Lee Campbell describes himself as 'a Londoner who makes experimental films and poetry performance about being gay and working class using barbaric wit and humour'
'I love how Lee fuses the poetry with the filmmaking, really creative and everyone appreciates him when he comes to PoetryLGBT, he brings something different, he’s been able to use Zoom to enhance his creativity and that’s been amazing to see'
Andreena Leeanne (founder of PoetryLGBT), interviewed by Matt Skallerud, April 2021
Film Awards
2021 Semi-Finalist, Serbest International Film Festival 2021
2021 Honorable Mention, Splice Film Festival, New York
2021 Nominee for Best Original Concept and Best Atmosphere Independent Horror Movie Awards 2021
2021 Best Kent Film nominee for ‘Peer’ (2020), Margate Bookie Film Festival
2021 Honorable Special Mention Award, Athens International Monthly Art Film Festival
2020 Semi-Finalist (3rd place winner), Splice Film Festival, New York
2019 Special Mention Award, London-Worldwide Comedy Short Film Festival
RECENT + FUTURE SCREENINGS
2021 Darkroom Film Festival, London
2021 TRANSITSTATION: VOICE #3 :: MANOEUVRE
2021 Film Vault Presents, Manchester, UK
2021 FilmPride Brighton & Hove, UK
201 Splice Film Festival 2021, Brooklyn, USA
2021 Film Vault Presents, Manchester, UK
2021 Festival ECRÃ Edition 5, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2021 Thessaloniki Queer Arts Festival 2021
2021 Wicked Queer Film Festival, Boston, USA
2021 Fisheye Film Festival, UK
2021 QueerBee LGBT Film Festival 2021
2021 Frostbite International Indie Film Online Festival
2021 MicroMania Film Festival Official Selection
2020 London ArtHouse Film Festival
2020 Southampton Film Week
2020 The Gateway Film Festival, UK
2020 SPLICE Film Festival, New York, 3rd Prize Semi-Finalist winner
2020 STATES OF DESIRE: Tom of Finland in the Queer Imagination, Casa de Duende, Philadelphia, USA
2020 Miami International Performance Festival, Miami
2020 Darkroom Film Festival, Deptford Cinema, London
2020 The Gilbert Baker Film Festival, USA
2020 HOMOGRAFÍA/HOMOGRAPHY, Brussels
2020 Visions 2020 selected by Hetain Patel, The Nunnery, Bow Arts Trust, London
2020 MicroMania Film Festival, Buffalo, USA
2020 Radical Ventriloquism – curated by Lee Campbell, KELDER projectsLondon
2020 Homo Humour - curated by Lee Campbell, Edge Zones, Miami 2020 http://www.queerguru.com/homo-humour
2020 Queerbee LGBT Film Festival
His recent moving image work revolves around his personal autobiographical perspective and explores (gay male) identity and desire. Comedy is an integral part of his work. He uses it to engage, disarm, and highlight.
He trained in Fine Art at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London in 2005 and received his doctorate in 2016. He has recently performed at LGBT-centred online poetry events including INCITE!, London Queer Writers, POETRYLGBT, and DISTURBANCE, London. His recent films have been selected for many international queer film festivals including QueerBee LGBT Film Festival, The Gilbert Baker Film Festival, Kansas 2020, HOMOGRAPHY, Brussels and STATES OF DESIRE: Tom of Finland in the Queer Imagination, Casa de Duende, Philadelphia, USA. He has been selected for WICKED QUEER 2021 in Boston, USA, one of the oldest and largest LGBT film festivals in the world.
ARTIST STATEMENT
My current practice explores the intersections between performance poetry and experimental film as a form of autoethnographic storytelling/sharing of personal narratives often raw, often painful but always generous and authentic. These narratives often relate to aspects of me being gay, British and working class employing barbaric wit and humour in their storytelling. Comedy is an integral part of my work to engage, disarm, and highlight as well as critique, provoke and at times parody.
In 2019, I began recycling whole bodies of past fine artwork to explore the question: What may it mean to remediate, excavate and bring back to life a personal archive of paintings and drawings and mobile phone recording made over the span of 25 years through the medium of moving image? Rediscovering my love of performing live and performing queer poetry that I had written (including excavating text from in my films as live spoken word pieces i.e., performing live the humorous text from my film Let Rip: A Personal History of Seeing and Not Seeing (2019) as performance poetry), by the end of 2020, my work took a major turn when (by sheer happy accident) I started using films I had made as green-screen video backdrops on Zoom as part of a new body of live performance work. For example, Let Rip (2019) and Tackle (2020) provide the visual backdrop for my live Zoom performance Clever at Seeing without being Seen (2021). Innovating the possibilities of media re-use, feeding-back and looping round of text, and the layering of the voices, these multi-layered multimedia live Zoom performances are colourful, immersive, textured, organic and disorienting montages of young queer experience told through my own personal autobiography, with me performing these regularly on LGBT-centred poetry scene.
