An in progress film project about queer education, drag and television, 2019 to present.
A video work in development, 4:3 examines Amy’s experiences of growing up queer under Section 28 in a small northern town; with nowhere to go apart from television. Section 28 instated in 1988 declared that a local authority "shall not intentionally promote homosexuality or publish material with the intention of promoting homosexuality" meaning that homosexuality could not be taught in mainstream education.
4:3 is the former aspect ratio of televisions, and growing up 4:3 was Amy’s ratio, their limited square portal to a queer education. Using the few queer characters Amy sought out on telly, watched, rewatched, and studied as a child – from Willow & Tara in Buffy the Vampire Slayer to Ellen coming out to Oprah, this work explores re-performance as a form of remembering, re-looking and re-learning.
Did I fancy them or did I just want to be them? Like Lacan’s mirror stage, where children look for their likeness in things, but the mirror and stage have gone a bit bent. Through green-screen and a bad temporal dragging of these quintessentially naff, but precious moments in TV history, Amy hopes to simulate the queer imaginary spaces they created for themselves as a child.
This work is still in development, please get in touch if you are interested.