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Greek Queer Cinema

This Friday THE QUEER ARCHIVE presents an after hours screening of the 18-rated and critically acclaimed Greek/U.K film production of HE LOVES ME by Greek director Konstantinos Menelaou.  We caught up with Konstantinos ahead of tomorrow’s function:

Hi Konstantinos! Can you give us a brief overview of what to expect on Friday night?

Friday night we (The Queer Archive) join forces with Rio Cinema and Dalston Superstore for the UK premier of my first feature film He loves me a Greek/UK production. Along with my film we present two Greek short films by Yorgos Angelopoulos and Thanasis Tsimpinis. A Man to Pet with be the hostess, I will play some music and have lots of wine at Superstore before the screening and we will join Mints after the screening for a much needed plate-breaking session.

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What prompted you to put on this event?

Rio Cinema and Dalston Superstore are two venues very close to my heart and He loves me was conceived and inspired by events, affairs and heartbreaks that happened in and around Dalston. So it makes total sense to show the film here. It’s like the murderer going back to the crime scene.

What are your earliest memories of film?

I remember Hammer Horror and Amicus Horror films. Both British production companies that made amazing horror films in the 70s. I remember finding the VHS of Monster’s Club in my parents drawer and watching it when i was 5 or 6. I remember The Exorcist, Who’s that girl… I remember the smell of plastic at the video store in my neighbourhood.

What was your journey to become a film-maker?

I studied fine arts and not film. I have always been too intimidated by the world of film. I always thought it was such a huge thing and that i could never be good enough to ever make a film. I was making shorts and working on abstract ideas and forms until i finally found the strength to make my first feature. Now i know that there is not one way of making films. It can be a personal and creative process that doesn’t necessarily involve a huge set and crew and a lot of stress. 

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What inspired He Loves Me?

It was a personal need to tell some stories based on my own experiences. It all became too confusing – relationships turned from innocent fun to heartbreaking nightmares, London was getting harder and harder and communication was very problematic. But i still had to share my thoughts and get a response so it was natural to me to put these thoughts into the film. It is an homage to the relationships that shaped me.

Can you tell us a little about the people behind the other two films?

The other two films are directed by Yorgos Angelopoulos and Thanasis Tsimpinis. Both of them are young directors based in Athens. Their films are amazing and their language is universal, thats why i thought it would be great to show them at our screening in London. There is a queer cinema scene in Athens inspired by this whole Greek cinema renaissance thats been happening the last ten years and it actually feels great to be a part of it.

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Given the current political climate in Greece, and across much of Europe, why do you think it’s so important to keep making work about our queer identities?

It’s crucial to keep on having a strong voice and presence because there is still – and probably will always be – a force against the queer community. We need to keep our queer history safe, we need to keep on evolving, creating and celebrating our beautiful existence though making work that reveals the truth behind the lies and shows that love is not something that anyone should be afraid of. 

For more info on the event check here.

For the afterparty check here.

5 Totally Fetch Mean Girls Quotes

With Fringe! Film Festival kicking off around East London tonight, we caught up with organiser Alexander to find out a bit more about their party here next weekend. On the day of the party, Fringe will be hosting a quote-a-long screening of cult teen classic Mean Girls at our wonderful neighbours The Rio cinema, followed by a HUGE afterparty right here at Superstore! Hannah Holland, Nic Fisher (Gutterslut), John Sizzle, Duchess Of Pork and Kostakis will all be raiding their record boxes for fabulous tunes for dancing to. Way better than prom anyway.

For your chance to win a pair of tickets to see Mean Girls and for free entrance to the afterparty, email the correct answer to the following question to hello@dalstonsuperstore.com with the subject “Totally Fetch!” by 10am Tuesday 9th April to be entered into our prize draw.

Who wrote the screenplay to Mean Girls? Is it…

a. Tina Fey

b. Tina Gay

c. Tina Hey!

Ahead of both the screening and the afterparty, we asked Alexander to pick his top five Mean Girls quotes and why he loves them…

Never has feminism been brought to the point so succinctly as by Gretchen Wieners…

All you ever needed to know about sexual health, pregnancy and death by intercourse, as explained by Coach Carr.

Regina George, as seen by her adoring schoolmates. The pretty face of bullying gets away with just about anything. Never has having your face punched been so awesome.

I love Gretchen Wieners and it was hard to choose between Gretchen cracking and Gretchen being really sorry that she’s so popular. But it had to be the latter.

There’s so many good things about this clip I don’t even know where to start. Being half a virgin? Regina’s all carb diet? No, it’s most definitely Karen’s psychic powers. It’s really helpful being clairvoyant.

 Join Alexander at Totally Fetch: Fringe! Vs Mean Girls Afterparty here at Dalston Superstore on Friday 12th April from 9pm – 3am

Summer Rites Afterparty

We welcome back the wonderful Miss Honey Dijon to headline our debauched Summer Rites afterparty this Sunday! After cavorting about the luscious green surroundings of Shoreditch Park for the festival during the day, join us back in the lazer basement to continue the party. 

Not only Miss Dijon will be spinning at the decks, as she’s joined by a special b2b set from Batty Bass duo Hannah Holland and Josh Caffe! Upstairs The Lovely Jonjo, DJ Squeaky and Grizzle aka John Sizzle and A Man To Pet keep the party bumpin’ in the top bar.