OFFICIAL SELECTION
THE PERFECT CRIME: A DOGGY WHODUNNIT (2021) (runtime: 9mins 52 secs)
LATEST VISIONS
2021
Official Selection
SPINACH AND EGGS (2021) Video poem by Lee Campbell
Darkroom Festival
London
2021
Official Selection
SPINACH AND EGGS (2021) Video poem by Lee Campbell
FilmPride, Brighton & Hove Pride's official LGBTQ+ film festival
Brighton
2021
Official Selection
SPINACH AND EGGS: LIVE ZOOM PERFORMANCE (2021)
FilmPride
Brighton
2021
Official Selection
SPINACH AND EGGS: LIVE ZOOM PERFORMANCE (2021)
Darkroom Festival
London
2021
Nominated for Best Original Concept and Best Atmosphere
MUGGED: REVENGE SERVED COLD (2021)
Independent Horror Movie Awards 2021
2021
Official Selection
MUGGED: REVENGE SERVED COLD (2021)
Frostbite International Film Fest
2021
OFFICIAL SELECTION
'CLEVER AT SEEING, WITHOUT BEING SEEN' (2021)
FACETS 21: IIMMERSIVE STORYTELLING SYMPOSIUM
NOTTINGHAM
2021
OFFICIAL SELECTION
'CLEVER AT SEEING, WITHOUT BEING SEEN' (2021)
Miami International Performance Festival 2021
MIAMI
2021
Official Selection
'CLEVER AT SEEING, WITHOUT BEING SEEN' (2021)
DISTURBANCE #2 , Ugly Duck
London
2021
Official Selection
'CLEVER AT SEEING, WITHOUT BEING SEEN' (2021)
Festival ECRÃ Edition 5
Rio de Janeiro
2021
OFFICIAL SELECTION
'CLEVER AT SEEING, WITHOUT BEING SEEN' (2021)
SPHERE FESTIVAL
2021
Honorable Mention
SEE ME: A WALK THROUGH LONDON'S GAY (UN)SEEN (2020)
Screener Short Films
London
2021
Honorable Mention
LET RIP: THE BEAUTIFUL GAME (2020)
SPLICE Film Festival
Brooklyn, NYC
2021
Official Selection
LET RIP: THE BEAUTIFUL GAME (2020)
Birkenhead International Film Festival
Liverpool
2021
Official Selection
LET RIP: BODIES LEAN AND RIPPED (2020)
Homography
Brussels
2021
Official Selection
LET RIP: BODIES LEAN AND RIPPED (2020)
Film Vault Presents
Manchester
2021
Official Selection
LET RIP: A PERSONAL HISTORY OF SEEING AND NOT SEEING (2019)
WICKED QUEER
BOSTON
2021
Official Selection
LET RIP: A PERSONAL HISTORY OF SEEING AND NOT SEEING (2019)
Fisheye Film Festival
2021
Official Selection
SEE ME: A WALK THROUGH LONDON'S GAY (UN)SEEN (2020)
London ArtHouse Film Festival
London
2020
OFFICIAL SELECTION
SEE ME: A WALK THROUGH LONDON'S GAY (UN)SEEN (2020)
Vesuvius International Monthly Film Fest
2020
Official Selection
SEE ME: A WALK THROUGH LONDON'S GAY (UN)SEEN (2020)
Gateway Film Festival
Peterborough (Online)
2020
Official Selection
LET RIP: THE BEAUTIFUL GAME (2020)
States of Desire
Puerto Rico
2020
Official Selection
LET RIP: THE BEAUTIFUL GAME (2020)
MicroActs International Artist Film Festival
London
2020
Official Selection
LET RIP: THE BEAUTIFUL GAME (2020)
Vesuvius International Film Festival
2020
Official Selection
LET RIP: THE BEAUTIFUL GAME (2020)
OUTStream Film Festival
2020
Official Selection
LET RIP: BODIES LEAN AND RIPPED (2020)
Miami Performance Festival 2020
Miami
2020
Official Selection
LET RIP: BODIES LEAN AND RIPPED (2020)
Vesuvius International Film Festival
2020
Official Selection
LET RIP: BODIES LEAN AND RIPPED (2020)
OUTStream Film Festival
2020
Official Selection
LET RIP: A PERSONAL HISTORY OF SEEING AND NOT SEEING (2019)
Southampton Film Week
Southampton
2020
Semi-Finalist
LET RIP: A PERSONAL HISTORY OF SEEING AND NOT SEEING (2019)
ART200 International Queer Film Festival
Bucharest
2020
Official Selection
LET RIP: A PERSONAL HISTORY OF SEEING AND NOT SEEING (2019)
Darkroom Film and AV Festival
London
2020
Official Selection
LET RIP: A PERSONAL HISTORY OF SEEING AND NOT SEEING (2019)
Porn Film Festival, Berlin
Berlin
2020
Official Selection
