STUD LIFE (2012, 91 mins)
Director: Campbell X
Rated 18. Contains strong sex and sex references. English.
“Sexy, funny, intelligent and provocative, Stud Life serves up a rare slice of black lesbian life in east London.” - DIVA Winner of Screen Nation’s Independent Spirit Film Production Award
Voted by the Guardian as one of the top 10 Black British feature films ever made.
JJ is a Black Lesbian "Stud" who works as a wedding photographer with her best friend, Seb, a pretty white gay boy. Their clients are wild, weird and wonderful and like many of them JJ and Seb are both looking for love in the wrong places. So when JJ falls in love with the beautiful and mysterious Elle, this long term friendship is tested for the first time as JJ has to choose between her hot new lover and her best friend.
Set in East London, STUD LIFE is a sexy, young and cool gay romance revealing a unique slice of British urban life and also boasts a memorable sound track combining Jamaican dancehall and underground British hip hop, rap and pop.
GAY BLACK GROUP (1983, 25 mins)
The formation of the Gay Black Group was a landmark in gay black history. Meeting at Gay's the Word, a bookshop in Bloomsbury, London, it provided a sounding board and support for gay and black communities of the 1980s. Sitting on the outside of both by virtue of their sexuality or ethicity the group attempted to negotiate a path through the complexities of cultural and sexual identity. In this short film, members of the group talk to Paula Ahluwalia about their experiences. One of the interviewees is the film-maker Isaac Julien, then a student at St Martin's School of Art. In 1991 his film Young Soul Rebels won the critics prize at the Cannes Film Festival.