Lee Campbell 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
Lee's 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.
Lee’s experimental performance poetry films have been selected for many international film festivals since 2019 including Queerbee LGBT Film Festival, The Gilbert Baker Film Festival, Kansas 2020 and 2021, HOMOGRAPHY, Brussels and STATES OF DESIRE: Tom of Finland in the Queer Imagination, Casa de Duende, Philadelphia, USA, 2020 WICKED QUEER 2021, Boston, USA, FilmPride - Brighton & Hove Pride's official LGBTQ+ film festival, Brighton, UK, Splice Film Festival 2021, Brooklyn, USA and Darkroom Festival, London.
He has won several awards/nominations for these films including Best Psychedelic Fantasy film winner for 'See Me' (2020), Retro Avant Garde Film Festival NYC 2021, Semi-Finalist at Serbest International Film Festival 2021, Honorable Mention and Semi Finalist winner at Splice Film Festival, New York (2020 and 2021), Nominee for Best Original Concept and Best Atmosphere Independent Horror Movie Awards 2021, Honorable Mention Award, Screener Short Films 2020, Best Kent Film nominee, Margate Bookie Film Festival, 2020 and Special Mention Award, London-Worldwide Comedy Short Film Festival, 2019.
Lee has been interviewed numerously about his current film/performance work including interviews with Tim Kirk, Matt Skallerud for I Love Gay Today/Pink Media LGBT, Hamish Downie’s Five Questions With – Lee Campbell (March 2021) BBC Radio Kent- Interview with Dominic King for The Dominic King Show January 2021. His film work has received critical acclaim with recent review features of his film work by Francesca de Luca in Cut Frame Magazine and James Clark in Lost Creatives.
His live Zoom poetry performances have been showcased this year at events including Disturbance#2, Ugly Duck, London, Theatre Deli, London Festival ECRÃ Edition 5, Rio de Janeiro, and the Immersive Storytelling Symposium, Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham. In October 2021, Lee headlined Forum+ Incite! Lee currently performs regularly at poetry events across London including Poetry Shack, Mind Over Matter, Poetry LGBT, The Word Zoo, Mother Wolf Club and Gob Jaw. He is a regular performer at Paper Tiger Poetry at Tea House Theatre where he recently won Best Poem of the Night (September 2021).
His poem ‘Clever at Seeing without being Seen’ was recorded for Sometimes, The Revolution is Small, Disarm Hate x Poetry project by Nymphs & Thugs Recording Co. UK and recent publications of his poetry include Queerlings: A Literary Magazine for Queer Writing, First Times, Powders Press, Gob Jaw Zine 8, You Are Here - The Journal of Creative Geography and Otherwise magazine.
Lee has a long history of curating performance and fine art exhibitions internationally. For example, between 2005-2008, he curated All for Show, an internationally touring film showreel of emerging and established British moving image artists whose work exposed the banalities of everyday life through humour, self-introspection, and serious play. In 2020, Lee curated Radical Ventriloquism at Kelder, London and presented a compilation of short films by queer male filmmakers entitled Homo Humour in Miami and Italy (Online) with a further screening planned for FRISE, Hamburg, Germany in 2022.Lee runs a regular monthly experimental poetry /spoken word night, POW! Play on Words, at The Bridge House Theatre in South London where he is currently curatorial poet in residence. In January 2021, he curated a set of queer poetry evenings for BBC Radio.
Lee trained in Fine Art Painting at Winchester School of Art (1996-2000) and Slade School of Fine Art (2005-2007) where he received his MFA and then received his doctorate in 2016 from Loughborough University. He was part of the artist studio programme Conditions between 2018-2020 and has undertaken artist residencies at The Banff Centre, Canada 2012, Spazju Kreattiv, Malta 2019 and Theatre Deli, London in 2021.
