Lee Campbell makes experimental poetry films and 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
'Campbell’s images and videos are from his archive as an artist of a quarter century. He moved into short films during the pandemic, and with a long background in performance art, eventually evolving into poetry, his show becomes something quite fresh and different.'
Louise Penn in her review (18/07/22) of 'Peer' for LouReviews
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.
Dr Lee Campbell is an artist, performance poet, experimental filmmaker, writer, Senior Lecturer at University of the Arts London, and curator/founder of Homo Humour, the first of its kind project on contemporary queer male film and moving image practices that explore humour and LGBTQ+ storytelling and has screened all over the world since 2020. He is gay and lives and works in London. His experimental performance poetry films have been selected for many international film festivals since 2019. Lee had his first solo exhibition in North America of his poetry films, See Me: Performance Poetry Films at Fountain Street, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A in July 2022 and a solo exhibition of poetry film, Bona Polari! at The Margate School, Margate and Wimbledon College of Arts Library, UAL in February 2022. Recent film screenings include CINEM’aMOSTr, Teatro Municipal de Vila do Conde, Porto, Portugal, (de)construction,, Kino Club Helsinki, Finland, Living with Buildings III, Coventry,SF Queer Film Festival, San Francisco, FilmPride Brighton & Hove Pride's official LGBTQ+ film festival, Brighton, Feminist Border Arts Film Festival, New Mexico State University, Splice Film Festival 2022, Brooklyn, TRANÅS AT THE FRINGE - International Screening of Experimental Films and Videopoems, Sweden, Post Pxrn Film Festival, Warsaw, REELpoetry/HoustonTX 2022 International Poetry Film Festival and The Football Art Prize, UK-touring exhibition to Touchstones Rochdale, Millennium Gallery, Sheffield  and Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens.
 
Lee has been interviewed numerously about his current film/performance work including interviews on BBC Radio Sussex and Surrey with Kathy Caton for Out with Kathy, KMTV (local Kent-based TV station) interview feature about Bona Polari! solo exhibition, interview with Jane Glennie, Moving Poems Magazine in July 2022, Daniel Hess for To Tony Productions, Tim Kirk, Matt Skallerud for I Love Gay Today/PinkMedia 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. In 2008, he was interview ed by Libby Purves for BBC Radio 4 where he discussed his solo performance for Whitstable Biennale that year.
 
Lee has a long history of curating performance and fine art exhibitions internationally. His most recent curation is Homo Humour which has screened at Metal, Southend-on-Sea, Open Eye Liverpool and FRISE, Hamburg, Germany in 2022 and forthcoming at Centre for Comedy Studies Research (CCSR), Brunel University in February 2023 .In January 2021, he curated a set of queer poetry evenings for BBC Radio.
 
RECENT SELECTED AWARDS AND NOMINATIONS
2022 Finalist for ‘See Shells’, Drumshanbo Written Word Weekend Poetry Film Competition, Drumshanbo, Ireland
2022 Finalist for ‘Rufus’, MicroMania Film Festival 2022, Buffalo, NY, USA
2022 Finalist for ‘The Perfect Crime: A Doggy Whodunnit’, Absurd Art House Film Festival 2022
2022 Finalist for ‘Reclaiming my Voice’, Vesuvius International Film Festival
2022 Honorable Special Mention Award, Athens International Monthly Art Film Festival
2021 Best Psychedelic Fantasy film winner for 'See Me' (2020), Retro Avant Garde Film Festival NYC, 2021
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 Honorable Mention Award for 'See Me' (2020), Screener Short Films 
2021 Kosice International Film Festival (Finalist)
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
 
