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'
'Disenchanted with the antagonisms in the gay male community, Lee's art seeks to bring about re-enchantment with the community he is part of but at times which he feels excluded from.'
'Lee provides a unique perspective and even though his films aren’t explicit, they make you think about the body and about queer sexuality and about how society manipulates our perspective on both. And Lee does it in such an artistic way!’
Film Awards
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 SCREENINGS
2021Best Kent Film nominee for ‘Peer’ (2020), Margate Bookie Film Festival
2021 Honorable Special Mention Award, Athens International Monthly Art 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 The Oneness Fest, CineShorts Premiere (Online)
2020 OPAF (Online Performance Art Festival) 16
2020 MicroMania Film Festival, Buffalo, USA
2020 Performance Køkkenet, Denmark (online performance screening)
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 Moving image Salon, London
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 also describes himself as a queer punk performance poet and has recently performed as part of INCITE!, SPEAK= AT HOME, London Queer Writers, SPORK! QUEER & STILL HERE and POETRYLGBT.
He completed a BA in Painting in 2000, a Masters in Painting in 2007 and received his doctorate PhD in 2016 and is part of the artist studio programme Conditions. Key performances include Whitstable Biennale 2008 and artist residencies at The Banff Centre, Canada 2012 and Spazju Kreattiv, Malta 2019. In 2020 he was featured in John Hopper’s Inspirational magazine, appeared as a guest speaker for Tim Kirk’s ZERO Q: 20 QUESTIONS WITH INTERESTING PEOPLE FROM THE LGBT COMMUNITY and featured twice already this year on Queerguru.com.In 2020, he was a panellist on the LGBTQIA+ REPRESENTATION IN FILM DISCUSSION PANEL at The Gilbert Baker Film Festival USA.
ARTIST STATEMENT
I am interested how the medium of film and photography (that particularly include collage-methods) considers how male body image/self-representation particularly from a gay male perspective has been coded, performed, and socially constructed from the 1960s to the present day. Applied humour as a tactic to subvert and challenge issues of representation, my current film work presents a personal archaeology and revolves around my own autobiographical perspective, using the mechanisms of comedy and humour as an integral part of my work to engage, disarm, and highlight.
With a background in Painting and then Performance Art, my current artist moving image film practice brings together personal drawing, painting, photography and performance. Collage has become a major tool in this recent film practice, reinvigorating paintings and drawings that I produced nearly twenty years ago which are juxtaposed throughout my films with current photographic and performance for camera work. These films are often made with reusing / repurposing personal archival material and sound and moving image recordings. Things insist, in a spiral, nothing’s wasted. In this new exciting phase of my practice, I use all my capacities, from theatre to drawing to painting to language to the comic to the affective to the relational, to painting and performance and film. Excavating (fine art) work I made long ago and resuscitating it, I bring it back to life through the medium of film and moving image. Integrating my fine artwork into my film work, my films create an arresting palimpsest effect by recycling pieces from previous bodies of work and placing them within my current context to see how their meanings may now differ from when they were first conceived. Whilst what is presented through my films can be read as one person’s (my) narrative, so too can it easily be read as lots of different voices layered to talk about wider levels of experience with various references to cultural context that (any)one can relate to.
Official Selection
MUGGED: REVENGE SERVED COLD (2021)
Frostbite International Film Fest
2021
Honorable Special Mention
SATISFACTION (YOU'RE MATCHED, SAY HELLO) (2020)
Athens International Monthly Art Film Festival
Athens
2021
Official Selection
PEER (2020)
Margate Bookie Film Festival
Margate
2021
Semi-Finalist
LET RIP: A PERSONAL HISTORY OF SEEING AND NOT SEEING (2019)
ART200 International Queer Film Festival
Bucharest
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
SATISFACTION (YOU'RE MATCHED, SAY HELLO) (2020)
MicroActs Artist Film Festival
London
2020
Official Selection
PEER (2020)
The Oneness Festival by Cineshorts Premiere in association with Red Polka Productions and Retrospective of Jupiter
2020
Official Selection
WRONG KIND OF FAT: SOME BEAR OVER THE PAIN-BOW (2019)
Athens Porn Film Festival
Athens
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
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)
HOMOGRAFÍA / HOMOGRAPHY
Brussels
2020
Official Selection
TACKLE (2020)
Vesuvius International Film Festival
2020
Official Selection
LET RIP: BODIES LEAN AND RIPPED (2020)
Miami Performance Festival 2020
Miami
2020
Official Selection
WRONG KIND OF FAT: SOME BEAR OVER THE PAIN-BOW (2019)
Porn Film Festival 2020, Berlin
Berin
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
Official Selection
SEE ME: A WALK THROUGH LONDON'S GAY (UN)SEEN (2020)
London ArtHouse Film Festival
London
2020
Official Selection
LET RIP: A PERSONAL HISTORY OF SEEING AND NOT SEEING (2019)
Darkroom Film and AV Festival
London
2020
Official Selection
HOW CAN I GET MY PARTNER TO BE MY FINGER? (2019)
Homo Humour
Miami, Edgezones, PerforMIA 2020
2020
Official Selection
LET RIP: A PERSONAL HISTORY OF SEEING AND NOT SEEING (2019)
VISIONS 2020
London
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
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
Semi-Finalist
WRONG KIND OF FAT: SOME BEAR OVER THE PAIN-BOW (2019)
ART200 International Queer Film Festival
Bucharest
2020
Officia Selection
HOW CAN I GET MY PARTNER TO BE MY FINGER? (2019)
Radical Ventriloquism, KELDER
London
2020
Official Selection
LET RIP: A PERSONAL HISTORY OF SEEING AND NOT SEEING (2019)
Porn Film Festival, Berlin
Berlin
2020
Official Selection
WRONG KIND OF FAT: SOME BEAR OVER THE PAIN-BOW (2019)
MicroActs • Artist Film Screening
London
2019
Official Selection
HOW CAN I GET MY PARTNER TO BE MY FINGER? (2019)
MicroActs: Invert Visions
London
2019
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)
Porn Film Festival
Vienna
Official Selection
LET RIP: A PERSONAL HISTORY OF SEEING AND NOT SEEING (2019)
Gilbert Baker 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
TACKLE (2020)
MicroMania Official Selection 2021
Finalist
LET RIP: THE BEAUTIFUL GAME (2020)
MIcroMania Film Festival 2020
Buffalo, NY
Official Selection
WRONG KIND OF FAT: SOME BEAR OVER THE PAIN-BOW (2019)
Porn Film Festival, Vienna
Vienna
Official Selection
LET RIP: THE BEAUTIFUL GAME (2020)
QueerBee LGBT Film Festival
OFFICIAL SELECTION
LET RIP: A PERSONAL HISTORY OF SEEING AND NOT SEEING (2019)
Queerbee LGBTQ Film Festival
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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  • Amelia Ishmael review of ALLFOR SHOW, Kansas_City_2005.
  • Jessica Lack review of ALL FOR SHOW, i-D magazine July 2005
  • Interview with John Hopper, Inspirational magazine 2020