Posted March 24, 2011 by in CULTURE

Fringe! Film Fest 7-10th April: The TMC Guide to What to See & Do

by Petit Fours

What started out as a couple of DVDs and bottles of wine in a friend’s living room has mushroomed into a four day film festival with 20 events and a papier mache volcano.

I love gay people.

The excellent London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival lost its extra weekend of films this year due to art funding cuts, so we decided to do something about it and give gay Londoners back the weekend of films and parties we lost.

Anyway, old story. New story is that Fringe! happened, the programme is up online, tickets are for sale and that you – dear reader – should very much come and watch films and hang out and go to parties with us.

It’s a varied programme – featuring a whole bunch of events run by great people who have got in touch with us. Fringe is a platform for the people with ideas – whether that’s peformance art, an interactive cinema session or a drag performance themed around Showgirls. In the mix comes a curated porn showing, a talk by Hollywood director Mike Figgis, popcorn, giant cactuses, free fringe trims from hairdresser at our launch party and that papier mache volcano. And lots of gay people.

Our big film-events are in the Dalston Rio. These are the ones you should come and see:

Friday, late night screening at the Dalston Rio, 11.30pm tickets £7.50/6.50 here

Tits, awful scripting, visible panty lines – this camp extravaganza of dreadful has it all. We got east end drag act Holestar in to liven it all up with waterpistols, and a re-enactment of the volcano dance scene. Free drinks with your ticket, and a discount if you turn up in your pyjamas or wearing Versace Vegas-style, you get a pound off on the door, and our admiration.

Saturday, afternoon screening at the Dalston Rio, 1.15pm, tickets £7/5.50 here

You have to come to this one, cause this is what TheMostCake readers chose with their own mouses. There’s a smoking hot kiss through a car window, there are denim playsuits, the two leads have amazing breasts and there are lots of rocks in the background. It’s not just sexy-time indulgence though – this is also a trailblazer of a film that was one of the first to portray a lesbian relationship between two sane, non-suicidal women, where the story is about love rather than politics. It won a Sundance Critic’s choice back in its day and inspired the whole next generation of lesbian films from But I’m Cheerleader to Ladyhawke’s youtube videos. I see echoes of it in Gaga’s Telephone, but maybe that’s just me.
We’ll be serving it up with a cowgirl photobooth by Holly Falconer and some free cake courtesy of our friends The Great Cake Escape.

Sunday, afternoon screening at the Dalston Rio, 1.30pm tickets for double bill with Donor Unknown £9/7.50 here

Winner of the Cannes Semain de la Critique grand prize in 2007, this subtle and startlingly potent Argentinean film from director Lucía Puenzo unfolds the story of Alex, a fifteen year old girl who is struggling beyond the usual turbulence of adolescence to find her own identity, sexuality and place in an adult world. The film is both delicately sensitive and forceful in its grounded and existential explorations of selfhood, family, love, freedom and the many trials of a coming of age.

Sunday, afternoon screening at the Dalston Rio, 3.30pm tickets for double bill with XXY £9/7.50 here

A story about drama and the sperm trade.. this film will accompanied by a Q&A with the producer. JoEllen Marsh grew up in Pennsylvania with two mothers, knowing her father only as Donor 150. Fueled by a burning curiosity about her family, she turned to the internet to track down her biological half-siblings, forging a fascinatingly modern model of family. The New York Times picked up the story, and, over time, 12 more half-siblings emerge across the USA.

[see all films & events at Fringe! here]


We’re doing these too!
Thursday: Our launch party will be at Twat Boutique in Dalston Superstore on Thursday night. Ushers and usherettes will be handing out programmes, tattooing party-goers (temporarily) and doing vodka laybacks (maybe). There’ll be film cocktails and popcorn behind the bar and you can even get a free FRINGE! fringe trim from our guest hairdresser Zara Topplin of Shoreditch boutique Taylor Taylor.
We have parties on Friday night and Saturday night in Vogue Fabrics on Stoke Newington road – cost either £3 or free, Versace and denim encouraged, but everyone welcome.

Then if you just want to hang out – the Dalston Superstore, 20 metres up the road from the Rio is our unofficial festival cafe. The Most Cake will have a stall there Saturday afternoon if you’d like to come along and meet us.

[see a day-by-day listing of events at FRINGE! here]

Why The Most Cake are supporting FRINGE!

Part of our mission when we started The Most Cake was to give gay people a space to be gay that wasn’t a club or somewhere selling dildos. So over the 20 months it has been running, TMC has become a place to talk about cultural stuff, living in the 21st century and what’s on TV. Being gay is about who you sleep with – yes – but it can be more than that too and we wanted to reflect that on our site. I think sexuality is coded into culture and lifestyle in a way that makes it worthwhile having a queer take on those things.

Of course I’m involved with both Fringe and The Most Cake so it was easy to make the link between the two, but supporting creative cultural projects for gay people is one our core principles. That’s why we’re doing it. Also – it would have been impossible to have got FRINGE! off the ground without TheMostCake – just putting out a call-out for help on here has got dozens of motivated well-connected great people getting in touch with us. It’s been phenomenal – thanks to everyone who got in touch and it would be great to meet the rest of you at the festival.