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.