The Showroom

LGBT Britain on Film: Why Study Queer History?

Tuesday 26 September 2017
Free, with a suggested donation on the door. All proceeds will be donated to Mosaic LGBT Youth Centre.
Booking essential.
Capacity for this event is 60, and spaces will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.


LBGT Britain on Film: Why Study Queer History? is an evening of archive film screenings relating to LGBT lives in 20th Century Britain.

The films screened will be Framed Youth: The Revenge of the Teenage Perverts (1983), a documentary produced by the London Lesbian and Gay Youth Video Project and now held by the London Community Video Archive (LCVA), and Britain on Film: LGBT Britain, a series of archive films including some of the earliest known representations of LGBT people on screen.

The evening will be introduced by Justin Bengry, convenor of the first MA in Queer History, at Goldsmiths, University of London. He will respond to the questions 'why study queer British history in the 21st Century?' and 'what does studying queer histories mean for queer futures?'

Please note: the programme contains flashing lights that might affect audience members with photosensitive epilepsy.


6.30pm Doors open
6.45pm Introduction by Justin Bengry
7.00pm Screening: Framed Youth (excerpt)
7.05pm LGBT Britain on Film (BFI screening programme)
8:30pm Screening: Framed Youth (excerpt)
8:50pm Closing drinks

Speakers and collaborating organisations:

Justin Bengry is a historian of sexuality and capitalism, lecturer in Queer History at Goldsmiths and convenor of the first MA in Queer History. He is the co-founder of NOTCHES and his book The Pink Pound is currently under contract with the University of Chicago Press.

Britain on Film on Tour is a brand new series of archive film programmes opening up local and regional histories from across the UK. One of the largest pieces of film preservation and restoration ever undertaken, this is a major project from the BFI National Archive, Regional and National Archives, rights holders from across the UK and the Independent Cinema Office.

London Community Video Archive (LCVA) was set up in 2016 to preserve and share videos made by community groups in London between 1969 and 1985.

This event is organised by Simon Clear and is generously supported by London Community Video Archive. For more information contact Simon Clear.