cinema?
  • Boys Will be…? Changing representations of masculinity
  • Reclaiming History. Queer interpretations of our past
  • Spaces. Creating queer spaces in cinema.
  • Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know. Filmic portrayal of lesbians.


This course will be run in conjunction with Cambridgeshire Film Consortium. For further information, or to book please click here