Welcome to Sydenham Arts Film’s new venture- Talking Films! Every month, we’ll be creating a playlist of content to watch at home, including films, documentaries and series across a number of readily available streaming platforms (free and subscription). Watch at your leisure, and each month, we’ll meet up to discuss and debate the content we’ve watched.
Our Meetups are online for now, with the hope that some day soon, we’ll be able to meet up in person!
Check out our June-July Meetup Playlist below!
NEXT MEET UP DATE: Thu 1 July, 7PM
Join our Meet Up Group for Links, and to register your attendance!
June is Pride Month, and our playlist this month reflects a celebration of LGBTQ+ TV and Film highlights.
Here’s the full list of what to watch…
Pride Month brings a pretty long list of series for you to work your way through, both old and new. We’ve included a few more series than usual, though some of them are mini-series or just one season- we’re sure you can get through it all!
Our list includes new acclaimed series including Feel Good, co-created by and starring Mae Martin, alongside co-star Charlotte Ritchie, who you may recognise from one of our previously featured series Ghosts.
Netflix hit Sex Education returns for a second season later this year, so here’s your opportunity to catch up if you missed it first time around.
You might be surprised to see Star Trek: Discovery in this month’s list. In 2020 with season 3, the creators introduced the first Trans-Gender and Non-Binary characters to the long-running franchise, helping to improve the visibility of under-represented communities in such shows.
Here’s the full list:
FEEL GOOD- ALL4
QUEER AS FOLK- ALL4
GENTLEMAN JACK- BBC iPLAYER
POSE- BBCiPLAYER / NETFLIX
THE NEVERS- SKY ATLANTIC / NOW TV
SEX EDUCATION- NETFLIX
STAR TREK DISCOVERY- NETFLIX
ONE MISSISSIPPI- AMAZON PRIME
This short but powerful poetry film by spoken word artist Lisa Luxx explores the stigma and toxicity around the word ‘Lesbian’ amongst some queer women. It is a call to arms to take the word back and reverse the negative stigma associated with it.
Years & Years frontman, young pop icon and star of the recent hit series It’s A Sin Olly Alexander meets young people on their journeys battling issues that parallel his own – from homophobic bullying to eating and anxiety disorders – and along the way he asks what can be done to address them
The world’s most famous transgender woman, Caitlyn Jenner, explains why honesty is the key to peace of mind. In 1976, Caitlyn – then known as Bruce – won Decathlon gold at the Montreal Olympics. She was called ‘the world’s greatest athlete’. Fame and adulation followed, but gender dysphoria – where there’s a mismatch between someone’s biological sex and their gender identity – was always bubbling away under the surface. In 2015, Caitlyn finally came out as a transgender woman.
Following our theme for this month, our film picks follow stories of LGBTQ+ leading roles. We’ve got modern classics including Kinky Boots and 6-time Oscar nominee Carol. Kinky Boots tells the true story of a struggling Northhamptonshire shoe factory, and the chance encounter with a Drag Queen that forces factory boss to embrace the unorthodox, and bring his workforce along with him.
Another must see is Blue is the Warmest Colour, following the challenging coming of age of a young couple, facing severe prejudice from their peers, and navigating love, loss, sexuality and social acceptance.
See our full selection of films below: