BFI Film Academy Presents..

EVENT | BFI Film Academy Recommends... Queer Shorts

Saturday 18 Sep 2021 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Join us for our first BFI Film Academy Recommends event hosted by our partners at Queens Film Theatre and curated by Gage Oxley. The event is free to creatives under 25 years of age working or training in the screen industries, thanks to funding from the National Lottery.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with intimacy coordinator Brónagh McAuley, to discuss her work, including the importance of LGBTQ+ advocacy.

The Shorts

  • I AM Norman

A man living in his car takes a filmmaker into the woods to share a dark secret.

Directors: Arron Blake (he/him) @ActorArronBlake, Darius Shu (he/him) @dariusshu5

  • Kelly

Kelly comes back to her childhood house after many years abroad to help her sister tidy for the estate agent. Tension is tangible as Andrea still hasn’t come to terms with who her big brother, Dylan, has become. Amongst pictures of Dylan and objects that trigger moments long lost, Kelly and Andrea need to clear things up to start a new.

Director: Solène Guichard (she/her) @soleneguichard 

  • Baby Lies Truthfully

It's 1987. David Robilliard is a young artist and writer in London. His work is as raw as it is refreshing. It's coarse but laceratingly clever exploring everything from dating and sex to depression and loss. But within the year he's dead. He's 36. AIDS has claimed another victim. Fast forward thirty-three years and the world is in the midst of another pandemic and David's work is about to be released onto the screen.

Director: Joe Ingham (he/they) @jozefpfurreal

  • We Two

Nina and Mia share a final moment together in their once shared living room, now stripped and bare. Their internal feelings of loss reflected amongst memories of a closeness no longer possible. A quiet look at two women's last goodbye.

Director: Grace Whitfield (she/her) @grace_whitfield

The Q&A

Brónagh McAuley @mcauleyintimacy

The role of ‘Intimacy Coordinator’ is relatively new, however, it is a role that is very much needed in the industry at this present time. Through her career so far, and with 10+ years in the film & TV industry, Brónagh has endeavoured to establish strong, representative, reasonable, and achievable procedures for Intimacy Coordination in Northern Ireland. Her previous credits include, The NorthmanHouse of Gucci and she's currently working on the TV adaptation of Graham Norton's novel Holding in West Cork.


'Recommends' are programmes of screenings of highly recommended films made by new and established filmmakers, providing young people with the opportunity to appreciate and learn about the art of cinematic storytelling.

BFI Film Academy Venue Education Fund is delivered in NI by the Nerve Centre in partnership with QFT and Film Hub NI. The BFI Film Academy programme is supported using funds from the National Lottery. Find out more about BFI Film Academy here.

This event was programmed by Gage Oxley (he/they) through the BFI Film Academy Venue Fund. Gage Oxley is predominantly a writer/director, as well as a freelance film programmer, and the managing director of Oxygen Films: a multi-award winning, non-profit, community-interest production company based in Leeds.

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