The fantastic Fringe! Film & Art Festval is back this November 3-9 for the fourth year of queer fun times and frollicking around east London. The line up for 2014 is bigger, bolder and better than ever. There are films, art, parties, workshops, walks, a condom delivery service (seriously) and a whole day dedicated to Riot Grrrl. In fact there are so many things happening that we can barely decide what to get tickets to. If you’re also feeling bamboozled, allow us to pick out a few choice events.
1. There’s a Dyke In the Pit; A Day of Queer Grrrl Power, Nov 8, all day, various venues.
Fringe! pays tribute to two massively influential subcultures, queercore and Riot Grrrl, with a day of discussion, performances, live music and rarely shown footage. Spend the afternoon watching shorts at the Hackney Attic and checking out the exhibition at the Rose Lipman Building (make sure you pick up your free DIY fanzine), before heading to Club Totally, the venue imagined by filmmaker Jill Reiter in her never-before-seen DIY film ‘In Search of Margo-Go’.
2. Luber, Nov 4-9, evenings during the week and all weekend, your gaff, free
Stay safe this festival with the Terrence Higgins Trust’s new bike delivery service dropping off free condoms, lube, postal HIV tests, information or advice to your door! Just look for the THT Outreach Luber profiles on popular gay men’s mobile apps.
3. Spanking with Allison England, Nov 9, 4.30pm, Looking Glass Cocktail Club, free.
Coco de Mer’s resident ‘Dream Maker’ Miss England will be sharing tips and tricks on the pleasures of spanking. Learn how, with what, and where to spank – and don’t worry, all demos will be done on volunteers so you won’t have to get too hands-on (unless you want to!).
4. East London Lecture – Theatre Workshop, Nov 8, 3pm, Rose Lipman Building, free.
Join performance artist Jonny Woo and theatre director Douglas Rintoul in this practical workshop aimed to introduce people to the theatre and writing processes. Aimed at people with little or no theatrical background, you’ll use personal stories and thoughts about east London as a starting point for writing a script; learn theatre games and exercises used in creating character and create short devised pieces.
5. ‘Grease 2’, Nov 7, 11.30pm, Rio Cinema, £8.50
A rare chance to watch this often overlooked kitsch classic starring Michelle Pfeiffer, accompanied by East End drag legend Holestar before shimming over to Dalston Superstore for a ultra camp Sex Ed after party.
Find out about all the other fun things happening this week at Fringe! at fringefilmfest.com.