Fringe! x Club des Femmes with Felicity Sparrow:
An Invitation to Jacqui D
Lesbian feminist filmmaker Jacqui Duckworth left three exceptional 16mm experimental dramas before her premature death in 2015. Her films are pioneering for their unflinching representation and exploration of a newly visible lesbian feminist identity, community and moving image aesthetic coming out of 80s London. In Home Made Melodrama she candidly articulates the complexities of an open relationship whilst in An Invitation to Marilyn C, she actively challenges male supremacy in the porn and film industries with clues for sweet dyke revenge. She “comes out” once again as person living with multiple sclerosis in A Prayer Before Birth, her final spellbinding film, which chronicles with disturbing intensity the physical and emotional traumas of a young woman’s journey from able-bodied exuberance to the acceptance of disability.
An Invitation to Marilyn C
dir. Jacqui Duckworth / UK 1983 / 12'
Home Made Melodrama
dir. Jacqui Duckworth & Joy Chamberlain / UK 1982 / 55'
A Prayer Before Birth
dir. Jacqui Duckworth / UK 1991 / 20'
+ panel discussion with Mandy Merck, Jay Bernard and Cherry Smyth
About Club des Femmes: We are a queer feminist collective. We curate film screenings and events. Our mission is to offer a freed up space for the re-examination of ideas through art.
In the age of the sound-bite, Club des Femmes is a much-needed open platform for more radical contextualisation and forward-looking future vision: a chance to look beyond the mainstream.