'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
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 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 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 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. Forthcoming performances include Cruising Dystopia curated by Nouvelle Organon, Berlin.
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.