FRIDAY, MAY 3, 8:00PM
Q & A with Director Dennis Keighron-Foster to follow screening.
Over the course of a year, directors Amy Watson and Dennis Keighron-Foster developed relationships with vogue house mothers and members involved in Manchester's Vogue scene as they prepared to compete in the Manchester ICONS Vogue Ball. Their resulting, compelling film explore themes from the internal politics of Vogue to its external politics like the disenfranchisement of black youth, LGBT issues, a shrinking welfare state, a death of art spaces and modes of expression, a reductive and commercialized gay scene and a lack of safe spaces for the truly different.
DEEP IN VOGUE is about people coming to love and accept themselves. It's about people being respected for the first times in their lives after years of bullying and abuse from their peers, and people abandoned by their families finding a new family through Vogue. The film explains how many of the reasons that gay black men were seeking an aspirational artistic outlet through Vogue in the 1980s are the same reasons that youth are seeking Vogue now; social persecution for their sexuality and way of life, rejection from their family and a need for a safe space in which to express themselves as LGBT and POC people.
FILM KINDLY SPONSORED BY JEWEL ROBINSON, MOLLY KING & DEB KEMP