Official Selection
BEARS WITH BANANAS AND BUBBLES IN THEIR BOXERS (2022)
Miami International Performance Festival 2022
Miami
2022
Official Selection
BEARS WITH BANANAS AND BUBBLES IN THEIR BOXERS (2022)
Post Pxrn Film Festival Warsaw - Body. Art. Society
Warsaw
2022
Official Selection
SEE ME: A WALK THROUGH LONDON'S GAY SOHO IN 1994 AND 2020
Living With Buildings II
Coventry
2022
Official Selection
SEE ME: A WALK THROUGH LONDON'S GAY SOHO IN 1994 AND 2020
REELpoetry/HoustonTX 2022
2022
Official Selection
CAMP-BELLE (2021)
Microacts 10
London
2022
Official Selection
SPINACH AND EGGS (2021) Video poem by Lee Campbell
Queerbee LGBT Film Festival
2022
Official Selection
SPINACH AND EGGS (2021) Video poem by Lee Campbell
World Cinema Carnival
2022
Official Selection
WRONG KIND OF FAT (2019)
PORN.FILM.FEST
Innsbruck
2022
Best Psychedelic Fantasy Winner
SEE ME: A WALK THROUGH LONDON'S GAY SOHO IN 1994 AND 2020
Retro Avant Garde Film Festival NYC
2021
Honorable Mention
CAMP-BELLE (2021)
Athens International Monthly Art Film Festival
2021
Official Selection
CAMP-BELLE (2021)
Vesuvius International Film Festival
2021
Honorable Mention
LET RIP: THE BEAUTIFUL GAME: POEM VERSION
SPLICE Film Festival
Brooklyn, NYC
2021
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
The Interrupters Presents: SISSSY FILM- ART- LIVE
London
2021
Official Selection
SPINACH AND EGGS (2021) Video poem by Lee Campbell
Gilbert Baker Film Festival
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
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
CRUISE (2021)
Queer Life in the Margins
Miami
2021
OFFICIAL SELECTION
'CLEVER AT SEEING, WITHOUT BEING SEEN' (2021) LIVE ZOOM PERFORMANCE
FACETS 21: IIMMERSIVE STORYTELLING SYMPOSIUM
NOTTINGHAM
2021
OFFICIAL SELECTION
'CLEVER AT SEEING, WITHOUT BEING SEEN' (2021) LIVE ZOOM PERFORMANCE
Miami International Performance Festival 2021
MIAMI
2021
Official Selection
'CLEVER AT SEEING, WITHOUT BEING SEEN' (2021) LIVE ZOOM PERFORMANCE
DISTURBANCE #2 , Ugly Duck
London
2021
Official Selection
'CLEVER AT SEEING, WITHOUT BEING SEEN' (2021) LIVE ZOOM PERFORMANCE
Festival ECRÃ Edition 5
Rio de Janeiro
2021
OFFICIAL SELECTION
'CLEVER AT SEEING, WITHOUT BEING SEEN' (2021) LIVE ZOOM PERFORMANCE
SPHERE FESTIVAL
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
WRONG KIND OF FAT (2019)
NSFW FILM FESTIVAL
LOS ANGELES
2021
Official Selection
SEE ME: A WALK THROUGH LONDON'S GAY SOHO IN 1994 AND 2020
London ArtHouse Film Festival
London
2020
Official Selection
SEE ME: A WALK THROUGH LONDON'S GAY SOHO IN 1994 AND 2020
Vesuvius International Monthly Film Fest
2020
Official Selection
SEE ME: A WALK THROUGH LONDON'S GAY SOHO IN 1994 AND 2020
Gateway Film Festival Peterborough
2020
Official Selection
LET RIP: THE BEAUTIFUL GAME: POEM VERSION
MicroActs International Artist Film Festival
London
2020
Official Selection
LET RIP: THE BEAUTIFUL GAME: POEM VERSION
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
Official Selection
WRONG KIND OF FAT (2019)
States of Desire: Tom of Finland in the Queer Imagination
Philadelphia
2020
Official Selection
WRONG KIND OF FAT (2019)
Porn Film Festival 2020, Berlin
Berin
2020
Official Selection
WRONG KIND OF FAT (2019)
HOMOGRAFÍA / HOMOGRAPHY
Brussels
2020
Official Selection
WRONG KIND OF FAT (2019)
Vesuvius International Film Festival
2020
Official Selection
WRONG KIND OF FAT (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 (2019)
MicroActs • Artist Film Screening
London
2019
Honorable Mention
SEE ME: A WALK THROUGH LONDON'S GAY SOHO IN 1994 AND 2020
Screener Short Films London
London
Official Selection
SEE ME: A WALK THROUGH LONDON'S GAY SOHO IN 1994 AND 2020
you are here: the journal of creative geography
Official Selection
RUFUS (2021)
Micromania Film Festival 2022
OFFICIAL SELECTION
LET RIP: THE BEAUTIFUL GAME: POEM VERSION
THE FOOTBALL ART PRIZE
UK TOURING 2022-2023
Official Selection
LET RIP: THE BEAUTIFUL GAME: POEM VERSION
QueerBee LGBT Film Festival 2021
Official Selection
LET RIP: THE BEAUTIFUL GAME: POEM VERSION
States of Desire
Puerto Rico
Finalist
LET RIP: THE BEAUTIFUL GAME: POEM VERSION
Micromania Film Festival 2020
Honorable Mention
THE PERFECT CRIME: A DOGGY WHODUNNIT (2021) (runtime: 9mins 52 secs)
The Good Dog! International Film Festival, Australia
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) LIVE ZOOM PERFORMANCE
TRANSISTATION 2021
https://www.transitstation.org
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 (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 makes experimental films and poetry performance about being gay and working class using barbaric wit and humour .
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  • Interview with John Hopper, Inspirational magazine 2020
  • LET RIP: RIPPING, REMIXING AND REINVENTING MATERIALS AND ME
  • Lee Campbell Curriculum Vitae 2022
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  • Interview with John Hopper, Inspirational magazine 2020
  • LET RIP: RIPPING, REMIXING AND REINVENTING MATERIALS AND ME
  • Lee Campbell Curriculum Vitae 2022