The Sleeping Beauty of East Finchley
Forty-something Joan has a dreary life, tending to her ailing mother and working a boring office job. Her only respite is the times she can sneak off by herself and sing along to her 60’s jazz CDs. Pat, her mother’s visiting nurse, invites her to join her choir, the Friends of Dusty. But as Joan realizes the choir is all lesbian, she struggles with acceptance. Eager for the freedom to sing in her own voice, after a false start with the local church choir, Joan finally relaxes with the warm acceptance of the other women. Eventually she gives in to her Catholic faith and fears of public exposure and drops out of the choir just as it heads to the big LGBT music festival. The big solo falls to Pat and she is unsure if she can continue without Joan’s friendship.
Dir. Seamus Rea, 2010, Great Britain, 50 mins.
T'Ain't Nobody's Bizness: Queer Blues Divas of the 1920s
A wonderful documentary that shines a light on a little known piece of musical history. T’Ain’t Nobody’s Bizness exposes the triply oppressed (black, female, queer) pioneers of blues through interviews with cultural historians, vintage photos, footage and recordings, all narrated by Jewelle Gomez.
Dir. Robert Philipson, 2011, USA, 29 mins.