GIRLS ON FILM 2: BEFORE DAWN
An electric collection of the latest, award-winning lesbian and feminist short films exploring fantasies, dreams, desires, love and transgression.
Featuring chance encounters, teenage lust, girl fighters, self-conscious dolls and rampant zombies alongside journeys of self-discovery, the fight for equality and a playful take on stereotypes. GIRLS ON FILM 2: BEFORE DAWN takes you on an incredible adventure from America to Australia through Iceland, the UK and Morocco into worlds beyond.
Happy and Gay – Dir. Lorelei Pepi (USA) 10 mins 2014
A queer revisionist history of 1930’s black and white cartoons, Happy and Gay is a musical cartoon inspired by the power of representation.
No Matter Who – Dir. Anne Claire Jaulin (France) 18 mins 2015
It’s summertime and a troop of young girls are headed to scout camp. Together Marie and Lise discover the first spark of desire, a desire at odds with their group’s morality and principles.
Dir. Kai Stänicke (Germany) 15 mins 2015
Torn between a cold relationship with K. and her feelings for another woman, shy and insecure B. is heading for disaster. For too long she has suppressed her desires and lived a lie, but is it too late for B. to follow her heart?
Silly Girl – Dir. Hope Dickson Leach (UK) 5 mins 2016
It’s all about the first time you are noticed, that first time someone sees you for who you are and the transformative nature of that moment.
Co-written by Game of Thrones’ Ellie Kendrick.
Crystal Clear – Dir. Max Disgrace (UK) 3 mins 2017
An erotic narration of a date unfolds. Packed with fantasy, expectations and unnecessary emotional baggage, we watch from a face-sitting, boob smothering, explorational point-of-view.
Dawn of the Deaf – Dir. Rob Savage (UK) 12 mins 2016
In London a small group of deaf people are spared when a strange sound wipes out the hearing population. As they try to come to terms with their situation, the bodies start to move…
Playing with Balls – Dir. Nanna Kristín Magnúsdóttir (Iceland) 8 mins 2015
As tempers (and temperatures) rise between a couple on the tennis court, a group of older lesbians become intrigued with the goings-on, and one of them is inspired to take the opportunity to act on her desires and escape her daily routine.
Enjoy the Drama – Dir. Lud Mônaco (Canada/Brazil) 6 mins 2016
A young woman reminisces about a loving but tempestuous relationship. Stepping into a now empty home she sets free a collage of moments. By revisiting her past, the young woman hopes she can finally move on with her life, but can she?
Plunge – Dir. Kate Lefoe (Australia) 6 mins 2015
A romantic day trip to a beautiful Australian lagoon tests the relationship of two young lovers, and our relationship to what is there and what might belong to the realm of fantasy, or of memory…
Actresses – Dir. Jeremy Hersh (USA) 12 mins 2015
When Sara meets her acting idol on a New York street, the attraction is instant and dangerous, but who ultimately has control? Featuring Rebecca Henderson (APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOUR, MISTRESS AMERICA).
Battalion to My Beat – Dir. Eimi Imanishi (Algeria) 14 mins 2016
Believing herself to be a Joan of Arc who will liberate her homeland from occupation, rebellious teenager Mariam runs away from her refugee camp in Algeria to join the army in the Western Saharan desert.