Rosie speaks to culture reporter Laura Macdougall about the film ‘Concussion’ by Stacie Passon. It tells the story of a lesbian, whose unfulfilled relationship to her wife led her to become a prostitute for other women. Laura enjoyed the film but questions its credibility and felt that critical moments such as the discovery of her unfaithfulness by her wife lacked in drama. Concussion was part of this year’s Flare Film Festival and is now released in cinemas in the UK. Besides this film, Laura also recommends two books, one of them is Sarah Water‘s new novel ‘The Paying Guests’, which will be out in September.
On the phone from Berlin, tour guide Brendan Nash tells us about the altered David Bowie exhibition ‘David Bowie is…’ from the V&A, which is currently in Berlin. Brendan was impressed by the level of detail of the exhibition as well as the audio guide, which is different to the ones commonly used in museums. Here it picks up the sound automatically from various sections of the exhibition. He points out that Weimar Berlin played an important role for Bowie and gives us an insight into the Berlin section, which has been extended due to Bowie’s strong relationship to that city. It shows how he was influenced by expressionistic paintings there and includes oil paintings by him, photographs and a correspondence between him and Christopher Isherwood as well as Marlene Dietrich with whom he worked on the film ‘Just a Gigolo’. ‘David Bowie is…’ is at the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin until 10th August 2014.
Writer Thomas Hescott presents his new project ‘Outings’, a devised piece about coming out. Thomas explains that this project was a result of his previous piece ‘The Act’, which dealt with the Sexual Offences Act from 1967. ‘Outings’ looks at coming out stories from different eras as well as countries around the world. They also include stories from the public, which can still be submitted on the website of the project. He and Rosie also discuss the relationship to one’s parents when coming out and the matter of being made to come out which can put people’s lives at risk. He highlights the change from a political statement to a social one. ‘Outings’ is at the Edinburgh Fringe from 30th July to 25th August.
Library Manager Stefan Dickers offers an insight into the Lesbian and Gay Newsmedia Archive (LAGNA), a national archive of press cuttings, campaigning material and other resources relating to LGBT communities. Stefan reveals that the collection of press cutting began in the 1970s, although some cuttings go back to the 1930s. These cuttings are all taken from the straight press and he highlights that it can be quite tricky to find them as in 1950s the word ‘gay’ would not have been used and the LGBT context would only be implied. LAGNA is housed at the Bishopsgate Institute and also offers talks, the next one is ‘Keep it Clean: Lesbian and Gay Characters in British Soap Operas’ on 21st June.
For rights reasons the music is not on the podcast, but that’s what you could hear on the show:
1) David Bowie: ‘Oh! You Pretty Things’ from the album “Hunky Dory”
2) David Bowie: ‘Life on Mars?’ from the album “Hunky Dory”
3) I Break Horses: ‘Weigh True Words’ from the album “Chiaroscuro”
4) Nils Frahm: ‘Hammers’ from the album “Spaces”
5) David Bowie: ‘Changes’ from the album “Hunky Dory”