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4:3 - a film by Amy Pennington

29th Oct 2020

Amy has created this new video work, launching as part of Homotopia 2020. Watch the short film for free BELOW or on our Vimeo channel.

Event Details
  • Film screening

Before HD, 4:3 was standard TV ratio. Growing up queer in the 1990s, under Section 28* and in a small northern town, it was Amy’s ratio – a limited square portal into a queer education.

From Willow and Tara in Buffy to Ellen (coming out) on Oprah, TV’s few queer characters were sought out by a young Amy - to be watched and studied.

"Did I fancy them or did I just want to be them? Like Lacan’s mirror stage, where children look for their likeness in things, but the mirror and stage have gone a bit bent. "

In 4:3, Amy explores re-performance as a form of remembering TV's naff, but precious moments.

*Section 28 instated in 1988 declared that a local authority "shall not intentionally promote homosexuality or publish material with the intention of promoting homosexuality" meaning that homosexuality could not be taught in mainstream education.

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