As part of Cinenova: All Hands on the
Archive, a collaboration between the Feminist Art Gallery, the AGYU, and the Powerplant, Hannah & I will be presenting Veronica 4 Rose, a 1983 documentary by Melanie Chait.
“Produced for the then newly launched Channel 4, Veronica 4 Rose is one of the key early documentaries that the channel helped to produce. The film’s broadcast in January 1983 was a milestone in the discussion of homosexuality on British TV. The film consists of interviews, conversations and discussions with young lesbians from Newcastle, Liverpool and London who talk about their lives and in particular the challenges of coming out in Britain in the late 1970s and 80s. Communication is the key subject of the film, which involves its participant in discussions about how they are represented and what they feel is important or interesting about their own experiences. Rather than a series of ‘talking heads’ the film presents the women through various forms of address to the camera and in exchanges with each other, from talking in smaller groups or with their lovers, to reading selections of each other’s testimonies and conversations about how best to present themselves (which one participant discusses as she customises her leather jacket).”
- George Clark, Cinenova: Reproductive Labor, Afterall Online
This film was selected from the Cinenova film archive. Cinenova is a non-profit womens’ film/video distributor based in London, UK. Cinenova is a source of very specific knowledge, a network and cultural community that engages directly with feminist film and video practice, and with the question of how to make this knowledge more publicly accessible
All Hands on the Archive activates and animates the Cinenova collection here in Toronto.
Veronica 4 Rose screens at 3pm.
come earlier (1pm) and catch a film selected by filmmaker Michèle Pearson Clarke!