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Submit To Fringe!

With preparations for next year’s Fringe! Film Fest fully underway, we sat down with one of the programmers, the lovely Konstantinos (also director of The Queer Archive) to find out more about how they source amazing queer films for us to watch at The Rio and other venues across east London, year after year…

What three qualities do you look for in a Fringe! Film Fest submission?

Love over sex, realism, expanded ways of installing/exhibiting work. 

What is your most favourite thing, personally, that you’ve ever screened at Fringe?

Our midnight screening of IN BED WITH MADONNA.

What’s the most important skill, from your experience, needed to be a Fringe! programmer?

An urge to push the envelope.

If you were putting on a dream all-night screening- what would be the theme and what films would you show?

The theme would be ‘horror’ and I would screen Andy Warhol’s Dracula, The Hunger, Vampyros Lesbos and The Attack Of The Giant Moussaka.

Why is it important for the local community, both LGBT and beyond, to support Fringe?

Fringe! is a non for profit project run by volunteers. Our program includes film, art exhibitions, lectures, workshops and all sorts of cultural activities available to the members of our community. A good part of our program is for free, which allows everyone to join. The growing interest and positive feedback we get from the local community is what keeps us going.

What was the last queer film you saw that really moved you or inspired you in some way?

Keep the Light On by Ira Sachs.

To what extent now do you feel that LGBT acceptance is connected to queer representation in film and TV?

LGBT acceptance is a problematic issue. What is accepted in big cities like London is not necessarily accepted everywhere else. But, it goes without saying that film, art, music have been instrumental in the queer community’s efforts to address problems, suggest solutions, celebrate a healthy lifestyle and engage with other communities. 

What are your five essential queer films for someone exploring the genre for the first time?

These are 5 randomly picked titles from my top 100 list:

My Own Private Idaho – Gus Van Sant

Hedwig And The Angry Inch – John Cameron Mitchell

Female Trouble – John Waters

Querelle – Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Paris Is Burning – Jennie Livingston

Any hints you can tell us about Fringe! 2014?

We’ve extened the length of the festival from a long weekend to a whole week! Yeaaaiiii!!!

And finally, do you have a message for anyone thinking of submitting to next years festival?


To submit to the Fringe! Film Fest visit the website:

Working Girl At The Rio

This Friday our neighbours and hands down the best cinema around, The Rio, are screening a special Fringe! Trims showing of Working Girl.

Melanie Griffith’s shoulder pads, Sigourney Weaver’s lingerie…. Joan Cusack’s hair!!! 

Fringe! says: “How to get ahead in this mess of an economy? Easy, take a leaf out of Melanie Griffith’s book as she makes it from Staten Island secretary to the boardroom table unseating Sigourney Weaver in the process. A head for business and a bod for sin. It’s all you need. Oh and Joan Cusack’s sky high hair (single-handedly responsible for that ozone hole back in the day).

The screening will be hosted by East End tranny with a fanny Holestar who will give you advice on how to work yourself to the top, power dressing, should pads and tranny empowerment at work. Plus a special appearance by Carly Simon’s Massive Mouth.”

And if that’s not ridiculously exciting enough, Working Girl is only the first in a series of irregular cult movies to be shown in the lead up to Fringe! Film Festival 2013! After the success of Showgirls and In Bed With Madonna, we’re not surprised Fringe! is back at The Rio with more of our favourite films

To win a pair of tickets to see Working Girl at The Rio this Friday email us at with the subject line “She Works Hard For The Money” by 2pm Thursday 4th October 2012 answer the following question…

Who wrote the title track “Let The River Run” on the Working Girl soundtrack? 

a. Paul Simon

b. Simon Le Bon

c. Carly Simon

Fringe! Trims presents: Working Girl takes place this Friday at The Rio Cinema, 107 Kingsland High Street, Dalston, E8 2PB.

For tickets visit The Rio’s website.

Win Madonna Tickets!

…..At the Rio! So yes, technically we mean you can win a pair of tickets to see In Bed With Madonna at the neighbouring Rio cinema who are screening it on Friday 13th as part of the upcoming Fringe! The London Gay Film Festival. Much more fun and fabulous we think! Not only that but we’ll be hosting the official after-party here at Dalston Superstore along with our friends Hot Boy Dancing Spot. 

HBDS residents Lovely Jonjo and Hello Mozart join Hannah Holland (Batty Bass), David Oh, Scott Webster  and the festival’s Kostakis for a night of high heeled hi-jinks serving up a soundtrack of 80’s, disco and pop fun at Hot Madonna Dancing Spot!

To win tickets to both these amazing events, just answer this super-easy question…

What is the name of Madonna’s oldest child?

a. Lourdes

b. Ohmy Lord

c. Sharon

Email your answers to and you could be in with a chance! If you can’t make the screening on Friday 13th April we will be happy to swap the pair of tickets for any of the Fringe! The London Gay Film Festival screenings listed below.

Competition entries must be in by 6pm today (Thursday 5th April 2012)

Riot Acts @ Hackney Picturehouse – Friday 13th April 4pm

Joe + Belle @ Hackney Picturehouse – Friday 13th April 10:45pm 

Asexual @ Rio – Saturday 14th April 2pm

High Art @ Aubin cinema – Saturday 14th April 4pm

Private Romeo @ Hackney Picturehouse – Saturday 14th April 4pm

Gang Girls Trilogy @ Hackney Picturehouse – Saturday 14th April 10:45pm

Young Soul Rebels @ Rio – Saturday 14th April 11:15pm

Gays on TV – retro documentaries @ Rio – Sunday 15th April 1:30pm

Swoon @ Rio – Sunday 15th April 4pm

Community Action Centre @ Aubin cinema – Sunday 15th April 8:30pm

Fringe! The London Gay Film Festival takes place in various locations from 12-15 April. For more information visit their wesbite, like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.

Hot Madonna Dancing Spot will be on Friday 13th April from 10pm – 4am. 5 all night / 3 with In Bed With Madonna Rio ticket / Free with impressive Madonna outfit.


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

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Drinks will be sponsored by Briska Cider.