Short Film Venus & Panel Discussion
Dir. Gabrielle Burton, USA, 2017, 90 mins
Part of our Cine Queer Season, in partnership with Exeter Pride
Through the compelling stories of eight performers in the thriving drag scene of Columbus, Ohio, Kings, Queens, & In-Betweens dives into the next frontier – the often misunderstood topic of “gender” itself.
With humour and pathos, this ground breaking documentary makes a complex subject approachable for mainstream audiences – inviting viewers into a conversation about the distinct differences between gender, sex, and sexuality that has not been represented in film before.
Notably, this is the first film to include the entire gender performance range: drag kings, queens, trans performers, and in-betweeners. Drawing the viewer in to a crucial discussion in current events about human rights, experience — and ultimately about identity itself.
Short Film Venus:
This screening will also include short film Venus, directed by Faye Carr-Wilson. This five minute documentary deals with issues of disability and female empowerment through the subject of female drag performer Venus Dimilo.
After the screening we will be joined by a panel of locally based drag performance acts including Alyssa Van Delle, Oliver Assets & The Ambiguous-A. The discussion will explore the distinction between gender identity, gender expression, biological sex and sexual orientation, within the context of drag performance.