Fringe! is back and better than ever

Fringe! Film Festival, East London: Thursday 11th April – Sunday 14th April 2013

East London’s annual alternative queer film and arts festival is proud to reveal its exciting 2013 programme.
Four days of enhanced screenings, world premieres, queer classics and cult rarities, Fringe! continues to mix great gay film with high-energy creative events, art happenings, oddball performance, discussion and debate – and upbeat after parties – with many events free! 


European Premiere: FIVE DANCES
World Premiere: AND YOU BELONG

Fringe! is proud to present the European Premiere of writer-director Alan Brown’s Five Dances as its opening night screening at Hackney Picturehouse. A special collaboration with renowned choreographer Jonah Bokaer, Brown builds a tight-toned narrative around five gifted New York dancers in a classic tale of finding success and love in the big city. Fringe! is also proud to present the World Premiere of Julia Ostertag’s And You Belong as its closing night screening, a documentary that uncovers the queer music underground via two-girl electro hip hop band Scream Club – screened at Arcola Tent. 

“I'm honoured that Five Dances has been chosen as the Opening Night film of London's Fringe! Film Fest 2013. It's a fantastic venue and audience for our European Premiere, and our whole team is grateful to be part of such a young, cutting-edge festival. On a personal note, I'm really looking forward to flying over and experiencing the festival in person.”
Alan Brown, director, Five Dances

“I am really glad to have the world premiere for And You Belong, my feature doc about  two-girl electro hip hop band Scream Club and the queer music underground, at this year’s Fringe!. The festival is driven by the same spirit that lets me make films – or that lets the people in my film make music: a fresh, queer DIY attitude seeking new forms of expression with a positive but rebellious energy that crosses boundaries and connects people in creative networks – just like the two girls of Scream Club.”
Julia Ostertag, director, And You Belong


Limited Visibility is a focus on marginalised groups in the LGBT community via two special strands on senior LGBT individuals and those living with HIV (2013 marks the 30th anniversary of the isolation of the HIV virus) and is supported by Film London’s Community Pilot Fund. New documentaries Gen Silent and deepsouth contrast with classic works from the archive, including Barbara Hammer’s Nitrate Kisses, Rosa von Praunheim’s Silence=Death, and a specially curated screening of Derek Jarman’s The Garden


Fringe! also presents a series of new or ultra-rare queer films including:

  • World premiere of One Zero One: The Story of Cybersissy and BayBJane
  • UK Premiere of Satan’s Angel, the story of the legendary lesbian burlesque artist
  • Hide & Seek about four extraordinary LGBT people in Pakistan
  • World premiere of Travis Mathews’ saucy In Their Room London

·         Exclusive collaborations with Bruce LaBruce, Straight To Hell magazine, Jonny Woo, The Most Cake and Little Joe magazine


·         Mean Girls – an anarchic screening of this pop culture classic hosted by Holestar, as voted for by the Fringe! audience at the Dalston Rio, with a ‘Mean Girls’ themed after party at Dalston Superstore.

  • Lesbian classics Itty Bitty Titty Committee and But I’m a Cheerleader
  • Rosa von Praunheim’s It’s Not the Homosexual Who Is Perverse But the Society He Lives In which caused a scandal in Germany when released in 1973

·         Gays on TV programme showing rarely seen TV documentaries from the 1970s and 1980s

Fringe! presents four art exhibitions including:

  • Bob Mizer: a special focus on the seminal photographer, filmmaker and pornographer with an exhibition of wrestling videos and two film programmes

·         Freya Najade: If You’re Lucky You Get Old. An exhibition of photographs by the London-based photographer chronicling the lives of gay seniors in retirement homes in the US

For 2013, Fringe! presents its strapping programme of film, creative events, art happenings, performance, discussion and debate across major venues in east London, including Hackney Picturehouse, The Rio in Dalston, the Aubin Cinema, the Arcola Tent and an old Catholic girls’ school that will house screenings, events, a pop-up genderqueer barber shop, sex workshops and the Little Joe Classroom.

Alex Karotsch, Film Festival Producer, said:
“We are thrilled to bring back Fringe! for the third year running, building on the success of the festival in 2012 which saw a record number of attendees and events over a long weekend in April. This year we will again be working with brilliant directors, artists and performers to bring you an exciting programme of international films, great art and events – from the weird to the wonderful.”