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QUEER TREATMENT: a new animated short film by Ames Pennington

22nd Feb 30th Sep 2021

A new animated film by Ames Pennington exploring connection, identity, representation and celebrating queer icons past and present. Watch it below.

Event Details
  • Online Film Screening,
  • Free,
  • Care
Creative Team
  • Artist and Film Maker: Ames Pennington
  • Producer: Kate Houlton
  • Assistant Producer: Nat Hughes
  • Culture Hubs Producer: Thomas Dukes
  • Contributors: Sophie, Georgia, Char, Fanny, Marie, Mark, Pippa, Tyler, Rachel, Young people from Over the Rainbow


Inspired by conversations with members of LGBTQIA+ community near and far, this new film offers affirmation and an opportunity to feel seen for members of the LGBTQIA+ community.

Artist Ames Pennington invited people to come together to share their experiences and to reflect upon their queer education growing up.

Together, they explore the similarities and differences in their lived experiences as well as discussing their thoughts for the future.

An illustration of the bottom half of a person wearing bright turquoise trousers with dark blue shoes. In their right hand they hold a blue and white striped shopping bag. In their left hand they hold a red lead, which is attached to a black and white dog. At the bottom of the image is a line of text which says: ‘On reflection, I was probably creepy as hell’

For a long time, left up to stuffy TV Execs, LGBTQIA+ visibility on telly was crap!

As a teenager at a comprehensive school, Ames remembers hunting out the Radio Times to see which queer characters were in the listings for that week.

"At that time the queer characters within televisual culture was either laughed at, killed off, a spicy add on, a GBF, or a tragedy. So we made our own icons. Whether Judy, Miss Piggy or James Dean, we saw something in them that excited us."

Ames had access to 5 channels of possibility growing up, which is more than some people generations before.

"After terrestrial, then came infinite channels, the rise of the internet, illegal downloads, YouTube, Instagram, SnapChat and TikTok. Who are our queer screen icons now? We’ve come a long way since the kiss on Brookside. Thank god for POSE!"

A collage of images of women on a pink background, with the title 'Miss Piggy's Guide To Queerness.'
The words 'QUEER FEAR' in yellow capital letters on a dark blue background with light blue lines surrounding the text.
An illustration of a television with a photograph of a group of women and a few person shaped black cut outs on the screen and the text 'The power of Pippa's queer mind managed to erase men for 42 minutes each week.'
On a peach background a black line drawing of large pair of eyes look up to the top, left corner.

QUEER TREATMENT explores the experiences of all contributors.

The film imagines what kind of show would be created if they were the TV execs proposing a new TV TREATMENT celebrating all things QUEER, without shame, only laughter and endorphins.

Thank you to everyone who so generously shared their stories and experiences with us, and permitted their contributions to be included as part of this film.