Get in the mood (and get over any post-bank-holiday midweek blues!) with this live recording of Honey Dijon last time she graced our decks for Paris’ Acid Ball back in January… 

Our special discount tickets for the festival itself our flying out the door so come in and grab one personally for only £15 from behind the bar! It’s no surprise really as we have the fabulous Kim Ann Foxman playing in our very own Superstore tent!

Honey Dijon plays Summer Wrongs this Sunday 2nd September from 9pm – 3am here at Dalston Superstore with Hannah Holland, Josh Caffe, The Lovely Jonjo, DJ Squeaky and Grizzle.

Sink The Pink’s Rihanna Looks

To celebrate Rihanna headlining the BBC Radio 1 Hackney Weekend on Hackney Marshes on June 24th, the Sink The Pink crew are hosting A Night of 1000 Rhiannas.

JonBenet Blonde will be werking red 30 inch hair from the ghetto chic Only Girl/Man Down Rhi Rhi era. She choose this look because it’s her favourite Rihanna album and she just wants to whip around 30 inches of hair all night!

JonBenet Blonde's Rihanna look

Glyn, James and Amy are feeling inspired by bejeweled, colourful Rhianna as seen in this amazers look, they will be serving TRANSatlantic brightly coloured, clashing prints and fabulous bouncy RHIealness!

Glyn, Amy and James's Rhianna look

Jono and Lottie are inspired by the Hard video, serving dutty slutty unbe-Rhi-vable bar top dancing! 

Jono and Lottie's Rhianna look

Jacqui Potato will be serving GHETTO FABULOUS Rihanna realess, inspired by S&M, with a special Jacqui Potato Dalston twist.

Rhi-Rhi ain’t gonna wanna miss this!  See you down there gurl!

Sink The Pink’s Hackney Weekend after-party takes place at Dalston Superstore on Sunday 24th June from 9pm – 4:30am.

Fringe!

The second annual Fringe! gay and lesbian film festival is almost upon us! We asked organiser and local hero Mr Alexander Karotsch to give us the lowdown…

Please explain what Fringe! is for the uninitiated

Fringe! is a DIY and community film and arts festival that takes place across various venues in East London over one long weekend in April.

Who is involved?

There are six of us in the core team, an increase of three from the first year. Liz is our producer extraordinaire, Anna heads up the First Love Project and works with me on press, Konstantinos is one of our curators and programmers along with Josefeen and Muffin. I work on publicity, programming and general organising (which sometimes results in me bossing around everyone, in the nicest possible way).

And then there’s of course our myriad of collaborators without who the festival just wouldn’t be possible. There are too many to list here so check out the programme on our website to see who we’re working  with this year. 

Why did you start it

We set up the festival in 2011 in response to the LLGFF being cut down from two to only one week. To make up for the missing weekend the three founding members (Liz, Anna and me) we decided to put on some films over the ‘lost’ weekend. It quickly ballooned from showing a few films into a full blown festival with loads of stuff from interactive events to talks and from performance art to parties happening. We had something on offer for everyone, from the thought provoking to the playful. We organised the whole festival in just two months. Putting together a weekend of events in such a short time was pretty mental but it really paid off and the first festival was a huge success. This year the LLGFF is thankfully back to an almost full run but we’ve decided that there’s a space for us to do something that’s maybe a little bit different and also reaches a different audience. Showing films is still at our very core but we’ve expanded the programme to also include more events, performance and art including our first commission Super 8 Cam, which will be showing in the DSS basement over the Fringe! weekend.

What makes East London unique?

There is an amazing creative spirit and community in East London who we are incredibly thankful for and indebted to, from filmmakers, artists, graphic and fashion designers to DJs, musicians, trannies and performers.

It’s a bit like the village where I come from where everyone knows everyone just much better. No-one’s going to run to tell my mum if I’ve done something wrong but the whole village might still find out.

It’s also an incredibly international environment which makes it super easy to establish contact with likeminded people all over the world, whether in London itself or abroad.

What is the First Love Project?

The First Love Project is our community outreach programme which we are running for the first time this year. It is designed to get young gay people in East London, especially those from ethnic minority groups, involved in filmmaking. To start off the project we have set up a Vimeo site where anyone can upload a short video about their first love, whoever or whatever that might have been. A selection of the best videos will be screened at Rich Mix and after the screening there will be discussions and workshops for anyone who wants to learn more about TV, film and radio.

Who are the up-and-coming local film makers we should be on the lookout for?

Antonio da Silva is a friend of ours, originally from Portugal and now living in East London. We’ll be showing his short Mates, about online flirting, random internet hookups, social media and pornography, before our opening film I Want Your Love, and he is also one of the filmmakers who is contributing to Super 8 Cam.

Another of our favourites is Campbell X who produces experimental films and shorts which combine both fiction and documentary elements. Her first feature Stud Life about a lesbian and her best gay friend is having its premiere at the LLGFF.

Look out for the Fringe! meets Hot Boy Dancing Spot party at Superstore on April 13th (after the In Bed With Madonna late-night screening at the Rio!)

Have a look at the Fringe website for more information on what’s happening over the festival

LIKE their fanpage on Facebook.
 
Drinks will be sponsored by Briska Cider.