Official Selection
DEVIL'S HOLE (2022)
Trash Sandwich
2022
Official Selection
CAMP (2022)
Iris Prize LGBTQ+ Film Festival
Cardiff
2022
Official Selection
COTTAGE (PERUSING THE FLOWER BED) (2022)
(de)construction
Helsinki
2022
Official Selection
COTTAGE (PERUSING THE FLOWER BED) (2022)
LIving with Buildings III
Coventry
2022
OFFICIAL SELECTION
BEARS WITH BANANAS AND BUBBLES IN THEIR BOXERS (2022)
SECS FEST Seattle Erotica Cinema Society's annual film festival,
SEATTLE
2022
Official Selection
BEARS WITH BANANAS AND BUBBLES IN THEIR BOXERS (2022)
Failed Films Fetival
Los Angeles
2022
Official Selection
BEARS WITH BANANAS AND BUBBLES IN THEIR BOXERS (2022)
Feminist Border Arts Film Festival
2022
Official Selection
BEARS WITH BANANAS AND BUBBLES IN THEIR BOXERS (2022)
Scream Queer
Rome
2022
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
RECLAIMING MY VOICE (2022)
Film Vault Presents
Manchester
2022
Official Selection
RECLAIMING MY VOICE (2022)
World Poetry Slam Championship
Brussels
2022
Official Selection
RECLAIMING MY VOICE (2022)
SF Queer Film Festival
San Francisco
2022
FINALIST NOMINEE
RECLAIMING MY VOICE (2022)
Vesuvius International Film Festival
2022
Official Selection
PEER (LIVE ZOOM PERFORMANCE)
Festival Ecra 6th Edition
2022
Official Selection
SEE SHELLS (2022)
Drumshanbo Written Word Weekend
2022
Official Selection
SEE SHELLS (2022)
Atticus Review
2022
Official Selection
LET RIP: TEENAGE SCRAPBOOK (POETRY FILM)
Colony x Polari Present:: Short Film Evening II
Manchester
2022
Official Selection
LET RIP: TEENAGE SCRAPBOOK (POETRY FILM)
Atticus Review
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
RUFUS (2021)
Gay Binge Film Festival
2022
Official Selection
LET RIP: THE BEAUTIFUL GAME: POEM VERSION
FilmPride, Brighton & Hove Pride's official LGBTQIA+ film festival.
Brighton
2022
OFFICIAL SELECTION
THE PERFECT CRIME: A DOGGY WHODUNNIT (2021) (runtime: 9mins 52 secs)
FEAR IN THE FENS
2022
FINALIST
THE PERFECT CRIME: A DOGGY WHODUNNIT (2021) (runtime: 9mins 52 secs)
Absurd Art House Film Festival 2022
2022
OFFICIAL SELECTION
THE PERFECT CRIME: A DOGGY WHODUNNIT (2021) (runtime: 9mins 52 secs)
SPLICE FILM FESTIVAL
NEW YORK CITY
2022
OFFICIAL SELECTION
SPINACH AND EGGS (2021) Video poem by Lee Campbell
SPLICE FILM FESTIVAL
NEW YORK CITY
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
'CLEVER AT SEEING, WITHOUT BEING SEEN' (2021) LIVE ZOOM PERFORMANCE
VIDEOAKTION #3
BERLIN
2022
OFFICIAL SELECTION
'CLEVER AT SEEING, WITHOUT BEING SEEN' (2021) LIVE ZOOM PERFORMANCE
PRAGUE BIENNALE
PRAGUE
2022
Official Selection
LET RIP: A PERSONAL HISTORY OF SEEING AND NOT SEEING (2019)
Southampton Pride / City Eye
Southampton
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
'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
Honorable Special Mention
SATISFACTION (YOU'RE MATCHED, SAY HELLO) (2020)
Athens International Monthly Art Film Festival
Athens
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
SATISFACTION (YOU'RE MATCHED, SAY HELLO) (2020)
MicroActs Artist Film Festival
London
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
Official Selection
BEARS WITH BANANAS AND BUBBLES IN THEIR BOXERS (2022)
Porn Film Festival Berlin
Berlin
Official Selection 2022
THE BOY AT THE WINDOW (2022)
Out & Loud - Pune International Queer Film Festival 2022
FINALIST
SEE ME: A WALK THROUGH LONDON'S GAY SOHO IN 1994 AND 2020

HOMBRES VIDEO POETRY AWARD
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
Rise Up! Reconnect. Rebuild. Recreate 10th International Digital Storytelling Conference
Loughborough University
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
Gender
Male
Lee Campbell makes experimental poetry films and performance about being gay and working class using barbaric wit and humour .