Loading Events

Now You See Me (Changing Times: Women's Histories)

Orlando + Intro from So Mayer

Sat 13 Apr, 8:00pm at Copper Auditorium

Tickets: £6 , approx running time: 93mins + Intro

Age: PG

Director: Sally Potter

Country: UK/Russia/Uzbekistan

Year: 1992

Cast: Tilda Swinton, Billy Zane, Quentin Crisp

Loosely based on Virginia Woolf’s 1928 novel, this sumptuous film, fizzing with wit and humour, was directed by Sally Potter, one of Britain’s most creative feminist filmmakers.

The story focuses on Orlando (Tilda Swinton), whose quest for love, first as a man, then as a woman, evolves over four centuries into an ironic journey through English history and the politics of gender.

Our hero first appears as a young nobleman in the court of Elizabeth I (Quentin Crisp). Composition and costumes add textual depth to the film as Orlando reflects on her restricted freedom living as a woman in Victorian society, suddenly immobilised by cumbersome dresses.

Filmed in the UK, Russia and Uzbekistan, Orlando is a visually beguiling and brilliantly original story of self-discovery, romance and adventure.

There will be a short introduction before the film by So Mayer:

So Mayer is the author of The Cinema of Sally Potter: A Politics of Love, and of Political Animals: The New Feminist Cinema, and several collections of poetry, most recently <jacked a kaddish>.

They are a member of queer feminist film curation collective Club des Femmes, and a co-founder of Raising Films, a campaign and community for parents and carers in the UK film and TV industries.

“Arriving in an explosion of colour and joy, ORLANDO was the opposite of everything about Thatcherite Britain: a first flowering of New Queer Cinema, it took a stand against Section 28 through its genderqueer protagonist (created by Woolf for her lover Vita Sackville-West) by saying we’d always been here, been queer and we were still making history.”- Dr So Mayer

Following the film there will be additional time for audience discussion.