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Peter de Rome, Open Up to Me to bookend Fringe!


- Queer Film and Arts Festival grows in its fourth year

Peter de Rome, Open Up to Me to bookend Fringe!
Open Up to Me by Simo Halinen

The Fringe! Queer Film and Arts Festival (3-9 November) returns to London for its fourth edition and will open with Ethan Reid’s Peter De Rome: Grandfather of Gay Porn (UK), a documentary where the pioneering erotic filmmaker recounts his life story. The festival will close with Simo Halinen’s Open Up to Me [+see also:
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(Finland/Sweden), a transgender woman's journey to find her identity in modern day Finland. This year, thanks to the support of Arts Council England and Film Hub London the festival will extend from a long weekend to a weeklong festival.

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Other highlights of the film programme include Nicolás Videla and Camila José Donoso’s Naomi Campbel (Chile), that follows a trans woman who turns to reality TV for surgery; Blair Dorosh-Walther’s Out in the Night (US), a documentary following a group of friends whose New York night out ends with them being branded a gang of killer lesbians; and Stefan Haupt’s The Circle [+see also:
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interview: Stefan Haupt
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(Switzerland), a docudrama about a couple who meet at gay organisation The Circle in mid-1950s Switzerland. 

The festival’s visual arts strand will showcase Jeffrey Hinton’s new project Willy Nilly, as well as a retrospective of the work of Stuart Sandford. There’s a Dyke In The Pit will pay tribute to the queercore and Riot Grrrl movements through a day of film, conversation and live music, culminating in a screening of Jill Reiter’s cult film In Search of Margo-go (US). 

Emma Feasey, Festival Producer, said, “We have put together a vibrant and daring programme of feature films, shorts programmes, exhibitions, events, parties and workshops for our audiences to enjoy across a whole week.”


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