Killing Cesar Jentley [in production]
This is my first feature-length film, exploring love, loneliness and gender fluidity. Plotted/scripted comedy is combined with unscripted, highly vulnerable footage, and visually delicious experiments.
Cesar Jentley is my cis male alterego who I have been performing, as a drag king, for the past 8 years. In this film I attempt to kill Cesar off, in order to explore a more authentic identity as a trans man and non-binary person, moving beyond the safety of drag, which is widely accepted as entertainment by many who are less welcoming to trans people.
Cesar will survive several assassinations and a natural death attempt, emerge as the priest at his own funeral, and in my bid to erase him by skipping death and imagining his reincarnation, I will not only fail but also create another alter ego superstar, FEMINEM.
The chaos is to be resolved with collaboration - with diminishment rather than death of the ego, with acceptance of every aspect of myself. While the film will be an intensely intimate self-portrait, I am aiming to address this wider disconnect, between the fabulous art of drag and the everyday beauty of genderqueer life.
Dic Pic [12mins; 2019]
Dic Pic has so far been screened at the Montreal Feminist Film Festival, Brighton Film Pride, Shorts on Tap London in conjunction with TimeOut, the Toronto Alt Film Festival, A Symposium on the Body at the Regent Street Cinema, and in exhibition context at Queer Art(ists) Now, London.
It is a vigorous, humourous and tender self-portrait exploring gender/transnarrative, the work of the artist, and the radical act of liking yourself.
Queer Film Curation with Birds Eye View Film
I was recently asked to create a queer film curation from Mark Cousins' epic docuementary 'Women Make Film' with Birds Eye View Film, supported by the BFI.
Click here for my queer film list & vid in discussion with Oscar-winning producer and director, Mia Bays.