LET RIP: A PERSONAL HISTORY OF SEEING AND NOT SEEING (2019)
VISIONS 2020
London
2020
Semi-Finalist Winner (3rd place)
LET RIP: A PERSONAL HISTORY OF SEEING AND NOT SEEING (2019)
SPLICE Film Fest
2020
Official Selection
LET RIP: A PERSONAL HISTORY OF SEEING AND NOT SEEING (2019)
Vesuvius International Film Festival
2020
Official Selection
LET RIP: A PERSONAL HISTORY OF SEEING AND NOT SEEING (2019)
Homo Humour
Miami, Edgezones, PerforMIA 2020
2020
Official Selection
HOW CAN I GET MY PARTNER TO BE MY FINGER? (2019)
Homo Humour
Miami, Edgezones, PerforMIA 2020
2020
Officia Selection
HOW CAN I GET MY PARTNER TO BE MY FINGER? (2019)
Radical Ventriloquism, KELDER
London
2020
Semi-Finalist
WRONG KIND OF FAT: SOME BEAR OVER THE PAIN-BOW (2019)
ART200 International Queer Film Festival
Bucharest
2020
Official Selection
WRONG KIND OF FAT: SOME BEAR OVER THE PAIN-BOW (2019)
States of Desire: Tom of Finland in the Queer Imagination
Philadelphia
2020
Official Selection
WRONG KIND OF FAT: SOME BEAR OVER THE PAIN-BOW (2019)
Porn Film Festival 2020, Berlin
Berin
2020
Official Selection
WRONG KIND OF FAT: SOME BEAR OVER THE PAIN-BOW (2019)
HOMOGRAFÍA / HOMOGRAPHY
Brussels
2020
Official Selection
WRONG KIND OF FAT: SOME BEAR OVER THE PAIN-BOW (2019)
Vesuvius International Film Festival
2020
Official Selection
WRONG KIND OF FAT: SOME BEAR OVER THE PAIN-BOW (2019)
Athens Porn Film Festival
Athens
2020
Official Selection
HOW CAN I GET MY PARTNER TO BE MY FINGER? (2019)
MicroActs: Invert Visions
London
2019
Official Selection
WRONG KIND OF FAT: SOME BEAR OVER THE PAIN-BOW (2019)
MicroActs • Artist Film Screening
London
2019
Semi Finalist
MUGGED: REVENGE SERVED COLD (2021)
Cult Movies International Film Festival
Finalist
MUGGED: REVENGE SERVED COLD (2021)
Kosice International Monthly Film Festival 2021
OFFICIAL SELECTION
'CLEVER AT SEEING, WITHOUT BEING SEEN' (2021)
TRANSISTATION 2021
https://www.transitstation.org
Official Selection
SEE ME: A WALK THROUGH LONDON'S GAY (UN)SEEN (2020)
you are here: the journal of creative geography
Official Selection
LET RIP: THE BEAUTIFUL GAME (2020)
Thessaloniki Queer Arts Festival 2021
Thessaloniki
Official Selection
LET RIP: THE BEAUTIFUL GAME (2020)
QueerBee LGBT Film Festival 2021
Finalist
LET RIP: THE BEAUTIFUL GAME (2020)
MIcroMania Film Festival 2020
Buffalo, NY
Semi Finalist - Monthly Official Selection
LET RIP: BODIES LEAN AND RIPPED (2020)
Dumbo Film Festival
New York
Official Selection
LET RIP: A PERSONAL HISTORY OF SEEING AND NOT SEEING (2019)
Gilbert Baker FIlm Festival
Official Selection
LET RIP: A PERSONAL HISTORY OF SEEING AND NOT SEEING (2019)
Porn Film Festival
Vienna
OFFICIAL SELECTION
LET RIP: A PERSONAL HISTORY OF SEEING AND NOT SEEING (2019)
Queerbee LGBTQ Film Festival
Special Mention Autumn 2019
HOW CAN I GET MY PARTNER TO BE MY FINGER? (2019)
London-Worldwide Comedy Short Film Festival
London
Official Selection
WRONG KIND OF FAT: SOME BEAR OVER THE PAIN-BOW (2019)
Porn Film Festival, Vienna
Vienna
College
Slade School of Fine Art, University College London
Masters
20052007
College
Loughborough University
PhD
20102016
Birth Date
June 3, 1978
Current City
London
Lee Campbell describes himself as 'a Londoner who makes experimental films and poetry performance about being gay and working class using barbaric wit and humour'
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Résumé & Attachments
  • Interview with John Hopper, Inspirational magazine 2020
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  • Interview with John Hopper, Inspirational magazine 2020
  • Lee Campbell resume